About the Author
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: Changes, and the San Juan Update

January 15, 2022 at 6:11 pm

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… One thing you can count on, things will always be changing.  Sometimes we invite change into our lives and other times we simply struggle to adjust.  Either way, it’s a skill just to keep your balance.  It did not  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Bringing In The New Year With Katerina Wen on YouTube

December 31, 2021 at 4:56 pm

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… If you are anything like me being snowed in during a pandemic over the holidays involved plenty of Christmas movies, whole season binges, plus more than the usual baked goods, sweets, and festive beverages. Also, if you are like  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Self-Care for the Holidays

December 16, 2021 at 8:43 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Here come the holidays! It’s a time to connect with the people that we love. It’s whirl of sparkling activities and time-honored traditions that can bring with it the stress of keeping up with our social calendars. Plus Covid.  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Healthy Holidays and the COVID-19 Variant Omicron

December 1, 2021 at 5:50 am

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Celebrating Thanksgiving with friends, all of us double vaxed and boostered, we enjoyed a relaxing evening without wearing masks. In spite of winter spikes in local numbers of COVID cases it was beginning to look like we might be  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Election Results

November 16, 2021 at 5:38 pm

“Island Senior” is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… This year’s election of candidates for the Mullis Center’s Operations Committee has been unprecedented in many ways. To fill every seat more people ran for positions than ever before. With over 900 ballots coming in more people voted for  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Vote Nov 8 – 11

November 1, 2021 at 5:45 am

Finally, it is time to vote! The Mullis Center needs your vote November 8 – 11. If you are a senior, 60 years old or older, or disabled, and live in San Juan District including San Juan, Henry, Brown, Spieden, Stuart, Johns, Pearl, and Flat Top islands, you are eligible to vote. You DO NOT  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center, A Family Legacy and Gift to Island Seniors

October 16, 2021 at 5:57 am

On the outside of the Mullis Center building there is a Plaque that reads, This land is a gift to the seniors of San Juan Island to honor the memory of our grandparents, George and Emma Mullis and our parents Frank and Belle Mullis. From Ina Mullis Gustin, James and Florence Mullis Lang, Wallace and  Continue Reading

Island Senior: It’s Time to Vote!

October 1, 2021 at 5:46 am

If you are a resident of San Juan District, including San Juan Island, Henry, Brown, Spieden, Stuart, Johns, Pearl, or Flat Top Islands, and if you are 60 years old or older, or if you have a disability… you are eligible to vote in the upcoming election of the Mullis Center’s Operations Committee. Although your  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Taking Care of Caregivers

September 17, 2021 at 2:38 pm

Caring for our loved ones when the need arises is a challenge in the best of times. During a pandemic the challenges only increase. Caregivers face increased isolation while also facing the increasing challenge of keep their charge safe. Starting on September 30, Gail Leschine-Seitz, Aging and Family Case Coordinator, and Debbie Haagensen, Senior Services  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Early Fall Happenings at the Mullis Center

September 3, 2021 at 9:47 am

First of all a big “THANK YOU!” to the San Juan County Fair, The San Juan Island Community Foundation, and to everyone who supported the Mullis Center and other local non-profits during the Community Foundation’s 2021 Virtual Fair Fundraiser. Thanks to our generous donors support we raised $5,520! All money raised will be used to  Continue Reading