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

The Whale Museum Reopens

August 26, 2020 at 8:49 am

From The Whale Muse­um… After over 5 months of being closed, we got word that the Gov­er­nor is allow­ing muse­ums to open in Phase 2 (8–2020)! The Exhib­it Hall and Gift Shop are open dai­ly 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  We are dili­gent­ly fol­low­ing every rule put in place by the Health Depart­ment and Wash­ing­ton  Con­tin­ue Reading

Islanders For The San Juan Islands National Monument Meet Via Zoom August 27

August 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Join the MAC Meet­ing on August 27, 9:00am ‑5:00pm, Pacif­ic Time (see Zoom link below)… Click on pho­to to enlarge… The MAC (Mon­u­ment Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee) will be hear­ing from sub­ject mat­ter experts and the pub­lic to inform their delib­er­a­tions as they dis­cuss and present their input to the BLM. The full meet­ing agen­da (PDF) can be  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Announces WSRB Insurance Rating Changes

August 25, 2020 at 6:19 pm

San Juan Island Fire & Res­cue (SJIF&R) announced receiv­ing noti­fi­ca­tion by the Wash­ing­ton State Rat­ing Bureau (WSRB) of a sig­nif­i­cant change to their eval­u­a­tion of San Juan Island’s prop­er­ty under­writ­ing and rat­ing infor­ma­tion for the insur­ance indus­try fol­low­ing its re-rat­ing review that occurs approx­i­mate­ly every 5 years. WSRB issued the updat­ed rat­ing: The WSRB rat­ing for  Con­tin­ue Reading

Waterworks Gallery: Three Shows Ending in August

August 25, 2020 at 5:30 am

There is still time to see these three fea­tured shows at Water­works Gallery before they close at the end of August. Water­works Gallery is open now Tues­day thru Sat­ur­day from 11 to 4. Appoint­ments are avail­able to view the shows in per­son with social dis­tanc­ing and masks.  The Nature of Dreams: Michael Dick­ter and Robin &  Con­tin­ue Reading

How Are We Doing: The Economics of a Pandemic

August 25, 2020 at 5:08 am

Coun­ty Audi­tor F. Milene Hen­ley on the County’s eco­nom­ic con­di­tion through the 2nd quar­ter of 2020… I like hor­ror films. I enjoy them, know­ing that they’re not real.  Mon­sters can’t real­ly hurt you, and zom­bies don’t real­ly exist. Right now, I feel like I’m liv­ing in a real-life hor­ror film, one about a glob­al pan­dem­ic with no end  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan County Organization Receives $750,000 Grant For Long-term Care Solutions

August 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm

From Evan Per­rol­laz for SJC Long-Term Care Coor­di­na­tion Net­work… The San Juan Coun­ty LTC Care Coor­di­na­tion Net­work (Net­work) is pleased to announce a $750,000 three-year grant from the fed­er­al Health Resources and Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion (HRSA) for the pur­pose of imple­ment­ing a suite of solu­tions for long-term care in San Juan Coun­ty.  This grant is intend­ed to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Sunday Morning Protest Supports United States Post Office

August 23, 2020 at 9:26 pm

Thanks to Sandy Strehlou for this report from Sun­day morn­ing’s protest at the Post Office… “This morn­ing, Sun­day, August 23rd, 2020, Fri­day Har­bor res­i­dents turned out to show sup­port for fund­ing for the USPS, and to protest any attempt by the Trump admin­is­tra­tion to rig the 2020 elec­tions through mail and elec­tion tam­per­ing.   Yes­ter­day  Con­tin­ue Reading

Sailing Club Offers Students Outdoor Sport Opportunity

August 23, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Tired of vir­tu­al­ly liv­ing? After-school sail­ing club gets stu­dents out in the sun and wind… Most after-school ath­let­ic pro­grams and clubs have been can­celled, due to the chal­lenges of social dis­tanc­ing. But dis­tanc­ing hap­pens nat­u­ral­ly when sail­ing, and just-for-fun sail­ing is a great life­time endeav­or that can open all sorts of doors — careers, friend­ships, trav­el oppor­tu­ni­ties.  Con­tin­ue Reading