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Tolmie Night Market this Thursday the 27th: Featuring Shandy Browett

Prize Winning Art, Live Sketching, Live Jazzy Tunes, and Delectable Bites!


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, 6.30pm onwards till late. Join us at our workshop, #3-676 Alpha St, which is accessed through Tolmie Ln.



In the last few weeks, we’ve been so thrilled to host local artists Lucas Shawcross and Shaye Nielsen. Not only was the art they presented for exhibitions gorgeous, but we also had the opportunity to collaborate on some truly multi-disciplinary and bespoke pieces! These pieces, as well as other merchandise from past artists will also be on display and for sale for the coming Night Markets. Check out some of these pieces below!



We’ve also curated featured artists for the upcoming weeks, and we’re excited to have our fourth featured artist, Shandy Browett! Shandy is a Victoria based painter who creates truly stunning works of art. We will also have some members of the local band HOT POT playing a live set. It's looking to be a fantastic evening, and we hope to see you there!

Featured Artist for July 27th: Shandy Browett

Born and raised in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, and now based in Victoria, Shandy is a phenomenal artistic polymath, whose many mediums include sketch art, acrylic painting, murals, illustrations, stained glass, chalk art and beadwork. I’m sure you can see we are so thrilled to have her be our featured artist this Thursday the 27th!


Shandy grew up in a highly artistic household, her earliest influences being her mother, who was an illustrative artist, and her father, who practices pen art and fine art. Watching them do their work, Shandy’s strong passion for creation and building was fostered strongly and early.  Whilst in school Shandy eagerly immersed herself in every art class she could, and the skills she developed then have continued to be part of her life over the years till today.


Shandy’s upbringing also included a strong influence of music, another passion she inherited from her parents. She loves to play jazzy and soulful songs, and her repertoire include singing, saxophone, and piano. Partly for her penchant for the style, our friends from the local band HOT POT will be playing a jazzy soulful set! Shandy also writes her own songs, as well as poetry, short stories, and articles which have been published in local magazines. She truly embodies the creative spirit of a polymath, something we are just in awe of!


Recently, Shandy has been connecting with her indigenous heritage with beadwork, and she has created some gorgeous jewelry and other accessories she will be bringing down as part of her exhibition this Thursday. She also took part in the city of Victoria’s Art Battle Championship, where she thrived in speed painting, which has kindled a newfound joy for the process. Using her bold style with vibrant colors and outlines, Shandy bagged the championship spot!


Shandy’s winning piece was her iconic Rooster, a staple theme in her art. “They’re pretty cool and I love drawing them!” She chuckled.
On Thursday the 27th, Shandy is going to be bringing a number of prints, including her iconic rooster motifs, as well as some of her beadwork pieces. We’re most excited that she will be live sketching on a canvas through the evening! I’m sure the flavours of the night will endear something unique and catchy!

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

Kind regards,

Matthew Lopez
General Contractor
Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd
+1 (250) 885-2902


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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