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

Letter About The Joint Meeting Of The Public Hospital District And Fire District 3

July 29, 2020 at 5:47 pm

I know very lit­tle about Fire Dis­trict Com­mis­sion­er Frank Car­di­nale, but last after­noon dur­ing our first joint meet­ing with the Fire Dis­trict to dis­cuss inte­gra­tion, Com­mis­sion­er Car­di­nale showed me every­thing I need to know about him. He is dis­re­spect­ful, attack­ing, accusato­ry, aggres­sive, and clear­ly not inter­est­ed in get­ting to know our new hos­pi­tal dis­trict board or being remote­ly col­lab­o­ra­tive.  Con­tin­ue Reading

A Letter From Fire Commissioner Bob Jarman

July 29, 2020 at 5:31 pm

I am writ­ing on behalf of San Juan Island Fire Dis­trict #3 to extend our board­’s full and deep­est apol­o­gy for the offen­sive com­ment made by Com­mis­sion­er Car­di­nale dur­ing last night’s joint com­mis­sion meet­ing. The com­mis­sion­er’s com­ment was offen­sive, dis­re­spect­ful and com­plete­ly inap­pro­pri­ate. Fire Dis­trict #3 does not in any way con­done the use of  Con­tin­ue Reading

Letter About The Joint Meeting Of The Public Hospital District And Fire District 3

July 29, 2020 at 5:31 pm

Edi­tor: Some­thing shame­ful hap­pened Tues­day after­noon.  The San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict Com­mis­sion­ers (PHD) and the San Juan Coun­ty Fire Dis­trict 3 (FD3) Com­mis­sion­ers held a vir­tu­al joint pub­lic meet­ing to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­i­ty of resum­ing dis­cus­sion of inte­grat­ing San Juan Island Emer­gency Med­ical Ser­vice (EMS) and FD3. The meet­ing was pro­gress­ing with some fric­tion.   Con­tin­ue Reading

The Great Chicken Race Scandal of 1981

July 29, 2020 at 5:30 am

SJ His­tor­i­cal Muse­um with their His­to­ry Col­umn for August… It was pret­ty easy to choose a top­ic for this month’s his­to­ry col­umn. Last month’s col­umn sug­gest­ed a theme when we came upon the fun pho­to from the 1981 Fourth of July Parade and decid­ed to use it, since we didn’t have a parade this year.  Con­tin­ue Reading

Waterworks Gallery Features New Work By Kalindi Kunis

July 29, 2020 at 5:05 am

Water­works new show, Art AiSLE, fea­tures acrylic on pan­el paint­ings by Kalin­di Kunis. Join us wear­ing your mask for a social­ly dis­tanced open­ing on Thurs­day, July 30, 4:00 — 7:00 pm. The show will con­tin­ue 07/30 — 09/30   Water­works Gallery is proud to present Kalin­di Kunis’s newest body of work cre­at­ed espe­cial­ly for this show. These acrylic paint­ings por­tray  Con­tin­ue Reading

Chamber Chat July 2020

July 28, 2020 at 7:20 pm

A note from Scott Sluis and the San Juan Island Cham­ber of Com­merce… I, well we (The SJ Cham­ber of Com­merce), want to say a sin­cere thank you and also con­grat­u­la­tions to Susan Doyle and her hus­band Michael from Susie’s Mope­ds, as of July 1, 2020 the busi­ness has been sold and Susie and Michael will start  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Islands Museum of Art Features First Virtual Artist Talk

July 28, 2020 at 10:00 am

We hear from Diane Mar­tin­dale at the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art… Don’t miss our first vir­tu­al Artist Talk on Sun­day, August 9, 11:00 am fea­tur­ing Hol­ly Bal­lard Martz (DOMESTIC BLISS) and June Sekiguchi (THE PULSE OF WATER).    Hol­ly and June will be walk­ing you through their exhi­bi­tions and answer­ing ques­tions from vir­tu­al par­tic­i­pants!    RSVP  Con­tin­ue Reading

Library Presents: Know Your Islanders Talk — Brady Ryan On Sea Salt

July 28, 2020 at 5:02 am

This Know Your islanders Talk will be avail­able via ZOOM on August 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm Brady Ryan will be dis­cussing the sci­ence and prac­tice of sea salt pro­duc­tion along with some inter­est­ing things he has learned about run­ning a small business–San Juan Sea Salt–for the last nine years.  Bring your curios­i­ty! Join Zoom Meet­ing:  Con­tin­ue Reading

Public Asked to Check Trees for Invasive Species in August

July 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Olympia—Through­out August, the Wash­ing­ton Inva­sive Species Coun­cil and the Wash­ing­ton Depart­ment of Nat­ur­al Resources (DNR) are ask­ing the pub­lic to take 10 min­utes to check trees in their com­mu­ni­ties for inva­sive insects. August is the peak time of year that wood-bor­ing insects are most often spot­ted out­side of trees. “State and fed­er­al agen­cies do a fan­tas­tic  Con­tin­ue Reading

New Artworks Appear On The Forest Path At Roche Harbor Sculpture Park

July 27, 2020 at 6:15 am

If you vis­it the Sculp­ture Park at Roche Har­bor on a warm sum­mer day you may feel drawn toward the shade of the for­est path. Should you ven­ture into the wood­ed path you may find some sur­pris­es. Island artists Ani­ta Bar­reca and Fran­cie Hansen joined by oth­ers includ­ing Beth Spadafo­ra and Jason Munkres have adorned  Con­tin­ue Reading