Far Out Fittings styles it up!

Artists Lounge
We’re loving the way Far Out Fittings styled our artists lounge. It’s been a cozy place for our bands and artists to chill out for a bit. If you’re in need of cool furniture for your place, definitely check out Far Out Home Fittings, located in the heart of South Austin. Their inventory is updated daily, they have negotiable pricing, and cheap delivery. They also currently have holiday season sales and can help you find that perfect inspired gift that will tickle your loved one’s memories and leave them with a Christmas to remember. Want a peek before you head down there? Their website has a Current Inventory page that is updated regularly!

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Not sleeping so great? Far Out Fittings also has a sister company called Lunar Mattress. It’s actually located at the same place as Far Out, kind of a two-for one shopping experience! Let Lunar Mattress solve your sleeping problems with their bed offerings of innerspring, latex foam, and memory foam mattresses along with a variety of accessories. Start your new year off in a new comfy bed.

Far Out Fittings Bed

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Music Monday: Emily Gimble

Gimble at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

The three-time Best Keyboards Winner of the Austin Music Awards and former keyboardist for iconic Texas western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, Emily Gimble will be bringing her notable sultry, bluesy voice to the Armadillo stage for the first time this year. As the granddaughter of legendary fiddler Johnny Gimble and daughter of noted CenTex guitarist and fiddle player, Dick Gimble, Emily has music in her blood. With vocals reminiscent of Billy Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Norah Jones, we just know you’re going to love her soulful, thoughtful songs.


Emily Gimble will play the Armadillo stage Tuesday, December 20th at 11am

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New Artist Spotlight: Desarae Lee

Desarae Lee at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Desarae Lee’s work is intricate and whimsical. She creates her work using either pen and ink or a printmaking process called drypoint, which is an intaglio technique similar to etching. Her work makes a great gift for college students, young couples, and kids!

Let’s learn more about Desarae and her work…

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?
I’ve been creating since I was a child, but I’ve been doing art for a living for the past five or six years. I would hope that my work has become more refined over time. My style continues to develop as I try to add layers of meaning and complexity.

If you could work in any other medium, what would it be?
I would love to work in a three-dimensional medium, like steel or wood.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
In Utah I live next to some of the most beautiful mountains on earth, so I spend a fair amount of my free time rock climbing, hiking, and camping.

Desarae Lee at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
I’m always excited to see my other friends who do art shows, and some of my favorites will be at Armadillo this year! I’m also excited to get my first year under my belt, to meet new patrons and get more involved with Armadillo.

Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
The first dollar I made selling my art in recent memory was at my very first gallery show. I only had five small art pieces in that show, and back then I was selling my work for practically nothing! Two pieces sold and I remember feeling amazed that I could make money with something I had drawn.

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth – ha!)?
I love the music scene in Austin so I’m just excited to hear a breadth of the local music!

Is there an artist at Armadillo you are looking forward to shopping from?
Too many to choose from! Among my favorites are Dave Borba, Shawn Harris, Vladimir Ovtcharov, Steve and Bonnie Harmston…I could go on.

Desarae Lee at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Find Desarae’s work in booth N-1

New Artist Spotlight: Van Horn Enterprises

Van Horn at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Van Horn Enterprises creates treasures from wood. We’re excited to have their wood writing instruments in our show. Principal Artist, Karen Van Horn, produces art that is both beautiful and functional. Karen travels extensively seeking out small sawmills that focus on producing high quality lumber from trees down by storms. Her pens will make the perfect gift for that pen collector in your life.

Let’s learn more about Karen and her work…

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?
Approximately 5 years. Van Horn started making writing instruments and then extended my scope to include sculptured boxes. I’ve used my experience in finishing pens to support my creations of boxes with an exceptional finish.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
Ride my road bike. I’m an avid cyclist completing 2300 miles this year to date including a MS150 ride in Texas and a 450 mile organized ride in Iowa (RAGBRAI). I also likes to camp either tent camping or camping in my 32 ft travel trailer.

What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
I attended the Armadillo in 2015 and was very impressed with the environment and displays. I also visited with a number of the artists and was very impressed with their positive comments about the team work. During our meeting with the production team in Austin we gained a new appreciation of the learning opportunities with regard to lighting and display.

Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
My first show was a local show that were mostly vendors that sold purchased goods and a few with low end crafts. I sold pens at the time so my first sale was a $45.00 pen. We were trying our booth set up and credit card machine for the first time. We learned to focus on better art shows where all items are made by the artist at the show.

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth – ha!)?
I look forward to Asleep at the Wheel.

Van Horn pens Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Find Karen’s work in booth A-2

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Music Monday: Los Coast

Los Coast at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Los Coast’s music is a punchy, psych-tinged, lyrical variety of rock and soul. For the band’s three principals, Trey Privott, John Courtney, and Megan Hartman, this style of music is a uniquely efficient medium of communication—one that reaffirms music’s role as the universal language of the intangible.

Los Coast formed like Voltron, and Trey happened to be the heart. He is Los Coast’s “Stax-worthy” vocal feature. To put it simply, “there’s something about Trey’s voice that resonates with you.” He was introduced first to jazz—by his uncle Hiram Bullock—but Trey’s musical enthusiasm embraces gospel, punk rock, electronica, folk, and hip-hop, among other genres, and his eclectic songwriting style reflects his universal musical interests.

John is a multi-instrumentalist with a particular aptitude for keyboard and lead guitar. He is primarily responsible for most aspects of composition and production for Los Coast, and his creative impact on the band is significant. John’s style is deeply rooted in Americana and heavily influenced by an acute understanding of music theory, which he honed studying mood, texture, and composition at Berklee College of Music.

Trey and John formed Los Coast in January of 2015 and recorded their debut album “Voila” in Athens, Georgia with Drew Vandenberg. They subsequently recruited the talented Megan Hartman to join the band on electric and stand-up bass and feature several local percussionists and horn players in their live performances. They are sure to get everyone at Armadillo moving their feet!


Los Coast will play the Armadillo stage Monday, December 19th at 11am

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New Artist Spotlight: Lisa Morales

Lisa Morales at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Mixed-media artist Lisa Morales was born and raised in Texas. Much like a painter would use oil or acrylic paint as their chosen media, she uses paper to achieve the same results. She hand paints and textures papers of all kinds and then tears them by hand and perfectly place them to create collages full of whimsy and surprise. Even though the paper is painted, the markings from the text, illustrations, or patterns on the paper shows through the paint creating a visual layered feast for the viewer’s eye. The longer you look, the more interesting the piece becomes. Aside from beautiful art pieces, Lisa will also have have great gift items like journals, coffee cups, and calendars featuring her work.

Let’s get to know more about Lisa and her work…

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?
I actually consider myself to be a “late bloomer” when it comes to visual art. At the age of 42, I took my first drawing class at a community college as an elective when I was studying to be a court reporter. I had grown up in the performing side of the art world as a dancer and never considered visual art something I could master. I thought visual art was something that was innate in people. I remember so vividly how that first drawing class completely changed my perspective about what being an “artist” meant. I took color theory, 2-D design, and collage classes next. And I fell in love—with the process, the techniques, the critiques, the like-minded people, and the PAPER!! I have always considered myself to be a creative person but when I found paper, I knew in my marrow that I needed this part of the creative process to be in my life. I love it. I love the way it feels, the way it smells, and how you can create art by tearing it into tiny pieces and putting it all back together again.

If you could work in any other medium, what would it be?
Because I build my collages on flat wood panels I would love to work in sculpture or fabric or any other media that is 3-D in nature.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
On the weekends I turn ordinary children in to princesses, super heroes and beautiful butterflies as a professional face painter. The “moving canvas” is a challenge to work on sometimes but the reward of seeing a child’s face light up when they see the finished face paint is well worth the effort. I truly feel blessed that I can bring that kind of joy to children.

Lisa Morales at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
I am thrilled that a show of this caliber exist in my home state and I am excited for a whole new audience to see my work. I am also looking forward to being inspired by and meeting the other artist in the show.

Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
I sold my first art piece after a workshop. One of the other students in the class offered to buy what I made and I was blown away. I was one of those people who thought that you needed to work for a lifetime at your craft to be able to sell your work. That first sale was a game changer for me and a complete validation in my mind that what I had to offer was “good enough” to be considered art worth buying.

