Austin’s Blue Genie Art Bazaar
published on December 15, 2011
Austin offers almost every national store in town for shoppers, from the flagship Whole Foods in Downtown Austin to Nordstroms in Westlake, and all the smaller shops in between, making Austin a prime draw for gift seekers. It is the independent stores and studios, though, that truly set Austin apart from other cities, and the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, located at The Marchesa Hall and Theatre on Middle Fiskville Rd., is one of the best collections of art and gifts to be found all year.
The Bazaar is an Austin tradition, and is open during the holiday season Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 10 PM, from November 30th to December 24th. Admission is free to the public, which is handy, considering most shoppers will want to save their dollars for beautiful wall art, robot Frisbees, funky screen printed t-shirts, knit caps, jewelry, and a multitude of other gifts, for friends or self.
All art and gift items for sale at the Bazaar have been handmade by more than 130 local Austin artists and are selected through a rigorous jury process. Gifts range from serious works of art to fun, kitschy items. Shopping at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a great way to find fun, trendy, and unique gifts, while supporting local artists.
The Bazaar also offers a bar to grab drinks and snacks for browsing through the extensive displays, and a movie room keeps kids occupied with holiday films in case adults want to pick up handmade toys.
The Bazaar is in its tenth year, with organizers selecting artists for exhibition from more than 300 worthy applicants. “Austin is special because it is an incubator for artists, musicians, businesses, or almost anyone looking for a city willing to embrace new talent,” said Regent Property Group founder and real estate agent Brian Talley. Blue Genie Art Bazaar is an annual example of Austin’s patronage of the arts.
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