Local artists work overtime to keep up with holiday demand
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Many local artists work year round to put together their creations, but during the holiday season, the rush is on—especially if they're participating in the Blue Genie Art Bazaar.
This year, the artists put in long hours to keep their booths filled often taking away from time with their families.
"We sell all year round. I will say that about Austin. It's really nice because I have stuff up in shops all year round,” artist Christine Terrell said. “People are really great about buying local, so that is nice, but when it comes to selling in bulk, this is your season."
It’s a season of serious money making for some artists, but it doesn't come without sacrifice.
"Your family gets a little bit of a short trip because you really are focused on working through this holiday season," Terrell said.
She has that support from her sons and her husband, and of course, the shoppers.
Shoppers like Natasha Renau do admire the efforts artists put forth.
"It's incredible the work they do and I really appreciate the heart that goes into it, especially when it takes away from family and friends and things in life. You can tell,” Renau said. “It has to be important to them."
And Terrell wouldn't argue.
"A small price to pay for getting to do the work you love all year round,” she said.
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is open until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.