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Peggy Sue McRae

Local artist Peggy Sue McRae has lived on San Juan Island most of her life. She is a painter who has worked in a variety of mediums including, oil and watercolor painting, stone carving, printmaking and collage. In 1999 she earned her master’s degree in Fine Arts from Washington State University. She was awarded a residency with the Morris Graves Foundation in 2004 and was accepted into Women Painters of Washington in 2007. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest and in China. She is the author of the art blog Blackfish Art.

Recent Posts by Peggy Sue

Island Senior: Local Celebrities Support Meals On Wheels

April 2, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. We cannot say it enough. More than ever during this time of Covid, San Juan County’s Senior Nutrition Program, “Meals on Wheels” serves as a lifeline to many of our island seniors. With usual fundraising events still out of  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Book Club Selects Upcoming Titles

March 17, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. In my last Island Senior article, The Year of Covid-19, I took stock of the past year, a challenging time for most of us, and took note of some of the good things that helped me through a whole  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Year of COVID-19

March 2, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. My birthday is in early March and last year’s girlfriend lunch, themed “Cheeseburger in Paradise” is remembered now as the last “normal” social event a few of us had before things started getting weird. I remember that month well  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Valentines Across Generations

February 16, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Islanders receiving delivered meals last Friday from our Meals on Wheels program received an extra message of Valentine’s Day love from the younger generation. Two groups of young people, students from Friday Harbor’s Spring Street International School and members of  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Getting the Vaccine, Be Patient, Be Kind

February 2, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. By now you probably know a few islanders who have gotten their first COVID-19 vaccine. Once Tier 1b opened up to those over 65, there was a rush to get the shot. Because 5,000 or so county residents now  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Caring For Your Brain

January 21, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Neurosurgeon and well-known CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, MD. was recently featured in the Blue Zones online newsletter regarding his new book, Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age.  The Blue Zones is a concept based on  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Some Gentle New Year’s Resolutions From The Mullis Center

January 1, 2021 at 5:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Happy New Year! As the old year comes to a close, whether you are in the habit of making resolutions or not, the Mullis Center offers several ways to gently improve your life. To bring joy and wellness into  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Please Remember the Mullis Center with Year-End Giving

December 16, 2020 at 4:30 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Any way you look at it, 2020 has been one heck of a year. Times have been tough for many islanders. For some of us, staying at home without our usual social interactions has been the brunt of it.  Continue Reading

Organizers Thank Community Thanksgiving Volunteers

December 6, 2020 at 4:00 am

This year’s 22ndAnnual Community Thanksgiving adapted to our covid circumstance and was appreciated by many islanders in the form of a free “take-out” Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. The event was sponsored by King’s Market, Printonyx, Islanders Insurance and the Mullis Center and organized by Diana and Kevin Porter. Diana says a hearty “Thank  Continue Reading

Island Senior: If We Make It Through December

December 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae. Pretty sure Merle Haggard was not thinking about a spiking global pandemic when he penned the lyrics to his classic country song, If We Make It Through December, yet I can’t think of a more fitting song for wrapping  Continue Reading