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: It’s Flu Season!

February 16, 2018 at 5:30 am

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… I was not planning to write about the flu this week but the flu chose me and according to my informal social media commiserations I am not alone. This is turning out to be one of the worst flu seasons in years. I was  Continue Reading

Kati English, February EMT of the Month

February 15, 2018 at 5:30 am

Congratulations to February EMT of the Month Kati English. Kati has been an EMT since 2016 and is also a tech at the ER AND is also taking the Fire Fighter 1 class over at San Juan Island Fire. Even though Kati’s schedule is packed with work, fire school and family life, it was noted  Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Wanda June Opens This Friday

February 14, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s. satirical comedy, Happy Birthday, Wanda June opens in San Juan Community Theatre’s Gubelman Theatre THIS weekend with three performances: Friday and Saturday, February 16-17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Directed by Tony Vivenzio, the play is a twentieth century takeoff of Ulysses’ return from the Trojan War when hunter Harold  Continue Reading

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2018 at 5:30 am

Thanks to local artist Teri Murray Cooter for this photo… 

Nourdine Jensen Scholarship Applications Due March 9

February 14, 2018 at 5:25 am

OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households. Up to five scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp, at the College  Continue Reading

Local Firefighter Ben Waldron to Climb Building For Blood Cancer Cure

February 13, 2018 at 5:45 am

Local firefighter Ben Waldron will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 11th in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Says Ben, “For those that don’t know me personally. I’m a firefighter with the Seattle fire department, I am married with 4 kids, and make my home on Beautiful San Juan  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor’s Historic Waterfront

February 13, 2018 at 5:30 am

Here’s another find from the family archive, the Friday Harbor dock in horse and buggy days… click on the photo for an enlarged view…

Shelter Available Tonight

February 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm

It’s cold out there tonight…

FHFF Presents an Oscars Gala at Brickworks

February 12, 2018 at 5:30 am

Celebrate the Oscars with the FHFF March 3 at Brickworks… TICKETS NOW ON SALE!! Hurry, last year we sold out and had to turn folks away!! Come Celebrate the Oscar’s with the Friday Harbor Film Festival at the BRICKWORKS on Nichols Street in Friday Harbor MARCH 3, 2018. Doors open at 5:00pm! We will be celebrating  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

February 12, 2018 at 5:15 am

I’m Debbie. My therapist says my mother was right, “I am beautiful inside and out”. She says I need to learn to embrace my inner goddess and let confidence flow through me like a river of light. She says if I love myself, others will love me too. And sometimes she says, “Debbie, I get  Continue Reading