Tofino Arts Council president Maureen Fraser displays a collection of surfboards created by some of Tofino’s finest artist. The boards will be auctioned off as fundraiser for the Tofino Arts Council on Friday, May 26. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino Arts Council president Maureen Fraser displays a collection of surfboards created by some of Tofino’s finest artist. The boards will be auctioned off as fundraiser for the Tofino Arts Council on Friday, May 26. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino surfboard auction coming up Friday, May 26

Each board features original works of art or photographic treatment by Tofino artists.

A unique collection of artistic surfboards will be auctioned off at the Shore Building in Tofino this Friday, May 26.

The special event is a fundraising initiative for the Tofino Arts Council (TAC), a budding non-profit society that supports local arts and culture.

Tickets to the Boardwalk Gala are $40 per person and can be purchased at the Common Loaf Bake Shop or online at: www.tofinoartscouncil.com.

“There are still tickets left,” said TAC president Maureen Fraser. “We’re hoping that people will come out to support the Tofino Arts Council and all the work that we are doing in the community.”

She said guests can expect fabulous food prepared by award-winning SoBo Restaurant and a fun-filled auction.

“The boards that were done by the students at Wickaninnish Elementary School and the High School are going to be guest auctioned by Mayor Josie Osborne,” she said.

The majority of the creative boards were hand-crafted by Tofino shaper Stefan Aftanas. Each board features original works of art or photographic treatment by well-known West Coast artists.

“Some of them are surfable and some of them aren’t,” Fraser notes.

“We’re starting the boards at different price ranges. The students boards are starting at $600 and some of the other boards will be starting at $1,000 and then $1,200 and then $1,500. We have a board that Roy Henry Vickers has done and another one that Mark Hobson has done.”

“If the boards don’t get bid on at those prices then we will withdraw them because they are worth that much. They are valuable,” she said.

In total, Fraser said there are 19 surfboards set to be auctioned.