Sunday, November 29, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

November 1st live session

Either folks were very busy or scared by the flu bug.
We only had 5 ATCers show up, but had a productive and fun session anyway.

Lin Bundrant drew these Day of the Dead cards:

Kat Kovacs was working with feathers:

Virginia Errick was in a dark, Halloween mood:

Laurie Ljubojevic brought processed, texturized paper:

 wackystuff was reprocessing mail-art:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Day of the Dead!

We hope to see you at the live trading session today!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

ATC Quaterly . . Issue 16 FALL 2009

The next ATC Quarterly Challenge is " SAY CHEESE"
Deadline: 15 November 2009
Email 300 dpi jpegs to:
Snail Mail Submissions:
ATC Quarterly
19698 County Road 24
Dunvegan, Ontario, K0C 1J0 CANADA

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Trading Session and Workshop Sunday 4th October 2009

Another great day of warmth and plenty of laughs as the ATC Victoria group met for October's Workshop and Trade of Artist Trading Cards.

A Special Welcome to newcomer Melanie!
Thanks to our hosts Jeffrey and Virginia Errick and all the ATC artists who keep the group active and such a delight to attend each month.

Cards from today's traders

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Live Trading Session in Victoria

Come to wackystuff's house on Sunday, October 4th.

The session starts at 1 PM. See you then =)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September 2009 Trading Session

The September Gathering . .
(L-R) Cindy, Virginia, Duncan, Leslie, Jeffrey, John, Dale, Arthur, Kat

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hope to see you all

for our next live trade on Sunday, September 6th at 1:PM

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Opus Newsletter Article on ATC'S

Artist Trading Card Exhibition
by Kathy Tycholis on July 17, 2009 in

* Community News

Why are you giving it away? When first introduced to Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), the prospect of giving away an original artwork is a difficult concept for a lot of people. However, ATCs function as much more than just an artwork. They are a reminder that art is a process to be enjoyed, rather than how much an artwork is worth in dollars. ATCs require a smaller time investment compared to a large artwork yet the process often leads to new experiments or ideas. The ability to discuss your works face-to-face with other artists is an added bonus, receiving instant feedback about your art. Whether ATCs are made for an exhibition or a trading session, the key element is the exchange that takes place between artists. There are no art stars, there is no money involved. You are not giving your art away, but sharing in an exchange. The more you trade, the more you collect artworks, ideas, and contacts.

What are Artist Trading Cards? Artist Trading Cards are works of art measuring 2 ½" x 3 ½" (64 x 89 cm) that are made for trading with others. This art movement began in the 1990s in Switzerland, and has since spread all over the world. There are no restrictions on materials or subject matter, only these basic rules: ATCs must be 2 ½" x 3 ½", ATCs are NEVER sold but only traded, trade only the cards you have made yourself, and sign the back of each card with your name and/or contact information. Most Artist Trading Cards are original works of art, but they may also comprise small editions or a series.

A very important element of Artist Trading Cards is the actual trading, whether this occurs face-to-face or through the mail. Trading generates a social component where interaction and the opportunity to view different artistic styles is a key part of the process. Trading artworks also maintains the anti-commercial, non-judgemental sensibility first promoted by ATC originators, who believe art should be inclusive and free to everyone. This is especially true when trading through the mail, as you never know what you will receive.

The Richmond Art Gallery’s 4th Annual Artist Trading Card Exhibition is a display of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) from local, national, and international participants. Since 2006, their Annual ATC Exhibition has included hands-on workshops, trading sessions, and artist talks scheduled throughout the exhibition. The closing party for the exhibit has become one of the Lower Mainland’s largest annual ATC Trading Sessions, and is a great introduction to the fun of artistic exchange!

Join this exciting art movement by creating some Artist Trading Cards for the Fourth Annual ATC Exhibition, or visit the Richmond Art Gallery from September 18 – October 30 to view the exhibition. Enter before September 4, 2009. Everyone is invited to participate, and all art techniques/media are welcome.

