suggest bringing at least 20-25 cards
to trade, and it helps to have them in a binder or
small album that can be easily viewed and passed
around during trading. Please come prepared to trade with everyone, regardless of skill level.
make at least one card in the monthly theme to
participate in the Potluck Draw (in which
everyone throws their theme card into a box
during introductions and then we all randomly
draw someone else's card in trade).
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
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 This is the link to an archived version.)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
by Dianna Reiter
Mark your calendar!
2021 dates are tentative!
Future meetings in 2021 may be a combination of in-person & virtual attendance via Zoom depending on what restrictions on group size are in place at meeting locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any scheduled dates below may be subject to change depending on the availability of the location.
We will be requesting 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.
In-Person & Joint Virtual Meeting
Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 1-3 p.m. (times are approximate)
at the New Berlin Public Library, Community Meeting Room
15105 Library Lane, New Berlin WI
Suggested Theme: Draw
If you plan to attend in person, please contact Carolyn Brady by Sunday, October 24, via the email on this page or via the survey that will be sent to the group email list. (Please contact Carolyn before Thursday, October 28, if you are planning to participate by Zoom, so we can send you the meeting link.)
Suggested Theme: Color
by Gary Warren Niebuhr