Written by Marla Hardee Milling | Photos by Anthony Harden
When approaching Diane English’s The Great Cosmic Happy-Ass Card Co., enter with caution—there’s side-splitting laughter ahead.
Diane English’s studio on Depot Street in Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) is a space of amazing transformation, and it’s not just in how she changes a blank canvas into a colorful work of art.
Visitors often enter with a serious demeanor and steady facial expression, but after a few moments of reading her clever card sayings and observing the humorous paintings, their own change begins. First there are a few giggles or a ripple of laughter when a person points a specific card to a companion. The giggles often grow into authentic belly laughs as people recognize a universal truth presented through The Great Cosmic Happy-Ass Card Co. The tagline says the business “provides inspiration and humor for all those days when you just want to poke out your third eye.”
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