Snapshot: Blue Genie Art Bazaar: Support Local Artisans With These Last Minute Gift Purchases – Arts
Still looking for some last minute gifts for the holidays, but want to support local artisans while you’re at it? Look no further than the Blue Genie Art Bazaar.
“It’s better than Walgreens… and there is a bar,” says longtime seasonal employee Joseph Woullard best known as the boisterous baritone saxophonist of Golden Dawn Arkestra, Hard Proof, Black Joe Lewis and Cilantro Boombox.
Those words are true enough – you can grab an adult libation while you browse (coffee and other non-alcoholic drinks are also available) – but they vastly underestimate the convenience and staggering variety available in the North Central Market. Austin (6100 Airport), which since 2001 has offered free parking and entry to browse craft products from over 200 vendors, as well as pop-up concerts, kids’ craft activities, and artist nights from Black Friday to Christmas Eve. “Snapshot” stopped during the penultimate weekend to highlight some favorites among the 54 new artists added this year.
The F Word gift shop, founded in 2017 by author / activist / feminist (the ‘F’ word) Annie Anzaldua, offers a plethora of sociopolitically relevant t-shirts, pins, stickers and greeting cards , of which 15% of the profits will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Double your philanthropic donation by purchasing Christmas Eve, the last Make-A-Wish Monday of this season, where 10% of daily bazaar profits go to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas.
The Monster Project invites elementary school students (many from Austin, but covering classrooms around the world) to submit illustrations of monsters, which are handpicked to be recreated by adult artists. Produces individual and whole impressions The Monster Project Art Book: Volume 01 pursue the objective of introducing “art as a legitimate career path”.
Floating Forest Studio features prints and illustrations by Annie Lin, some of which manifest as enamel pins like this tacky yet tasteful variation of classic Lone Star State imagery.
For animal and abstract art lovers, check out Rasor Made’s easy-to-hang wire sculptures (original idea by Maxwell True Rasor). These are more expensive, but they’re well worth the price because no two creatures (which also include the occasional astronaut or skeleton) are the same.
Enhance your home decor with the wide range of items from Knotty Woodworx (by Troy Harrison, “Retired Surveyor Turned Carpenter”). Hand-cut planters, serving platters, and cutting boards are great gifts, but “Snapshot” says magnetic bottle opener holders are life changing.
MC Shave Gear (by Monica Charles Designs) has a variety of naturally made lotions, soaps, and beard care products for men, but their crown jewels – truly, one of the more stylish shaving solutions out there than “Snapshot” ever seen – are these handcrafted razor sets. Merry Christmas … to your face.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For more information, visit austinchronicle.com/arts/snapshot. Want to present an event, event, idea or person for “Snapshot”? Email the author / photographer: [email protected]