Artistic inspiration tends to come naturally here. From our majestic, coastal perch on the rugged shores of Vancouver Island, to Clayoquot Sound and the deep-rooted influence of First Nations, you could say art and culture are in Tofino’s DNA. And it’s why so many world-class artisans call Tofino home. Whether you meet them at Tofino Public Market, stroll the galleries in town, or enjoy the works of some of Tofino’s top artists right here at the Resort, create your own culture crawl on your next visit.
Start at Pacific Sands where you can experience art through the eyes and onsite creations by the following artists:
Roy Henry Vickers – Tofino Boardwalk Surfboard
There’s no mistaking Roy Henry Vickers’ signature artwork. The bold colours, hard lines and First Nations symbols depicting nature are as instantly recognizable as they are world-renowned. Roy’s work is showcased in collections and galleries around the globe, but there’s something special about being in one of the places that inspires his imagination while taking in Tofino’s Eagle Aerie Gallery.
For a limited time, you can also see his Tofino Boardwalk Surfboard of a sunset silhouette on display in Guest Services. A community project spearheaded by the Tofino Arts Council, Roy’s is one of a collection of 20 unique surfboards by Tofino artists being exhibited at locations around town.
Take a self-guided tour, and if you see one you like, you can bid on it at The Tofino Boardwalk Gala live auction on May 26.
Jeremy Koreski – Photography
Born and raised in Tofino, Jeremy Koreski discovered a knack and eye for photography when his dad gave him his first camera at 12. Having grown up surfing, he suddenly found himself out on the water less, and shooting his friends more.
Jeremy spent the next couple of decades pushing the limits of photography in Tofino’s rugged terrain. His Canadian coastal images have appeared in surf, nature, outdoor and travel magazines all over the world.
Jeremy grew up walking through Pacific Sands to get to the beach to take photos. And now, his captivating work adorns the walls of our newly renovated Beachfront and Lighthouse Suites.
His 2015 book This is Nowhere – a compilation of his best photos to date–is available for fireside page-flipping when you stay in our Beach Houses and Signature Suites. It’s also available for purchase in Guest Services.
More on Jeremy and his breathtaking photography.
Sol Maya – Glass Artist
It was 1980 when Sol Maya discovered his love for glass blowing. He was studying ceramics and sculpting in Santa Barbara, California, but between classes, it was watching the glass blowers that really caught his attention. He tried it, loved it and became actively involved in the local art scene.
His craft took him to Vancouver where he worked with a master glass blower on Granville Island, and eventually Tofino where his love of surfing and passion for the solar system continue to inspire his work.
Look for Sol’s spectacular glass sun piece on display in our newly renovated Guest Services building.
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Top banner: Left – Tofino Boardwalk / Middle – photo by Jeremy Koreski / Right – Sol Maya