See pocket program for specific times, or check at the art show room.
VCON’s annual art show features the work of local artists. Works on display include paintings, sculpture, cartoons, and other objets d’art with some relationship to science fiction, fantasy, gaming, horror, and related themes. As much as we appreciate still life studies, for example, the still life must be within the genre.
Something new in the Art Gallery
For most of the 41 years VCON has been in existence, a major part of programming was the Sunday Art Auction which could last 4 plus hours and involve many works by the showing artists. However, over the past few years there has been a change in the buying habits of our convention attendees from bidding and taking works to auction to direct sales.
This year we are experimenting with a new method of offering works for sale; a combination of direct sale and a silent auction bid system.
Direct sale is just that – the price the artist wants is listed on the bid tag. You pay for the piece, we mark it sold, and that is that!
In the Silent Auction format, the artist has listed an opening bid, similar to previous years. The difference is that there is no limit to the number of bids accepted – as long as they are of at least $1 increment, and at close of bidding at 2 pm Sunday, the last bidder is the winner.
Gallery staff will monitor progress and add bid sheets as and where necessary.
By 3:00 pm Sunday, we hope to have all successful bidders purchases ready for payment and pickup in the gallery.
As usual, we will take cash and major credit cards.
We know you will enjoy the gallery and the demonstrations laid on this year, and invite you to look in particular for various ribbon award winners. Imagine being able to state that this piece hanging on your wall, or adorning the coffee table was chosen by a Guest of Honour as their particular favourite at VCON 41!
Join us as well for the Artist’s Reception on Friday evening between 6 and 8 pm. Rocket Ship Cookies will be available.
And finally, don’t forget to come and vote for your favourite artist. The Vancouver Art Gallery has again donated a one year family membership to be awarded to the Fan Choice Artist.
Art Show Bidding Rules
Please remember, when you place a bid, you are making a non-rescindable purchase contract with the artist. It cannot be rescinded.
To bid on a piece, fill in the bid sheet attached or adjacent to the piece in which you are interested. Required information consists of the bidder’s name (real or badge name), badge number and bid amount. Bids will be accepted in increments of $1 only. Highest bid wins.
Any single-bid pieces may be picked up and paid for when the art show closes on Sunday. The Art Show staff reserve the right to void any bid they deem not legitimate.
Some pieces will have direct sales prices as well as minimum bid prices. If a piece has not yet been bid on, it can be purchased for the direct sale price.
Ribbon Award Prizes
Our judges will choose ribbon award winners in the following categories:
BEST USE OF COLOUR
BEST BLACK AND WHITE
BEST USE OF THEME
BEST BODY OF WORK
FAN CHOICE is voted on by convention attendees.
And finally, we invite the Guests of Honour to award ribbons to their favourite pieces.
VCON’s ‘Newest tradition’ allows members to meet and mingle with the exhibiting artists in a relaxed and informal setting. Join us to enjoy the art and the artists from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday evening, Sept 30th.
:00 PM to Print Shop
Here you can purchase prints of some of the work on display, as well as prints of other works by the artists. Please take every precaution to ensure prints are not damaged in any way. You are handling works of art!
Special Saturday Programming
A detailed schedule of programmed events within the gallery will be posted at the door.
When entering the Art Gallery, please check all bags with the art show volunteer at the door. No photography. No food or drink allowed. Please do not touch.
COME TO THE ART GALLERY DURING CONVENTION. CHAT WITH THE ARTISTS. CHECK OUT OUR SHOW-AND-TELL AREA. ATTEND THE RECEPTION FRIDAY NIGHT AND MEET ART DIRECTOR GOH STEPHANIE JOHANSON AND MANY OF THE OTHER ARTISTS. WATCH FOR DEMONSTRATIONS AND TOURS. TIMES WILL BE POSTED AT THE DOOR.
And always remember that at VCON, we
FEAR NO ART!