Along Westcott Bay

Posted December 1, 2022 at 6:55 pm by

Glenn Hendrick hosts solo show at Artspace

Posted December 1, 2022 at 2:27 pm by

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One of San Juan Island’s artists shares news about an upcom­ing solo exhibition.

On Sat­ur­day, Dec. 3, a selec­tion of works on paper by local artist Glenn Hen­drick will be fea­tured in Joe Cooper’s inti­mate­ly pro­por­tioned Art­space, locat­ed at 160 Macgi­nite Road. The open­ing will take place from noon to 3 p.m., with tea and cookies.

Art­space is the home stu­dio of Joe Coop­er, tucked around the cor­ner from part­ner Paula West’s pot­tery stu­dio. In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing dis­play space for fin­ished pieces and works in process, this 200 square foot space is home to peri­od­ic, care­ful­ly curat­ed shows of work by oth­er artists. The spare, sim­ple build­ing pro­vides a clear and clean con­text for the pre­sen­ta­tion of small but potent bod­ies of work.

Glenn Hen­drick works in ceram­ics, print­mak­ing, paint­ing, draw­ing, tex­tiles, and pho­tog­ra­phy, weav­ing obser­va­tion, sym­bol­ism, and per­son­al mythol­o­gy. This selec­tion of work was most­ly cre­at­ed with­in the past two years, and fea­tures paint­ing, draw­ing, and print­mak­ing inspired by the nat­ur­al fea­tures of her island surroundings.

Glenn received her BFA from the School of the Art Insti­tute of Chica­go in 2006. She has lived on San Juan Island since 2013 and is Co-Direc­tor of Alche­my Art Center.

Island Senior: An introvert’s guide to the holidays

Posted December 1, 2022 at 12:51 pm by

Photo credit: Russel Barsh

For the last few years the glob­al pan­dem­ic has wreaked hav­oc with many of our cher­ished hol­i­day tra­di­tions. This has giv­en us all an oppor­tu­ni­ty to shift to sim­pler sce­nar­ios. We’ve out of neces­si­ty had to shift, or in some cas­es give up, tra­di­tions that pre-pan­dem­ic seemed per­ma­nent­ly estab­lished. We have an oppor­tu­ni­ty now to cre­ate new and pos­si­bly more reward­ing traditions.

But wait — is the pan­dem­ic over? While some of my friends have been eager­ly fill­ing up their social cal­en­dars and plan­ning trips, I’m still won­der­ing where I’m going to find the lev­el of soli­tude required to learn how to make sour­dough bread!

That’s right. I’m an introvert.

Often mis­un­der­stood, we intro­verts don’t dis­like peo­ple — we just might not want to see all of you at the same time. We need qui­et spaces in between activ­i­ties to regroup. The more extro­vert­ed among us might ben­e­fit from strate­gies intro­verts use to avoid stress­ing out dur­ing the holidays.

Rather than becom­ing like a ping-pong ball bat­ted from one activ­i­ty to the next, become the cap­tain of your own des­tiny. Make a plan. Before your cal­en­dar is full, block out days for qui­et activ­i­ties you know you will enjoy.

Spend some qual­i­ty time with peo­ple you love mak­ing cook­ies, watch­ing movies, and tak­ing nature walks. Plan a spir­i­tu­al­ly renew­ing retreat. Spend some time with ani­mals. Cre­ate your own jour­nal­ing work­shop. These are just a few sug­ges­tions to keep the mad­ness of the sea­son at bay.

I recent­ly saw a hol­i­day mes­sage from my friend Ale­jan­dra Zac­ci, who works as a life coach. She reminds us, “For those of you who don’t want to cel­e­brate, who don’t feel like cel­e­brat­ing, it’s OK. You don’t have to.” Let me repeat — you don’t have to, and it’s OK. You have free will and are allowed to make choices.

Here’s wish­ing you and your loved ones the very best of this win­ter hol­i­day sea­son in what­ev­er ways suit you best.

Fancy splashing

Posted December 1, 2022 at 10:55 am by

Peace Island Volunteers host Christmas basket sale on Saturday

Posted December 1, 2022 at 9:30 am by

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The Peace Island Vol­un­teers Christ­mas Shoppe returns this Sat­ur­day with dozens of hol­i­day bas­kets avail­able for sale. The event takes place at the Mullis Cen­ter, with doors open­ing at 10 a.m.

There are gift bas­kets for chil­dren, adults, dog and cat lovers, wine lovers, sports fans, and many oth­ers — each assem­bled with care by a ded­i­cat­ed team of island vol­un­teers. Bas­kets are priced from $5 to $150, with all pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing the Vol­un­teers’ Angel Fund.

