Email From San Francisco: Feria Urbana

Email From San Francisco: Feria Urbana

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 29, 2004

Because New York is only the center of the world when in touch with the rest of it, we've asked a few far flung friends to send us updates concerning what is going on in their cities. This first one is from Drew Sanocki of Edge Modern in San Francisco (Thanks, Drew!):

Paris has its flea markets; San Francisco has the Feria Urbana (Urban Fair). Okay, so ours is a bit smaller (20 to 25 local artists) and a heck of a lot less famous, but that's the appeal. The Feria stands out as the place to find alternative wares in the city.

Held every two weeks at a local gallery, the Feria brings together local artists and designers who sell a range of items from clothing to housewares to art -- all priced below $250. There's the obligatory DJ spinning downbeat vinyl, free wine, and plenty of people in a pre-Burning Man holding pattern.

On my last visit, I bought a couple of funky iconographic candles for my bedside table. I could use replenishments, so I'm headed there this weekend.

AT readers may feel a bit out of place at the Feria – modernism isn't necessarily the norm – but that's the point. If you want something organic, original, and far removed from the mass-market, it's worth the trip. (photos: Feria Urbana) DS

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