Marjorie Walker Art Exhibit

New art installation features Marjorie Walker: Artist, Bohemian, Islander

Marjorie Walker’s passport application photo, 1923. Courtesy of the United States National Archives and Records.

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce a new outdoor public art history installation in the Sunshine Alley breezeway. The exhibit honors late artist and San Juan Island resident Marjorie Walker (1906-1992) and will be displayed through 2019.

Walker was born in 1906 in Brooklyn, New York, to an affluent family that afforded Marjorie and her sister, Jean, the best schools and a childhood rich in culture and experience. Marjorie studied art at the famous Art Students League of New York, whose students and faculty included the likes of Calder, O’Keefe, Rockwell, and Pollock.

In 1923, the sisters first saw the San Juan Islands while on a six-week, cross-country tour through Canada, Alaska, and the western United States. They vowed to return someday, and almost 30 years later they made good on that promise.

Marjorie’s Little Different Studio in 2018 – Tim Dustrude photo

On the high-bank shore of False Bay, Marjorie built a rose-draped building she called the “Little Different Studio.” She had many island art students over the years and supported herself almost entirely with her own art. For more information about Marjorie Walker, see the comprehensive essay at

The Town extends a special thanks to Alicia and Jeff Carnevali for the use of their building and to the many islanders who shared their stories and images of Walker’s artwork from their personal collections. Project committee members included Emily Reed, Julie Capron, Robin Jacobson, Megan Kilpatrick-Boe, Julie Greene, Sandy Strehlou, and graphic artist Chris Minney.

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 9:19 am by

Categories: Arts, Community, Government, History, People
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