Our Mission

The Pemberton Arts Council is here to engage the community by increasing opportunities for arts and culture in Pemberton and surrounding communities. 

Core Values

    • Inspiring
    • Innovative
    • Authentic

    Vision – Pemberton and regional communities value Art as a key element of their heritage and culture.


    To build, promote and integrate the arts and culture into the fabric of the community of Pemberton and surrounding areas, by:

    1. Educating and increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts and culture by providing performances and exhibitions of an artistic and cultural nature in public places.
    2. Providing instructional seminars and workshops to the public and to artists on topics related to arts and culture.
    3. Working collaboratively with other organizations in Pemberton and the surrounding areas to support, enhance and coordinate artistic and cultural experiences such as, but not limited to, workshops, events, presentations, exhibitions and festivals.
    4. Working collaboratively with other organizations, businesses, government, First Nations communities and local residents in Pemberton and the surrounding areas to support and enhance artistic and cultural tourism.
    5. To do all such other things as ancillary or incidental to the attainment of the above.

    Focus Areas

      • Building organizational capacity
      • Collaborating
      • Increasing awareness and participation
      • Programming 
      •  Performances, exhibitions & festivals
      •  Educating (includes seminars and workshops)
      •  Celebrating artistic endeavors and culture

      Strategic Priorities 

      • Find a home for PAC
      • Strengthen relations with public amenities (museum, community centre)
      • Provide progress reports to Village
      • Ensure that Tourism Pemberton continues to co-promote PAC events
      • Membership campaign to focus on lifelong memberships
      • Develop a sponsor package for Board solicitations
      • Board to engage in social media, promote awareness
      • Hold fundraising events


      Who live, work and exhibit around Pemberton and in the Sea to Sky Corridor are listed in our Artist Directory.

      Our History

      Over forty-five local artists with diverse strengths and talents founded Pemberton Arts Council in 2006. The Council developed events like MADE, Music Art Dance Expression and Mountains of Art to raise awareness for local artists. We had a vision to create a scupture project throughout town, starting with Martha Sturdy's donation of her metal sculpture in the round about. Then Davide Pan built a creation live during the original Music Festival in 2008, and is still at the community garden. The Art Barn in town was a focus for a centre of the arts where there could be shows, music in the garden and a host of workshops and meetings. Thanks to Liks for the graffiti signage too!

      Cultural Roundtable, a Village of Pemberton Committee of Council formed in 2011. The Roundtable's mandate was to research ways to strengthen cultural development in the Pemberton region. Over the next two years it became evident that the logical organization to take the lead on strengthening cultural development was the Pemberton Arts Council.

      Since the handover, we've developed board governance tools and expanded our mandate to support all genres of artistic endeavour and celebrate cultural diversity. In 2016 we acquired a number of grants which allowed us to hire our first Executive Director, who produced our Marketing Strategy & Communications Plan, increased our membership with new member benefits, and created this website.

      PAC is a member of the Sea to Sky Arts Council Alliance - Bowen Island, Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton arts councils - working together to promote arts and culture in the Sea to Sky Corridor.


      Angela Walsh Noble - Chair - Angela recently joined the Pemberton Arts Council in the Spring of 2020, and brings with her a variety of experiences in the non-profit arts sector including artist-run-centres board of directors, creating programming and helping to orchestrate special events. Angela has a particular passion for art education with over 20 years of experience teaching art to both the young in age and young at heart. Continuing to build on the already prominent place local arts and culture have for those in Pemberton and the surrounding area is a focus for Angela, as is locating/building a permanent space for PAC to call home and for the local arts to thrive. When not volunteering with PAC, Angela loves to spend her time in the great outdoors with her husband and dog, or in the great indoors with a good cup of tea, her easel, a canvas and some oil paint.

      Hillary Downing - Co-Chair, Treasurer (interim) Hillary joined PAC in 2018 out of an interest in seeing more opportunities for the arts in this community, and particularly (pre-Covid) her interest in seeing more events in the fantastic but under-utilized Downtown Community Barn. A seriously committed reader, less committed writer, Hillary loves music, sharing good food with friends and family, her never ending garden projects and being outside in the beauty of this place, that after living here for almost 30 years, still astonishes.

      Erin Bruhns - Secretary Erin joined the Pemberton Arts Council in the Spring of 2020, fueled by the desire to become more engaged in the community. She hopes to use her strong nonprofit background to help PAC find a local space to call their own, and make good on their mission to increase opportunities for Arts & Culture in Pemberton and the surrounding area. When not volunteering with PAC (or working at Blackcomb Helicopters), Erin can be found tying macrame, enjoying the outdoors or crushing the weekly crossword puzzle.

      Katelyn Spink - Director - Katelyn was born & raised in Pemberton, and has a passion for the community and the Arts. With a past career in the music industry and a current one in business, Katelyn joined the Arts Council in hopes of creating an avenue for more live music and events within the community. When not volunteering with PAC, Katelyn can be found running her Real Estate business, belting tunes out with her guitar and enjoying the outdoors with friends.

      Sonya Lebovic - Director Originally, from Ontario, Sonya made the move to BC in 2008 to pursue her love of snowboarding and the outdoors. Sonya, her husband and their cat are happy to now call Pemberton home. Since 2016, Sonya has been the Museum Shop & Admissions Manager at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. She is responsible for the leadership of the Visitor Services team and volunteers and is the buyer for the Museum Shop. She works closely with over 100 BC artists, art dealers and the BC Craft Council selecting items that range from handmade jewelry, pottery, woodwork and homeware.

      Rachel Hesketh - Director Pemberton artist Rachel Hesketh brings 8+ years of Art Gallery and Communications experience to the Pemberton Arts Council. Through her work with the PAC, Rachel hopes to share the beauty and value of this remarkable community with the world. As Logistics Manager of The Plaza Galleries in Whistler, Rachel is passionate about the Fine Art business and the positive economic, social and spiritual opportunities that the arts hold. As an artist, Rachel celebrates her love for the Sea to Sky in her luxurious mixed-media landscapes.

      Karen Love - Executive Director - Karen founded the Pemberton Arts Council in 2006 to connect community with arts and culture and bring economic strength to the region, showcasing our mountain lifestyle. As a full-time artist she is always advocating for the creative voice and embracing the special power and joy art brings to all of our lives.  After raising her family and animals on a farm in the valley for 26 years, Karen and her husband took on a new challenge to build their own net-zero home, every step of the way themselves. Looking forward to my studio opening in early 2021!


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