Art Show and Auction

The Art Auction will be held Sunday morning from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Art Classroom area in Exhibit Hall A. Bidding ends Saturday night! Please remember that the Art Show is cash only!


No art will be accepted after 12pm (noon) Saturday of the convention. This is to ensure that submissions get a fair share of time in the Show for attendees to view and bid.

Age Limits

Due to concerns about safety, children below the age of 10 years will not be allowed to participate in art classes. They may accompany a qualified adult into a class and an adult may choose to purchase a ticket to craft an item for the child, but the children themselves will not be allowed to handle the crafting materials or equipment. If you have further questions, feel free to ask the Art Show staff.

Art Show

The Art Show is a place for artists of all stripes to display and sell art of all types. We differ from Artists Alley in that we cater towards people who only have a single or couple of pieces that they want to put up for bid, or perhaps an Alley artist who has a piece they wish to display separately. For the first two days of the convention, it works as a silent bid auction, where you register for an ID number and write your bids on the art bid sheets. Then, the live auction is Sunday; any pieces with five or more bids will go to a live auction where you can then go and continue to bid on something you like. Anything without five bids automatically goes to the final bidder on the sheet. We also have a buy-it-now process, which is outlined below.

We get some really amazing art, so please check us out! Remember to be kind to the artists; if you bid, please come by to see if you’ve won a piece and, if so, buy it. They thank you, and so do we.

Check the FAQ, rules, and notes below for more information. If you have any further questions, you can contact us at

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.

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.


We usually accept submissions starting Thursday night during pre-con, up until mid-morning Saturday. Remember that the longer your piece is in, the better chance it has of getting more bids!

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. You also then may be allowed to place another item, space permitting, at the staff’s discretion.

What’s Allowed

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.


  • 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.
    • Photograph your art for social media updates. AZ will never use your art for promotional purposes without express consent.
  • 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.

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Art Classes

Last year, our Art Show charity craft sessions – hosted by Dara and Nash Page, Jenny Mitchell, and Melanie and Kasidey Fisher-Wellman – helped us raise over $4,000 for charity. That means we’ve raised over $8,000 in the last five years!

This year, we’re shaking things up (just a bit!) We’ll still have classes – Melanie and Kasidey are back with super cute sushi rolls, and Dara Page will be teaching her Geisha Bag class again. However, we’ve lined up a number of free demos and seminars as well, in an effort to share our love of crafts and craft-related industry! We’ve got two classrooms, which allows for more variety and more time, too, so you shouldn’t ever have to feel rushed when you’re finishing up those last few stitches!

Charity tickets are available in the Art Show, in Exhibit Hall A, on the day of the class. As always, we only accept cash. Note: the Art Classrooms are located in Exhibit Hall A.

Sew Your Own Plushie

Like small, cute things and know the basics of sewing? Come and make plushies with us by creating your own sushi platter. Prior hand-sewing experience preferred. Suggested age 13+. Children 12 and younger should be accompanied by an adult and may need a helper. Space is limited; please purchase your tickets in the Art Show in Exhibit Hall A. Price is $15; all proceeds go to charity.

Where: Art Classroom, Exhibit Hall A

When: TBD

Price: $15 per person, all money goes to charity. Sign up in the Art Show (Exhibit Hall A) on the same day. No seats will be sold before the day of the class. Space is limited.

Lethal Beauty Geisha Bags

Inspired by 16th century Japanese noblewomen, Dara Page teaches you how to make your own custom con bag for today. Try your hand at Kinchaku Geisha side purses in silk and cotton fabric. Practice traditional sashiko, ribbon work, and beading techniques to make your own work of art. Each participant will leave with their own custom bag they design. A great gift for you to remember Animazement 2015.

Where: Art Classroom, Exhibit Hall A

When: TBD

Price: $15 per person, all money goes to the Raleigh Little Theatre (a local nonprofit theatre company). Sign up in the Art Show (Exhibit Hall A) on the same day. No seats will be sold before the day of the class. Space is limited.

