Shannon McWhinney

Originally from the Okanagan, 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’s recent work explores how reflections and currents transform wildlife and landscapes.

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Jen McLeod Photography

Jen McLeod is a photographer focused on emotive images and intense connections. She has focused primarily on portrait photography for many years, but moving to Ucluelet in 2017 kindled an interest in landscape photography. She draws inspiration from her children and her exquisite surroundings.

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Brian Buckrell

Brian paints full time in oils and acrylics. His interest is the Canadian landscape, including painting on location (plein air). He has won competitions and awards for both his studio and plein air paintings.

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Denise Paluck

Denise is a full time painter, working in acrylics. She considers herself fortunate to live within the glorious and muscular landscape of western Canada. All of her art making is grounded in the natural world: there is no better muse.

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Carly Butler

Carly Butler is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Ucluelet, British Columbia. Her practice reinterprets nautical knowledge around navigation and survival to reflect on longing, regret and nostalgia. Carly has an MA in Art History and studied fine art at Central Saint Martins in London.

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Cathy Stewart

Cathy Stewart, nee Curran, is an oil painter, born in Comox and grew up in Port Alberni, Vancouver Island. Cathy spent over thirty years working as a psychiatric nurse in the mental health and addiction field before picking up a paintbrush.

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Esther Sample

Esther is a primarily self-taught oil and acrylic painter that specializes in west coast scenery. Deeply inspired by her previous career as a commercial fisherman and having grown up on the BC coast, Esther's artwork portrays the true beauty of west coast lifestyle. Through her paintings she shares her point of view and life experiences of the land she calls home.

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Marla Thirsk

I've been living on the coast for close to 40 years now and been very involved in the arts out here. Past President of the Art Society (6 times), organizer of various art events and the first artist for the Whale Festival Poster series, as well as Edge-to-Edge, Food and Wine, and Ukee Days Festivals.

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Harold Sadler

I moved to Tofino with my family back in 1967 when I was about five years old. There is a long line of artists that keep popping up in my family history and I too discovered drawing early in Elementary school. Then, with the encouragement of an Art teacher in High school I started painting.

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Upcoming Events

ArtSplash! 2018 Wrap Up


Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Ted, Paula and all of the staff

Place TV, Dave, Chad & Jeremy

Government of British Columbia, District of Ucluelet

All the Volunteers who helped with set up take down and sitting the show

a special shout out to Nick Donaldson and Matthew Klaason

Thank you to all our Raffle Donors and Congratulations to all the Winners

Archipelago Wildlife Cruises, Whale Watching Tour for 2 – Jim Cherry, Bowser

Linda Heslop Seastar Plaque, Image West Gallery – Emmerick Keller, Osoyoos

Sailpast Print, Marla Thirsk – Diane Franzen

Pottery Mugs for 2, Giovi Corlazzoli – Tom & Judy Schmidt, Ucluelet

Watercolor Babybird, Shannon McWhinney – Bruce Heslop, Ucluelet

Stampfalls Print, Crystal Crossman – Kathy Townsend, Tofino

Linoprint Whale Poster, Allison Tremain – Sandy Leslie, Ucluelet

Whalecome Plaque, Lynette Dawson – Allan Miller, Victoria

Framed Salmon Print, Doug Blackwell – Mary Patterson, Ucluelet

Pyrographic Deer Plaque, Kelly Deakin – Katharine Fleming, Ucluelet

4 Color Photo Cards, Ron Smid – Carolyn Corlazzoli, Ucluelet

Thank you to all the Artists in Action for your time and Talent!

Congratulations to Shannon McWhinney and her painting 'Splish Splash' for winning Peoples Choice! See you on Next Years Poster!



ArtSplash 2018

Feb 22 2018

IMPORTANT DATES:  Deadline:   Registration Form Due - Friday March 2 by 5pm Artwork Intake Day - Wed March 14th 4 - 6pm Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Lobby

ArtSplash 2018

Feb 13 2018

ArtSplash! 2018. The largest non-juried Annual Art Show on the West Coast. Works of art for sale from over 80 member artists from the West Coast to Alberta. The show opens Friday March 16 daily until Sunday March 25th.

Swinging Into 2018

Jan 10 2018

Happy New Year to All! As we enter into the New Year we are gearing up for our regular Annual Festivals and Events as well as gearing up for some new and exciting projects.  We would like to welcome our 2018 Board of Directors

Cultural Heritage Festival 2017 Wrap Up!

Oct 10 2017

The Pacific Rim Arts Society would like to thank the following for their support and assistance with the 6th annual Cultural Heritage Festival! A HUGE THANK YOU TO BC GAMING & THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Summer Festival 2017

Jul 11 2017

Pacific Rim Arts Society had another successful Summer Festival and would like to thank our supporters: Creative BC Government of BC BC Arts Council District of Ucluelet Clayoquot Bioshphere Trust

Summer Festival 2017

Jul 4 2017

The Summer Festival is well under way.

Missoula Children's Theatre Wrap UP

Mar 31 2017

Thank you to all the youth from Tofino and Ucluelet that participated in the 2017 Missoula Children's Theatre 'Peter and Wendy'

ArtSplash! Art Show 2017 Wrap Up

Apr 4 2017

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to EVERYONE  Artists, Volunteers, Visitors and Art Collectors for helping us celebrate another successful ArtSplash! Art Show! We had over 4000 visitors during our 16 day Annual Art Show held at 

Pinhole Camera Workshop

Mar 6 2017

PinHole Camera Workshop Learn the classic art of capturing photographs using a pinhole camera in this four day workshop with international award winning photographer Ron Smid.

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