Stellar Jay by Mark Hobson

Mark Hobson, painter

Mark Hobson

Mark Hobson lives in Tofino, where he has painted full time for over 25 years. A self-taught and diverse artist he is equally comfortable in water colours, acrylics and oils. Mark is best known for his passionate and accurate portrayals of the BC coast and its wildlife including his unique depictions of the underwater marine world.

Mark has won many awards in North America and Europe.

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Annual Art Show

PRAS ArtSplash! 2014

Sea Sparkles by Signy Cohen
Medium: Original Oil Painting on Canvas
Length: 36"
Depth: 2 3/4"
Height: 30"

The love of drawing and working with colour started at an early age for Signy Cohen.

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Shannon McWhinney

Featured Artist

Shannon McWhinney

Ucluelet artist Shannon McWhinney’s work is a rich combination of layered pencil crayon techniques, watercolour, acrylic as well as oils. Her work focuses on the west coast; its energy, seascapes, wildlife, myths and culture. Shannon McWhinney is originally from the Okanagan.

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ArtSplash! 2014 Thank you!

 ArtSplash! 2014

The Pacific Rim Arts Society would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who assisted once again in the very successful Annual Spring Art Show hosted for the fourth consecutive year at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet. We had 109 pieces of art submitted from local artists, 15 of which are now the property of art lovers. Close to three thousand visitors came the amazing array of works ranging from acrylic, photography, burned wood fungus, wood carvings, jewellery and woodworking. Those who came to the show were in awe of the quality of art work and would definitely make a point of visiting us again next year. The event was successful thanks to our curator Marla Thirsk, our sponsors: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort with special thanks to Adele Larkins, BC Gaming, Districts of Tofino & Ucluelet, the Whale Festival, the Westerly News and the Mark Penney Gallery and the Crow’s Nest. We also would like to thank the local businesses who continue to donate prizes for the raffle fundraiser and here are this year’s winners and prizes:

Bilgit Isaacs, Port Alberni - Archipelago Cruises (Trip for 2);  Tina Mannen, Nanaimo -  Black Rock Resort (2 Night Stay); Dave Taylor, Ucluelet -  Chocolate Tofino (Chocolate Bear); Jim Martin, Ucluelet - Kelly Carter (Whale Carving); Darcy Belshe, Ucluelet -  Mark Hobson (Tuffted Puffins Giclee); Susan Hymen, Vancouver - Marla Thirsk (Beach Ladies Print);  Josie Fletcher, Hornby Island - Pacific Sands (2 Night Stay), - Nicole Bresser, Victoria -  Rubio (Crystal Vase);  Ocean Shine, Tofino - Sandra Johnman (Seagull Print).

The top three People’s Choices were work of arts by Cindy Mawl, Andre Serin and Pete Ashbee.

We would not be able to pull off this amazing event without the help of our wonderful volunteers who worked hard to set up and tear down the show itself. Douglas, Adley, Charlie, Helen, Leif, Pete, Kelly and Marla and we couldn’t have done it without you!


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