Leah has been a lover and collector of art since purchasing her first Herbert Siebner painting in her early 20s, paying for it in instalments. She completed an Architectural Interior Design program at Pacific Design Academy in 2008, and an Art History & Visual Studies degree (Honours) at the University of Victoria in 2019. Leah and husband Bruce are long-time residents of Tofino. Bruce and his brothers grew up in Tofino in the 1960s, and Bruce’s family owns the iconic Wickaninnish Inn, managed by Charles McDiarmid.
With hospitality at the forefront, Leah and Bruce own and operate Tofino Beach Collective, a boutique management company offering three exceptional, art-filled vacation rental homes at Chesterman Beach. The homes are thoughtfully curated and serve as satellite galleries for the TGCA. Leah’s background in interior design, art collection and curation, and extensive art-focused travel in Europe and Mexico, have created a unique opportunity to establish the TGCA and be a part of Tofino’s diverse arts community.
Montserrat, originally from Mazatlan, Mexico, has made Tofino her home since 1994. With an extensive background in retail and hospitality, Montserrat brings a professional, thoughtful approach to assisting collectors with their art selection. As an experimental artist herself, and distant relative of renowned Barcelona painter Joan Miro, Montserrat has an eye and intuitive knowledge for art. She is a welcome addition to the gallery team and is excited to share her passion with collectors and visitors.