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Mary Grace Rodriguez lives, works and writes in Austin, TX. In her late twenties, she was selected to participate in several creative writing workshops studying with writers such as Pat Mora and Sandra Cisneros. Her poems have appeared in various literary formats including a chapbook entitled Long Story Short, which was published in 1999 by Wings Press.

Austin’s Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

In its 36th season, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is bigger and brighter than ever. The eye candy alone might make your brain swell. It is a bit overwhelming, but what about Christmas isn’t? Forward ho and dive right in. But really this is an instance when the images do the talking. So, some items that caught my eye:

Gaila Designs (Photo Credit: Mary Grace Rodriguez)

There’s Gaila Designs with brilliantly colored scarves and sarongs any woman would love. Harold Siefert’s sleek and whimsical cast bronze sculptures and Dakota Pratt’s contemporary sculpture and truly fun furniture (D. Redington designs).

Cast Bronze Sculpture by Harold Siefert (Photo Credit: Mary Grace Rodriguez)

Other must sees: Telepathy Hats, made from recycled sweaters; Suzan Germond’s mosaics gone wild, and perhaps for the more conservative at heart, Leif Holland’s botanical constructions, Jay Long’s engaging and introspective paintings, and Jacob Colburn’s copper and acid ink patinas. And the list goes on!

Art Schoenig Co. (Photo Credit: Mary Grace Rodriguez)

While at the bazaar, you can also enjoy live music. There is truly something for everyone.

WHEN: Through Christmas Eve. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd.

TICKETS: $8 nights and weekends; $5 weekdays before 7 p.m. children 12 and under are always free.

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