Character Drawing Workshop

Ever wanted to draw anime characters or create your own, but not sure where to start? This workshop will provide you with the basics to learn how to draw and create your own character! From proportions to how to draw eyes and faces, to more intermediate steps such as drawing clothes and detailing, you’ll learn about drawing chibis, creating armor, and what colors work best for your unique character. Learn all you need to know to start creating amazing characters today from two professional artists, Thais and Natalia Lopes!

Where: Art Classroom, Exhibit Hall A

When: TBD

Price: Free! Paper and pencils will be provided, although you may bring your own if you wish. Space is limited.

101 Miyazaki Inspired Corsets For Any Gender

Step-up your cosplay game and share your love of Studio Ghibli. In this 1 1/2 hour class inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro, Technical Designer, Dara Page will demonstrate how to design, cut, and sew your own custom corset from scratch. We will do a Japanese twist on the traditional British Victorian corset. Learn to measure yourself, do test fitting with muslin, plus tricks of the trade; additionally we cover special effect like lace, applique, and beadwork to create unique works of art for you to wear to cons. The class is free for everyone to watch, drop by the booth and register to win your own custom corset we will give away at the end of class.

Where: Art Classroom, Exhibit Hall A

When: TBD

Price: Free! This class is a demo/lecture. Space is limited.

Don’t Starve for Your Art

Love to sew, design, or create, but not sure how to make it a full-time job? Want to take commissions, but not sure how to budget and bill for your time? Dara Page is a veteran of the fashion industry, with a range of diverse skills. Join her for an informal seminar as she gives advice on how to find your place in the industry you love while still making ends meet.

Where: Art Classroom, Exhibit Hall A

When: TBD

Price: Free! This class is a demo/lecture. Space is limited.

Calligraphy Workshop

[Coming soon]

Where: Art Classroom, Exhibit Hall A

When: TBD

Price: Free! Brushes, ink, and paper will be available, and you will keep anything you draw. Space is limited.


Dara & Nash Page

Haus Page consists mainly of two pretty awesome people. Dara has been a patternmaker and costume aficionado for over a decade, putting her skills to work in the fashion industry as well as helping out people with cosplay ideas. Nash has a background in theater and solid materials manufacturing (wood, metal, ceramics, resins, etc.) He generally enjoys making cool and weird stuff. Real weapons/armor/accessories, prop weapons/armor/accessories, if you name it, it’s probably under his belt or something he’s done in the past. He also does repair work on sewing machines and is very useful to have for costumers. Check out their webpage at This is their sixth year hosting at Animazement and have been instrumental in keeping the craft classes alive.

Melanie & Kasidey Fisher-Wellman

Graphic Designer by day and seamstress by night, Mel always has a fun project she enjoys working on. As a dedicated geek she created the Knights of the Coffee Table, an Etsy Shop combining both her nerdy persona and design background. The KotCT was inspired by a tabletop group her husband hosts on the weekends. At cons the pair goes by Aero and Doro Cosplay, a husband and wife duo dedicated to cosplay.

Natalia Lopes (The Art Slave)

Natalia has been seen in the Artist Alley of many a North Carolina anime convention for nearly a decade, including Animazement, under her artistic alias ‘The Art Slave’. She is currently a graduate student at North Carolina State University with a concentration in Animation and New Media. Growing up on a steady diet of anime, weird music, obscure animated films and science fiction, it is no wonder she is working on a digital comic for her Masters thesis, which is entitled Object ZerO. Do you like 80’s retro sci-fi? Or 90’s anime, perhaps? What about aliens that look like overgrown chinchillas? Then, you’ll probably dig it. You can follow the comic’s progress at and follow The Art Slave’s other crazy art at

Thais Lopes (Angelical Design)

Thais has participated at Animazement’s Artist Alley for ten years. She has sold a variety of goods from prints, to bookmarks, cards, and especially unique lolita hair accessories. She has a bachelor’s degree in Art and Design from North Carolina State University and has an art teaching license. She is an eclectic artist, doing a little sewing, some graphic illustrations, and even teaching. Her anime journey started with watching Sailor Moon when she was in Kindergarten and has grown into reading manga, watching more anime, and being co-president of her high school’s Japanese club (way back in the day). You can find her work for sale at and follow her on