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This Summer, Join us at our Weekly Night Markets

1st Featured Artisan: Me!

 

 

Dear Friend, 


My name is Matthew Lopez, and I'm calling all lovers of the discerning arts! I’m excited to share that we’re hosting a weekly summer night market every Thursday, with the dream of creating a vibrant and collaborative space. Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with art, food, live music, and so much more!

 

The Lopez weekly night market is every Thursday of the summer, starting from July 6th, 6pm-10pm. Join us at our workshop, #3-676 Alpha St, which is accessed through Tolmie Ln. We’re curating a relaxed atmosphere where artistic collaboration and appreciation are encouraged.

 

We’ve also curated featured artists for the upcoming weeks, and we’re excited to announce features working in various mediums such as denim, leather, metal, paint, fabrics, pottery, resin, spray finish, and more! Our first night market is the coming Thursday, the 6th of July, and I’ll be giving branding demonstrations using our in-house custom brands. 

 

 

I’m really hoping to meet any artisans interested in coming out. If that’s you, I’d love to meet with you and see/discuss your work. We’re always looking for more kiosks at our events, and more importantly, I’m always looking for friends to share in our wonderful art community.

 

We’re excited to have back with us Hotdog Hustlin’s mouthwatering Filipino bites, personally I can’t wait to get my hands on some Isaw! I’m also excited to have my good friend Zuber busking, I hear he’s working on a jazzy soul acoustic set.

 

At Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd, our team is really looking forward to providing a collaborative platform and space for artisans to showcase and immerse in their craft. We're excited to share access to top-notch equipment and expertise in both metal and woodwork, and want to ensure an unforgettable creative experience for all who attend. I hope to see you at what is looking to be a precious evening, and a great kick-off to our night market season!

 

Thank you so much for your time. We deeply appreciate your support of our friendly neighbourhood on-stop workshop! We're always glad to be of service, and on behalf of our team we wish you a very happy summer!

 

About Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd:

Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd is a local and emerging artisanal contracting company that specializes in highly custom projects, ranging from renovations to bespoke commissions such as live-edge furniture. Our one-stop shop strongly values our community, and we strive to operate within a 100% local network of partnered suppliers, sub-trades, artisans, and specialists. Our wood supply network, for example, sources largely from local ethical arborists.

We host a beautiful and diverse display of Vancouver Island’s finest lumber specimen, ready to be kilned, milled, sanded, edged, finished, or otherwise prepared right here in our shop for any discerning patron or project. Our one-stop shop offers singularly rare and unique services right here in the heart of Victoria, including one of downtown’s only kiln, lathe, and CNC services.

 
 

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