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Tolmie Ln Night Market VI: Featuring Maria Fernanda Barallobres

Join us this Thursday for a special evening of local art, music, and food!


We’re excited to welcome you back for our sixth Tolmie Ln Night Market, featuring the amazing work of our featured artist, Maria Fernanda Barallobres! Please join us this Thursday the 24th at our one-stop-workshop at #3-676 Alpha St (Accessibly through Tolmie Ln) at 6:30pm-late for an evening sure to delight all your senses! You can RVSP on Facebook here.


We had such a fun time last week, it was incredible to see our workshop transformed into a dance floor, courtesy of Tuck and Nima's 'joy on wax' DJ set! We're excited to have the dynamic duo as our closer act for our final Night Market on the 31st, dubbed 'End of the (Tolmie) Lane', which you can read more about below!




We're thrilled to be featuring Maria Fernanda Barallobres as our featured artist of the week! Maria's artistic skillset is both expansive and impressive. From CNC cut lightbox fixtures for raves, beautiful and unique jewelry, and a painting style ranging from hyper-realistic to delightfully abstract, Maria is sure to dazzle you with an array of their work! We're especially excited for our collaboration with Maria, the likes of which we've never done before! Not to give away too much we can say it will, in a sense, be interactive.




We are excited to have live noise set from local artist Dan Von Schulmann (@in.arrears), whose noise is like that from another plane of existence, mixing the surreal and the everyday. Dan's also going to be live incorporating some of the day-to-day sounds of our workshop!




The Lopez family will be back at the grill again, serving up their mouthwatering hot-dogs, burgers, and lemonade, which have proven night after night to be a hit!


Without much further adieu, we're excited to share a few words about our featured artist for this Thursday the 24th, Maria Fernanda Barallobres!


Featured Artist: Maria Fernanda Barallobres


Maria was born in Buenos Aires in Argentine, and moved to Montreal when she was five. Maria currently resides in Victoria, where she’s been residing since 2020, and where she brings her lifelong creative brilliance!


A creative soul from childhood, Maria studied Visual Arts for Art Education at Concordia where she thrived. During her studies, Maria took a diverse range of courses, including with studio artists, where she studied all manners and schools of the visual arts, including painting, drawing, sculpture, croquet, jewelry, and photography to name a few.





Maria also became proficient in laser cutting, using the university laser cutter to make aa wide array of brilliant sculptures. With many years of experience and proficiency, Maria continues this craft with projects and items including jewelry, light fixtures (including those of the famous event Big Night), and even large installations such as the one she made in university. 


For Maria, art is a meditation in self-expression, a process that allows her to slow own from day to day life. As well, it brings joy to her community, “I love making wearable art for my friends” Maria explained, “it makes me so happy to see my friends and people around me with it on!”




Maria is a true polymath, not only adept in a myriad of visual art forms, but also in music, songwriting, and the flow arts, such as fire spinning and glow juggling. We are truly so excited to have her showcase and vend her work! On the 24th, Maria will be bringing a gallery of her work including croquet, jewelry, paintings, drawings, works in progress, and her recent study in oil painting showcasing many hyper-realistic eyes! It’s sure to be an exhibition of some diverse, unique, and truly beautiful work which we can’t wait to see!





End of the (Tolmie) Ln: Night Market Finale


Our season finale event is going to be on Thursday August 31st, 6:30pm-late, at our one-stop shop #3-676 Alpha St (Accessed through Tolmie Ln). You may RVSP on Facebook, or Eventbrite. For our final Night Market session, we're excited to bring things full circle by featuring our own Matthew Lopez, who was the first featured artist to kick-off the season! Matthew will be displaying a unique gallery of his illustrations, brought to life on materials such as wood, metal, and epoxy, and integrated fascinatingly with all manner of multi-media. 


As always, you can enjoy some delectable bites and drinks curated by the Lopez family, including their refreshing lemonade and mouthwatering Salmon burgers, which night after night have proven a great success. Keeping with tradition, we're also going to be displaying the work of our previous featured artists, as well as unique collaborations we've worked on with all of them, arrayed for exhibition and sale. We're thrilled to announce a stellar line-up of local musicians, including local bands CoffinHill, HOT POT, and a DJ set by Tuck & Nima of Hillsboro. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!


We're also going to be conducting a raffle for all attendees to our Night Market season, and will be giving away some prize and bespoke woodwork commissions. These works of art are sure to grace any home with added panache and beauty. If you'd like to be a part of our draws do come by to our upcoming night market sessions this on the 17th and 24th and be sure to check in! All attendees who check in are eligible to be entered into the draw.



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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