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Join us for the
Milwaukee
Artist Trading Card
LIVE TRADE


Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 1-3 p.m.
at the New Berlin Public Library, Community Meeting Room

15105 Library Lane, New Berlin WI

Suggested Theme: Favorite Art Techniques, Tools & Supplies

If you plan to attend in person, please contact Carolyn Brady by Sunday, May 12, via the email on this page or via the survey that will be sent to the group email list. (Please contact Carolyn before Thursday, May 16, if you want to participate by Zoom, so we can send you the meeting link.)


Face masks are still welcome at our meetings. If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID, you can also participate via Zoom.


For more information or to get on the e-mail list,
please contact Carolyn Brady

You can scroll down this page to find
more information and future meetings.
Useful & instructive ATC links here
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Dairy State ATC
Dairy State by Mel Kolstad
(Collage ATC)
Hide and Seek Trumpetfish
Hide and Seek Trumpetfish
by Kimberly Butts
(embossed metal ATC)

General Information

We suggest bringing at least 20-25 cards to trade, because we never know how many people will attend. Please come prepared to trade with everyone, regardless of skill level.

Please make sure your name is legible on the back so that those receiving your cards will know who created them. (Many artists include their e-mail addresses and website or other contact information on the back of their cards.) For further information about making cards, see links below.

What is an ATC?

Artist Trading Cards or ATCs are small works of art measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches that are made to be traded between artists. They can be made in any media on any subject. Here is a good introduction to the format. (Note: The original page no longer exists. This is the link to an archived version.)

The idea for the ATC format was developed in 1996 by Swiss artist m. vanci stirnemann as a way for artists to exchange art without worrying about the constraints of galleries and pricing. The first trading session was in Zurich in 1997. Trading on-line has become very popular, especially for artists who cannot attend live trades locally. You can read more about the history of ATCs here. One friendly site to start trading on-line is ATCs for All.

Why make and trade ATCs? The small size of the card allows you to experiment with new media and techniques without spending a lot of money on supplies. For many participants, the interaction with other artists and the opportunity to learn new things is more important than the trading of the art itself.

"to bee or not to bee"
To Bee or Not to Bee
by Dianna Reiter
(Hand-carved stamps)

Mark your calendar!

Upcoming Meetings

Dates may be subject to change

We ask that you pre-register if you plan to participate (in person or via Zoom) so we can notify you if there are unexpected changes. Please sign up for the email list for the latest updates.


Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 1-3 p.m.
at the New Berlin Public Library, Community Meeting Room

15105 Library Lane, New Berlin WI

Suggested Theme: Favorite Places

If you plan to attend in person, please contact Carolyn Brady by Sunday, Jun 23, via the email on this page or via the survey that will be sent to the group email list. (Please contact Carolyn before Thursday, Jun 27, if you want to participate by Zoom, so we can send you the meeting link.)


Saturday, July 27, 2024 from 1-3 p.m.
at the Shorewood Village Center in the Village Center Meeting Room

3920 N Murray Ave, Shorewood, WI
(Same building as the library. Meeting room is on lower level. Entrance to parking lot is on Frederick Ave.)

Suggested Theme: Favorite Books/Literary Genres

If you plan to attend in person, please contact Carolyn Brady by Sunday, July 21, via the email on this page or via the survey that will be sent to the group email list. (Please contact Carolyn before Thursday, July 25, if you want to participate by Zoom, so we can send you the meeting link.)


Saturday, August 24, 2024 from 1-3 p.m.
Location pending confirmation
Suggested Theme: Favorite Artists or Art History Movements


Saturday, September 28, 2024
Morning Playdate and Afternoon live trade
at the Mukwonago Community Library

511 Division Street, Mukwonago WI

9 am-1 p.m - art play date in the library's MetaSpace 511 makerspace
1-3 p.m. (approx) ATC live trade & meeting in the Community Meeting Room

Suggested Theme: Favorite Colors/Textures

Due to limited room in the MetaSpace 511 area, we will require pre-registration to attend the morning playdate. This will be done by an on-line survey that will be sent to the group email list in late August.

If you plan to attend the afternoon live trade in person, please contact Carolyn Brady by Sunday, September 22, via the email on this page or via the attendance survey that will be sent to the group email list. (Please contact Carolyn before Thursday, September 26, if you want to participate by Zoom, so we can send you the meeting link.)


Dates & Locations to be determined

October
Favorite Names/Words/Quotes

November
Favorite Food & Drink

December
Open Theme


0029 adequate wiring continued
Adequate Wiring
by Gary Warren Niebuhr
(collage ATC)


Summer Fun #14
Summer Fun #14
by Carolyn Brady
(Fabric collage ATC)

Other Useful Information

You can store your ATCs in clear plastic sleeves designed for baseball and other trading cards, which are the same size. These can be found at Target as well as at stores specializing in sports trading cards. ATCs are also the same size as poker playing cards, which make a good base for collages.

Trying to stay organized? Here are some forms:

Sample back labels (Word document - edit to suit your needs)

Live trading tracker (Word document - keep track of your trades)


Koi1A
Koi by Lynne Larkin
(Ink & watercolor ATC)
   

Carolyn M. Brady

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This page last updated 11 May 2024