Get into the art trade with Artist Trading Cards

The cards are miniature works of art and are meant to be traded, not bought or sold

Would you like to create and trade miniature works of art?

Why not check out the next Artist Trading Card event at the Campbell River Art Gallery, Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. Bring 10-20 cards to trade and tell your friends!

Cards should be 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches exactly so they fit in the sleeves that are used for saving baseball cards. The theme is open. Original cards, not photocopies, are preferred. The cards are miniature works of art and are meant to be traded, not bought or sold.

This is a fun, social and creative program that meets four times a year to swap trading cards. The only difference between these and sports trading cards is that you create your own homemade 2 ½ x 3 ½ inch trading card like a miniature work of art. Your cards can be painted, collaged, mixed media, photographs, three dimensional shapes, or found objects. There are no rules. It’s up to you where your creativity leads you. Sign the back as you would any art work and add contact info if you wish.

ATCs have grown in popularity since their invention in 1996 in Switzerland. The Campbell River Art Gallery was the first place in BC to host an ATC event in 1999. Wendy Toogood, an artist from Nakusp, then teaching in Calgary at the Alberta College of Art, encouraged us to do this event in conjunction with her show at the gallery. Her partner, Chuck Stake had been trading with artists in Switzerland since the beginning of ATC and hosting trading sessions in Calgary.

The Gallery is located at 1235 Shoppers Row (the same building as the Visitor Info Centre). For more info call 250-287-2261.