Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Pubs and Alcohol

A few months ago, I came across a mail art call issued by Stories From The Pub:

The Pubs and Alcohol call is open-ended, which can be good and bad. I prefer a deadline, as it forces me to get something out. No deadline gives more breathing room, but I tend to forget about an open-ended call because there’s no urgency. How do you feel? Do you prefer a deadline?

Here are the details for the Pubs and Alchohol call:

I would like to announce the commencement of my very own Mail Art exhibit. Starting now, and ongoing indefinitely, I will post photos or scanned images onto my blog of any Mail Art that is sent to me provided that it relates to the theme of “Pubs and Alcohol”. This could be a postcard made from a collage of beer labels, a poem written about vineyards, entertaining tastings notes, or a drawing of a pub on an envelope. The possibilities are endless! Those who send me art can expect a suitable response.

My mailing address is:

Stories From The Pub
7770 McLennan Road
Vernon BC
V1B 3S7

It reminded me of a similar call for an exhibit a year or so ago by Fleur Helsingor of Oakland, California. Back then, the Pennsylvania Flavor Beer Mat Mobile was my contribution. I used mats with local Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh flavor and sent it in a festive Black and Gold decorated envie.


Pennsylvania Flavor Beer Mat Mobile – LKR 2015

Here’s hoping that your favorite adult beverage inspires you to participate….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!



Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Again but Not the Same

Hands down, this is the best mail art call out there if you are seeking printed documentation of participation. Eberhard Janke creates a full-color catalog of the work of all participants that rivals any museum or auction house catalog.

It has been my pleasure to participate in several of the Edition Janus calls and I am always delighted to receive the catalog, to view all of the entries received from around the globe.

The theme for the Edition Janus calls are always intriguing. White Shadows was one of my favorites. This time, it’s Again but Not the Same. Duplicity and yet, not. My brain is already mulling ideas over for this one. I hope you’ll be inspired to submit… I’ll look for you in the catalog!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

My Wild and Crazy World: Getting Ready for Black Mountain School


Happy Saturday Morning!

I’m popping in with an announcement… This past week got crazy, what with all of the preparations for my upcoming trip to BMS (Black Mountain School.) I don’t anticipate the coming week will be any better, as I leave this coming Friday.

That said, Friday Dada posts are on hold until further notice. The next several weeks’ Monday Morning Mail Art Call (MMMAC) posts have been scheduled, so there’s no interruption there. I will do my best to resume the Tuesday Trash Bubble posts after having skipped this week, hoping to build Trash Bubbles at BMS and share them with you all.

In addition, I will be posting from BMS about all manner of things, including my experiences as I go. I will also be posting shorter blurbs and pictures on my facebook artist page: If you are friends with me on facebook, there will be status updates, too.

Just this week, I launched my Patreon artist page and will also be posting about BMS there. I will share more about my Patreon at a later date.

Each of these venues will receive different posts, so you might want to check ’em all so as not to miss any of the BMS excitement!

Finally, a BIG THANK YOU!!! to everyone who helped to make this trip to BMS a reality for me! To those of you who shared my Go Fund Me, ( ) contributed to it, and those who offered words of encouragement and support… I truly could not have done it without you. You are ROCK STARS to me! Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for believing in me!


Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Bandung Artventure

It’s Monday morning and time for a new MMMAC! This international call originates in Indonesia. Exotic and colorful, the advertisement beckons….

Below is the English text as found on the blog:

MailArt is an international art project where you can make art from digital printing, drawings, postcards, painting, collages, caricature, photography, or anything you want and share your creative process by sending it through postal mail. Send your imagination on an adventure through a journey of a mail.

Art is a freedom of expression. Let your vision to be felt and inspire people from all over the world. Sanggar Olah Seni SOS is proudly inviting every creative soul to participate in Bandung 3rd International Mail Art Exhibition. The theme for this project is Touching cross culture understanding with Art. Can Art be the source foundation of a City development ?

Bandung Artventure

Deadline : 30 September 2016

Free technique and size.

No fees. No jury. No return.

Online Documentation
All Art work will be the collection of Bandung International MailArt Museum

Exhibitions in 2016, SOS Sanggar Olah Seni ( )

Send to :

Bandung Artventure

Kotakpos 6622

BDCO 40116a

Bandung – West Java



Does the theme speak to you? I wonder what you’ll send? For myself, I will have to think on it.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Liberate Your Art (LYA) Side Swaps Are In!

Even though it’s been weeks since the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap took place, I have recently received what I think is the last of the side swaps.

It was fun exchanging postcard prints with those folks who had extras and wanted to swap. It always is.

This year, I elected to send out mine first, letting folks receive them and send to the return address, rather than exchanging addresses up front. I did it that way so that I would be held accountable. It is all too easy for things to get away from me these days and I did not wish to let anyone down.

Pictured below are the ten postcards I received back, along with the artist credits.


Clockwise from the top left: Deanie Houghtaling, Lynne Foerster, Jill Eudaly (The 365 Flowers Project: and Patricia Lawrence.


Left to right: Louise Mamet ( and Janice Darby


Clockwise from the top left: Sheila Delgado ( Julia Jacques, Margaret Henning ( and Terry Owenby.

