The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is an annual event specific to Austin, where hundreds of local artists showcase and sell their sculptures, jewelry, clothing, paintings, photography, knickknacks, and just about any other creative thing you can imagine.
Before my visit I didn’t know quite what to expect. I had imagined a museum of some sorts where I would feel completely out of place and uncomfortable, considering I know nothing about art. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the environment is more like a flea market of art.
The motown music, neutral lighting, and calming ambiance added to the whole experience. Not to mention the art featured was amazing. There were different things for all types of people. Candles with celebrities faces on them, night lights, t-shirts, handbags, bath oils, etc. You could find the perfect gift for just about anybody. Not only was there art to look at, but at the back of the establishment there was a theatre. I was surprised and partially disappointed to see that barely anyone was watching A Christmas Carol. This is perfect for parents who want to go holiday shopping, but don’t want their kids to see what they are getting.
The only drawback I felt were the prices. Everything was so expensive, or at least it was for me, an 18-year-old part-time worker. The prices could be due to the fact that the items for sale are handmade by the artists, and due to the fact that part of the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If I didn’t know it was handmade or that part of the proceeds go to charity I definitely wouldn’t be buying anything.
But even with the items being expensive I would go again, and I would suggest it to anyone who needs a gift for a friend or family member who’s hard (or easy) to shop for. The Blue Genie is open everyday until December 24th from 10am-10pm at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre.