Artists’ Avenue

The VCON Artists’ Avenue is FREE to the public!
Invite yourself, your family, your friends, and even your non-friends, and check out all the geeky goodness!

VCON’s Artists’ Avenue includes art-related programming, art demos and workshops, artist sales tables, and an art gallery featuring the science fiction and fantasy-themed work of talented local and international artists. This year the show will be located in an expansive ballroom space shared with the Exhibit Hall.

Are you an ARTIST who would like to sell goods in our ARTISTS’ AVENUE?
See the FOR ARTISTS TAB for details

General InformationDemonstrations, Workshops & Meet-upsContestsFor Art Lovers and Art BuyersFor Artists

General Information

What’s NEW?

This year we will be holding demonstrations and workshops within the Artists Space! Please check back or check VCON’s schedule for a list of sessions.

Artists’ Avenue Hours

Friday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Participating Artists

Artist Guest of Honour: Kasia Słupecka

As artists are confirmed additional information will be provided

Demonstrations, Workshops & Meet-ups

VCON will be presenting art demonstration, workshops, and artist meet-ups for all ages, located right in the heart of the Artists’ Avenue! Specifics of this year’s sessions will be determined further on into the year, but you can check out the information below to look over the sessions and presenters from VCON 42 last year.

Lynne Fahnestalk working in her Bot Workshop

How to Build a Bot

Presented by Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk
Audience: all ages
Approximate duration: 1 hour

Hey! Come to watch Lynne build a Bot!

Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk is bringing her hugely popular “How to Build a Bot” demonstration to VCON this year and you don’t want to miss it. Where some people see junk, Lynne sees the potential. She will build a complete sculpture using only up-cycled metal objects and a bit of imagination. And, after the demo, Lynne will tour her display in the Artists’ Avenue and talk about how she constructed each Bot. This event is free, open to the public, and fun for all ages.

Fantasy Art by Tony Rodriguez

Mixed Media on Graphix Film

Presented by Tony Rodriguez
Audience: all ages
Approximate duration: 1.5 hours

Come to explore how to layer coloured inks, pencil crayons, oils and even ballpoint pens to create an exciting mixed media masterpiece. Tony will demonstrate how to apply washes, ink and easy local colour to Duralar film or Graphix film. He will explain how the different stages and steps work and come together to create harmony between materials, resulting in a successful graphical yet rendered illustration.

Photo of three pin-back buttons on a flat surface. A 30mm by 40mm rectangle in portrait orientation with a colour drawing of a space-cat. A 25mm diameter round showing the face of "Robotter", VCON's mascot. Another 30mm by 40mm rectangle face down, in landscape mode.
Personalized pin-backed buttons.

The Buttonist’s Garden

Presented by hing kei
Audience: all ages, younger children should be accompanied by a guardian
Approximate duration: 0.5 hours, multiple sessions
Material costs: $1.00 per rectangular button, $0.50 per circular button, payable at the workshop

Make your own unique souvenir badge button! Pick up a paper template from the Artists’ Avenue during opening hours and bring it back during one of a Buttonist’s Garden session to get it made into a 30x40mm rectangular button or a 25mm diameter round badge button. Paper templates are available blank or with a premade image to be coloured. Available while supplies last.

A 12-piece, handmade jigsaw puzzle of a colour drawing of a space-dog.
Handmade jigsaw puzzle

Puzzle Me This

Presented by hing kei
Audience: ages 6+, children must be accompanied by a guardian
Approximate duration: 1 hour
Material cost: $1.00 per puzzle board, limited one per participant while supplies last.

Create your own simple 12-piece jigsaw puzzle by drawing and colouring on a pre-cut 5.5 x 8” puzzle
board! Colouring pencils and markers will be provided.

Life Drawing

Presented by The Wylde Wood Collective
Audience: all ages, younger children should be accompanied by a guardian
Approximate duration: 1 hour

Three exceptional models from The Wylde Wood Collective will be dressed up for an all-ages, all-level life drawing session! Bring your own paper and pencils/pens and practise your drawing.

4-Panel Comic Contest Work Session

Presented by the Artists’ Avenue

Audience: all ages
Approximate duration: 1 hour

Need some space to work on your 4-Panel Comic Contest entry? Come on by! Some materials, like entry forms and markers, will be provided.

Meet Up, Drop In

Art Together Now

Audience: all ages

Sketch, chat, and share your art in this casual meet-up with other artists attending VCON! This is a good chance to make new artist friends, ask questions and share experiences to help one another improve. Bring your projects and sketchbooks! Please refrain from bringing messy art supplies as this is a carpeted area. No art experience necessary.

