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Richmond Art Gallery Needs Family Photos

March 5, 2012

This sounds like so much fun, to put yourself in a gallery, even if you are not an “artist”. We all have family photos, now here’s a chance to share them with others on a little larger scale than turning through an album when your friends come over to your house.

Become part of the upcoming exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery by dropping off a framed photograph of your family to the gallery by March 18. Photos do not need to be large or professionally taken. Every type of family is encouraged to participate. For more information go to the RAG’s website:  I still can’t decide which photo I’m going to submit!

Richmond Art Gallery ATC show

January 10, 2011

There are only 2 weeks left to view the hundreds of ATCs at the Richmond Art Gallery’s 5th Annual Artist Trading Card Exhibition. Local, national, and international participants have created miniature works of original art measuring 2.5 x 3.5″ that are made to trade. Get to the gallery before January 22 to view these miniature art pieces.

Tiana has 9 watercolours based on family photographs of her father and grandfather in various gymnastic poses.

ATCs by Tiana Kaczor, Winter 2010

9 Watercolour ATCs by Tiana Kaczor, Winter 2010.

2010 in Review

January 3, 2011

Healthy blog!

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how Tiana’s blog did in 2010, and here’s a high  level summary of its overall blog health:

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!

Crunchy numbers


Featured imageA Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.  In 2010, there were 17 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 52 posts. There were 18 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.  The busiest day of the year was June 24th with 48 views. The most popular post that day was The Value of a Painted Eagle Sculpture $.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tiana kaczor, artist trading cards ideas, cd sculpture, artist trading cards gallery, and richmond art gallery.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Value of a Painted Eagle Sculpture $ April 2009


Art September 2008


Songs September 2008


Biography July 2008

Eagles in the City Auction March 2010
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It Starts With A Pencil – Mail Art ATCs

January 13, 2010
It Starts With A Pencil ATC by Kathy and Tiana

It Starts With A Pencil ATC by Kathy and Tiana

Last month I was given the chance to complete an ATC “Jam”. Misti Ko’s latest mailart project has her sending out a series of ATC “jams” – artist trading cards that she has started and then asks other artists to complete and send them back to her. “Jam” cards are something like the visual equivalent to a musical jam.
All the cards she sends out for this project will start in roughly the same way, with a pencil. Where they go from there is out of her control.

Kathy turned the pencil print into a hedgehog drawing. I contemplated a few ideas and then settled on making it a giant hedgehog along Vancouver’s English Bay. I drew from a photo of a peace march I was on in the 80s.

Get in touch with Misti if you would like to play.  ko (dot) misti (at) gmail (dot) com  And have a look at her website for more examples:

Telus TV interview of ATCs at the RAG

November 12, 2009

Click on the link to watch a short video from Telus TV about Artist Trading Cards at the Richmond Art Gallery. I didn’t get interviewed but you can see me in the background and there are several shots of my hands looking through the cards.
The final trading session at the end of the show was very energetic and I got a wide variety of international and local cards.

4th Annual ATC show at the RAG

One wall of ATCs at the Richmond Art Gallery

RAG Artist Trading Cards Exhibition

October 2, 2009


Artist Trading Cards at the Richmond Art Gallery

Artist Trading Cards at the Richmond Art Gallery

Tiana Kaczor invites you to the 4th annual Artist Trading Cards Exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery.  ATC’s are miniature works of art created on a 2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm) surface. (Like hockey cards) This show has original artworks or small editions self-produced by artists from all over the world.  There were no restrictions on art materials, meaning the possibilities for creativity are endless, from collage to manga to fabric art. Tiana has 9 cards of animal head patterns done in watercolour and pen.

18 September to 30 October 2009
Richmond Art Gallery  –   7700 Minoru Gate
Closing Celebration & Trading Session:  Friday, 30 October, 7–8:30pm

Good Karma Brings Me Eagles in the City

October 31, 2008

The instructors in my college music course were right: get out there, be visible, meet people in the industry, give your art away, and good karma will reward you. Wait, what was that one about giving your art away? Artists already have a tough time supporting themselves. Unless you have a job in another area, or a partner or parents to support you, the image of the starving artist can be all too true. For some reason people often think that art is not worth paying for. As Greg Blue recently pointed out to me, why do people think they can take an artist’s photograph off of Flickr to use in a publication without reimbursing the artist, yet we can’t walk into a store, take a car, and tell the salesperson “Oh, we’d love to use your car but you know, we’re just not paying anyone. Someone else gave us a couch for free, so we’re taking this car for free too.” As you drove away the security guard would be running to catch you. I did have a photo taken off of my Flickr site. I found out by googling my name one day. At the time I was so surprised that a Manitoba city publication had done this I didn’t fight for payment when they replied that no artist had been paid. Well maybe the other artists agreed to give their photographs for free. I was never given that choice.

Here’s the key point: it must be left up to the artist whether they want to give their art away for free, or they wish to be compensated for their skill, knowledge and time. Art is a great way to raise funds for other causes, just don’t forget to acknowledge that artists have bills to pay too, and deserve a decent wage.

Artist Cleo Pawson and Stephen Miller from the BC Lions Society

Stephen Miller from the BC Lions Society and artist Cleo Pawson at the Oct. 29, 2008 unveiling of 3 eagles in front of Vancouver City Hall.

I made the choice to make artist trading cards because I believed they would give me things that money can’t buy, like meeting other artists to share techniques and stories. Now, my involvement in the Richmond Art Gallery show of trading cards has lead to a wonderful opportunity to participate in the BC Lions Society fund-raiser Eagles in the City. Check out their website to learn more.
I will be working with children at James Whiteside Elementary to paint a 7′ eagle sculpture that will be displayed from April 2009 to April 2010 when it will be auctioned off to raise funds in support of the BC Lions Society’s Easter Seal Services and the Canucks for Kids Fund. I will be receiving an honorarium, and hope that the project will bring me more good karma. See, it does pay to give things away for free.

Mixing Art Styles, Mastering Subjects

July 23, 2008
Keytar Yellow by Johnathan Wakuda Fischer

I went to an artist trading card session at the Richmond Art Gallery last week. I was hoping that making these little art pieces would get me into a routine of creating visual art, since I have been doing mostly music this year. One of my ideas is to use my realistic drawing talent but create original subject ideas by combining unrelated objects. Just by chance today I came across Wakuda on Flickr. He has fabulous images combining traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e style with modern stenciling techniques and subject matter like cell phones and boom boxes. Very cool. Now I am inspired to go draw!

Keytar Yellow by Johnathan Wakuda Fischer