Call for Vendors: Printed Matter

Call for Vendors: Printed Matter

The Printed Matter network invites indie printers, art collectives, print collectives, printshops, artist activists, street artists, fine artists, and non-artists to exhibit and sell at a show with 60 vendors at the Santa Fe Railyard Complex on Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 10 am to 4 pm. This is an all-outdoor event; vendors and participants are encouraged to follow any COVID-safe practices as they see fit.

The event will include printing that is purely personal or traditional fine art to more cultural forms, including street arts, newsletters, book arts, handbills, stickers, cards, vinyl/CD art, and other publishing forms printed via etching, silkscreen, linotype, and letterpress, plus more DYI and guerrilla approaches such as street stencils, graffiti forms, potato prints, photograms, and lo-fi transfers. Items can be fine art or more utilitarian including lengths of fabric, clothing, patches, kitchen textiles, housewares, etc.

Vendor fee is $30 per artist or $40 for a group (two or more artists) and payment MUST be received by June 15. You must bring your own table, tent, booth/walls, etc. Wifi will be available.

During the event there will be live/hands on/interactive demonstrations of different types of printing. If you are willing to volunteer an hour or two to demonstrate your printing process, Printed Matter will waive your vendor fee. Contact Tim ASAP if you wish to demo.

During Printed Matter the Santa Fe Artist Market will be held in the nearby Farmers’ Market building, which has restrooms, electricity, and water.

The organizers will do the usual public announcements, mailing list, banners, and E-media, but appreciate help with announcements to artists’ own mailing lists. Bourland Letterpress will print a limited-edition poster with vendors’ names.

Speaking of James, he will host a potluck mixer the Saturday night before the event at Bourland Letterpress’s parking lot from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Please see the application at

Questions? Tim Jag of Baca Printshop, 505.577.3663,

2022 “Anything Goes” Challenge Monthly Themes

BAG President Linda Zwick has given us a challenge. Create a piece of art of any kind (no limitations on size or structure), send to friends and family if you like, and send a photo to (for posting on the website and social media, and inclusion in a likely future slideshow at a BAG membership meeting). The themes are just suggestions; create whatever suits your fancy!


January 30 is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.


February 8 is Hari-Kuyo in the Kanto region of Japan. It is the Buddhist and Shinto Festival of Broken Needles (celebrated in December in the Kyoto and Kansai regions) and is a memorial to sewing needles broken in their service during the past year. It is also an opportunity to pray for improved skills. Suggestion: Create something in honor of your favorite tool or tools or about your intentions to learn new skills of any kind.


March 18 is National Quilting Day. Suggestions: Create a quilted design, a quilted fabric block, a book containing quilted designs, or anything that incorporates the essence of a quilted item.


April 17 is International Haiku Poetry Day. Suggestion: Create one or more haiga, a style of Japanese painting that incorporates haiku, usually about nature or the natural world, with the painting more suggestive of the subject of the haiku rather than a direct image of that subject. Check out Matsuo Basho, a great master of haiku and haiga, if you are interested.


The second Saturday of May (in 2022, May 14) is World Collage Day, initiated by Kolaj Magazine in 2018. Celebrate collage this month!


June 8 is Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth anniversary. You likely know about his houses and his graphic designs for home furnishings and windows. But did you know that in 1927 Wright created 12 graphic designs based on seasonal themes that were projected to be the covers each month on Liberty Magazine the following year? Sadly, the magazine never used the designs he created, but you can find examples by searching the internet for Wright’s September Desert, December Gifts, The Flag, Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers, and May Basket. Suggestion: Using colored pencil as Wright did (or whatever tool you prefer), create an abstract design of a favorite object.


Alexander Calder’s birth anniversary is July 22. He is famous for both mobiles and what he termed stabiles. Suggestion: Create an engineered 3D artful object that interests you.


The second Wednesday of August (in 2022, August 10) is World Calligraphy Day. Calligraphy is art in written form. Suggestions: Practice calligraphy styles you know and love, create your own calligraphic alphabet, or play with an illuminated or doodled letter.


In Great Britain, Epilepsy Action designates an annual National Doodle Day to garner financial support for its efforts to improve the lives of those with epilepsy. In 2022, September 3 is designated as National Doodle Day. Suggestion: Create one or more doodles this month.


October 24 is the feast day of Saint Anthony Mary Claret. He is the patron saint of, among others, weavers. While many think of weaving as a yarn-based art, paper can be woven, too.


Georgia O’Keeffe’s birth anniversary is November 15. Many of us are familiar with her oeuvre. Suggestion: Create a piece of art in honor of O’Keeffe.


Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth anniversary is December 16. Suggestion: Create a piece of art with a component related to music.

Artist Trading Card and Rolodex Card Swap

Five Artist Trading Cards
Artist Trading Cards by (clockwise from top left) Cynthia Leespring, Joyce Wood, Ruth Anna Abigail, Julie Filatoff, and Elayne Karickhoff. Click image to enlarge.

Hey, BAG members! Let’s swap Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and Rolodex Cards (Rolos)!

  • ATCs are 2.5” x 3.5” (vertical or horizontal—your choice)
  • Standard Rolos are 4” wide x approximately 2.5” high (depends on the die you’re using, etc.)
  • Large Rolos are 5” wide x 3” high

Sign up by the last day of the month (i.e., March 31, 2022). Ruth Anna Abigail will put you in a group of 3 or 4 people, and you will make one card for each person in your group. Mail your cards so that they arrive before the end of the next month. You will get back cards from all over!

To sign up, email Ruth Anna at (please put BAG in the subject line) and indicate which cards you want to trade (one, two, or all three):

  • ATCs
  • Standard Rolos
  • Large Rolos