In the 1960s, the Pine Tree Society had the idea that a Maine-themed holiday card would be a perfect fundraiser. More than 50 years later, that tradition is still going strong and annual sales have raised more than $3 million dollars to support Maine people with disabilities.

Cushing artist Marieluise Hutchinson’s paintings have been featured on these holiday cards seven times. This year, Pine Tree Society went back to its archives to offer a special, limited edition re-release of a customer favorite featuring her 2008 painting of a winter scene in Wiscasset Village.

“I call my work traditional realistic rural new England,” she said. “I love farmhouses with connected buildings and barns and village scenes with groups of houses. Wiscasset is an iconic Maine town that we all drive through and it grabs me every time I see vistas like that.”

Hutchinson’s paintings of winter scenes are widely known and collected. “Winter scenes are my favorite things to paint,” she said. “I like the warmth. Even though it’s cold, it’s a warm scene. You can only imagine what’s going on inside the house with a woodstove going, a cat curled up on the rug, a pie on the counter and a pot roast in the oven.”

Hutchinson is proud to paint what she loves to benefit worthy causes and it means a lot that her work can help Pine Tree Society fulfill its mission to serve Maine people with disabilities. “Pine Tree Society does so much for adults and children alike and it’s an honor to use what I can do to help people,” she said.

Hutchinson spent her childhood in a bucolic 1820's homestead in Hanover, Mass. She is a Copley Master at the Copley Society of Boston, a Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association and a member of the Cape Cod Museum of Art. She is also in the permanent collection at the Cahoon Museum of American Art and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

All proceeds from annual holiday card sales support Pine Tree Society’s programs. Cards are available in two formats, folding and postcards, and each purchase has a very important purpose: to help Maine people with disabilities lead richer, more socially connected lives.

Holiday cards can be ordered online at, by calling 386-5915 or emailing