Happy Creating, Fellow Makers!



Thank you to everyone who has registered for the Queen City Art Swap 2016: Artist Choice. If you have registered, you should have received an email with information about the artist who you will be creating artwork for. Please double check your Spam folder if you do not see something from queencityartswap@gmail.com.

In the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful Spring and find inspiration everywhere. Happy creating!



Queen City Art Swap 2016 Registration Now Open!

Welcome to the 2nd annual Queen City Art Swap! This is the theme that kicked it all off, where you, the artist, decide what you want to create and send to your assigned artist. Create something that really shows you as an artist, or try a new medium you’ve always wanted to tackle. Create something that you think your assigned artist would enjoy. It is up to you! But remember, you want to send something you are proud of, something that you would want to display in your own home. We can’t wait to see what you create!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and please spread the word! The more the merrier.

Visit our FAQ page to learn more about the rules and regulations.

Dates to Remember:

March 14th – April 4th: Registration
June 6th: Final Mail Date
Mixer TBD.


Remember to #tag any of your works in progress as #queencityartswap and #queencityartswap2016 so we can share it on Instagram and Facebook! Visit our website for FAQs and updates.

Instagram: @queencityartswap
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/queencityartswap/
Website: https://queencityartswap.wordpress.com
email: queencityartswap@gmail.com12819352_10153653292498800_9139913990535989116_o

Yours in Swapping,

Nicole Chilton @nikosaur
Stephanie Hornickel @theladyinthread

Mix & Mingle with The Queen City Art Swap


Drop by The Springfield Art Museum‘s Community Room to meet other local artists involved in past or present Queen City Art Swaps. This is open to anyone interested in participating, whether you have been involved in this round or not!

We will have registration available for the next round (Artist Choice!). Feel free to bring the piece you received from the Faerie Tale round to show off.

Light snacks provided. Visit the Pop exhibit after!

We can’t wait to see you. Team Hansel & Team Gretel.

You can RSVP via Facebook.

Queen City Art Swap 2016 Theme Round: Faerie Tales



Once Upon a Time, there was a group of artists that enjoyed creating for each other and receiving something wonderful from a friend or mysterious stranger. They have swapped original art, trading cards, and ornaments. In 2016, the first swap will be creating a piece of your choice, your voice, your medium, but using the theme “Fairy Tale” as your inspiration.


#queencityartswap #queencityartswap2016 #qcasfaerietales

Dates to Remember:

December 14th – January 10th: Registration
March 7th: Mix & Mingle Party
March 14th: Final Mail Date

Visit our website for FAQ or email queencityartswap@gmail.com.

We have also started a Pinterest page to get your inspiration flowing. https://www.pinterest.com/nikosaur/queen-city-art-swap-theme/

Happily Ever After,

Nicole @nikosaur
& Stephanie @theladyinthread

Queen City Art Swap Spring Fling is Monday, June 8th @ 6pm

Linda's 4th birthday 1951 (or 1952 -- 1 and 2 superimposed)

Join us at Arts & Letters to meet other Queen City Art Swap participants and to register for the next swap!

Feel free to bring:

+ a bottle of wine or something to share for the beverage/snack table
+ the art you received
+ a friend who might be interested in participating in the next swap

We can’t wait to meet you, and hope you can attend!

You may RSVP at the Facebook Event Page, or contact Nicole at queencityartswap@gmail.com.

Queen City Art Swap Information – if you have registered, please read!

Hello! Thank you so much for registering for the innaugural Queen City Art Swap. We are so excited to have you, and are brainstorming a lot of fun future project ideas. But first, let’s focus on our Spring Swap. Please be sure to read this ENTIRE email carefully, as you’ll find all the detailed info you need here.

1. In a separate email, we will be sending you the name and information of your partner, the person who will receive your original art. This is a blind swap, so please DO NOT reveal your partner’s name to anyone, and do not tag them specifically in any photos posted online. Shhh! It’s a secret! You will also be assigned to a team leader, either Team Bauhaus (Stephanie Hornickel, aka @theladyinthread), or Team Fauvist (Nicole Chilton, aka @nikosaur). We will be checking in with you periodically throughout the spring.
2. We do, however, encourage posting to social media of your progress and process! Be active on Instagram and our Facebook group (or any other site you frequent). Please be sure to tag any photo of your process as #queencityartswap and/or #queencityartswap2015. By doing so, you give us permission to use this photo in our own promotions. We will credit you, of course.
3. This art swap consists of artists of all skill levels and mediums. That means you may or may not receive a piece of work from someone of your same skill level. Please be respectful and use this as an opportunity to celebrate fellow artists.
4. Although there are no restrictions to what you can create, be sure to keep in mind the likes and dislikes of your partner, and create a piece that you are proud of that uses their information provided. This is a gift for your partner, so please put care, thought, and effort into your creation.
5. If you are mailing your piece out, it must be post-marked by May 20, 2015. Make sure it is securely packaged, and include your name and contact information. Although not required, you may want to include “extras” (postcards, tokens from your hometown, something that inspires you as an artist, etc.). We will schedule a Mix & Mingle to take place in SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI in early June and will notify you of the time & place well before the mailing deadline.
6. Contact us if you would like to volunteer for the Mix & Mingle. Do you also play in a band and want to perform? Do you make a mean cocktail?  Do you perform magic tricks? Would you be willing to bring a bottle of champagne or an appetizer? Let us know!
7. Timely communication with your Team Leader (Team Bauhaus or Team Fauvist) is imperative. If you need to drop out, please let us know immediately. We understand if something happens where you are unable to participate, but also please remember that by registering, you agreed to follow through on your commitment.
8. Let the fun begin! This is your chance to try new things, so go for it! Be on the lookout for your personalized email. Contact us with any questions and feedback (we want to know how to make this experience better for the future!). Check in on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/queencityartswap/) or Instagram (https://instagram.com/queencityartswap)
Thank you again! We will be in touch very soon with your match. Have a good weekend,
Nicole Chilton (Team Fauvist) & Stephanie Hornickel (Team Bauhaus)
Queen City Art Swap co-founders

Welcome to Queen City Art Swap!


We are so excited that you are here! That means you are interested in swapping one-of-a-kind pieces of art with like-minded community members (fret not, you do not have to live in 417-land to participate.).

If you are new to the ‘art swap’ world, here’s how it works: Imagine this as kind of like a “Secret Santa.” You will be given the name, address, and interests of another participant, and you will create a new piece of art specifically for them. There is no cost involved, except what you put in to your own creation, plus the shipping. If you live in the 417-area, we will have a Mix & Mingle where you may be able to swap art in person. 

Let’s get started! How to Participate:

  • Sign up using this form linked here. Fill out the survey to the best of your ability. We will send you a confirmation email with dates and times of who you will be sending your art to.
  • Follow us on Instagram (@queencityartswap) and join the community group on Facebook.
  • Start creating for your fellow artist! Paint, sketch, sculpt, throw pottery, weave, quilt, embroider, collage, photograph, draw, batik, sew, weld, knit…whatever your passion is, use it to create something you are proud of sending to another artist. Make sure you post to social media and hashtag #queencityartswap2015 during the process. Just make sure you don’t give away who your recipient is. Remember, that’s a secret.
  • Upcoming deadline: Register by March 31st. Art must be mailed by May 20, 2015.
  • Visit our FAQ if you need more information. Feel free to comment or leave a message on our FB page, too! We are happy to have you here!