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West Coast Celebration: Art Show Open


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As part of our mission and mandate, the Maritime Museum of BC aims to promote West Coast maritime culture by featuring marine artists from BC. We are thrilled to announce our next art show, "West Coast Celebration" will be launching May 21! The show will feature recent paintings from two Vancouver Island artists, Mark Hobson Gallery and Esther Sample-Artist, depicting the rugged B.C. coast.


Mark Hobson

Mark Hobson lives in Tofino, B.C. Canada on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, where he has painted professionally for over thirty years. Mark’s work has won awards in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has participated in shows throughout North America and as far a field as Hong Kong and Singapore. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast. From pounding surf to misty coves, from rain forests to the underwater realm the careful use of light is always present enhancing subtle drama in his work.

Esther Sample

The coast–natural landscapes, working world, remote wilderness and busy harbours–life on the shores of BC is where Esther draws her artistic inspiration. Having grown up on the coast, and spending nearly a decade as a commercial fisherman, the wild and rugged coastal waters have truly inspired Esther’s artwork. In 2011, Esther became the first woman to win the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s 24 year long sport fishing salmon stamp competition with the painting “Hunger Strikes”. Her artwork is collected all over the world, and she has enjoyed showing her work in the USA through Artists for Conservation.

For more information on the Museum's art shows, head to: http://mmbc.bc.ca/exhibits/art-shows/