A Mail Art Event at The Studio School

IMG_0887          It’s been about 7 weeks since we closed down the studio due to Covid-19 and it looks like we’re going to be sheltering/staying at home a bit longer.  To be honest we are getting anxious to get back to making art together! So this is what we’re proposing- we’re not going to phone it in- we’re going to MAIL it in! MAIL Art aka Postal Art aka Correspondence Art is a thing. In the next few days I’ll be posting a bit about the history of Mail Art and examples, plus some how to video links. You can join our facebook event page for more discussion and postings as well.
      This studio event is titled “Postcards from Inside”, and we’re inviting everyone to submit/ mail us a piece of art in the form of a postcard, or piece of mail. Mail art can be any medium ( that’s mail-able) Collage, painting, fabric, drawing, photography etc. And the theme is whatever moves you at this unique moment in time. Beauty, mystery, gratitude, humor. Your choice of response is wide open.
     All pieces will be photographed for an online exhibit. This project will conclude with an exhibit in the studio gallery at some point. We will figure out later how best to allow viewing, possibly with a timed entry to gallery?
Who can participate: This event is open to all! Artists of all kinds, but also anyone from any walk of life with an idea who would like to send a postcard. We will have a young adult and children’s gallery as well.
How to participate: Make and Send a postcard to our studio ( specifications below)  Be sure your name is somewhere on there- or it will be labelled anonymous. Cost to participate is $5 per card to cover photography and managing the show. (see payment info below)
Also available for purchase are Mail Art Kits for $12. These packets will include your entry fee for one piece, several postcard sized card stock and boards, postage for 3 postcards, and for inspiration a grab bag packet of collage bits incl. decorative papers, magazine images, old book pages, ticket stubs, playing cards etc. Order mail kits here
ADDED INFO: We now have a PO Box so please send your postcard art to:
MAS The Studio School
PO Box 223
Flint Hill, Virginia, 22627
Deadline:  All mailed postcards should be received by June 5, 2020
Standard postcard sizes for the postal office are minimum 3.5x 5.5″ and maximum 4.5″ x6 ” to qualify for the .35 cent stamp.
    Although we realize there is the potential for damage – postcard art is usually mailed as a traditional postcard would be, on it’s own, with no envelope. Part of the reasoning is so that it receives the postmark with the time and date stamp and that becomes part of the beauty of it. Also, it is considered public art with the idea that everyone along the way in it’s delivery will view the artwork. Our local postal worker at the Flint Hill Post Office is already excited about this project!
Payment of $5 per card can be sent separately by check or cash in an envelop, through Paypal, or Venmo to kerriemullany
Feel free to message us if you have any questions.

7 thoughts on “A Mail Art Event at The Studio School

  1. What a great idea! I have several packs of watercolor postcards (more than I can ever use BTW) – can you use a pad or two to send out cards? I can drop them off. They are the Stratmore postcards. Can’t wait to paint one to mail to you!

    Gail

    Gail Swift PO Box 526 Washington VA 22747 cell: 540-671-0944

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    • Great So glad you will participate! And sure if you want to drop them off at the studio- just hang on the door handle? Or you could put in my mom’s mailbox near you- she ‘s in apt B!

      • Just to be clear though- we’re gathering postcards for a show online and one in the studio gallery. We will not be mailing postcards to anyone ( unless you would like to have yours back.)

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