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Vicky Wyman was Anthrocon's Artist Guest of Honor in 1999.  She was the artist and wrote the story for the Xanadu comic in the Eighties.

She passed away last night, Friday August 3, 2018 at approximately 9:30 PM.

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   I am stunned at this news! Shocked Sad

   Was she in poor health? 

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FA post with more info: 

http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/8831024/

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I'm in the midst of Art Show bookkeeping and preparing artist payments, and I'm reminded of the trick Vicky always used for her Art Show pieces: she'd put a minimum bid of $1, knowing many of them would be bid up to voice auction where they'd go for a lot more. Strangely, none of the popular artists today do so.

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I'm missing something - how does that help a piece get to auction?

Unless people are more willing to bid when they see a low min. bid -
are you saying artists these days put a high min. bid, or none at all?

I still need to post a pic of the painted coconut I got from her one year (I got permission from her to do so but never got around to it Sad) I still wonder whether I got it because it was too fragile to ship but I was driving so it was no problem for me...

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Vicky was a quite popular artist and she claimed that this would at allow a chance for poor beginners to have the experience of bidding.

Bluntly, I always felt that getting to the voice auction ensured that she got the best price for her work.

A low starting bid price draws in people at the low end and helps ensure the piece gets enough bids to go to the voice auction.  Vicky did get screwed occasionally when the piece died on the bid sheet, but it didn't happen often.

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Finally uploaded the pic:

http://www.furaffinity.net/view/28693385/

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https://www.parsellfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Victoria-Wyman/#!/Obituary

A link to Vicky's official obituary.

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   The EuroFurence Charity Auction for this year included a Vicki Wyman drawing - "Picnicus Interruptus", a rather tame but nonetheless detailed illusttration in ink, colored pencil and watercolor marker of a clothed femme snow leopard rather aggresively smooching a clothed dog fox, while in the midst of a picnic lunch on spread blanket.

   It was donated for EF's designated charity, a group which is dedicated to saving the Lemurs of Madagascar (I'm still kind of hazy on just how the funds we gave them will accomplish this).  I was convinced that either Uncle Kage or Lance Ikegawa donated the piece, but Lance denied it and Pegla (the charity art manager) insisted it was a european who donated it.

   The minimum bid was 80 Euros; and after leaving it alone for a day, I put in the first bid at 200 Euros.  Sadly, this was the only bid it received.

   Vicki made art out of a lot of things such as dolls and plush figures, many of which she personally hand-made.  For the last Anthrocon held at King of Prussia, she had taken a goose egg and carefully cut it so that it could be opened up like a tryptich, and then proceeded to decorate the outside like a Faberge Egg.  She then made a kneeling sculpture of Princess Alicia (or perhaps Queen Amalthea?), unicorn leader of Xanadu, perched inside with a scuplted and painted internal background; the whole mounted in a gold-trim (OK, gold-toned styrene) triple-legged base (which I had winning bid on).  A few years ago she had made an anthro cat doll, and garments for her, to sit in an intricately beaded saddle mounted on a fantasy long-legged horse-like mount, with equally intricately decorated harness and bridle.  Art made primarily with scissors and hand-stiched needlework - the whole thing standing about 28" tall.

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http://www.furaffinity.net/view/8748503/

Link to the work in question, which Vicky spelled differently.  Commissioner was Joel_Fox.

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