Thanksgiving card features Amica policyholder’s artwork
LINCOLN, RI - Amica Insurance is thanking more than 730,000 policyholders this Thanksgiving with a popular tradition that began 43 years ago – the Amica Thanksgiving card.
However, for the first time, the painting on this year’s card was done by an artist who also happens to be a customer. Marieluise Hutchinson, of Yarmouth Port, Mass., and Cushing, Maine, was first insured with Amica 49 years ago, when her father added her as a teenage driver to the family’s auto policy. Now in her 60s, Hutchinson will soon mark 50 years as an Amica customer.
But simply being an insured wasn’t enough for her to be chosen as Amica’s 2013 Thanksgiving card artist. Hutchinson’s finely detailed paintings of vanishing farmsteads in rural New England can be found in art galleries across the country. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Mass., and the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Mass.
“I’ve wanted to see one of my paintings on the Amica Thanksgiving card for years. So when I got the news that my work was selected, I was thrilled,” Hutchinson said during a recent interview in her Maine home, which is a post-and-beam barn built in 2006.
Hutchinson’s painting will be unveiled in a short ceremony at Amica’s corporate headquarters on Friday, Nov. 1. The painting will join dozens of other former Thanksgiving card paintings in the company’s art gallery, which includes many well-known regional and national artists and even a few paintings by Amica employees.
“We’re excited to feature the artwork of one of our customers on the cover of this year’s Thanksgiving card,” said Robert A. DiMuccio, chairman, president and CEO of Amica Insurance. “Especially someone as talented as Marieluise, and someone who’s been with us for so long. It speaks to what the card stands for – enduring relationships.”
Hutchinson’s barn-home – open, spare and filled with fine woodworking and structural details – speaks to her love for these quickly disappearing farm buildings.
“I carved 80 of the 100 pegs that hold the post-and-beam frame together. And I hammered the first one myself. The day my barn was raised was a day I’ll never forget,” she said.
That’s why the painting Amica selected for this year’s card is especially representative of Hutchinson’s work and life. Titled “Harvest Home,” the painting features a barn connected to a farmhouse, a structural design once common in northern New England.
For more than 25 years, her artwork has also been featured on an annual Christmas card, which raises funds for various nonprofit organizations on Cape Cod. This year, for the first time, the American Red Cross is using one of her designs on a Christmas card for U.S. troops stationed abroad.
To learn more:
A link to Amica’s online Thanksgiving card can be found on the Amica.com home page (www.amica.com) during the month of November. You’ll also find a short video that features an interview with Marieluise Hutchinson at her barn-home in Cushing, Maine. Additionally, the video can be found on Amica’s YouTube channel here.
For more information about Hutchinson’s paintings, visit her website at www.marieluisehutchinson.com.
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 employees in 40 offices across the country.
Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,
Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563
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