Below is some information on Artist Trading Cards , as well as all the details for the Vancouver, B.C. monthly swap.

If you’re coming to our beautiful city you are more than welcome to drop in and trade some cards or just hang out.  The more, the merrier!
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WHAT’S AN ATC?

An ATC is an Artist Trading Card – a miniature, original piece of art that has only two rules:
– The size must be 2.5″ x 3.5″Slide Frames - ATCs 1
– It must be traded, never sold.
Swiss Artist m. vanci stirnemann is hailed as the father of ATCs. Inspired by witnessing sports card trading during the Calgary Olympics, he created and showcased 1,200 works of art in a 2.5″ x 3.5″ format at a Zurich, Switzerland gallery. He refused to sell the cards, but offered to swap with anyone who brought in a similar size art piece.
ATC’s came to Canada through Don Mabie (aka Chuck Stake), who was in Zurich to experience the first Artist Trading Card session. He brought the idea back to Calgary and, on September 17, 1997, the first trading session in Canada took place at The NEW Gallery, where 20 artists gathered to make and trade cards. The idea caught on immediately and spread around the world. A movement was born!

ATC LINKSATCs - me2

Bailey’s Bliss
Fabric ATCs
More Fabric ATCs
Elizabeth Stevens
Apartment Therapy
Illustrated ATCs
Glenda Tkalac
Caroline Stengl
ATC Instructions

PINTEREST ATC BOARDS:
Emmy Ann Horstkamp
Jennifer Sams
Susan Briggs
Marah Johnson

VANCOUVER MONTHLY SWAPRosanne Lambert

LOCATION:
MOSAIC Community Meeting Room
1720 Grant St. Ground floor
(This is 2 blocks north of E. 1st Ave., just off Commercial Drive.)
DATE:
3rd Sunday of every month
TIME:
Noon to 4:00 pm
The swap itself does not take place until 3:00 pm. From noon to 3 feel free to drop in and work on a project, do a show-and-tell, demo a technique or just sit around and chat.
CARD QUANTITY:
Expect to trade at least 15 cards and often as many as 28
THEMES:
There is a suggested theme each month. Participants can choose to create art around any, all or none of these themes. They are simply suggestions in case your muse is on vacation. The monthly theme list is below.
CONTACT INFO:
If you’d like to join the Vancouver ATC Yahoo Group, please contact me and I will send you the email address for Penelope Harris, the administrator of the group and organiser of the monthly swap. I highly recommend joining.  You’ll receive very few emails; just the pertinent ones – a monthly reminder about the swap and notices of time changes, which sometimes happens.

MONTHLY SWAP THEMES FOR 2016

January 17:       Denim  –  Swing  –  Symbolize
February 21:     Snow  –  Visitor  –  Articulated Dolls
March 20:         Clover  –  Curve  –  Collaborative
April 17:             Honeydew  –  Mailbox  –  Theory
May 15               Fuschia  –  Recipes  –  Correction
June 19:            Steel  –  Anatomy  –  Seek
July 17:              Blush  –  Bookbinding  –  Blink
August 21:        Sepia  –  Crayon  –  Typical
September 18: Blaze  –  Venus  –  Yesterday
October 16:       Rock  –  Abstract  –  Memorise
November 20:  Camouflage  –  Scribble  –  Spark
December 18:   Ruby(ies)  –  Talk  –  Behold