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Pacific Rim Whale Festival Poster Art Unveiled

Mark Hobson as its 2011 poster artist. For the 25th anniversary year, the festival’s board of directors selected Mark’s portfolio from a range of artists. Hundreds of festival posters are distributed and sold across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland as a means of marketing the festival and the poster itself has become a collector’s item in recent years.

Mark notes how he has been a part of and close to the festival from the beginning, “I am honored to be involved in the twenty-fifth anniversary of the whale festival. In 1986 when the first festival was held I was running the Wickaninnish Centre as a Park interpreter. We had opened the centre that March for the first time to feature programs on the gray whale migration. Now, twenty-five years later it is impressive to see how well known the festival and the gray whale’s story have become”.

Mark Hobson is a Tofino local who has been painting for over twenty-five years. He is a diverse artist in both subject and media, best known for his passionate portrayals of the B.C. coast, from pounding surf to sheltered cove; from rainforests to the underwater realm. The richness of the natural environment and its wildlife comes alive in his work. Professionally trained as a biologist, he taught high school science for nine years before making painting his career. Self-taught as an artist, his paintings are simultaneously accurate and sensitive depictions of the many moods of wilderness and rural landscapes.

March 19th to 27th, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Festival which started as a celebration of the annual migration of the grey whales from Baja Peninsula to Alaska’s Bering Strait. Over the years the festival has grown, celebrating not just whales but also the rich heritage and unique coastal environment found only on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Check out the 2011 poster and find out more information about the festival at

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