MOSS Vendor Spotlight – Álvaro Sánchez

It’s March – and we’re counting down the days before Made on Salt Spring brings our world-famous Saturday Market to Vancouver’s Heritage Hall the weekend of March 23 to March 25.

We’ll be featuring the products of dozens of makers, creators and designers – and from now till the start of the show, we’ll be taking an up-close and personal look at some of these talented vendors – starting with self-taught silversmith and MOSS organizer Álvaro Sánchez.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Álvaro studied design, music and architecture and lived throughout Latin America before settling on Salt Spring Island in 1990. “In the course of my travels I’ve been able to gather many cultural and artistic influences that have inspired my designs,” he said. Using precious metals and natural gems, Álvaro creates wearable art that is distinctly Latin American.

Álvaro is excited and proud to bring a bit of Salt Spring Island to the Mainland and to shine a spotlight on a talented community of artisans the week before the Saturday Market opens on the Island. “This is a unique opportunity for Vancouverites to enjoy the charm of Salt Spring’s rural ambience at a relaxed indoor market where there’s something for everyone to enjoy. I can’t wait to welcome everyone!”

Made on Salt Spring will be open Friday, March 23 from  4:00 – 9:00pm; Saturday, March 24 from 10:00am – 6:00pm; and Sunday, March 25 from 11:00am – 5:00pm.

Admission is $5 for adults, and free for kids under 12 years. The first 25 people through the door each day will take home goodie bags filled with samples and coupons from island vendors, with 10 additional bags up for grabs throughout the day.

For more on Álvaro and his creations, visit his website at

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