Bruce Willenzik came to Austin in May of 1972 to visit his brother. By October, he was in the music business working with the great Brazos River Valley Saturday Night Songster, Mance Lipscomb. In May 1974, he started a seven-year stint working at the Armadillo World Headquarters (AWHQ). A chance meeting with Lucinda Williams in 1973 resulted in a long-lasting friendship and the suggestion that AWHQ bring the artists from the artist market on the Drag inside for Christmas. So, under Armadillo Productions, Inc., the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar was born in 1976. Bruce took over the show in 1981 after the AWHQ had closed and has been Executive Producer ever since. Bruce has served on the Austin Arts Commission since 1989 and the Austin Downtown Commission since 2000. He was Chair of the New Airport Terminal Task Force to develop the local identity theme at Bergstrom International Airport. In 1993, he was the recipient of the first Peacemaker of Austin Award for helping to end the arts wars and recruiting members for the board of the Austin Museum of Art.
Annie Harding is a recent retiree from The University of Texas as an enabler for a theoretical physics research group and coordinator of a graduate fellowship program in nanoscience. Now spending her days doing whatever she wants, often with the love of her life, Bruce Willenzik, some of her fave pastimes are working out, girl days, and epic road trips. Her first visit to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in 1988 started a lifetime love of the show. Her first job was working the night box office (thanks Leea Mechling!) and now she is an Associate Producer. She’s excited to see Anne Johnson transition the show forward.
Anne Johnson works full time as Producer & General Manager of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. She considers herself an “Armadillo baby” because she’s been at the show every Christmas Eve since her dad began working there. In fact, there have been three to four generations of her family at every Armadillo Christmas Eve since anyone can remember. She is honored to be a part of an iconic Austin tradition and dedicated to its success in the future. She can think of no better job than producing events and working in the world of art. One of her favorite parts of the job is visiting local, regional and national art shows. You can also find her at Wet Salon and Studio, curating art and planning events. She is a networking, sociable, art, music and party lover that can’t sit still.