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.