Furry Fiesta is proud to offer multiple venues for our attendees to interact with our vendors. Located just outside of our Dealers Den, attendees will find our Artist Alley an ever-changing marketplace exclusively for artists of all kinds to create, display, and sell their own works. From classic badges, sketches, finished artwork, and sketchbook commissions to self-made music, etched glassware, sculptures, jewelry, steampunk, accessories, photography, etc, attendees will find an ever-changing assortment of self-made goods and services to browse and purchase.

Also, unlike the Dealers Den, the Artist Alley offers a more dynamic experience with artists rotating or changing locations each day and sometimes within the same day. The Artist Alley opens each day at the same time as the Dealers den, but remains open open overnight until very early each morning.

Helpful suggestions for attendees:
  • Be sure to write your name and contact information in your sketchbook so it can be returned to you if lost.
  • Exchange contact information with all artists you commission so you can reach each other later if they move or leave the Artist Alley

Being an Artist in the Alley
Each morning, we will hold a Lottery for all seats in the Artist Alley. Lottery tickets are free, but are limited to one lottery ticket per person. Lottery winners will be assigned one seat in the Artist Alley to use from the time it opens until the time it closes the following morning. Additionally, we have greatly expanded our Alley capacity, increasing the number of available spaces from 18 in 2014 to 52 in 2015

Artists must present their Texas Sales Tax License (or already have one on file with the Dealers Den Lead or Artist Alley Lead) before they will be issued a lottery ticket. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this policy. Texas Sales Tax Permits are available free of charge online at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxpermit/.

Artists who file their Texas Sales Tax Permit with the Artist Alley lead or Dealers Den lead will be given a special ribbon which they must attach to their membership badge and wear visibly while conducting business in the Artist Alley. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this policy.

If an Artist's lottery ticket number is drawn for a space in the Alley, that artist must pay a $10 fee (cash or credit) in order to claim the space. If they cannot provide this when their lottery ticket number is drawn, their ticket number will be discarded and the next number will be drawn.

All sales (including artwork and commission sales) must be conducted within the Dealers Den, Artist Alley, or other space explicitly approved for such use by Furry Fiesta. Anyone found conducting unapproved business anywhere else in convention space will be required to stop immediately. Repeat offenders may be asked to surrender their membership badge and leave convention space.

Please read the the Complete Artist Alley Rules below for complete details on all requirements and procedures.

Artist Frequently Asked Questions:
Question #1: The Lottery is drawn so early, and Registration's line is so long. I'll never get through it in time! What am I supposed to do?
You are allowed to participate in the Lottery drawing prior to picking up your membership badge from Registration. However, you are required to obtain and wear your membership badge prior to setting up your Artist Alley space. If you are not able to obtain your membership badge by one hour after the drawing, please work with the Artist Alley lead to obtain an extension or your space may be forfeit.

Question #2: Can I register online ahead of time to be in the Artist Alley?
No. You must be present to enter for the lottery each morning, and you must be present for each drawing. You may not enter the lottery ahead of time and you may not have someone else enter the lottery for you or claim your space for you if you are not present for the drawing.

Question #3: But I NEED to be able to sell things at TFF to pay for my trip! What if I don't get picked for the Lottery?!?
Being drawn in the Lottery only provides a guaranteed seat; after Noon each day, if there is an empty seat and you have filed your Tax Permit with the Artist Alley lead, you may sit and do business. If the seat holder returns, you will need to move to another available seat or come back later if none are available. We have greatly expanded the number of Artist Alley seats this year, so finding space to do some work should not be an issue even if you do not get drawn in the Lottery.