Atten­dees are encour­aged to arrive ear­ly, as the bas­kets usu­al­ly sell out ear­ly in the day.

Drawn to the light

Posted November 30, 2022 at 8:34 pm by

County Council adopts revisions to Comprehensive Plan

Posted November 30, 2022 at 4:08 pm by

The Coun­ty shares news about the cul­mi­na­tion of plan­ning and com­mu­ni­ty input six years in the making.

The San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil adopt­ed the 2036 Com­pre­hen­sive Plan Update today after six years of meet­ings, pub­lic hear­ings, and input. The doc­u­ment will serve as the road map for future devel­op­ment, growth man­age­ment, and Coun­ty pro­grams over the next two decades.

“This is such an impor­tant achieve­ment for the Coun­ty,” said Coun­cilmem­ber Jamie Stephens, who has spent half of his 12-year coun­cil career work­ing on the Plan. “I’ve been part of dif­fi­cult deci­sion-mak­ing over the years in hopes that bring­ing it up to date will help the Coun­ty plan more eas­i­ly and mind­ful­ly for future growth.”

The 2036 Com­pre­hen­sive Plan Update process began in 2016 and has been a major focus for the Coun­cil and the County’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment. The Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ded­i­cat­ed 71 meet­ings to the Com­pre­hen­sive Plan Update over the last six years, and since mid-Sep­tem­ber the Coun­cil has held spe­cial meet­ings to review dif­fer­ent ele­ments of the Plan includ­ing land use, hous­ing, trans­porta­tion, his­toric and arche­o­log­i­cal preser­va­tion, and offi­cial maps.

This accom­plish­ment is pos­si­ble thanks to the work of count­less mem­bers of the pub­lic, Plan­ning Com­mis­sion vol­un­teers, past and present coun­cilmem­bers and Coun­ty employ­ees, con­sul­tants, and more, who con­tributed their time, tal­ents, and exper­tise. Con­tin­ue Reading

Old Town Lagoon

Posted November 30, 2022 at 12:42 pm by

Friday Harbor Atelier hosting holiday open house

Posted November 30, 2022 at 11:10 am by

One of San Juan Island’s local artist groups shares news about their upcom­ing art sale.

The artists of the Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier invite the pub­lic to a hol­i­day open house and art sale on Fri­day, Dec. 2 from 4–7 p.m. More than a dozen artists will be on hand to open their stu­dios or present their work in the gallery space for sale, with styles and themes includ­ing por­traits, land­scapes, flo­rals, ani­mals, and abstract fine art. There will also be a selec­tion of cards, fine art prints, tote bags and oth­er unique gifts.

“This year we are cel­e­brat­ing our fifth anniver­sary as an art com­mu­ni­ty,” says artist Deb­bie Daniels. “After the past few years, more than ever we want to cel­e­brate local small busi­ness­es and encour­age islanders to give the gift of hand­made art for the holidays.”

Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier — locat­ed at 313 Spring St. — will also be open Dec. 3, 10, and 17 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Ate­lier is an inde­pen­dent group of artists work­ing in a com­mon stu­dio space. They pro­vide afford­able pri­vate stu­dio spaces, an open stu­dio space, show­case art, and host class­es, work­shops and exhi­bi­tions. Mem­ber artists of the Ate­lier include Gretchen Alli­son, Rita Althoff, Shan­non Borg, Mary Bruce, Deb­bie Daniels, Ali­son Engle, David Harsh, Lori Hell­strom, Pam Hoke, Lisa Lam­ore­aux, Lau­ra & Sam­my Long, Jan Mur­phy, Tere­sa Smith, and Dol­ly Sundstrom.

A dusting of snow

Posted November 29, 2022 at 8:55 pm by

Library hosting Harry Potter Trivia on Wednesday

Posted November 29, 2022 at 5:35 pm by

The San Juan Island Library hosts Har­ry Pot­ter Triv­ia for youth in grades 5–12 from 2:30–4 p.m. on Wednes­day, Nov. 30 in the Library Meet­ing Room. Accord­ing to the Library, ques­tions cov­er a vari­ety of wiz­ard­ly top­ics and will draw facts from the orig­i­nal Har­ry Pot­ter books and movies.

Snacks will be avail­able, the win­ning team gets a prize, and no reg­is­tra­tion is required.

