Art Space

The VCON Art Space 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 Space includes art-related programming, artist and artisan vendor tables, and an art show 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.

Registration for
Art Show Gallery Space and Artisan Vendor Tables
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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.

Art Show Hours

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

Attending Artists

Artist Guest of Honour: Kasia Słupecka

As artists are confirmed additional information will be provided

Demonstrations, Workshops & Meet-ups

VCON Art Show is presenting art demonstration, workshops, and artist meet-ups for all ages, located right in the heart of the Art Show space! 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 Art Show 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 Art Show 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 Art Show

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 Art Show 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

Want to win free stuff? Come by and pick up a Contest sheet during Art Show hours, or download and print a copy of the Contest sheet and draw something funny, something happy, or something thought-provoking! Hand in your entries at the Art Show at any time and they will be put on display there.

Contest closes and all entries must be received at the Art Show before 10:30 AM on Sunday, October 7.
Winners will be chosen and announced in the Art Show at 1:00 PM the same day.

Note that the contest is open to all ages, so please keep your content clean and awesome!

There will also be a workshop in the Art Show for you to work on your comic – please see below and refer to the VCON Main Schedule for the workshop time. Some materials will be provided.

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.


Exhibit Space Cost
Display Panel
(4’x4′ pegboard)
$20.00 – Regular (to Oct 10, 2019)
Display Table
(6′ standard table)
$25.00 – Regular (to Oct 10, 2019)
½-Display Table
(½ of 6′ standard table)
$12.50 – Regular (to Oct 10, 2019)
Artisan Vendor Table
(6′ standard table + 2 chairs)
$100 – Regular (to Oct 6, 2019)
Print Shop FREE with payment for at least one display panel or display table.
Exhibitor Membership $55 with payment for at least one display panel, display table, or an artisan’s table.
† A commission of 10% will be taken from all sales (from the panels, tables, and print shop).
‡ Includes one (1) $55 Exhibitor membership and one (1) Free Exhibitor Assistants Pass. We DO NOT take a commission on Artisan Table sales.


What is a Display Panel?

A display panel is a 4’x4’ pegboard in the art gallery that stands upright. Artwork can be hung on the panel using hooks and bull clips (provided). It is highly recommended that 2D art is 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. You are encouraged to display original artwork and sell prints in the print shop, but this is not a requirement.

What is a Display Table?

A display table is a standard 6’ table in the art gallery, best suited for displaying 3D works.

What is an Artisan's Table?

An artisan’s table includes a standard 6′ table and 2 chairs and is located in the art space. An artist or craftsperson sits at their table during the core hours of the convention and demonstrates, sells and promotes their work directly to event attendees. In addition to original art, they may take commissions or sell merchandise based on their work (e.g., buttons, bookmarks, keychains, etc.). VCON does NOT take a commission on sales made at an artisan’s table.

What is the Print Shop?

The print shop is a place in the art gallery where 2D prints from all participating artists are made available together and VCON sells the prints on your behalf. Please note that all prints need to be bagged and have a backing board for protection when buyers look through the artwork.

What is an Exhibitor Assistant Pass?

An exhibitor assistant pass allows exhibitors (those with vendor’s booths and artisan’s tables) to designate an individual as their 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.

An exhibitor assistant pass is NOT an event membership and Exhibitor Assistants 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 an Exhibitor Assistant wishes to have full access to the event they must purchase a Membership and are eligible for the $55 Exhibitor Membership weekend rate.


Note that the Art Show will have the final say in refusing any artwork brought by the artist, especially if the artwork is deemed inappropriate. Please note that this is a family-oriented convention.

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