May 22, 2017
| December 7, 2016 | Culture
The beloved 41st Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar auctions off a mosaic masterpiece.
Home by Aly Winningham will be on display at Wild About Music, 615 Congress Ave., until it moves to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar on December 14. Bidding starts at $1,500.
Austin is rapidly changing with each passing year, but for 11 days each December, there’s a place we can go that reminds us of why we’ll never leave. Now in its 41st year, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, December 14-24 at the Palmer Events Center, is a down-home market that celebrates not only the holidays, but the spirit of the city itself.
This year’s music roster includes Grammy winners and local legends, from Marcia Ball and Asleep at The Wheel to Jimmy LaFave and Dale Watson. Add dozens of art, jewelry, and food vendors, and you have yourself a beloved Austin tradition.
“When I think about the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, I think about family, connection to Austin, music, art and self-expression,” says Terra Firma Studios artist Aly Winningham, who was commissioned this year by the festival to create a piece of art inspired by the spirit of the armadillo. Her piece, aptly titled Home in bold black tiles, captures Austin in a colorful mosaic of symbols near and dear, from a guitar and piano keys to our favorite armored animal.
The mosaic will be up for bid through a silent auction at the Armadillo from December 14–23, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to Texas CASA, which helps children entering the foster system. 900 Barton Springs Road
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ARMADILLO CHRISTMAS BAZAAR