Sew Whatever.

Audience: all ages

Your imagination. A heap of fabric scraps. Some needle and thread. Possibly some band-aids. Come and make your own raggedy or unraggedy whatever! Materials provided but feel free to bring your own fabric scraps.

Note: This is an open gathering for people with at least some experience with sewing and can handle needles by themselves.

Woolly Wooling

Audience: all ages

Ready to yarn with others about your favourite woolen arts? Got some tricks to trade or looking for help with your own projects? Or just want a place to take a break from the convention and relax with your knitting? You might find what you need at this casual gathering for people who do or are interested in knitting, crocheting, felting, or other wool techniques. Bring your projects with you!

About the Presenters

hing kei

hing kei is an artist working mainly in watercolours, acrylics, and felt, weaving lighthearted pieces with bright, bold colours. She is also the organizer of this year’s Artists’ Avenue and currently lives in Vancouver, BC.

You can find her work on

Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk

Lynne spent most of her childhood drawing dinosaurs and purple bunnies. Since then she has repaired a printing press with a bobby pin, created a comic strip for cows, produced a science fiction colouring book for kids, served as art director for two national magazines, run her own printing company and, now, creates one-of-a-kind robot sculptures from upcycled metal objects.

Where others see junk, Lynne sees the potential. Her Bots have been described as 3-D cartoons and she likes that comparison. Each Bot is securely constructed using drilling and screws and she uses the metal pieces as she finds them; never polishing, painting or shaping. The search for usable objects is a large part of the creative process – garage sales and flea markets are her friends.

The question Lynne is asked most often about her Bots is, “Do they move?” And her answer is, “Not when I’ve been looking.”

Lynne is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Canadian Prix Aurora Award for Artistic Achievement and has shown her work in galleries and at major science fiction convention, art shows where she has received numerous awards.

Lynne lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her wonderful husband and a house full of robot parts.

Keep updated about Lynne’s works through her Facebook page.

Tony Rodriguez

Tony is an illustration and art history and computer animation graduate from Ontario’s Sheridan College who currently resides in Vancouver. He has over 15 years of experience in the video game industry creating high-end content from pre-production to final polished art. Tony has been illustrating and creating content for marketing for major brands and licenses. He has been trusted by companies such as Microsoft, Sony, Sega and Nintendo to create exciting new content for long-standing titles such as Killer Instinct, Atari Greatest Hits, Metal Slug, Phantom Dust, etc., all of which have naturally influenced and led him to develop his own unique techniques and style which can be seen in his latest works as an independent artist. Tony continues to grow not only in the entertainment field but also in the classical arts at the same time keeping his pulse on the trends and pop culture of today.

Find Tony’s work at

The Wilde Wood Collective

The Wilde Wood Collective can be found at River Market in New Westminster. More information about
the collective can be found at their website:

The information shown above may not include all available sessions and may change without notice. Please refer to VCON’s main schedule for the most updated information.

4-Panel Comic Contest

Audience: all ages

Last year VCON’s Art Show held a contest where participants were given a sheet where they could draw a 4-panel comic for the chance to win a prize. Submissions were displayed in the art gallery and winners were announced on the last day of the event. It is currently unknown if there will be an art-related contest this year but if there is this section will be updated.

For Art Lovers and Art Buyers

Come and discover local and international talent and discover that perfect piece of artwork for yourself or as a gift for someone else! Unique one-of-a-kind items and prints catering to a wide range of interest will be up for sale.

Direct purchasing (and flexible pickup time), plus silent auction bidding will be in effect!

Please note that a bag check-in will be in effect for large bags and bags without zippers/closures.

For Artists

Contact artshow [at] vcon [dot] ca with any questions or to be added to the e-mail list for the latest updates.

Are you an Artist who would like to display or sell art in the Artists’ Avenue?

Register for a place in the VCON 43 Artists Avenue TODAY!


Artist Space Cost
Artist Display Panel (4’x6′) $25 – Regular (to Oct 10, 2019)
Artist Display Table (8’x30″) $25 – Regular (to Oct 10, 2019)
Artist Sales Table (6’x30″) $100 – Regular (to Oct 6, 2019)
Art Shop FREE. Available with payment of one or more Display Panel or Display Table
Artist Membership $55 (non-refundable). 
One (1) included with each registered Sales Table (value is non-refundable)
One (1) available with payment for one or more Display Panels or Display Tables.
Additional Artist Membership $55 (non-refundable).
Up to (3) available with payment for one or more Sales Tables.
Artist Sales Associate Pass FREE. One (1) available with payment for each Sales Table
† A commission of 10% will be taken from all sales from Display Panels, Display Tables, and Art Shop.
‡ Includes one (1) Artist Membership and one (1) FREE Artist Sales Associate Pass. We DO NOT take a commission on sales at a Sales Table.