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth – ha!)?
All of them. My husband is a musician so I think he is looking forward to that part of the show as much as I am.

Is there an artist at Armadillo you are looking forward to shopping from?
Let’s put it this way. When I got the promo postcard with sample of work from only five or six artist I told my husband I was in trouble and that he better keep me chained up in my booth to keep me from spending more than I make. I can’t wait!!

Lisa Morales at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Find Lisa’s work in booth O-7

New Artist Spotlight: Pen Morrison

Pen Morrison at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Houston artist Pen Morrison uses cut steel, painted wood and found objects to make mixed media art, often with a nod to musicians, using lyrics from songs. Her work would be a great gift for music lovers and collectors that enjoy their art with a bit of humor.

Let’s learn more about Pen and her work…

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?
I have been making art since my hands could hold things. In fact, my dad has a piece of driftwood with 3 glued rocks that I made when I was 4. I am still using wood in my art, so not much has changed! I also have been painting words in different fonts since high school, so that hasn’t changed much either! But recently, I have taken a turn from my music-related art with my Peace Sign Series, made of found objects, buttons, and painted wood. I also used to make more found object art, but now mainly create it from scratch, using repurposed materials.

If you could work in any other medium, what would it be?
Welding steel, or more letter press printing. Or abstract collage with wood or paper.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
Go out and hear live music! Also biking, taking the dogs to the dog park, and finding materials to make into art. And anything my 16 year old son feels like doing with his mom!

Pen Morrison Art Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
Much of the work I make is a tribute to musicians. I am looking forward to hearing all the great music at the Armadillo, and talking to buyers who also love music! I have heard about this show for years, and getting to be a part of it with so many talented artists and appreciative customers is a dream come true.

Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
In 2011 Whole Foods Market in Houston commissioned me to make a guitar tribute piece. I made “If You Steal My Chickens, You Can’t Make ‘Em Lay” honoring Lightnin’ Hopkins, a Houston legend! It still hangs at the Waugh Drive Whole Foods location. It was not the first dollar for my art, but the first time selling from the series I still make today.

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth – ha!)?
Dale Watson! He played at my art opening “Don’t Run Dry” at Cactus Music in 2015! I have a tribute piece to Dale Watson that will be for sale at the Bazaar, “Honkiest, Tonkiest Beer Joint In Town”!

Is there an artist at Armadillo you are looking forward to shopping from?
New to the show artist, Brian Phillips.

Pen Morrison Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Find Pen’s work in booth U-4

New Artist Spotlight: Salvaged Wood Artist, Brian Phillips

brian phillips at armadillo christmas bazaar

Local artist, Brian Phillips mainly uses salvaged wood and other salvaged items in his work. He brings the salvaged wood home, cleans it up, separates the pieces and uses them to build ‘Salvaged wood canvases’ that he paints on later. Brian’s work is mainly silhouettes of different subject matter ranging from Armadillos to cowboys, guitars to bottles but he also does abstract and abstract landscapes. His collection is whimsical, yet strong, and includes small art pieces that are accessible to most buyers, including beginning collectors.

Let’s learn more about Brian and his work…

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?
I’ve been creating art since I was a child. My mom (who raised 4 kids by herself — I am the youngest) always tells people that the only way she could keep me quiet was by handing me a drawing pad and crayons. I rediscovered art when I was 21 for therapeutic reasons and haven’t looked back. I’ve been a full time artist since 2011.

If you could work in any other medium, what would it be?
Steel. Probably welding salvaged items into unique but useful items/lawn art.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
My wife, Cynthia and I enjoy hanging out on our back porch, usually listening to some classic country and enjoying a cold beer (or wine in her case) and firing up the fire pit when the weather is right for it.

brian phillips armadillo christmas bazaar

What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
Meeting so many new people that are appreciative of the arts. I’m nervous about my first year, but in a good way for sure. I want to bring my A-game and see how the crowds respond.

Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
Not exactly a “Dollar” but when I was in 7th grade, I was drawing some of my favorite wrestlers “The Road Warriors” and a lady who was staying at the same place as me and my mom asked if she could take it and show it to her friend. I said sure and she took it to her friend who was the daughter of the wrestling promoter Fred Ward in Columbus, GA. The next week I got a call asking if they could print my drawings in the wrestling event programs. My first and only question was “Can I get in for free?” and the deal was made. I got into matches for letting them use my drawings for the next few years and met and saw some of my favorite wrestlers Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, The Road Warriors, Buzz Sawyer, Mr. Wrestling #2, Wahoo McDaniel, etc. This was one of the first times I realized art had some value. Some of my best childhood memories.

