Mother’s Day Cards by Prison Artists

“Mother’s Day Cards by Prison Artists,” is an e-commerce specialty catalog of Mother’s Day cards by prison artists. 

Purchasing one of these original works of art printed on high-quality cardstock allows a prisoner to pay restitution, child support, court fines, and will lessen the financial burden incarceration puts on their family. Studies have shown participation in the Arts act as a kind of food for the soul. Now that’s the Mother Day Spirit, sustenance!

In the Western world, celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele.

In early Christendom, there was the festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” This celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service. 

The Mothering Sunday tradition would  become a secular holiday where children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. 

In the United States, prior to the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children.

These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.

The official US Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.

In May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. Following the success of her first Mother’s Day, Jarvis—who remained unmarried and childless her whole life—resolved to see her holiday added to the national calendar. Arguing that American holidays were biased toward male achievements, she started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and prominent politicians urging the adoption of a special day honoring motherhood.

By 1912 many states, towns and churches had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday, and Jarvis had established the Mother’s Day International Association to help promote her cause. Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

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Check out these 80+ original art print Mother’s Day cards.

According to the 2020 Guide To Giving Art As A Gift, “Art makes an amazing gift, even for the person who has everything. It shows forethought, effort, and a flair for gift giving on any occasion, Christmas, Hanukkah, a baby shower, a wedding gift, or a “thank you”. 

Other examples of how Art is a great gift, it goes beyond generically mass produced gifts, it does not depreciate the second it leaves the store, nor driven off a showroom floor, and is immune from depreciation factors, like age and use.

Pricing,” by Fine Art and Real Estate Broker Anna D. Smith explains how to price Art by using California prison artist C-Note as a case study.

Using Established underground UK artist Banksy as an example, when Emerging underground artist, African-American prison artist C-Note becomes an Established artist, to own one of his prints on average will cost $150,000 per print. That’s because the American Art Market is double the size of the UK Art Market.

Currently, C-Note’s prints sell for $5,000 on average, and are expected to rise in price by 3000%. While C-Note was a case study, former prison artist Jesse Krimes is reaffirming the value in owning Prison art. 

In 2008, Krimes was indicted on drug charges. While serving his six-year federal prison sentence, he was able to  smuggle out of prison several of his works of art. Released in 2014, these works are now receiving national and international exhibitions.

A 2021 headline in The Nation read: “Fulton Leroy Washington Was a Prison Painter. Now He’s an Art-World Star.” In 1997, Washington was convicted of three nonviolent federal drug crimes. While in prison, he made 50-75 paintings a year. Released in 2016, Washington’s imprisoned paintings now enjoy widespread exhibition. 

In 2022, we reported on Cuban-American art collector Alfredo Martinez’s interest in giving newly paroled Anna Delvey’s prison sketches an exhibition. In 2019, Delvey was convicted in New York state court of larceny and was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison. She was released in 2021. 

In that same article, “Prison Art on Instagram,” we took note of Ross Ulbricht, the Silk Road website founder who is serving two federal life sentences without the possibility of parole, who at Art Basel Miami in 2021 sold an NFT of his Graphite on paper Perspective for $6.2 million. 





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