Mail Art

Mail Art is an ongoing project sponsored by BAG, and all members are welcome to participate. This project presents an opportunity to make a piece of art each month and send it through the U.S. mail to another member of BAG. Then each month you will find a piece of art in your mailbox, relieving the tedium of solicitations, bills, and junk mail.

2019 Mail Art Project

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Douglass Rankin and Gail Murray announced a new mail art program that began in March 2019. It is named “Project 26: Alphabet Mail Art,” and it will include one letter for each month that BAG has a general meeting. Any BAG member is welcome to participate. The next letter will be “E” and it is due at the December 2019 meeting.

Size and Paper Type

4”x6” on cardstock, at least as thick as a standard postcard. The size and paper stock are the only requirements.

Two Options for Participation

Option 1—Follow our usual Mail Art routine: write your name, address, and email on the index card supplied at the BAG meetings. Drop the card in the bag, then pull out somebody else’s name before you leave the meeting.

Option 2—If you are COMMITTED to doing the entire alphabet, and IF you don’t usually get to the meetings, send an email to BOTH Gail Murray gail@gpmurray.com and Douglass Rankin scrubjay@rockcreekpottery.com with your name, mailing address, and email. We will then put your information on a list that will be emailed to all the people in your group. To use the list, skip your name and send a card to the person’s name on the list that follows yours (beginning with the letter “A” for March). In April, continue on to the NEXT name for the NEXT letter. This list will be set up only at the BEGINNING of the project; the deadline to submit your name and other information is Friday, March 1, 2019. We will send the list to you before the March 9 general meeting. It is very important that you commit to creating all 26 letters, otherwise the people in your group will not end up with an entire alphabet.

Note: You do NOT have to commit to all 26 months and letters. You can create a letter as you desire by drawing a name at a general meeting. It is only mandatory to create A to Z if you sign up for Option 2.

After You Have Selected Your Option

  • Create two similar postcards. Mail one card to your mail art buddy (the name you drew for Option 1 or the next person on the list for Option 2). Also mail one card to Santa Fe BAG, PO Box 33691, Santa Fe, NM 87594.
  • We recommend mailing your card in an envelope, making it more likely it will arrive undamaged (55¢). Because this is a standard size, you may mail it as a postcard if you choose (35¢).
  • We encourage you to complete each letter and mail it to your recipient before the next BAG meeting.
  • When you do receive your Alphabet Mail Art postcard, please email the sender to let them know their card arrived.

BAG will keep all cards received in the BAG Archive. We will display them at the general meeting as the project proceeds.

Mail Art began as one of BAG’s first projects, and it continues to be a fun and exciting part of our organization. Please join us!