Question #4: So... if I get drawn in the Lottery, I can get up from my seat and go get lunch/dinner, or go to panels, or visit with friends and I won't lose my spot? I can leave and come back and it's still mine when I want it?
Correct! If you come back from your break and someone is sitting in your seat, just let them know you're back, give them a reasonable amount of time to pack up their things and move, and it's all yours again. If they won't move, or don't do so in a reasonable amount of time, please notify the Artist Alley lead (or, after hours, Security) and we will enforce your claim.
Complete Artist Alley Rules
  1. Seat Assignment and Lottery
    • Tables are issued on a Lottery basis. Lottery tickets are issued each morning; see Hours of Operation below for times.
    • If the allotment of spaces available exceeds the number of waiting artists on a given morning, spaces will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. This will continue until all spaces are sold for that day.
    • No lottery ticket will be issued without a Texas Sales Tax Permit. If an artist has not provided this ahead of time, they must provide it at the time of ticket issue. If an artist does not have a permit, they may see the Artist Alley lead after the daily drawing for assistance.
    • All parties must be present to enter the Lottery and for the drawing. Artists may not pick up a ticket for someone else nor claim another artist's seat for them if their ticket is chosen when they are not present.
    • Artist's seats must be occupied by one hour post-drawing; exceptions will be made if an issue is communicated to the Alley staff. 'Occupation' includes both being set-up and ready to do business.
    • Artists must have a Furry Fiesta 2015 membership badge to be set up their space, but not to enter the Lottery. If selected in the lottery, artists must obtain their Furry Fiesta 2015 membership badge from Registration prior to setting up their space in Artist Alley.
  2. Texas Sales Tax Permit & Filing this Permit with Furry Fiesta
    • Artists selling any item at Furry Fiesta must collect Texas Sales Tax (currently 8.25% in Addison, TX).
    • No sales may be performed by ANYONE without a Tax Permit being filed with either the Artist Alley lead or Dealer Den lead (if the Artist Alley lead is unavailable).
    • When a Texas Sales Tax Permit is filed with the Artist Alley lead or Dealers Den lead, the artist will be given an 'Artist' ribbon or other marker to indicate they have done this. This must be affixed to their membership badge at all times while doing business in the Artist Alley.
    • Tax Permits are available online, for free, at: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxpermit/
  3. Seat Owner Priority
    Upon being drawn by the Lottery and paying their fee, each Artist Alley vendor will be given a color-coded and numbered token. This token will match a seat number for a specific day. This is the artist's proof of payment and right to use the seat for that day; do not misplace it.
    • The owner of this token has the right to evict anyone sitting in their seat at any time during the day for which it is valid. Anyone occupying a seat that is not the owner must immediately vacate upon request by the owner.
    • Should anyone fail to follow this rule, contact the Artist Alley Coordinator in Dealer's Den (or, for after-hours assistance, contact Security) and we will address the situation.
  4. Use of Artist Alley by Non-Priority Artists
    Artists who are not the seat holder for the day may make use of empty spaces after 12pm each day if the following conditions are met:
    • They MUST file a Texas Sales Tax Permit with the Vendor Relations Staff. This can be with the Alley Coordinator, or if they are unavailable, with the Dealers Den Staff.
    • They MUST display the Artist ribbon on their badge. If this is lost, they may not do business until a new one is acquired; this includes after-hours.
    • They MUST vacate the seat/move to another, if the seat holder returns. If there is no free space available, they must come back at another time.
  5. Appropriate Use / Liability
    • Anyone (seat owner or otherwise) making use of an Alley Space will be responsible for proper conduct at that seat, including adherence to tax laws.
    • Artists are responsible for any damage to hotel property and equipment in the Artist Alley. Hotel property and equipment may not be modified in any way, including but not limited to: holes, chips, paint, glue, or damage due to rough or inappropriate behavior. Fees for damaged equipment will be assessed by the Hotel and the Artist will be responsible for paying these fees. Please use provided equipment responsibly and take caution when using potentially risky materials (such as inks, glues, and cutting implements).
    • Artists are expected to keep their areas neat and tidy; when they are finished, they are expected to clean up any trash, scraps, or other mess. Any Artist found leaving an excessive mess will be addressed.
    • The Artist Alley must be completely vacated by the posted closing times (see below). ALL items (including racks, displays, supplies, products, etc) must be removed by this time so that the space may be cleaned.
  6. Good Business Practices
    All Artists in Artists Alley are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and conduct their business in an upright and forthcoming fashion. This includes:
    • Providing customers with appropriate contact methods both during and after Furry Fiesta (as appropriate) in order that they may follow up on commissioned work. We recommend business cards and/or receipts.
    • Follow through on commissioned pieces, especially if money has already been accepted. Repeated reports of 'scamming' will be addressed.
    • Return 'take home' work in a timely manner, especially sketchbooks.
  7. Space Layout
    • Artist Alley merchants may not post signs or posters on walls. They may not erect additional stands or tables behind, in front of, or beside their table space. They may hang signs from the front of their table space and may use small stands to display signs or merchandise within in their table space.
    • Artist Alley does NOT include any electricity use.
    • Artists may not expand into their neighbor’s space without explicit permission from that neighbor.
  8. Permitted Goods
    • Artists may only sell items they have made. Please contact us with any questions regarding whether an item may or may not be sold.
    • Samples of Allowed: Art, badges, tails, self-mixed candles/incense/soap, costumes/suits, jewelry, prints, books, comics, or other media for which they are the sole creator of the content, home-made plush or stuffed animals, etc.
    • Samples of NOT Allowed: Glow sticks, commercial food items, stuffed animals made by a third party, books, Scentsy/Avon/similar products, comics or other media for which they are not the sole creator of the content, etc.
  9. Prohibited Items
    Items prohibited for sale. This list may be appended at any time. Prohibited items include (but are not limited to):
    • Firearms and weapons.
    • Flammable/incendiary items other than candles and incense.
    • Alcohol
    • Home-made food items manufactured in facilities without FDA or local health inspector oversight.
    • Any other item prohibited in the State of Texas or the Town of Addison.
  10. Adult Material
    Adult Material is permitted, but it must be censored / obscured to prevent access by minors.
    • All Adult Material (including but not limited to printed, video, computer-generated, drawn, audio and physical) must be censored.
    • Each artist is responsible for policing his/her own table to keep minors from being inadvertently exposed.
    • Minors will be wearing a distinct Minor badge, but artists must check ID if the individual appears to be less than 18 years of age.
    • If adult art is loose or in a binder, individual works must be censored.
  11. Removal of Goods
    Furry Fiesta reserves the right to ask retailers to remove from display or sale any items the staff feels are inappropriate.
  12. Convention Policies
    All Furry Fiesta policies must be followed in addition to the rules listed here.
  13. Rule Amendment
    Furry Fiesta reserves the right to amend these policies without prior or posted notice.
  14. Hours of Operation
    Artist Alley will remain open all day and night during the Convention, with the exception of time to clean the area and register Artists for the next day.
    Friday: Tickets Issued: 9:30am – 10:30am
    Lottery Drawing: 10:30am
    Hours of Operation: 11am Friday – 6am Saturday (Overnight)
    Saturday: Tickets Issued: 8:30am – 9:30am
    Lottery Drawing: 9:30am
    Hours of Operation: 10am Saturday – 6am Sunday (Overnight)
    Sunday: Tickets Issued: 8:30am – 9:30am
    Lottery Drawing: 9:30am
    Hours of Operation: 10am Sunday – 5pm Sunday