Shops to Love at Blue Genie Art Bazaar 2014

Ahhh, ’tis the Season for gift giving! And if you’re like me, I like receiving gifts that are one-of-a-kind, artisanal & the not-going-to-the-regift pile. It’s time for the Blue Genie Art Bazaar again, seriously the best place to find handmade Austintatious gifts. There’s lots of shops to love of course in this curated shop exhibit but I’m a sucker for these ones:

1. Found Object Art

Found objects pieces things together that’s all about interesting stories, a surefire conversation starter! This one is called Cinderfella. And yes, I’m not over vintage things yet!

2. Jackalope Card by MakeATX

It’s a jackalope! And he’s intricately laser-cut at that! I would totally put this one in a shadow box for a quirky display!

3. Melissa Mencini Ceramics

And how about these porcelain tumblers? It’s dainty pastel hues contrast with gold pistols is such a beautiful juxtaposition — this is not your regular OJ containers.

foxwares pottery






4. Foxwares Pottery

A little Southwestern and Ikat inspiration in these gorgeous earthenware. It’s very Alyson Fox if you ask me & super cool to put on display.

5. Akwood & Design

From little things to small and large scale furniture, fine crafted wood pieces is the expertise of the duo behind this woodworking shop. As a grown-up, I say goodbye Ikea & hello magnificent, exceptional, well-made {I’m not running out of adjectives yet} pieces.

So, if you haven’t checked it out yet, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a “must visit” for holiday shopping!

> The annual four-week holiday shopping exhibit for its 14th year on November 28th,opening at 10am.

> The bazaar runs seven days a week from 10am to 10pm (with the exception of 6pm closing on December 24th)

> Where: Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin 78752, across from Highland Mall

> Featuring more than 200 Texas artists, the bazaar offers free admission and a hassle-free shopping environment.

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5 Shops to Love at Blue Genie Art Bazaar

I am officially in chaos mode! For some or perhaps most of you, you may already have had your shop on, oh well since before Thanksgiving. Not me! So, I’ve been checking out all of the shopping events in and Around Austin. Come to find out the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is ongoing until December 24th…wee! If you’re like me, I avoid the too-busy and crazy roads that lead to the shopping malls. I also try to look for something unique. For some of you not familiar with the Bazaar; it features thousands of handmade artworks, jewelry, clothing and gifts from more than 135 Austin area artists. You are shopping and helping local artists and not only that, aside from a selection of juried artists, fun events happen throughout the show.

After stalking their exhibitors, here are my favorites so far:

1. South Austin Gallery: Pop style Art with the influence of Austin surroundings.

jennifer hill ceramics

2. Jennifer Hill Ceramics: tableware and sculptures with cue from the luscious flora of the sea.

3. The Plaid Pigeon : We’re not tired of succulents yet…why not plant them in these quirky neon creatures that ruled the Earth eons ago?

4. Old is the New: Oh because vintage camera nightlights is just oh-so-cool.

5. Fair Morning Blue: Your table service will be amazing with hand-stamped flour sack tea towels.

Here are the deets:

Where: Marchesa Hall

When: Nov. 29th to Dec 4th; 10 am to 10 pm

Parking: Free! Seriously!

You must,you just have to visit and check out all the swoon-worthy goodies!

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