On the prairie

Posted November 29, 2022 at 9:45 am by

Madrona Institute awards stewardship grants from San Juan Islands license plate proceeds

Posted November 29, 2022 at 7:45 am by

The Madrona Insti­tute recent­ly award­ed $45,000 in grants to local non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions based on rev­enues received from sales of the San Juan Islands spe­cial license plate. This was the sec­ond year that the pro­gram has issued grants. 2022 grants include:

  • $10,000 — San Juan Islands Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict — San Juan Islands Youth Con­ser­va­tion Corps Program
  • $10,000 — Madrona Insti­tute — Coast Sal­ish Youth Stew­ard­ship Corps Program
  • $5,000 — Friends of the San Juans — Youth Envi­ron­men­tal Men­tor­ing Program
  • $5,000 — Alche­my Art Cen­ter — Young Envi­ron­men­tal­ists Arts Inten­sive Program
  • $5,000 — San Juan Islands Agri­cul­tur­al Guild — Farm Heroes for Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship Program
  • $5,000 — Wild Orca — San Juan Islands Nat­u­ral­ist Program
  • $5,000 — Chil­dren of the Set­ting Sun Pro­duc­tions — To sup­port the cre­ation of the indige­nous film series and pilot episode “Canoe Journey”

“Awards are made on an annu­al basis for local projects and pro­grams that sup­port the con­ser­va­tion and stew­ard­ship of agri­cul­tur­al, cul­tur­al, his­toric, and nat­ur­al resources in the islands, with empha­sis on youth engage­ment,” the Madrona Insti­tute said in a state­ment. “As expect­ed, grant­mak­ing has dou­bled since its first year in 2021, where $22,500 was award­ed. We expect grant mak­ing will con­tin­ue to increase each year as plate sales increase across the coun­ty, region, and state.”

Vis­it the Madrona Insti­tute web­site to pur­chase a San Juan Islands license plate.

Sunday clouds

Posted November 28, 2022 at 7:55 pm by

Sculpture Park plants sequoias and redwoods

Posted November 28, 2022 at 4:45 pm by

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The San Juan Islands Sculp­ture Park shares news about some new, long-term addi­tions to their collection.

Prop­a­ga­tion­Na­tion and the San Juan Islands Sculp­ture Park have joined forces to plant six giant sequoias and four­teen coast red­wood trees for future gen­er­a­tions to enjoy and watch grow.

The sequoias are now about three feet tall and the red­woods rough­ly five feet tall. The sequoias were start­ed from seedlings and the red­woods were cloned from the largest and health­i­est trees available.

With the new plant­i­ngs, the Sculp­ture Park is now a repos­i­to­ry of crit­i­cal genet­ic infor­ma­tion that will not only enhance the beau­ty of the Park, but cre­ate an extend­ed habi­tat to mit­i­gate against the daunt­ing cli­mate chal­lenges fac­ing these unique tree species.

The trees can grow up to three feet annu­al­ly, so SJISP encour­ages vis­i­tors to take pho­tos with the new trees and vis­it often to com­pare their pho­tos with the trees’ growth over time.

We thank Philip Stiel­stra, pres­i­dent of Prop­a­ga­tion­Na­tion, whose vision as a cham­pi­on of red­woods and sequoias made the plant­i­ng at the Park pos­si­ble, and Bob Barnes, whose knowl­edge, exper­tise and enthu­si­asm turns lit­tle seedlings into the beau­ti­ful spec­i­mens now spread­ing their roots at the Park. We also thank Ted Lagreid for tak­ing the lead on this project after a vis­it to the SJISP, and bring­ing the trees and the vol­un­teers to help plant them.

San Juan Islands Sculp­ture Park is locat­ed next to Roche Har­bor on San Juan Island.

Transportation Commission seeks public input on potential ferry fuel surcharge

Posted November 28, 2022 at 1:34 pm by

The Wash­ing­ton State Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion has post­ed a sur­vey ask­ing for pub­lic input about a pos­si­ble fuel sur­charge by Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries to tem­porar­i­ly address fuel costs that exceed the agen­cy’s budget.

“While the WSTC has nev­er imple­ment­ed the fuel sur­charge, recent ris­es in fuel costs have increased the like­li­hood that the sur­charge may be need­ed,” the Com­mis­sion explains. “Under cur­rent reg­u­la­tion the sur­charge could be acti­vat­ed upon Com­mis­sion approval. If acti­vat­ed, the sur­charge would be added to the cur­rent fer­ry fare and could be in an amount from 2.5 per­cent to 10 per­cent of the fare, depend­ing on the fund­ing gap the sur­charge is addressing.”