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Artist trading Cards Exhibition at the AFS Gallery

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  • Angela Moll
    ARTISTS TRADING CARD GROUP EXHIBITION AT AFS GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION THIS SATURDAY Swapped Not Sold , a rare opportunity to see the collected work of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 28 2:52 PM
      "Swapped Not Sold", a rare opportunity to see the collected
      work of the Santa Barbara Artists' Trading Card Group, takes place at the
      AFS Gallery from September 27 until November 13, 2007. An opening
      reception for the show takes place on Saturday, September 29, from 4:00
      until 6:00 p.m., and is free to the public. AFS Gallery is located
      upstairs at the Art From Scrap warehouse, 302 East Cota Street, in
      downtown Santa
      Collections of artists' trading cards (ATCs) are treasured by
      their owners; they are highly personal and rarely exhibited. To raise
      awareness for the concept, the Santa Barbara ATC Group has designed an
      exhibit where each participating member displays a selection from his
      or her personal collection within a single frame. The frames, shown
      together, give an impressive overview of the quality and quantity of
      creative work being produced. Artists' Trading Cards are miniature
      works of art created
      specifically for trade. ATCs can be created in any medium, as long as they
      are 2.5" X 3.5" in size. For artist Penny Mast McCall, this fosters
      creative exploration. "I love the format; I love working small. It enables
      me to work on a concept for a series of six or so cards and then move on to
      another idea." Popular trading card media with the Santa Barbara Group are
      painting, collage, illustration and textile art.
      Being a regular part of an exchange group has special meaning for
      artist Judy Nilsen, "The exchange of cards between individuals is very
      important. I can see the personality of the artist coming through the
      of cards over time." Trade is so important to the ATC concept that a card
      is not considered complete until it has been exchanged for another card.

      Because artists' trading cards can only be acquired through trade,
      whether by two individual artists or through a trading group, the Santa
      Barbara ATC Group has provided a unique opportunity for viewers to
      experience the exchange aspect for themselves. An area within the gallery
      has been set aside for people to make a card during their visit, and
      exchange it for another. "It's a chance to be free and experiment," said
      artist Angela Howard. "And, because these cards are not bought or sold,
      they're a gift. You never know where they'll end up."
      An ATC workshop for artists of all ages, led by Mary Stanley, will
      be held in conjunction with the exhibit. It takes place at Art From
      Scrap on
      Saturday, October 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A fee of $6.00 per
      person is payable at the door. AFS gallery is open Tuesday through
      Saturday, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm,
      and on Thursdays from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Admission is free. For more
      information , please contact Art From Scrap at (805) 884-0459 x 15.

      Cay Sanchez
      Executive Director
      Art From Scrap
      302 E. Cota Street
      Santa Barbara, CA 93101
      805 884-0459 x14
      Fax 805 884-1879
      Learn more about our programs at www.artfromscrap.org
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