At Yorkfest this weekend, a new activity allowed artists of all experience levels to take home free, original art — in their pockets.
The York Art Association's tent at the York City event featured artist trading cards, baseball card-sized works of art that artists swap with each other.
The idea came from artist Kate Hufnagel, chair of the York Art Association's gallery committee, who's been making and trading cards for about 10 years.
A 14-month-old boy was one of the youngest artists to participate, she said.
"That one kid now has his own original piece of art," Hufnagel said.
Swapping: Trading cards are a way in which artists "engage in the creative process together," she said.
Hufnagel, 64, of Yoe has made about 400 cards since January and has hundreds in her collection — from both established artists and novices, she said.
A piece of art from a child is "every bit as valid" as one from an experienced artist, she said.
"And that's why I will swap with anybody ... I only will swap them — never sell them," Hufnagel said.
On a rainy Saturday, artists swapped about 90 cards at the booth, she said.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Hufnagel said she saw "nonstop" creating and trading and was concerned she'd run out of the 300 cards she brought to swap.
Mary Yeaple, the event's coordinator, said that over the two days, Yorkfest saw an attendance of about 15,000 people — an average amount.
Creating: At the tent, festival attendees set up at tables while they cut, pasted and doodled on their own cards.
Sisters Ane and Neva Kirk-Jadric of York City created their own cards for the first time.
Ane, 10, used a geometric theme, pasting rectangles of colored paper and drawing patterns.
"I like the fact that you can do anything in art," she said. "There are no rules."
While creating a card with a flower, sun and blue sky, Neva said that with art, there are no mistakes that can't be fixed.
"You can just doodle, and you can do whatever you want," she said.
For Hunter Commins, 9, of Spring Garden Township, trading cards can spark new ideas and build relationships.
"You figure out what people like to do, and you get to know people more," she said.
Sharing: Gabi Raub, 15, of Gettysburg attended Yorkfest for the first time with her father, Paul.
She recently attended a York Art Association workshop and swap meet for artist trading cards.
Hufnagel said the association plans to hold another artist trading card workshop in spring 2015
"That was really fun," Gabi said.
She keeps her collection of trading cards in a "deck box."
"I really like trading with other people and seeing what they've done," she said.
Katie Mutz, 23, of York City used colorful gel pens to recreate the characters of "Adventure Time" for her first card.
She said that it's "pretty cool" for artists to be able to intimately share artwork.
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