By Christopher Roberson
For the sixth year, artist Gina Hagen, owner of the Hagen Gallery, has included a holiday card in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Holiday Cards and Gifts Program. Hagen said this year’s card, which is titled “Patriot Snowmen,” gives a nod to the New England Patriots for the team’s epic Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5 of this year.
“I tried to give it a real celebratory feel,” she said, adding that tremendous progress continues to be made in the fight against cancer. “It’s one of the ways, as an artist, that you can give back.”
Although Hagen’s 2017 card features the Patriots, she said her cards from prior years have portrayed the Boston Red Sox, as her father used to be a scout for the team.
The cards are sold in boxes of 20 and can be purchased for $20 at https://dana-farberholiday.org/patriot-snowmen.html. The card’s image is also available on a 14.5 ounce candle that also sells for $20.
In addition to the Dana-Farber website, Hagen said her cards and candles can be purchased at Stop & Shop Supermarket, at The Paper Store and at Crafty Yankee in Lexington.
Hagen said she has been a full-time artist for the past 12 years. After graduating from Salem State University with a degree in graphic design, she continued to hone her skills under the tutelage of an artist in Rockport. From there, Hagen left her publishing job so that she and her family could open the art gallery.