900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
8701 Leo St., Austin, TX 78745
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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 retired from community service in 2017 after serving 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 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!). She’s excited to see Anne Johnson leading the way!
Anne Johnson works full time as Producer & General Manager of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. She considers herself an “Armadillo baby” along with many other children that grew up at Armadillo because of their parents’ role in the 80’s and 90’s. Anne’s first Armadillo job was as a five year old, delivering show flyers to local Austin businesses in her radio flyer wagon with Mom. Until the pandemic up to four generations of her family celebrated each Christmas Eve at the Armadillo. Anne has been working production for the event since 2010, learning the ropes to one day inherit the show. 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. She loves visiting local, regional and national art shows. Anne served on the board for Art Alliance Austin helping plan Art City Austin and other art events in Austin. As a new mom in 2020, she can’t wait to pass along the culture and tradition of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar to her son.