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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: Coping With Coronavirus, How Is Your Mental Health?

June 30, 2020 at 11:49 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With the pressure and stress of opening up our destination vacation island only to then slow the opening back down, the arrival of visitors with and without masks, spiking COVID numbers across the nation, not to mention prolonged isolation,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Town Installs Poetry Gardens

June 17, 2020 at 7:35 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It’s June and gardens on the island are burgeoning with new life. At the Mullis Center more than foliage and flowers has sprung up. Among the greenery on the east side of the building you will now find poems  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus – Phase 2

May 31, 2020 at 10:14 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It is summer in the San Juans and San Juan County has moved into Phase 2 of our state’s four-phased Safe Start Washington plan. What does this mean for island seniors as local businesses slowly begin to open up,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Still Coping With Coronavirus

May 16, 2020 at 7:23 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Island Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Its been a few months now of staying home and staying healthy, of wearing masks and gloves to the grocery store, of staying six feet apart from friends we’d really like to hug, of meetings on Zoom. How  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Local Artist’s T-Shirt Sales Support Local Seniors

May 1, 2020 at 7:04 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With community lunches on hold due to COVID-19 it may seem like not much is happening these days at the Mullis Center. However, since the lockdown, the number of meals delivered to local seniors by our Meals on Wheels  Continue Reading

Island Senior: What’s on the Bookshelf?

April 16, 2020 at 9:27 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… On Monday the Mullis Center Book Club met for the first time using Zoom. This was also my first time using Zoom so I was happy to discover how easy it was. The Book Club is facilitated by San  Continue Reading

A Message From San Juan Airlines

April 1, 2020 at 5:58 am

From San Juan Airlines – Hello fellow islanders, if you need supplies but don’t want to leave the islands we provide regular freight services to and from the islands and are now offering fresh grocery delivery. To find out more, visit sanjuanairlines.com/groceries or call us at (800) 874-4434. If you’re concerned about safety but need  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus II, Staying Home, Staying Healthy

April 1, 2020 at 5:50 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… How is everybody doing? As an introvert who already works at home having to stay home has not changed my lifestyle very much. Yet, it is different. I am aware now that I touch my face way too much  Continue Reading

WSU Master Gardeners Provide Horticultural Resources

April 1, 2020 at 5:35 am

San Juan County has over 70 WSU Master Gardener volunteers who are trained as horticulture educators. Due to COVID-19 and related Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, we will not be in the community this spring as usual, but are available to answer questions about food gardening, fruit tree care, landscape plants, pollinators and more.  To  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #10: Medical Surge Planning: Hoping for the Best, Planning for the Worst

April 1, 2020 at 5:30 am

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders Many in the islands are wondering how San Juan County is preparing in case access to mainland medical care becomes limited. This is known as medical surge, which the CDC defines  as, “…the ability to provide adequate medical evaluation and care during  Continue Reading