Constance Kay and the Art of the Greeting Card
During this week’s Gift Show at the Javits Center in New York City, Sheila and I were kindly invited to Constance Kay’s lovely studio in midtown Manhattan for champagne and hor’dourves. For those unfamiliar with Constance Kay, suffice to say that she is the High Priestess of greeting cards (boy would she hate that title).
Contrary to what is going on in the greeting card industry, Constance is a beacon of light by helping many talented artists apply their unique talents to create a stunning array of hand-made greeting cards. Representing well over 70 artists, Constance - with the able support of her husband David – encourages these artists to use their talent to create unique greeting cards for important occasions in people’s lives. Each artist has their own style or “look” and it is breath-taking to see what these remarkable artists can create on a folded piece of elegantly crafted paper not much larger that 5″x 7″.
As a favor, we received a few samples of new artists that have recently joined the fold. For instance, Maureen Triece Cole, whose beautiful card sample is displayed above has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Texas Women’s University and is an accomplished artist whose work has appeared in numerous juried competitions, group exhibitions and individual shows. Erica DiPaulo (see design below) lives in central Ohio with her husband, two children, two dogs and a rabbit. This beautiful collage in orange and textured paper makes me yearn for spring when the birds will begin to sing again.
Sheila and I have been so moved by the great artists featured by Constance that we donated the Therese Saint Clair greeting card collection of over 5,000 cards to charity many years ago. There are greeting cards and greeting cards, but a Constance Kay greeting card is to be treasured. The artist supplies the cover to your personalized greeting, but you must supply the message.
If you are looking to break out of the cookie-cutter greeting card mold and discover an artist who captures the spirit of the occasion, Constance Kay may be just what the doctor ordered. We thank Constance for exposing these artists to a wider public and we and our clients are greatly enriched by the experience.
Richard W. May
Therese Saint Clair