Local Art from the Inn

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!
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Out for a stroll on the beach?  Stop by the carving shed and meet Feather George, and find out what beautiful creations he is working on.

Out for a stroll on the beach? Stop by the carving shed and meet Feather George, and find out what beautiful creations he is working on.

Even the front doors are works of art.  These were hand carved by the legendary Henry Nolla himself.

Even the front doors are works of art. These were hand carved by the legendary Henry Nolla himself.

A unique feature at the Wickaninnish Inn.  Henry Nolla's carving shed.  Stop by and witness art taking shape.

A unique feature at the Wickaninnish Inn. Henry Nolla's carving shed. Stop by and witness art taking shape.

Local artist Mark Hobson puts on a demonstration during one of his exhibitions at the Wick.  One more reason why Tofino is such an inspirational place.

Local artist Mark Hobson puts on a demonstration during one of his exhibitions at the Wick. One more reason why Tofino is such an inspirational place.

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

Bentwood Box

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.

Seal Head

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.

Sol Maya hand blown glass bowls, like this 'red tide' for example, are available to view and buy here at the Wickaninnish Inn.

Sol Maya’s traditional, original hand blown glass, with his Saturn Rings, created at his Solart Glass Studio at Klee Wyck in West Vancouver, B.

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

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.

Bookmus Mask

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.

Local artist Sol Maya, who we are privileged to work with here at the Wickaninnish Inn. Sol can often be found doing glass blowing demonstrations at his studio here in Tofino.

Local artist Sol Maya, who we are privileged to work with here at the Wickaninnish Inn. Sol can often be found doing glass blowing demonstrations at his studio here in Tofino.

Local Carver Joe Martin working on a traditional dug-out canoe.

Local Carver Joe Martin working on a traditional dug-out canoe.

"The Orcas" .  This beautiful cold-cast bronze artwork from Victoria artist Nathan Scott makes a beautiful center piece.

"The Orcas" . This beautiful cold-cast bronze artwork from Victoria artist Nathan Scott makes a beautiful center piece.

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