Judy’s Altered Minds

JAMs — Join Us for Inspiration!

JAMs members taking a close look at show & tell items

Judy’s Altered Minds, affectionately known as JAMs for short, is a free in-person altered art group open to all who are interested. Meetings take place in-person on the 3rd Sunday of each month beginning at 1:30 pm. (And join our Artistic Artifacts Creative Minds Facebook group to show off your work virtually!)

The store opens at 1:00 pm to allow for shopping — JAMs members receive a 10% discount on all purchases. An optional exchange of artist trading cards (ATCs) is followed by a show and tell session — more on ATCs below. A nominal cash donation is requested to contribute for utilities and the building cost.

JAMs members are artists who make quilts (traditional and art), fiber and mixed media collages, jewelry, art dolls, assemblage... those who keep art journals, surface design enthusiasts, paper crafters, felters, and more. All levels of expertise are represented, and all are welcome!

Use MeetUp.com to RSVP for each monthly meeting or to contact us... or, feel free to just “drop by” Artistic Artifacts on the 3rd Sunday of each month and introduce yourself — we love welcoming new members!

We ask everyone to visit our calendar for the most up-to-date information, occasionally the scheduled third Sunday date for JAMs may shift, depending on holidays or classes taking place at Artistic Artifacts.

About Artist Trading Cards

Participating in our ATC exchange is open to anyone interested. ATCs are exchanged one for one, i.e., if you bring 15 cards to exchange, you will receive 15 in return.

ATCs traded at a JAMs meeting

You can create your ATC according to whatever concept or style you wish, using whatever medium you wish. There are only a few rules to ATCs (but approximately a kajillion web resources to learn more and be inspired by) —

  • Each card must be 2½" x 3½" (64 mm × 89 mm). Corners can be rounded or trimmed if desired, and your art can be portrait or landscape in orientation.
  • Cards can be in any handmade medium: collage, mixed-media, fiber, felt or cloth, acrylic or watercolor painting, drawing, Zentangles, etc.
  • The cards you bring for exchange can be all the same (an edition or series) or all different... or any combination of the two.

There are many rubber stamps created expressly for the reverse sides of ATCs. You can also create a custom computer printed label, or write info in by hand — whatever you prefer. The following information is suggested for inclusion, but at a minimum, include your name on the reverse side.

  • Contact information: name, email address, website, blog address
  • Date of creation of the card, or of the exchange
  • Edition number, within a limited edition or series (i.e., 1 of 20, 2 of 20, 3 of 20...). Cards that are unique can be described as ‘OOAK’' (one of a kind) or numbered 1/1, if you’d like.

JAMs members gather to get a closer look at the show & tell items presented