To see all the upcoming Artist Trading Card events at the Richmond Art Gallery, or to download an entry form for the exhibition, please visit or contact for details.
Upcoming ATC Events for the Exhibition
4th Annual ATC Exhibition

: September 18 - October 30
Opening Celebration: Thursday, September 17, 7pm - 9pm
Submission Deadline: Postmarked by September 4, 2009
Drop-in ATC Making Sessions

: Wednesdays from 1pm - 5pm
($2 donation for art supplies) September 23, October 7 and 21
Drop-in ATC Trading Sessions

: Wednesdays from 6pm - 7:30pm
September 16 to October 21
Artist Talk

: Paul Kajander: Friday, October 30, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Closing Party Trading Session

: Friday, October 30, 7pm - 8:30pm

Monday, July 13, 2009

Special Thanks to the Group

Dear ATC Victoria Group Members
The mailman arrived with a delightful card from the group and I wanted to say a Special
Thank you to everyone who has written and sent their thoughts, wishes, kind words . . makes me realize just how blessed and delighted I am to be part of this ATC community of artists.
I am slowly mending and hope to see you in August.
Next session
Sunday 2 August!

Monday, July 6, 2009

July 5th, 2009

We met under the trees to make Artist Trading Cards.
In the foreground are happy artists ML, Virginia,
Natalie, Louanne and Arthur.

Beverly brought her granddaughter Zoe, lowering the average age
of our group quite a bit. Cindy looks on approvingly.

Wackystuff observes what Sean and Kat are creating.

We all missed Dale's sunny presence and wish him a speedy recovery!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Next ATC Session 5 July 2009

ATC Workshop and Trade is on for Sunday July 5, 2009

The usual place and time:
c/0 The Erricks
615 Foul Bay Rd.
1:00 - 3:00 Workshop to make ATC's
3:00 - 4:00 Trading of cards

Sunday, May 31, 2009

ATC Quarterly, Summer 2009

ATC Quarterly Summer edition with a story on our Victoria Group!

More info about getting a copy:
ATC Quarterly is published 4 times a year.
Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
All rates include postage.
Canadian and U.S. subscriptions: $32.
International subscriptions: $42. (CDN funds)

We accept PayPal, Canadian cheques,
U.S. personal checks and/or International money orders.

Back issues
$10 Canadian/U.S.
$12 International (CDN funds)

Back issue Special
Buy the entire first, second or third year
of back issues of ATC Quarterly
(Issues 1-4 or 5-8 or 9-12) at the reduced
rate of $32 (Regularly $10 an issue!)

Send cheque or money order to:

ATC Quarterly
19698 County Road 24
Dunvegan, ON
K0C 1J0 Canada

(Please include your name, address, phone
number and e-mail address clearly printed.)

Friday, May 29, 2009

RAG presents 4th Annual Artist Trading Cards Exhibition

18 September – 30 October 2009

Closing Celebration & Trading Session:
Friday, 30 October, 7–8:30pm

The RAG’s 4th Annual Artist Trading Card Exhibition is a display of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) from local, national, and international participants. Everyone is invited to participate, and all techniques and mediums are welcome. ATCs must be original artworks*, and may be in a series, edition or multiple. Please “sign” the back, and contact information may also appear on the back of each card if desired. ATCs will be traded on the closing night of the exhibition.

*Please note that digital works will only be traded with other digital works

How to Enter:

Send in 9 Artist Trading Cards in a standard 9-sleeve plastic sheet (9 cards per sheet). Cards will be displayed in the plastic sheets. Cards must be sized to fit into standard plastic sleeves (designed for hockey/baseball cards), and each measure 2 ½” x 3 ½” in order to qualify. All works received that follow this criteria will be exhibited. Please sign the back of each ATC and include your city/town so that others will know whom they have traded with. Include a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to the Richmond Art Gallery.**

**USA participants please send $2 in US funds for return postage. International Artists please include a Postal Money Order or International Reply Coupon for return postage purchase.

Entries must be postmarked before September 9, 2009. Please attach a copy of our entry form with your submission and send to:

ATTN: RAG ATC Exhibition
Richmond Art Gallery
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond BC
V6Y 1R9

For more information about ATC’s at the RAG, or to join our email contact list, contact Kathy Tycholis at

Richmond Art Gallery ATC Group on Facebook

ATC’s at the RAG Official Facebook Group

Join our Facebook group to show off your cards, meet other traders online, and be a part of the Richmond ATC community. After each monthly trading session, we will post ATC’s online to share some of our participants’ works. Online participants may also post their themed ATC’s onto the Facebook group page, or email your images to for Kathy to post them for you. Our Facebook group page is also a great way to keep up to date with what’s happening with ATC’s at the RAG and be notified of any upcoming events.

