Call For Artists

‘Artist Trading Cards and Miniature Works’

The Lumby Village Gallery will be featuring Artist Trading Cards and Miniature Works from July 2nd – 30th.

Artist Trading Cards (commonly referred to as ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized “swap” events, either in person or online. The only official rule for ATCs is the size: 2-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches. Other Miniature Works for our July show include all mediums and have a size limit of 6×6 inches.

The ATC movement was started in 1997 by Swiss artist M. Vanci Stirnemann. He created 1200 cards by hand as part of an exhibit. On the last day, he invited others to create their own cards and trade with him during the closing reception. This idea of “Art for the People” has been growing in popularity ever since.

Everyone can make Artist Trading Cards! It’s a great way to work on developing your art skills. Because they are so small in size, it is also a fun way to work on different art techniques and styles. Making one takes less time than full size works of art, and can be as easy as doodling while you enjoy a coffee. ATCs are generally made of card-stock, but could be made of wood, canvas, metal, clay, or any other durable material.

There will an ATC trading event at the end of the show. This will be a fun way to swap trading cards with other artists!

The Gallery can provide pre-cut cards or you can use your own materials. There are also plastic sleeves and pre-printed labels for the back of the card for your name, contact info, date, and title or theme.

Also Join us June 18th and 25th at the Lumby Public Market for various workshops and make your own Artist Trading Cards!