Monday, January 4, 2010

Calgary takes part in Artist Trading Card Cultural Olympiad

Calgarians are being encouraged to unite the country by designing and exchanging Olympic-themed art cards as part of The Artist Trading Card Cultural Olympiad.

The City of Calgary is teaming up with The City of Mississauga, Ontario, and accepting miniature works of art on trading cards with Olympic, friendship, sportsmanship or peace themes that will be displayed for the public before being exchanged for other cards from across the country.

“It’s a really cool concept and a fun thing to do,” said Lisa Tornack, a Recreation Program Specialist with The City. “It’s a way to involve youth with art and unite Eastern and Western Canada in the spirit of friendship.”

Participants must design their work of art on a 2.5 X 3.5 inch or 64 X 89 millimetre card of sturdy paper and then drop it off at Mount Pleasant Art Centre.

The cards will be showcased at Calgary’s Municipal Building on Jan. 18, 2010, and then sent to Mississauga. Mississauga’s cards will be displayed at the North Mount Pleasant Art Centre from February 13 – 27 and Calgary artists can pick their favourite card from the Ontario collection and keep it. Somebody from Eastern Canada will do the same with the Cards that originated here.

This is part of the larger Artist Trading Card concept which describes the card-trading venture as, “they are originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced -anybody can produce them. The idea is that you trade them with other people who produce cards, either at trading sessions or wherever you meet another (trader) in person.”

The project was initiated in 1997 by Swiss artist M. Vänçi Stirnemann.

***Image: A Calgary card from Artist Trading Card Cultural Olympiad

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