Artist Celebrates San Juan Island Beaches with “The Jeweled Shore” Exhibition at Friday Harbor Atelier

Posted August 23, 2021 at 5:45 am by

The Jew­eled Shore, oil on can­vas, 12 x 36

Fri­day Har­bor Artist Shan­non Borg — with guest artists Julia Wayne and Wendy Smith — presents an art instal­la­tion of paint­ings, fiber art, jew­el­ry and more, with an out­door recep­tion on Fri­day, August 27, 4:00 — 7:00pm 

“Our island beach­es are pow­er­ful, mys­te­ri­ous, and beau­ti­ful places, where we go to reflect, cel­e­brate, and heal,” says  Shan­non. 

Chang­ing her life at 50 to study oil paint­ing, Borg has been fas­ci­nat­ed with one beach in par­tic­u­lar — South Beach at Amer­i­can Camp, San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park — for years. 

Now she is pre­sent­ing a solo exhi­bi­tion with paint­ings, draw­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy, and paper sculp­ture on dis­play, as well as an 18-foot-long oil paint­ing on can­vas of South Beach. “The Hours” includes 6 sec­tions, each rep­re­sent­ing four hours in a day at South Beach, cap­tur­ing some of the col­or, abstract shapes and dynam­ic move­ment of the beach.

Borg has invit­ed two oth­er artists with spe­cial con­nec­tion to the islands to join her. Seat­tle fiber artist Julia Wayne, who has been vis­it­ing the islands since she was a child, makes small, col­or­ful fiber art pieces rem­i­nis­cent of sea­weed or sea crea­tures. Fri­day Har­bor Jew­el­er Wendy Smith cre­at­ed a neck­lace and ear­rings from lumi­nes­cent fresh­wa­ter pearls specif­i­cal­ly for the show.

“Our beach­es car­ry mes­sages of their nat­ur­al and cul­tur­al his­to­ry in an ever-shift­ing dra­ma of drift­wood, cycles of growth and death, ero­sion, tides, and light,” says Borg. “I am fas­ci­nat­ed at how ele­men­tal the beach is, and yet how com­plex.” 

Borg has cre­at­ed eight paper sculp­tures to rep­re­sent her ver­sion of “The Ele­ments” — Earth, Air, Fire, Water — and includ­ing ele­ments from ancient Greek, Chi­nese, Native Amer­i­can, and Celtic tra­di­tions — Wood, Met­al, the Void (or the Great Mys­tery), and Num­bers (or the Uni­verse, or Spirit).

“I want­ed to cre­ate an exhi­bi­tion that would show the imag­i­na­tive diver­si­ty of ideas sur­round­ing the beach,” she says. “It is a place where the tides trans­form the “lit­toral zone,” the region between high­est high tide and low­est low tide, dras­ti­cal­ly. Peo­ple gath­er to build drift­wood struc­tures that act as play forts, shel­ters, and shrines. They gath­er around fire pits and build stone cairns. These scenes feel so ancient, yet are about cel­e­brat­ing the present moment. It is a place of com­mu­ni­ty, health, heal­ing, and per­son­al transformation.”

Borg invites you to meet the artists at a recep­tion on Fri­day, August 27th, from 4:00 — 7:00pm at the Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier, in con­junc­tion with Water­Works Gallery’s lat­est open­ing. “These open­ings have become our own lit­tle art walk,” says Borg, “with art lovers and artists gath­er­ing to social­ize out­side, see art, and enjoy com­mu­ni­ty.” In the two weeks after the recep­tion (until August 9th), the show will be open by appoint­ment by call­ing (360) 317‑6563.


Shan­non Borg is an artist and art & busi­ness coach. She stud­ied at Gage Acad­e­my of Art in Seat­tle, com­plet­ing the Stu­dio Arts Inten­sive Pro­gram, and study­ing for one year in the Trow­bridge Paint­ing Ate­lier in George­town, Seat­tle. A for­mer colum­nist for Seat­tle mag­a­zine, she pub­lished 3 books before shift­ing her life towards visu­al art. Her coach­ing pro­gram, the Prac­ti­cal Mag­ic Art & Busi­ness Ate­lier, helps artists gain the con­fi­dence and skills to share their gifts with the world. 

Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier is an inde­pen­dent group of artists work­ing in a com­mon stu­dio space in the down­town area of the charm­ing port town of Fri­day Har­bor in the San Juan Islands of Wash­ing­ton State. We pro­vide afford­able pri­vate stu­dio spaces, an open stu­dio space, show­case art, and host class­es, work­shops and exhi­bi­tions.

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