This was a mere sampling of the variety and yummy goodness liberated by artists around the globe in this year’s Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. I count myself fortunate to have been able to swap with so many talented contemporaries. If you haven’t participated, please think about joining us in 2017.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Contemporary Dada Centennial Feature: Keith Chambers

As it is the first Friday in May, we have come to our second contemporary Dada artist feature: Keith Chambers, aka: Amalgamated Confusion.

About himself, Keith Chambers says, “I am not a dadaist, basically because I was born way after 1916, but also, I am not a nihilist. An iconoclast, maybe, but not a nihilist. Nonconformist is a good moniker.” He has also said, “. . . for the record, I cannot claim to be a dadaist, but instead, a neo-dadaist . . . I blame it all on time, but time seems to be blameless . . . ?”

Both are very Dadaist statements, as Dada hates to be labeled and instead prefers to break boundaries even as it sets them. In donning one, he seems to be casting it off at the same time. His work may speak more forcefully.

If you have been following the Friday Dada posts, you will have seen some of Keith’s work earlier. I have assembled those pieces along with a few older and newer works for your perusal. Enjoy!


Keith Chambers: Orange


Dada is self aware – Keith Chambers


Surrender to pulchritude – Keith Chambers


Keith Chambers- Redacted Dada Poem


dada is in the ear… – Keith Chambers

The following photos document the most recent mailing from Keith to celebrate the Dada Centenary 1916-2016. It includes his Sunflower Tank commemorative artistamp sheets. I hope you enjoy perusing them as much as I enjoyed receiving them.


Keith Chambers Dada Centenary mailing envelope


Mirror image dada message postcard included inside – Keith Chambers


Keith Chambers Sunflower Tank Commemorative Artistamp sheet 16/24


Keith Chambers Sunflower Tank Commemorative Artistamp sheet 16/50

Keith’s work never fails to provoke deep thought, at least not in this recipient.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!




Attention All Doodlers! Netflix Call for Art!

It isn’t often that a call of this caliber enters my radar, but when it does, be rest assured I’ll be passing the information on to all of you!

Netflix has received so much great envelope art that they have issued a call for art for their fall 2016 mailers. That means a chance for us to get our artwork printed and distributed to the masses. Yes! You read correctly. Although the streaming portion of Netflix is more popular than its DVD home delivery service, they still have 5.3 million subscribers who receive movies by mail. Multiple that number by the 3 or 4 movies each subscription has in their possession at one time and… BAM! That is a number too great to ignore when you’re trying to get your art out there.

They are looking for art that falls under the themes of Back-to-School, Fall and Halloween. You can find all the details in the link below.

Best of Luck! Be sure to share with us here if you’re participating, so we can cheer you on!

P.S. I forgot to mention that the deadline for this one is coming up FAST! MAY 16, 2016!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Redux & Received

The closer I get to the Black Mountain School trip, the more I find I have on my plate. Rather than ignore the blog and all of you, there will be times when the posts are simplified. This is one of those times.

For your amusement, I offer this Trash Bubble, one of the original bubbles from my Winter 2013 GreenCraft article…


DREAM BIG: The Inner Critic Silencer

This piece was born of a desire to silence my own inner critic. Recently, I had the opportunity to dig it out for a fellow artist. I thought they might benefit from the messages it contains… DREAM BIG! PLAY! Inspire! Express yourself! Imagine! AND… the sides not shown in the pic say, Treasure Dreams! Discover! Create Art!

The police car is a stress reliever, meant to be squeezed, so it’s soft and lightweight. It made for a powerful message bearer, don’t you think?

Received late last week was this piece from Linda French…

Bubble of sorts from Linda French

One of an ongoing series, “Junk of Which I am Now Getting Rid.”

About this piece she says, “Dear Lynn, Every couple of weeks I have to sort out and clear the decks. It sometimes takes half a day. This is neither the caliber of art nor the quality of goods that I see in your Trash Bubbles series. I’m sending it anyway. With all the good will I can muster in my now-depleted state, Linda French 55616”

Can you say, “Bubble Love” folks? Look at that full, unused package of 7mm red pom poms! Looks like unused Rudolph noses from a child’s craft project! I absolutely L ❤ VE it! The rubber stamped images, the silk flowers, the gold chain… all on a piece of cardboard packaging! Secured by a rubber band, staples, glue and a yellow paperclip worthy of Bert’s collection!

Yep, it was a good mail day when this arrived! Thanks, Linda!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!




Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Colour Outside the Line

This week’s MMMAC is really pulling at me. It’s an international mail art call whose theme is: Colour Outside the Line.

For all that coloring books for adults are all the rage and are supposed to be relaxing, I’ve heard a great many folks say that they got one, but hadn’t used it because they were afraid they’d “mess it up!”

Oh! To be that child again! The one who colored outside the lines, saw beauty in everything, embraced everyone and loved it all! You know, the one you were before some well-meaning adult sat down to “show you HOW.”

Here is your opportunity to step outside the confines of the restrictions of borders, rules and societal acceptance. Show the world that you are not afraid to honor that child within! Do what FEELS right to you and send it in!


The deadline isn’t until September, but why wait?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. Over the weekend, I introduced the MinneDaDa mail art call. If you missed it, you can find out more here: