Art Auction Saturday Night

We’ve been listening to complaints and one of the biggest one is that fewer people are able to be around on Sunday, so they’re unable to bid on pieces they like. We also know that having the auction on Sunday makes checking out that much more of a pain for artists and customers – which is something we want to avoid at all costs. We’ve weighed our options, and we’ve decided that holding the art auction on Saturday night (exact time to be announced with the schedule) is a big step in making things more streamlined.

The Art Auction will be held Saturday night from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm in ballroom 401AB. See you there!

More Charity Crafts

Over the last two years, our Art Room charity craft sessions – hosted by Dara McGinn – have helped us raise approximately $1,000 for charity. We’re very happy about this, and this year, we’re looking to raise the bar! We’ve already got sashiko quilting (as well as a free sashiko learning session about the history and uses) and kumihimo braiding lined up, and we’re hoping to add more to the roster before we’re done. Seats will be sold on the same day as the session, none to be sold in advance. Check back here for a description of the crafts and a list of days and times! As always, we only accept cash.

Sew Your Own Plushie

Dara Page has returned again to help you make your very own plushies! The steps are simple, and you’ll walk away with your very own plush friend, handmade.
In this class, you will get to make your very own animal plushie.
Where: Art Classroom (Room 202)
When: Friday: 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Saturday: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Price: $15 per person, all money goes to charity. Sign up in the Art Room (201) on the same day. No seats will be sold before the day of the class. Space is limited.

Kumihimo Braiding

Kumihimo is a Japanese cord-braiding style that was originally made using silk threads to decorate Samurai armor and fasten kimonos. Now, these beautiful cords can be used with beads or on their own as decoration, jewelry, bookmarks, ribbons for gifts, and more. Kumihimo is easy to do and many patterns can be made from the basic technique simply by changing the colors or number of thread used!
In this class, you will get a reusable weaving board and make a cord using the basic round braid technique in colors of your choice.
Where: Art Classroom (Room 202)
When: Saturday: 7pm – 8pm
Price: $8 per person, all money goes to charity. Sign up in the Art Room (201) on the same day. No seats will be sold before the day of the class. Space is limited.

Sashiko Quilting

Sashiko is a style of “functional embroidery” that has been practiced in Japan for centuries. Originating with the lower classes, sashiko was a method for the lower classes to decorate their clothing whilst continuing to adhere to the color and style restrictions that were placed on the different classes. In addition to giving cloth an attractive decoration, it also helped strengthen the clothing and add warmth. As such restrictions faded and machine-made fabrics became more widely-available, sashiko was retained as a style of ornamentation.
In this class, you will learn how to do some simple stitching patterns, and apply them to a felt object of your choice – a small pillow, bag or wall scroll. This is a wonderful addition to anyone’s sewing repertoire, as well as a great way to get new crafters interested in embroidery!
Where: Art Classroom (Room 202)
When: Friday: 7pm – 8pm, Saturday: 11am – 12pm, Sunday: 1pm – 2pm
Price: $10 per person, all money goes to charity. Sign up in the Art Room (201) on the same day. No seats will be sold before the day of the class. Space is limited.
Also: Friday 11:30am – 12pm in room 202: Sashiko Information Session, Free! Learn the history of this craft.

3D Printing

3D printing is a relatively new technology that enables us to create physical items in 3D form using just a design program and a 3D printer. This technology is already being used to create an entire range of items, varying from prefabricated housing structures, medical replacements for bone and organs, and of course – figurines.
In this class, you’ll learn a little bit about 3D printing, then create your own character. When it’s done, you’ll print it out and have it to take home!
Where: Art Classroom (Room 202)
When: Friday: 5pm – 6:30pm, Saturday: 5pm – 6:30pm
Price: $15 per person, all money goes to charity. Sign up in the Art Room (201) on the same day. No seats will be sold before the day of the class. Space is extremely limited. Due to the technical nature of the software and hardware used in this class, we are not accepting sign-ups for children under the age of 13. We recommend that you do not wear costumes with excessive decoration (such as wide, flowing sleeves, wings, large wigs, etc.) so that you do not risk damage to your costume or the printers.

Buy It Now

Many of you may be familiar with the Buy It Now systems utilized by many online auction sites. This will function much the same, except without the keyboard or postage. Artists who wish to participate will just need to list the Buy It Now price on their submission forms in the designated place. You may sell an item as Buy It Now, open for bids, or either. Note: Any bids on an item will void the Buy It Now option. We will do our best to monitor these pieces and remove the option to Buy It Now once a bid has been placed, but we ask for your understanding if you are denied the chance to buy a piece due to bids. If bids have been cancelled Buy It Now will still be voided to avoid misuse of bidder IDs. Customers who wish to purchase a piece of Buy It Now art should notify the staff, who will remove it and bring it to the table for checkout.

Artists can check back from time to time. If a piece has been sold via Buy It Now, we will allow you to pick up the funds whenever a staff member is available.


Understanding Intellectual Property
The characters and settings of your favorite manga, anime, and live action works are the Intellectual property of the orignial artists and producers. Re-drawn [traced or eyeballed], photocopied, or digitally captured images are considered the Intellectual Property of the original artists and producers and cannot be accepted by the Art Room for sale or display.
What may be submitted to the Art Room
Original works of art and Fan Art may be submitted in accordance to the rules below. Fan Art is defined as art featuring your favorite characters and settings in original presentations [original poses, original mediums, etc]. Art Room Staff will determine if a piece qualifies as original Fan Art.

** Occasionally an original artist or producer will request that Fan Art be rejected for sale or display, even if the art piece otherwise complies with Art Room rules and policies. Animazement will comply with their wishes.**

    • Art space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the convention only. There is no pre-registration or reservation of art space. Art must be ready to display at the time of space purchase. Animazement only collects art space rental, and does not take any commission from the sale of artwork, thus payment is due immediately. Animazement accepts cash only.
    • All Prints, Paintings, and sketches must be able to hang from binder clips or hooks. Matting and/or framing the art piece is suggested to ensure the piece can be hung w/o damaging it; this also often helps to increase the piece’s value. Sculptures, models, and other 3D works must be on stable bases. Art Room Staff will determine if a piece must be hung, or should have a table display. All works must be identified with a bid form issued by the Art Room Staff.
    • All Prints must be labeled as such on the bid sheets. The artist should specify if the print is unlimited or limited. Limited edition prints should feature the number of the print.
    • Artists must purchase enough display space to cover the size of their artwork and bid forms. Art Room Staff will be responsible for placing the artwork on the display wall/table. While artists are welcome to make suggestions, the display techniques and locations are determined by Art Room Staff.
    • Prices/desired opening bids may not be changed after the first bid is made.
    • Animazement reserves the right to:
      ◦ Limit the number of pieces of art on any one display panel or table
      ◦ Refuse works based on their appropriateness and suitability for display
      ◦ Limit the number of pieces displayed by a single artist
      ◦ Cancel an artist’s rental, returning all rental fees and artwork.
      ◦ Deny re-entry in subsequent years to any bidders who do not honor their bids or who are caught changing their bids or other bids without prior approval.
    • Artwork is not to be removed from the Art Room prior to the closure of bids unless the piece has been sold under the “Buy it Now” rules and is being collected by the buyer, or prior arrangements have been made with Art Room Staff. Any piece picked up prior to art contest judging will be excluded from the contest.
    • Artists will be able to pick up earnings and unsold artwork on the Sunday of Animazement. Unclaimed artwork may be sold or destroyed at the discretion of Animazement. Revenue from the sale of unclaimed artwork and earnings unclaimed by artists may be donated to a charity of Animazement’s choosing. If an artist is not available on Sunday, special arrangements may be made with Art Room Staff at the staff’s discretion.
    • Artists are responsible for all taxes and associated costs related to the sale or display of their artwork. Animazement encourages artists to consult their tax advisors.
    •  Animazement and the convention venue will take reasonable security precautions for the premises, however there is no assumption of any legal or financial responsibility for the artwork on display.
    • All claims of error must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the close of the convention.




Obviously, we want to know how the new changes work for you. Keep an eye on the Art Room table, we will have survey sheets asking for input on the new rules, the auction, the charity crafting, and the buy it now process. I’m sorry, we will not be able to provide ponies as prizes in future years.