After a suitably friendly and rangy party last weekend, Blue Genie Art Industries has moved from its longtime East Austin headquarters.
After nearly two decades on Springdale Road, the art fabrication company is relocating to a new address in on Burleson Road Southeast Austin.
Fabricators of big and creative things, Blue Genie makes everything from giant mosaic sea monsters in front of children’s museums to an armadillo for the top of Lone Star Beer bus.
Blue Genie was one the original arts tenants of the cluster of warehouse now known as Canopy, the increasingly sleek complex of galleries, pricey artist studios and ever more ‘creative office’ spaces.
Blue Genie not only established the popular holiday Blue Genie Art Bazaar, but their vibrantly painted space — complete with a blue genie on top — served as a de facto clubhouse for all kinds of informal creative happenings, especially during the East Austin Studio Tour.
Blue Genie founders Roray Skagen, Kevin Collins and Dana Younger were inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2014.
In an interview, Collins suggested that an increase in rent was only one factor in the company’s move.
The Art Bazaar — which features more than 200 artists — will continue at Marchesa Hall & Theatre.