Yes, there are several quality, free themes designed for the Genesis Framework – free as in gratis, no charge, zero price. Also known as ‘free – as in beer‘. (but not to be confused with ‘Free Beer‘ 😉 )
‘Free’ is a fabulous theme feature.
Browse free themes from the catalogue on GenesisThemes.ca.
They may be an author’s earlier efforts or they may be fresh, current designs that are an author’s contribution to the Genesis Community – or they may be from the very source: StudioPress’ Copyblogger free theme for Genesis. In fact, some free themes rock unique features or feature combinations – like Autobahn from David Decker with support for bbPress and BuddyPress, or Just Read from WPStuffs with WordPress “Post Formats” publishing features. Fremedy from Themedy helps showcase their core theme features.
You can even update them if necessary to Genesis 2.0 (explained by Genesis Core contributor and plugin author Nick Croft) using these instructions from Brad Dalton at WPsites and CSS conversion tool from CobaltApps, authors of the Genesis Extender Plugin and Dynamik Website Builder Genesis theme.
Remember that you will still need to purchase the Genesis Framework to run these free theme design offerings, but they’re yours to use, customize, experiment with and learn from.