What is a Display Panel?

An Artist Display Panel is ann approximately 4’x6′ vertical surface for artists to display and sell artwork that is suitable for hanging. Fittings allowing you to hang artwork will be provided. It is highly recommended that 2D art be framed or bagged to protect the artwork and make it easier to hang. (For ideas on how to protect your 2D art if you are not framing it, please contact artshow [at] vcon [dot] ca.)

VCON takes a 10% commission on sales made from an Artist Display Panel.


The purpose of this option is to allow artists to reserve a panel for hanging art. If the artist wishes to attend and visit the member-only areas of the event they may purchase a reduced-rate Artists Membership.

Also available for purchase: §

  • One (1) Exhibitor Membership per Artist, regardless of the number of reserved Display Panels or Display Tables ($55 each, non-refundable)

† Due to a series of unfortunate events we no longer have the 4’x4′ art display panels we’ve used for the past decade. This year, art will be hung on a metal grid of 3mm wire situated in a 6′ tall frame. The horizontal wires are about 4″ apart vertically and the top and bottom edges are attached about 2″ from the top and bottom of the legs.

What is a Display Table?

An Artist Display Table is a standard 6’ table best suited for displaying 3D artworks. Artists are required to provide their own extra display hardware (stands, hanging apparatuses) and may bring table linens.

VCON takes a 10% commission on sales made from an Artist Display Table.

Also available for purchase: §

  • One (1) Exhibitor Membership per Artist, regardless of the number of reserved Display Panels or Display Tables ($55 each, non-refundable)


The purpose of this option is to allow artists to reserve a table for displaying 3D art. If the artist wishes to attend and visit the member-only areas of the event they may purchase a reduced-rate Artists Membership.

What is an Sales Table?

An Artist Sales Table is a manned table for artists, crafters and other creatives who wish to demonstrate, sell and promote their work (and merchandise created from their work) directly to event attendees. Artists are expected to have someone at their table at least 70% of the time that the Artists Avenue is open.

VCON DOES NOT take a commission on sales made at an Artist Sales Table

Included with the registration:

  • One (1) 6’x30″ table and two (2) chairs
  • One (1) full weekend Artist Membership (non-refundable, value = $55)
  • Access to an artist and vendor only greenroom with food provided by the hotel

Also available for purchase: §

  • One (1) FREE limited access weekend Artist Sales Associate Pass
  • Up to three (3) additional Exhibitor Memberships per Artist ($55 each, non-refundable)
What is the Art Shop?

The Art Shop is a gift shop style space where Artist Avenue staff sells an artist’s prints and other duplicate work. Only available for artists who have registered for at least one Display Table or Display Panel.

VCON takes a 10% commission on sales made in the Art Shop

What is an Artist Membership?

An Artist Membership is a reduced rate full weekend membership that is included with Art Sales Table registrations and available for purchase by any Artist registered for an Art Display Board or Art Display Table. (The value of

What is an Additional Artist Membership?

An Additional Artist Membership is a full weekend membership that is essentially the same as a standard Artist Membership except that they may only be purchased after payment for at least one Artist Sales Table has been made.

Limited to three (3) per Artist regardless of how many Sales Tables have been reserved.

What is an Artist Sales Associate Pass?

An Artist Sales Associate Pass is a FREE pass that allows artist vendors (those with Artist Sales Tables) to designate another individual as an assistant who can mind their space and has permission to handle money and sell things from it. These passes are NOT assigned to a specific person – they can be transferred between individuals thus allowing different assistants to help at different times throughout the weekend.

Limited to one (1) per reserved Sales Table.


Associates are generally restricted to parts of the event that are open to the public. The one exception is the Hospitality Space where they may also go for by-donation snacks and drinks. If a vendor’s assistant wishes to have full access to the event they must have a full Membership and the vendor may choose to purchase them a $55 Additional Artist Membership instead of using an Artist Sales Associate Pass.

§ To purchase any of the additional items you must first register and pay for one or more Display Panels, Display Tables, or Sales Tables. Once that purchase has been made, you must log in to GrowTix with an account matching the email address on your order (create one if necessary) and then return to the Artists registration section where the additional options associated with your purchase will now be visible.

The $55 value of the membership included with an Art Sales Table registration is non-refundable. If an artist must cancel their participation they will be refunded the total paid less this amount.

If you have any questions, please contact us at artshow [at] vcon [dot] ca