The sales of the card and ornament are a fundraiser for the Island of Lights (IOL).
The local artist selected for the 2013 design is Raffaele Paglia who moved to Carolina Beach seven years ago. He started painting here as he was learning how to surf, but couldn't find a design on a board that he liked. So he started CBboards, custom art surfboards. He is truly old-school, since he paints with brushes directly on to the foam of the surfboard before it is glassed. Since starting with surfboards, he has been commissioned to do numerous paintings, in which the Home-Decor part of his business began, as CBdecor. Currently, his work is featured at Artful Living Group, Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach.
The Christmas Cards are produced with this chosen design.
Mary Jo Madden currently produces the ornaments based on the chosen design. She has been doing this since 2001. She is a talented tole painter and has been selling her work locally for many years.
The cards and ornaments are on sale at these local businesses on Pleasure Island:The Checkered Church Gift Shop, 800 Saint Joseph St., Island Tackle True Value Hardware, 801 N Lake Park Blvd., touché, 201 N Lake Park Blvd., Jeanie's Jewels, 1009 N Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach furniture, 1021 N Lake Park Blvd., Nautilus Art and Frame (formerly Frame Mart), 1009 N Lake Park Blvd. suite A-4.
The cards are $10 per pack of twelve and the ornaments are $14 each.
The Island of Lights purchases the original artwork which is raffled at the Island of Lights New Year's Eve Celebration.