For the sixth time, the Pine Tree Society, since 1936 providing opportunities for growth and development for Maine people with differing abilities, is featuring one of Cushing artist Marieluise Hutchinson’s paintings on a holiday card.

Hutchinson’s "The Perfect Snowman" was selected for the annual holiday cards, as was a painting by Richard Hasenfus of Georgetown titled “Winter Lighthouse.”

“It's always a compliment to be invited back to submit a painting for consideration. I've always said that no one can do everything but everyone can do something to make our world better,” said Hutchinson. “I'm proud to paint what I love to benefit worthy causes.”

In the 1960s, Pine Tree Society had the idea that a Maine-themed holiday card would be a good fundraiser, said Noel Sullivan, president and CEO of Pine Tree Society. More than 50 years later, that tradition is still going strong.

“Through the sales of these cards, we have raised more that $3 million dollars to support and transform the lives of Maine people with disabilities,” Sullivan said.

One hundred percent of proceeds from annual holiday card sales support Pine Tree Society’s programs and help Maine people with disabilities lead richer, more socially connected lives. Holiday cards, folding and postcards, can be ordered online at or by calling 386-5912.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or