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... to challenge artists and thinkers 
to reconsider their preconceptions 
the definition of art itself.

Mail Art Exhibit 2022


Everything is Art; Everyone is an Artist

Scroll through some of the "Spontaneous Inspiration" entries below or go here for all 300+ images!

Photo of Joe Cardella working in the ARTLIFE archives

Limited Edition Collection

Joe Cardella came upon Mail Art and took it to a new dimension. He created and published an extraordinary monthly publication, each issue a collection of original art and literature mailed from artists across the globe, and kept it going for 25 years.

You can see and handle the Editions on a TOUR of the Home/Studio.

Periodically the Foundation is able to offer selected Editions for sale to members and friends at the ARTLIFE Home/Studio.

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Artwork with text that says "My ideas appear, when I'm not there."

What Is Communication for the

Creative Mind?

Communication for the Creative Mind” was a term Joe Cardella used, from the beginning,  to describe his publication Art/Life Limited Edition.  Art/Life provided a way for creative people around the world to exchange concepts and ideas.  The Foundation works to expand the idea of conceptual exchange with  programs, discussions, presentations, exhibitions, and  international Mail Art Shows .

Your SUPPORT helps make this possible.

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ARTLIFE Home/Studio

Rarely do we have an opportunity to visit the home and work space of a producing artist.  For over 40 years Joe Cardella earned his livelihood by creating  art and producing the internationally collected  Editions. The home studio shelters over 400 pieces of art – paintings, assemblage, sculpture, and carvings.

We see the uniquely arranged spaces where every room is a gallery, even the kitchen, bathroom, patio  and garden.

 A VISIT is an education on the creative process and conceptual art.

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ArtLife Foundation

PO Box 23020

Ventura, CA 93003

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