Local Artists Help Impact Maine People with Disabilities

Sandy CrabtreeArtwork of Sandy Crabtree on holiday card

Paintings by Bath-based artist Sandy Crabtree and East Boothbay artist Carlton Plummer have been selected as Pine Tree Society’s 2015 Holiday Cards. Since 1969, the holiday cards have been a major source of revenue that supports Pine Tree Society’s complete range of professional services for Maine people with disabilities.

“I’ve always admired the work that Pine Tree Society does with young people,” said Crabtree. “I taught at Morse High School for over 29 years. I could hear some of the wonderful things that my students had experienced at Pine Tree Society programs and Pine Tree Camp.” Crabtree retired in 2004, but still works as a substitute and loves being able to see what students are doing for artwork.

“I have always felt honored to be a part of submitting for the holiday card contest, even though it’s a competition”. She became familiar with Pine Tree Society when one of her students attended Pine Tree Camp, an extraordinary summer camp in Rome, Maine for children and adults with development and/or physical disabilities.

“What a wonderful joy it was when the tree house was built and the campers could feel just like other kids,” Crabtree explained. “There are so many adults and kids that will benefit. Pine Tree Society does wonderful things for a lot of people” she continued.

Crabtree’s painting, called “Five Islands Lobster,” beautifully captures the well-known Five Islands Lobster Company in Georgetown.

Carlton PlummerArtwork of Carlton Plummer on holiday card

“I started out as an illustrator” said Carlton Plummer, Pine Tree Society’s second featured artist.

“I enjoyed creating the ideal scene.” Plummer, who is in his 52nd year of owning and running the Plummer Gallery in East Boothbay, ME, has been selected 6 times for inclusion in Pine Tree Society’s holiday card contest. “This is a great cause and a way that I can contribute,” Plummer said. “I always enjoy the challenge that comes with it.”

Plummer’s painting, called “Covered Bridge,” features a snowy Maine village and quintessential New England covered bridge. Plummer does a lovely job of illustrating that walk through the woods to find the perfect tree, a tradition that carries from generation-to -generation.

To order your Pine Tree Society 2015 Holiday Cards securely online, visit www.pinetreesociety.org. To order by phone, call (207) 443-3341. Cards may also be purchased in person at Pine Tree Society’s office at 149 Front Street in Bath.