We asked friends, families, and supporters of CASA to generously submit any original artwork they thought would make a great greeting card. We were graciously overwhelmed by the amount of support we received from everyone: 70 artists submitted over 100 pieces to the fundraiser. Meet Dolores “Mickey” Bartlett: one of the 19 artists whose piece was chosen to help benefit victimized children in New Hampshire.
Mickey Bartlett was an artist for the majority of her life until she passed away in August of 2015. Her pieces were donated by her family and son-in-law Steven McCosh because they knew she would’ve loved to be a part of the fundraiser. Because Mickey had been crafting Christmas cards since the 1940’s, Steven submitted over thirty of her pieces. Of the thirty, five of them were chosen; four will be sold as a variety pack featuring pieces from 1948, 1963, 1964, and 1999. Her piece, Hooded Mergansers at Pontook (1969), will be sold as a twenty pack.
Though she is no longer with us, Steven still wanted to share her story. Here is what he said about the beloved Mickey:
“Artist Dolores Bartlett, best known as “Mickey”, the name she preferred, was lovingly nurtured by her adoptive parents Della Riff & Samuel Laforrest Hammond.
A lifelong resident of the Berlin, NH area, Mickey’s interest in art was greatly influenced by her Berlin High School Art Instructor, Robert Hughes (1915-2004), a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Robert (Bob) Hughes, an extremely gifted sculptor and wood cut artist, taught generations of successful artists in the Great North Woods and the White Mountains. As one of his outstanding Senior High School students, Mickey participated in a variety of art-related projects spearheaded by Mr. Hughes. The mural project resulted in her 1950 completion of a large mural of “Antony and Cleopatra” which has remained on a corridor wall at the Berlin Middle School (formerly Berlin High School) for over 70 years (photos attached). The marionette show project involved the construction and assembly of a marionette (Mickey’s was a Can Can Dancer) from hand-sculpted wooden parts. In addition, Mickey also designed and sewed the marionette’s costume, and the marionette show was performed in cities across New England!
As a Berlin High School graduate, it was Mickey’s hope to also attend the Rhode Island School of Design (the same school that her Art Instructor attended), but her affliction with tuberculosis as a child resulted in her being denied acceptance to the School. However, this did not diminish her passion for creativity which she carried with her throughout her life.
Beginning in 1948 and for each year ending in the year 2005, she created new artwork which she had printed as Christmas cards that were mailed to hundreds of friends and acquaintances.
Early on, Mickey sculpted with wood, and most of her paintings were water-colors.
In 1956, while married to her lifelong husband Otis Bartlett (Purchasing Agent-Brown Co.), Mickey won the top prize of $30.00 as winner of the Brown Co. Industrial Safety Poster contest. Her clever design featured a chess board on which the chess pieces were capped with drawings of various industrial safety equipment and which stated “You Can Win The Game of Accident Prevention If You Make The Right Moves!”
She found great joy in her creativity and especially enjoyed her week-long summer trips with fellow artists to the artist’s haven of Monhegan Island, ME. Several of her works originated there, including hand-drawn post cards that she would send from the Island’s Post Office.
Mickey enjoyed participating in and selling her paintings at several juried art shows such as those in Ogunquit, ME. Also, at one time, she and fellow crafters rented space for a craft shop at the Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH.
Her talents were caringly shared with residents of the Coos County Nursing Home while she was Activities Director there.
In addition to her artwork, her creativity manifested itself in her gardening, cooking, sewing (often making her granddaughters’ dresses and Halloween outfits), and crafts (such as Christmas tree decorations depicting the ‘Wizard of Oz’ characters, and various Christmas Santas from pieces of pine board on stands etched with details and hand-painted).
Mickey would be delighted to know that her artwork has helped benefit the fund-raising efforts of the CASA Organization.”
Thank you to Mickey, Steven, Mickey’s family, and every other artist who submitted to the CASA Cards for a Cause Fundraiser. This fundraiser is yet another way ordinary people can make extraordinary efforts in combating child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire. There are so many way to help, so thank all of you who have done so.
If you’d like to purchase Mickey’s greeting card or view the rest of the cards we sell from other local artists, click here to browse.
All of Mickey’s below, in order from first to last: Lake of the Clouds, Bridge at Stark NH (1948), View from the Lodge at Sunday River (1963), Down the Catapult Trail (1964), and Hooded Mergansers at Pontook Reservoir (1969).
All Cards printed by Allegra of Bedford.