Locals put endless hours into art for Causeacon

Raleigh County

Creative minds will soon wander within the walls of the Raleigh County Convention Center at the Third annual Causecon event. While costumes and cosplay are a big hit, so is the handmade artwork that comes to life months prior to the three day convention.

It is something local artist, Kim Smith, said she looks forward to every year.

“I have been working on my artwork since December,” Smith said. “I usually start as soon as you get accepted because you have to submit examples of your work.”

Smith’s work features everything from hand sculpted statues, to paintings, and even handmade jewelry through her business named Belcontatto. She said she loves setting her work next to other masterpieces made by artists of all different styles.

“Everybody on Artist Alley are the most talented group of people,” Smith said. “We have nationally recognized artists, we have caricature artists.”

The artwork on display will not be the only hand crafted work you see. Many of the props used at the event itself are designed and created as well. Summersville brothers, Tyler and Jim Adkins, spent more than 40 hours building a dalek from Dr. Who that is able to make noise and move.

“Most people make them out of only wood, but I was trying to go a little bit lighter and not so costly,” Tyler Adkins said. “There was a lot of airbrush, and 3D printers helped make a lot of the parts.”

People can see this artwork and much more at the three-day long Causeacon event beginning Friday, April 26.

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