Carded | Miniature Masterpieces

An Artist Trading Card Show at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center

Carded Miniature Masterpieces Art Exhibition Fort Myers

The Artist Trading Card exhibit curated by Cesar Aguilera, connected a lot of local artists.

I created six unique trading cards for the exhibit at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers, Florida from Aug. 7 – 27. The original cards were created with acrylic paint on 140 lb acid-free cold-pressed paper and each one measures 2.5″ x 3.5.″

Miniature Masterpieces

It is my pleasure to share my artwork online so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home. Now, you can order a fine art print, sticker, or magnet of one of these miniature masterpieces!

Racoon Miniature Masterpiece

Raccoon

These masked bandits are startlingly sensitive to touch. Compared with most mammals, raccoons have four to five times more sensory cells in their paws.

Peacock Miniature Masterpiece

Peacock

With a fairly large wingspan around 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) and it’s large feathers, the peacock is one of the largest flying birds on earth.

Flamingo Miniature Masterpiece

Flamingo

A flock of flamingos is called a stand or a flamboyance. It takes flamingos about three years to get their pink and red feathers.

Bobcat Miniature Masterpiece

Bobcat

Each night bobcats travel along a habitual route, from 3 to 11 km long. Like most cats, the bobcat is territorial and predominantly solitary.

Macaw Miniature Masterpiece

Macaw

In the wild, macaws often flock to mountains of clay known as "macaw licks." Macaws are able to reach speeds of up to 56 kph (35 mph).

Lion Miniature Masterpiece

Lion

An adult male’s roar can be heard up to 8km away. In the wild, lions live for an average of 12 years and up to 16 years. They live up to 25 years in captivity.

About Artist Trading Cards

Trade cards originated as a business marketing strategy during the late 19th century. These were a cheap and effective way to reach consumers and advertise everything from breath freshener to Coca-Cola. Trade cards captured the imagination of a wide audience featuring beautiful illustrations, humorous cartoons, or worthy sayings.

The first artist trading card dates back to 1997 from a collaborative art project initiated by the Swiss artist M. Vänçi Stirnemann. These artist trading cards self-made unique works of art, limited to 2 12 by 3 12 inches (64 mm × 89 mm) in size, which is the same format as modern trading cards. The purpose of the art project was to allow free exchange between the participants from different backgrounds to establish a rapport.

The first artist trading card dates back to 1997 in Zurich and started as a collaborative cultural performance. The Artist Trading Card project builds on different traditions. Miniature art has been in existence for centuries tracing its heritage back to the illustrated manuscripts of scribes in the Far East and Europe prior to the 15th century.

The origin of the modern trading card is associated with cigarette cards first issued by the US-based Allen and Ginter tobacco company in 1875. They were the precursors of the sports cards and other trading cards. An important influence on the ATC concept were art movements of the 20th century which advocated a more popular art: Art not for museums or auctions but from and within everyday life.

In this respect, the ATC project has an affinity with the Fluxus movement and with Robert Filliou’s notions of a “fête permanente”, a “création permanente”, or an “eternal network”. The “art of participation” as an interactive process can be traced back to the 1950s, and it developed within different genres like performance art and happenings, action art, mail art, or later computer art.

Artist Ndola Pensy introduced the artist trading card idea to Southwest Florida in 2017 with great reception among artists of different mediums in the area.

  1. Boettcher, Shelley. “The New Art Dealers. Forget Pokemon and Hockey Cards. Today’s Creative People trade their own Works of Art”, Calgary Herald, 15 January 2000.
  2. Bossardt, Fredi. “Trading Cards”, WOZ, 18 April 1997.
  3. Trade Cards | History Detectives. (2020). PBS. https://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/feature/trade-cards/#:%7E:text=Trade%20cards%20were%20used%20primarily,Expositions%20(such%20as%20the%20St.

Art Exhibition Photos

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center Location

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2301 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901

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