Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition

OPENING RECEPTION: Monday September 29, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

EXHIBITION DATES: Monday September 29 - Sunday October 5, 2014

LOCATION: Foyer & Mezzanine of Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Ucluelet

Painting: "Keep Salmon Wild" by Katsumi Kimoto

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West Coast Artifacts & Photography Exhibition

Saturday September 27, 2014 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Exhibition Presented by the Uclulet and Area Historical Society.

Photo thanks to Harvey Gudbranson "Spring Cove, Ucluelet 1946"

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Fishing For Legends "Open Mic" Storytelling

We are rounding off this year's festival with an informal night of storytelling with some of our finest local fishermen!
Come brag about your biggest catch or your most glorious moment fishing the West Coast...

Sunday, October 5th: Whale Room at Whiskey Landing Lodge

Light refreshments served.

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Cultural Heritage Festival 2014

Come and join us for this years CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2014.

Friday September 26th - Sunday October 5th

Painting by Harold Allanson

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Upcoming Events

Nov 9

PRAS Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Darwin’s café – Tofino Botanical Gardens

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Feb 2

Missoula Children's Theatre - Rapunzel

Ucluelet Community Centre

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Cultural Heritage Festival 2014

To view other Fishing for Legends submissions, please visit:
The Pacific Rim Arts Society presents...
The 3rd Annual Cultural Heritage Festival, “Fishing The West Coast”
An exploration of our history and culture as seen through the arts!
~September 26th to October 5th 2014~
Our vision is to provide a lively, diverse and self-sustaining arts and culture program that is an integral part of healthy and viable communities. It is part of our mandate to increase the profile of arts and culture in the region, with the goal of having the arts and cultural sector play a significant social and economic role in the community. In 2014 we are proud to announce that the theme is “Fishing the West Coast”.  With a rich and diverse past and present day fishing community, we know that this theme will present an eclectic and insightful look into this industry though the arts. 
We will explore art forms associated with the fishing traditions of the west coast and celebrate the history of  the Nuu-chah-nulth, Japanese and European heritage and their impact on the local fishing industry. There will be an exhibit of local First Nation dug out canoes, carved paddles and fishing implements at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre, where artists will demonstrate their unique carving talents. Visitors will also have a chance to watch our film series about fishing the west coast, and view our commercial fishing artifact exhibition at the new Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Society Museum. The Ucluelet and Area Historical Society are preparing a photography exhibition that will depict the fishing history of the area. Black Rock Oceanfront Resort will be hosting a Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition, and throughout the week festival goers can listen to stories, songs and music about sailing and fishing off our coastline.  
For this year’s festival, we expect to attract over 5000 people to the area who will experience story telling, workshops and local fine art exhibitions that reflect our unique perspective and way of life. This year's theme will also present an opportunity to engage youth about the importance of fishing on the west coast and that is not only historically significant, but also a viable lifestyle, carrying on the tradition. Fishing is a valuable resource worth celebrating! 
Want to participate? We are looking for your tall fish tales and images of women in fishing! **SUBMSSSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 22nd SEPTEMBER!**

Fishing for Legends: Tell us your most exciting fishing story, family tradition, folklore, poem, video or song about fishing that you know and submit them to the Cultural Heritage Festival to be presented during the festival! We are looking for stories no longer than 1000 words, and songs/video no longer than 2-3 minutes. Prize package donated by the BC Royal Museum: 2 Adult Passes and Marine Mammals Publication by John K Ford. For more publications at the BC Royal Museum, click here.


"Fisher Women" CalendarA Celebration of West Coast Women in Fishing! We hope to find the prominent and local women who have made fishing their life and photograph them, or have photographs submitted of them with their proudest catch. These calendars would be printed and sold locally with proceeds going back to the support PRAS Programming and the festival. With your photo submissions, please also add your name, contact information and up to 50 words about why you love fishing! 
Please email with your submissions!


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!

Introducing the new president of PRAS 2014- Mark Penney

Jan 24 2014

PRAS is very happy to announce long time west coast resident Mark Penney as the newly elected President of the Board of Directors for the year 2014.

AGM Guest Speaker Katsumi Kimoto

Nov 3 2012

Katsumi Kimoto -Autobiography Born: June 29th, 1976, Sidney, B.C. Canada

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