Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio

Blair has been doing art in one form or another most of his life, starting with photography in the 4th grade. Over the years he has added 3-D computer art and polymer clay sculpting to his repertoire. His work has appeared in various convention art shows since 2012, as well as participating as a panelist.

Blair does his own matting, and photographs both his and his wife Mitzi’s sculptures. He and his lovely wife of 30+ years live in Colorado with their feline overlords Koda and Sparo.

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1:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Top Priority: Self-Care for Artists

If you want to be a productive and happy artist, self-care is a must! If you're not healthy, happy, rested, fed, and hydrated, your work can suffer. Our panel discusses things to do to make self-care a part of your daily routine!

Moderator: Sara Felix

Panelists: Sara Felix, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Carolyn Kay, Tall Chick Cosplay, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Health & Wellness, Art

3:00 PM | Location: University AB

Intro to Artwork Matting

Whether you just bought a piece of art at the Art Show, or are an artist showing your artworks, this session's for you. Blair pulls from over 30 years of matting and framing experience to go over the various ways to display the art and demonstrates how matting (and organization) are important in showing the art in the best light possible.

Moderator: Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio

Panelists: Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio

Tracks: Maker, Art

10:00 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 2 Boardroom

The Lighted Fairy House – A Polymer Clay Workshop

In this workshop, we will create a small, charming house perfect for a tiny fairy, lit from within by the warm glow of an LED tea light. Participants will be guided step by step in the process, with tips and options to give each creation its own unique stamp. Once the workshop concludes, the finished items will be taken to be baked, allowed to cool completely, and can then be picked up at the designated pick-up station at Con HQ. The fee covers all materials and a printed tutorial of the workshop. Please note: This workshop is designed for adults and teenagers. However, children are welcome to “assist” an adult participant. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants. $15 fee.)

Moderator: Mitzi Bartlett

Panelists: Mitzi Bartlett, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio

Tracks: Maker, Art, Workshop

2:00 PM | Location: University AB

Intro to Artwork Matting

Whether you just bought a piece of art at the Art Show, or are an artist showing your artworks, this workshop's for you. Blair pulls from over 30 years of matting and framing experience to go over the various ways to display the art and demonstrates how matting (and organization) are important in showing the art in the best light possible.

Moderator: Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio

Panelists: Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio

Tracks: Art, Maker

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Being Kind To Our Fellow Creatives

It’s easy to become competitive with other creatives when they get opportunities that you’d like to have. It’s frustrating. Our panel talks about how important it is to be kind to each other and to be nice to your fans no matter what.

Moderator: Peri Charlifu

Panelists: Peri Charlifu, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Sally Hamilton, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Kim Ventrella, Mario Wytch

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Gaming, General Interest, Business & Marketing, Health & Wellness, Maker, Culture & World Affairs, Art

10:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Late Night Artists Chat Vol. 2

This is a chance for artists and fans to meet in a relaxed setting to talk all things art! Ask questions, share ideas, and socialize. (Hotel side)

Moderator: Mitzi Bartlett

Panelists: Mitzi Bartlett, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Peri Charlifu, JR Daniels, Muriel Fahrion, Jan S. Gephardt, Teddy Harvia, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, W J Hodgson, Bekah June, Mike Kennedy, Kimber, Luna Reign Cosplay, Harold Neal, Kathleen M O'Brien

Tracks: Art, General Interest, Meetup

1:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

The Art of the Long Game: Keeping Momentum, Staying the Course

It’s easy to be super motivated when your business is brand new! But keeping momentum is hard. Setbacks and unexpected problems will face every artist. Our panel of professionals will talk about strategies that keep you focused and productive!

Moderator: Tommy B. Smith

Panelists: Tommy B. Smith, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Christina Stiles, Kim Ventrella, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Art, Gaming, Business & Marketing, Writing & Publishing, Maker, Cosplay