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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: Hot Tips For Keeping Cool

July 16, 2018 at 5:50 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Now that hot summer weather has finally come to our neck of the woods we may rejoice but we also need to take care. High temperatures can be dangerous. The July issue of San Juan Island Senior Signal*, the Mullis Senior  Continue Reading

Discover Deadman: An Intertidal Walk

July 10, 2018 at 5:30 am

On Saturday, July 14 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm San Juan County Land Bank invites you to an intertidal walk at Deadman Bay Preserve… There’s more to the West Side of San Juan Island than orcas! Dr. Erika Iyengar, of Muhlenberg College and long-time researcher at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, returns to lead her  Continue Reading

Superpod 6: Music and Fun at Lime Kiln Park

July 10, 2018 at 5:20 am

From Erin Corra of FOLKS, Friends of Lime Kiln Society… Join together with supporters of Lime Kiln Point State Park on Thursday, July 19 for a musical evening at our beautiful whale watch park. Bring a picnic and enjoy a sunset tour of the historic lighthouse with friends old and new. Who knows, maybe our  Continue Reading

Science Writing From the Perspective of the UW Friday Harbor Laboratories

July 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

This is an excerpt from, Writing Right There, by Eric Morel. Morel is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Washington and this spring taught the “Science Writing for Diverse Audiences” course at Friday Harbor Laboratories.  “One of the great benefits of studying science writing at FHL is the way stakes  Continue Reading

Save Wild Salmon Fundraiser

July 9, 2018 at 5:15 am

Sea Shepherd veteran Peter Jay Brown has founded a new campaign to save wild salmon… Drop in at Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar and show your support for Wild Salmon Preservation! Celebrate the launch of Gaia Network’s new campaign Wednesday July, 11th 5-9pm! Gaia Network was founded by Sea Shepherd Veteran Peter Jay Brown. Gaia Network’s new  Continue Reading

July 10th is WA Line Worker Appreciation Day

July 8, 2018 at 5:20 am

Governor Jay Inslee proclaims July 10 Line Worker Appreciation Day… OPALCO’s team of line workers keep the lights on for more than 11,300 co-op members on 20 islands in San Juan County. That is no small task! Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed July 10, 2018 as Lineworker Appreciation Day and OPALCO invites its members to give  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Library Presents Two Events with the Micah and Me Music Show

July 8, 2018 at 5:15 am

Friday, July 13, 7 PM at Brickworks: The children’s band Micah and Me Music Show is back by popular demand. They are throwing another Dance Party at Brickworks. The fun begins at 7 PM. You won’t want to miss this high energy, fun-filled party and dancing to the music. Micah and Me were recently named one of  Continue Reading

Kelley Balcomb-Bartok is Back

July 7, 2018 at 5:25 am

If you’ve driven out Beaverton Valley lately you may have noticed the rock has a new paint job. That is due to the fact that Kelley Balcomb-Bartok and family have moved back to the Island. Welcome back! Said Kelley, “we couldn’t resist!” 

Community Pet Food Bank Opening

July 7, 2018 at 5:20 am

APS Treasure Hounds and the Animal Protection Society are proud to announce the opening of the APS-FH Pet Food Pantry….a community pet food bank to help keep pets in their homes by providing pet food for families in need. The Pet Food Pantry will be located at the Treasure Hounds store at 365-C Spring Street  Continue Reading

Saturday Activities With Our National Parks

July 7, 2018 at 5:15 am

GEOLOGICAL HIKE: 9:00 am – 11:00 am. These easy to moderately difficult walks up Young Hill near English Camp, and Mt. Finlayson near American Camp, focus on the geology of the San Juan Islands over the last 230 million years of earth’s history. From tectonic movement, to accretion, to uplift, volcanism, glaciation, erosion, and more, these  Continue Reading

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