About Rainforest Arts

Meet our team

The Rainforest Arts Team

Introducing your Rainforest Arts Managing Committee. These five dedicated volunteers offer a vast array of experience in owning and operating art galleries, retail outlets, marketing and display. They are:

Back Row

  • Peggy Grigor, General Manager, 3D Liaison
  • Leslie DeAthe, Marketing and Fundraising
  • Kathy Wachs, Bookkeeper, Treasurer

Front Row

  • Daphne Carlyle, 2D Artist Liaison, Office Manager
  • Treva Hinchcliffe, 2 D Artist Liaison, Design, Displays


Founded in the spring of 2016 and based in Chemainus, BC, Rainforest Arts operates under the umbrella of the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society (CVCAS).

Rainforest Arts is dedicated to celebrating Island artists through our retail gallery, website and by promoting all arts related events in the Cowichan Valley.

Our Mission Statement is:

“To showcase and support Island Artists and to promote excellence and creativity in all forms of visual arts.”

We are conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chemainus, just inside the Coastal Community Building on the south side of Waterwheel Parking Lot.

Participation in Rainforest Arts is open to artists on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. All artwork undergoes a jurying process and participants must become a member of the CVCAS.

Rainforest Arts relies solely on the generous support of volunteers. If you would like to become involved, please contact us. Whether you're interested in working on the managing committee, as a volunteer or as a consignment artist we'd love to meet you.

To learn more about becoming one of our artists, please fill out our sign up form.


9781 Willow Street, Chemainus BC -PO Box 196 Chemainus BC V0R 1K0

Phone: 250-246-4861     Email: info@rainforestarts.ca


A happy customer in the gallery at Rainforest Arts
The gallery at Rainforest Arts