Ingleside’s Unity Plaza will be chock full of holiday cheer when neighborhood arts and crafters set up shop for the annual Ocean Avenue Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Once again the Ocean View-Merced Heights-Ingleside Cultural Participation Project and the Ocean Avenue Association have teamed up to organize the admission-free market to encourage neighbors to come together and support independent artists.
“I think having a fair where local OMI artists can express themselves is vital to the continued renaissance of Ocean Avenue,” OMI-CPP Executive Director Maurice Rivers said.
The organizations teamed up to being holding bazaars as a means to use Unity Plaza, the neighborhood’s newest public space.
“This event is a great way to activate Unity Plaza,” OAA Associate Director Neil Ballard said. “The community likes to buy art and other items from people in the neighborhood.”
The 14 vendors scheduled for the event are:
- Starlynn Youvella of Starbella Creations
- OMI Cultural Participation Project
- Andrea Clark of Paparazzi Jewelry
- Erik Tafolla of Wells Fargo Ocean Avenue
- Nic Winstead & Nikki Kwong of Nic Winstead Arts
- SJC Essentials
- Rosa Soltero
- Lorraine Doss
- Marria Evbuoma
- Veronica Lavorini
- Belinda Nichols of Nayah Solutions
- Yetta Allen
- Charlotte Jackson
- Joan Austin-Garrett
“Over the last 10 years, the demographics of this neighborhood have shifted, and a younger and more diverse crowd is now living and/or conducting business here,” Rivers said. “It’s critical that we have an outlet for fresh neighbourhood talent to showcase the best of the OMI.”
OMI-CPP and the OAA are planning many other events for Unity Plaza in 2020, according to Ballard. Particularly exciting is the ribbon cutting ceremony for a light sculpture OAA is developing with artist Josh Hubert.
When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Unity Plaza, 1002 Ocean Ave.
For more information about the Holiday Bazaar or reserve a table at an upcoming event, call OMI-CPP Executive Director Maurice Rivers at (415) 729-3658.