"You get what you give!"
Last year, Hutchinson’s project generated $15,000 for A Baby Center, covering the cost of many, many diapers.
Mary Pat Pierson, A Baby Center’s director, praised Hutchinson’s effort and devotion over the years. “[We are] honored to work with Marieluise,” Pierson says. “Because of her extraordinary generosity, many more local babies are being served. Being involved in this project for eight years makes this even more special.”
John and Barbara Buckley of Cotuit met Hutchinson through their involvement with A Baby Center, and over the years the couple has purchased 17 of the artist’s paintings and many boxes of cards. “I can’t wait to see her new cards every year, and I usually buy 15 of her tiles,” John Buckley says. “I give them to special friends, my children and grandchildren. Her paintings make me feel warm and happy . . . they kind of grab you. Marieluise is a fantastic lady who happens to be a great artist.”
The names Hutchinson gives the cards offer a hint of her style. This year’s card, “Nestled In,” features a night-time scene of a snowy village farm, bedecked with wreaths, trees and a snowman in the yard. “Sometimes you see a scene that you know will make a good card,” she says. “New England has so much beauty, and if I see a scene that has the right composition—the lay of the land, the placement of the buildings—I can imagine opening the door and almost smelling the food cooking on the stove. Then, I can envision it as a card.” Last year’s effort, “Candlelight of Christmas,” features a pink-tinged sunset, and smokey wisps rising from chimneys and warm golden light in the windows beckon the viewer in.
Hutchinson also paints still lifes and occasionally arranges a scene with unique holiday-themed elements. For “Songbird,” she painted an old child’s sled she found in an antique shop. Some of the cards have also been inspired by Hutchinson’s Cape Cod surroundings, including Sandy Neck Beach, the Jenkins Farm in West Barnstable and Chatham’s Stage Harbor Light.
Every artist has his or her own unique style and work routine. Rather than canvas, Hutchinson paints on masonite, a hard fiber board. She listens to music while she paints, with her cat, Gus, curled up in a nearby basket. She often talks on the phone as she works, phone in one hand, brush in the other.
But don’t be fooled by what may appear a casual approach to her craft. Hutchinson’s accomplishments include holding the title of “Juried Copley Artist” at The Copley Society of Boston, and “Master Artist” at the Cape Cod Art Association. Her work hangs in the permanent collections at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit and Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis. She also exhibits work in galleries across New England, including The Gallery at Tree’s Place in Orleans, Chatham Fine Art, and The Woodstock Gallery in Woodstock, Vermont. In 2012, she was even commissioned by Automobile Mutual Insurance Company of America—a.k.a AMICA—to paint the company’s annual Thanksgiving card.
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