To join, go to

For more information about ATC’s at the RAG, or to join our email contact list, contact Kathy Tycholis at

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Join Us on 7th June for our Next ATC Trade and Workshop

Another great day together with the group here in Victoria.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

1 March 2009 ATC Trade and Workshop in Victoria, BC, CANADA

The March Session of ATC Trading and workshop happened this afternoon. Thanks again to the Erricks for their continued generosity in hosting the meetings. . . and to all the artists that continue to make this such an exciting and artful way to begin the month.
See you next month . . we continue to meet on the 1st Sunday of the Month — our next scheduled gathering is for 5th April 2009.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Campbell River Art Gallery-Art Trading Card Event

February 6,2009
Campbell River Art Gallery
Contact: Manon Staiger (250-287-2261)

Next Art Trading Card Event - Thursday, February 26th from 7-8pm

Come down to the Campbell River Art Gallery on February 26th and join a group of people who love to make and trade “art cards”. What’s it all about? This is a fun, social and creative program that meets on a Thursday of every third month 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. Your cards can be painted, collaged, mixed media, photographs, three dimensional shapes, or found objects. There are no rules. It's up to you what you want to make. Sign the back as you would any art work and add contact info if you wish. Bring along about 20 cards to trade on a one-to-one basis with other participants. Artist trading cards are unique in that they cannot be sold only traded. People are trading them worldwide. Drop in to see what the fun is all about. All ages are encouraged to participate.

Back in 2002, the Campbell River Art Gallery was the first location in British Columbia to start the art trading card program. Originally, the concept was started in 1996 in Zurich, Switzerland . The first Canadian artist trading card session, lead by Chuck Stake (aka artist Don Mabie), took place at The New Gallery in Calgary, followed by sessions at the Alberta College of Art and Design. His partner, Wendy Toogood, introduced the program during her exhibition at the Campbell River Art Gallery and our Art Trading Card program began. Come out for the next event on Thursday, February 26th from 7-8pm and see what the fun is all about. The Gallery is located at 1235 Shoppers Row (same building as the Visitor Info Centre). For more info call 250-287-2261 or email

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ATC Victoria Trade & Workshop - 4th JANUARY 2009

Thanks again to our hosts Jeffrey and Virginia Errick and to all the ATC enthusiasts who showed up for the first trade event of 2009 it was a great day with lots of laughter and fab trades!

See you on Sunday the 1st of February!!

September ATC TRADE . .on YouTube

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade
ATC Victoria Group

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade
ATC Victoria Group

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade
ATC Victoria Group

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade
ATC Victoria Group

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade
Victoria ATC Group

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade
Victoria ATC Group

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade

ATC's for Calgary Show and Trade
Victoria Group


Hope to see you there!

"deTING" joins the antics of the group

"deTING" joins the antics of the group
Never a dull moment . . .


Newcomer Newt Stremple

Newcomer Newt Stremple
Welcome to Newt . . the new Queen of organization!

Rubber Stamp Day

Rubber Stamp Day
A grouping of rubber stamps were part of the workshop this Sunday

Andi . .

Andi  . .
Many Thanks to all those that made cards for Andrea . . she really enoyed each and every one of them and has shared them with the hospital staff.

Kathy Nash

Kathy Nash
ATC .. A visitor from Vancouver joins our session

Nick Bantock

Nick Bantock
The Forgetting Room . . Gallery/Studio

Nick Bantock

Nick Bantock
Workshops . . see entry


Creative Corner topped off with sugar

Creative Corner topped off with sugar
Each session we are treated to the sweeter things of life

Dale always camera ready . .

Dale always camera ready . .
Seems to be my lot in life . . to photo document so here's one to prove that I was there too.

Jeffrey at the table of visual delights

Jeffrey at the table of visual delights
Each month we add to the table of collage treasures open for artful transformation into the 2.5" x 3.5" format

The Table of Possibilities

The Table of Possibilities
Collage items . . fresh coffee and truffles . . a dreamscape of possibility

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