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth — ha!)?
Dale Watson is always a winner.

brian phillips at armadillo christmas bazaar

Find Brian’s work in booth T-1

Music Monday: Jai Malano

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar December 16 3pm

Jai Malano, debuted as leading lady to horn driven 40s-50s R&B band, The Royal Rhythmaires, on July 4, 2010. As vocalist for The Royal Rhythmaires, she and the band were listed as one of the Top 15 Bands to watch in 2014 by the Dallas Observer. Jai has mesmerized audiences with her raw, yet sultry, renditions of timeless Blues classics ever since. Combine her blend of storytelling with the same vocality as Etta James, Little Richard, Lavern Baker, and many more of the originators of Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, and you’re guaranteed to be blown away from start to finish. Her strong vocals and showmanship have landed her the cover of UK Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine, and she has received further recognition in Vintage Rock Magazine, and the Austin Music Journal. She is a show stopping powerhouse that you won’t want to miss.

Jai Malano will play the Armadillo stage Friday, December 16th at 3pm

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New Artist Spotlight: Jamie Rice Art

Jamie Rice Art

Jamie Rice’s work is brightly colored, with bold graphic elements, ultra shiny and sometimes glittering with gold leaf, or sculptural additions. Upon closer perusal, however, there are meaningful details to be discovered. Her art prints and home decor items make great gifts for art lovers that embrace strong use of color. Her new “Remix” series, with it’s pastel grunge aesthetic, is young and fresh, perfect for interior designers and fashion forward patrons.

Let’s learn more about Jamie and her work…

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?

According to my family, I was drawing before I learned to speak. When I was a kid I made toys and jewelry out of Sculpey clay. I began building furniture, sculpture, and doing some pretty bizarre home renovations in middle school. In high school, I took up ceramics, and started a business where I created unique handmade backsplashes. My dark ages were in college where I studied accounting with the intention of going to law school. Between studying, renovating homes, and fretting about my future career, I had few creative outlets.

I began painting in 2008 after a very powerful meditation that seemed to command that I “paint” instead of following the path I was on. My first painting set the tone for all of the work that would follow, where I explore spiritualism, history, and philosophy. I’m always striving for more refinement, but my work had remained true to form, stylistically and topically, until recently. I’m currently making a shift from intellectual, articular thought, to venturing into the world of emotive, abstract storytelling.

If you could work in any other medium, what would it be?
I love sculpture, ceramics, and building furniture. I used to have a wood shop with every tool under the sun including a kiln and ceramics tools.

Jamie Rice Art

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
When I’m not selling at weekend festivals, or painting, I tend to catch up with friends and family. It’s anybody’s guess whether I may be found imbibing fine whiskey or kale smoothies, frequenting clubs or practicing yoga.

Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
I had made sales to friends and family along the way, and given charitable donations and gifts but was never sure who was just being nice, supportive, or charitable. The first real dollar I made was on the first night of my first art festival in 2012. A guy and his girlfriend, close to my age, came in making quite a fuss. He explained the meaning of the painting, Rock Paper Scissors, which was spot on. They said they’d “be back” which I later learned is often the kiss of death for a festival sale. But they did come back. I was excited as they walked up. It was listed for $1800 and he offered $1500. I was so nervous. I acted reluctant, but my insides were screaming “Yesssssss!” I accepted, nonchalantly. I was elated that someone would pay that much for my work. I was thrilled that he loved and understood it’s meaning so well. He’s since become a collector, having commissioned six or seven pieces so far and we are still in touch. All of the other artists around me, knowing it was my first show, came up and congratulated and high-fived me. I fell in love with the artists, the customers and the spirit of the festivals, but for the minor detail that I barely covered costs with that magical sale.

Is there an artist at Armadillo you are looking forward to shopping from?
Eric Mort and Terrell Powell. I look forward to meeting new artists as well.

Jamie Rice Art

Find Jamie’s work in booth N-4!

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