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Con-vas

Before the year ends, enjoy 2 days of art and shopping!

Nov. 19th and 20th at the Doubletree Hotel in Collinsville, IL.

Enjoy seeing new art at convention artist alleys?  How about shopping in the Artist Alley and Dealer’s Room?  Before the holiday season begins, enjoy the experience one more time with Con-vas!  We wanted to give artists another opportunity to showcase their works, and there’s no better time than now.  With over 30 available spaces for artists to use, we hope to show our community a wide variety of styles.  This is also a great time to get in last minute commission requests for that special someone.  But if only an artist alley isn’t your thing, we will also have a Garage Sale set-up available for attendees to sell a variety of merchandise from.  Avoid the Black Friday chaos by stopping in.  Finally, we will be having presenters, panels, and competitions each day.  Details can be found below.

Admission to Con-vas is only $5 a day, or $7 if you would like to attend both days.  Anime St. Louis will also have registration available for the 2012 convention at the event and will be accepting all forms of payment.  Including credit and debit cards!  So mark your calenders, tell your friends, and stop on by the Doubletree Hotel on November 19th and 20th.  To find out more about the event, check out the full descriptions below.  See you then!

Are you an artist and want to be a part of Con-vas? You can find the application HERE. Please send any questions or concerns to Jeremy Johnson at conchair@animestl.net.

Event Information

November 19th and 20th
Doubletree Hotel
Collinsville, IL
Admission: $5/day or $7 for 2 days
Hours: Sat. the 19th, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun. the 20th, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Artist Alley

We have over 30 spaces for artists to display their works at.  By artists, we mean all kinds.  Drawing, painting, digital, jewelry, etc.  If you’re interested in having a booth, please submit a Con-vas application today!

Garage Sale

Got some manga gathering dust on your shelves?  How about video games, props, or toys?  We’re going to give our attendees a chance to sell and swap at our first ever Garage Sale event!  In order to participate, attendees will still need to purchase a standard admission ticket.  Once you have your ticket, you will just need to follow the rules below:

  • Attendees can bring no more than 15 items to sell/trade.  This limit is in place due to space and attendance.
  • Attendees will need to check in their items and fill out a small contact form.  No items can be rated R or 18+ in nature, so no hentai or other adult materials allowed.  Also, no live-steel, Airsoft, or other non-prop weaponry is allowed.
  • Attendees need to be present to sell or trade.  If there is interest in an item and the seller cannot be found, we will do our best to contact the seller using the information provided.
  • In true garage sale nature, the seller is allowed to set their own prices, haggle, etc.
  • All sales from the Garage Sale will need to be done at the main Con-vas booth.
  • Anime St. Louis will not require a commission or cut of the seller’s sales.
  • Anime St. Louis does not accept responsibility for lost or stolen items.  The seller will be responsible for picking up any unsold items.  Any items left behind will be left at the Doubletree Hotel’s lost and found.

Please direct any questions about the garage sale to Jeremy Johnson at conchair@animestl.net.

Special Hotel Rate

Need a space for the night?  The Doubletree Hotel is offering a special discounted rate of $79 a night for the Con-vas event.  Just be sure to mention the event when you book your room.

Art Competitions

Con-vas will have two art competitions.  There is a one-time entrance fee of $5 to participate in both contests.  Contestants can take part in both competitions, or just one.  Paying artists that are part of the Artist Alley do not have to pay the entrance fee.  The competitions are:

Live Art Competition, Saturday 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Contestants will be given two hours to create a piece based on a theme announced at the event. The two hours is continuous and will not be stopped for bathroom breaks or other pauses.
  • Each piece must be no larger than a size of letter paper (8.5” x 11”).
  • Pieces can be made with any choice of mediums and paper quality. Standard paper will be provided, though participants are allowed to bring their own paper if they prefer using something else (ie cardstock, bristol, etc.).
  • Works can be pencils and inks, full color, etc. It is the artist’s choice on what they feel is a good final piece.
  • Shared seating will be provided in the main hallway of the event space. Participants will be observed while they work, so be sure to smile!
  • When time is called, artists must stop no matter where they are in the process. All pieces will then be placed in provided sleeves to help preserve them during judging.
  • There will be two rounds of judging. The first is staff judging, and the second is public voting. Public voting will begin at the same time as staff voting, and will end at 6 p.m. There will be first and second prizes for both categories.
  • Once the results are announced, all contestants will be allowed to sell their created pieces for the remainder of the event.

Submitted Art Competition, Sunday 3 p.m. deadline

  • Contestants can submit a print or original work to be judged at the event on Sunday. Judging begins at 3 p.m. We will begin accepting pieces at 11 a.m. and will no longer be accepting them after 3 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Each piece must be no larger than a size of letter paper (8.5” x 11”). They can be created with any medium, but must be preserved so they cannot be ruined during judging.
  • Works in this contest can include photography, jewelry, sculptures, crafts, and other non-drawn or painted works.
  • There will be two rounds of judging. The first is staff judges, and the second is public voting. Public voting will begin at the same time as staff voting, and will end at 6 p.m. There will be first and second prizes for both categories.
  • Once the results are announced, all contestants will be allowed to sell their pieces for the remainder of the event.

Speakers

Rampant Creative Group: Exposure and Marketing Through the Internet

Rampant Creative Group was established in early 2010 by founders Ben Triola, Dana Huth, and Carol Mertz, who, between them, have over 20 years of experience in web development and marketing. In less than two years, they have become extremely successful, gained a great local reputation, and have clients locally and nationally. Specializing in websites, marketing, and mobile app development, their team has a great basis in all things web.

Panel Schedule

Saturday

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. : Art Q&A

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. : “We Encounter a WHAT?” – A D&D spoof panel covering the form and function of D&D monsters.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. : Zombie Survival Panel/Q&A

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. : Self-Defense Panel/Q&A

5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. : Anime Midstream: Matchless Raijin-Oh – Come and talk to some of the staff of Anime Midstream about the show!

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. : Anime Midstream: Professional Packaging and Design – Anime Midstream’s Art Production team will be presenting an instructional panel on the process behind creating marketing materials such as DVD Covers and websites.

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. : Guest Speaker, Rampant Creative Group – Exposure and Marketing Through the Internet

Sunday

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. : Art Q&A

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. : Art Tutorial! Follow along as we teach you how to draw human figures, from the basics to the advanced!

5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. : Anime Midstream: Matchless Raijin-Oh – Come and talk to some of the staff of Anime Midstream about the show!

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. : Anime Midstream: Professional Packaging and Design – Anime Midstream’s Art Production team will be presenting an instructional panel on the process behind creating marketing materials such as DVD Covers and websites.

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. : Guest Speaker, Rampant Creative Group – Exposure and Marketing Through the Internet