The Wickaninnish Inn is more than a world class luxury resort, restaurant, spa, and wedding destination. It is also a gallery featuring the work of many local artists. Tofino (and Vancouver Island) is a very artistic community as it is so easy to find inspiration here. We support local artists from Tofino and Vancouver Island. Come and see what treasures we have for you!
Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe Martin and Henry Nolla apprentice Lyne des Rosiers have teamed together on carvings such as totems, talking sticks, and a variety of bentwood boxes. This red cedar bentwood box showcases the range of Joe's steaming skills from large traditional dugout canoes and indistrial strength to the delicate edges of a bentwood box. Lyne's carvings with abalone inlay grace the sides of this piece to bring texture and light
Craig Benson was born on Little Mountain in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1949. Carving became a hobby while he pursued an education in environmental studies. His post-graduate career in wildlife management and habitat protection kept Craig in close contact with his artistic subjects, and took him to many wild areas of North America. Now settled on Piers Island near Victoria, Craig spends his days carving captivating pieces that invite a touch, a stroke and a smile.
Keith Plumley moved to Tofino in Clayoquot Sound in 1990 from Ontario where he had already been painting, woodcarving and wood turning for 15 years. When Keith met with the awe inspiring spirit of Clayoquot Sound’s old growth forests, he evolved his wood turning skills and modified his lathe to be able to create larger turned works, up to 3 feet across. He wanted his work to suggest the monumental size and spirit of these ancient trees
By artist John Hayes from Opitsaht across the Tofino Inlet, the Bookmus represents the "seal hunter gone mad", and is made in a traditional Nuu-Cha-Nulth style our of red cedar and adorned with cedar bark, sea lion teeth and horsehair. There is a long tradtion of seal hunting in the area, and the Bookmus was here to remind hunters to maintain communication with each other, and to ensure they do not get seperated when out on the ocean.