Cathy White, Potter

Cathy White

Cathy graduated from U.B.C. with a Bachelor of Education---Art major and taught Art for five years at Ucluelet Secondary School. In 1983 she left the school to raise her four children and later opened a pottery studio at home called Elements. The studio is open to the public, and in 2012 she opened a gallery at her home as well.

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Adrienne Mason

Adrienne Mason is a writer and collage artist. Her writing is inspired by the natural and cultural history of the west coast and her most recent title for adults is Long Beach Wild (Greystone Books). Planet Ark (Kids Can Press), for children, explores our planet's biodiversity. With artist Marion Syme, Adrienne runs Postelsia Press, a small publisher dedicated to titles related to the west coast.

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Thomas Lee Schmidt

I hope when viewing my work you will be able to forget your worries for a while. If the piece works it should keep you feeling good for years. Sculpture is great medicine. To be a success, it should evoke an emotion, anything from warmth to a shiver, a smile to a frown, these words from self taught sculptor Tom Schmidt. After envisioning a work, in a dream or a feeling, he selects a stone and begins carving.

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ArtSplash! Spring Art Show 2015 THANK YOU!

ArtSplash! Sales Increase by 95%!

The Pacific Rim Arts Society is very pleased to announce a considerable art sales increase at this year’s ArtSplash! Art Show.  Thank you to everyone who supported this very successful annual event hosted for the fifth consecutive year at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet. Sixty-two artists submitted artwork and over 3000 visitors came and enjoyed the amazing array of works with medium ranging from acrylic, photography, burned wood fungus, wood carvings, jewellery, ceramics, sand blasting  and woodworking. Those who came to the show were in awe of the quality of the artwork and would definitely make a point of visiting us again next year.

 A special thank you to Adele Larkin, manager at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, for her continuous support, and to our funders and sponsors; The BC Gaming Commission, The Districts of Tofino & Ucluelet, The Pacific Rim Whale Festival, The Westerly News, Mark Penney Gallery, Windsor Plywood, Tofino Times and The Crow’s Nest.  We would also like to thank our local Glee kids, their amazing teacher Courtney Johnson, with John DeVries on sound, for entertaining us at the Art Show opening reception.

 Much gratitude to all artists who donated art work for the raffle prizes, Mark Hobson, Marla Thirsk, Jeff King, Kelly Carter, Sandra Johnman, Doug Ludwig and to the businesses who continue to donate to this fundraiser, Archipelago Cruises, Black Rock Resort, Chocolate Tofino and Rubio.  This year’s prize winners: Carmen Soumang, Valerie Cairns, Kerrie Charnley, Carolynn Corlazzoli, Brian Egan, Kelly Carter, Haley Clarkson, Judy Bostrom and Mayco Noel. 

The People's Choice Selection, which will be the  proposed image  for the 2015 ArtSplash! poster, goes to Giovi Corlazzoli for his painting “Passing by” . Congratulations Giovi! 

ArtSplash! 2015 was a fantastic success thanks to the many participating artists, volunteers, PRAS members and Board of Directors.  As the coordinator for this event, I am very grateful for the volunteers who help in so many ways, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Suzanne Ryles

2015 ArtSplash! Coordinator for the




Employment Opportunity

Jan 3 2015

Coordinator Positions 


Oct 27 2014


Pacific Rim Summer Festival 2014 - Thank You!

Aug 3 2014

  A Big Thank You goes out to everyone involved in this year’s 26th Pacific Rim Summer Festival. First to the Pacific Rim Arts Society Board members for all their volunteered time:

Welcome to PRAS Adrienne Mason

May 21 2014

The Pacific Rim Art Society would like to welcome new member Adrienne Mason!   Adrienne is a long time resident of Tofino who has written several books including "Long Beach Wild" and "Planet Ark: Preserving Earth's Biodiversity".

ArtSplash Artist Entry Forms

Feb 20 2014

ArtSplash Entry Forms View / Print the form here :ArtistEntry Form2014.pdf (4.53MB)  

ArtSplash 2013 - Thank you everyone!

Apr 1 2013

The Pacific Rim Arts Society would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who assisted in the very successful Annual Spring Art Show hosted for the third consecutive year at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet.

People's Choice Award

Apr 3 2013

ARTSPLASH! 2013 Signy Cohen was the recipient of the People's Choice Award for her oil painting on canvas, "Sea Sparkles". Congratulations Signy!

About PRAS

PRAS is a volunteer-based, non-profit society serving the districts of Tofino and Ucluelet, and First Nations communities in the Clayoquot Sound/ Long Beach area, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Our goal is to help build happy, healthy communities by bringing people together through arts and culture.


Pacific Rim Arts Society
Box 468 Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

Phone: 250-726-2443
General Email:

Executive Director: Jacqueline Chamberland