More than 30 years ago, it began with a dream of a girl who just wanted to draw. Today, Mary Engelbreit is known throughout the world for her distinctive illustration style imbued with spirited wit and nostalgic warmth. Her timeless art extends far beyond the millions of greeting cards and calendars she sells each year.
Many of her children's books have been New York Times best-sellers and her calendar line is one of the top ten calendar programs in the U.S. Make 2012 a "breit" year with Mary's top-selling calendars. Witty and whimsical are two words that best describe Mary Engelbreit's sensational artwork. Her newest calendar features twelve expertly drawn, never-before-seen illustrations guaranteed to bring about a smile or even spark a laugh anyplace in the house it's displayed. Packaged in its own full-color decorative envelope and printed on responsibly forested paper, this calendar also offers plenty of room to jot down important events and special occasions.
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Mary Engelbreit had her first success as an illustrator of greeting cards in the late 1970s. She formed her own greeting card company in early 1980s after becoming impatient with the process of working in the greeting card industry as an independent contractor. Engelbreit's style depicts simple scenes in intricate detail, with amusing quotes to distinguish them. Successful in greeting cards, her business soon expanded to include Engelbreit's popular art on tee shirts, mugs, calendars and gift books, to name a few. Engelbreit has also published many books illustrating crafts such as quilting and decorating. In 1993 she illustrated The Snow Queen by Hans Christen Andersen, fulfilling a lifelong dream of being an illustrator of children's books. Mary Engelbreit was born in 1952 in St. Louis, where she lives today.