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

Rainbow Reflection in Friday Harbor

August 22, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Many thanks to Liz Smith for this mag­i­cal pho­to of Fri­day Harbor…

Local Author a Finalist for Washington State Book Award

August 22, 2020 at 12:05 pm

One for the Black­bird, One for the Crow has been select­ed as a final­ist for the Wash­ing­ton State Book Awards in the Fic­tion cat­e­go­ry. Black­bird was writ­ten by San Juan Island author Lib­bie Grant, who writes under the pen name Olivia Hawk­er. The Wash­ing­ton State Book Awards, now in their 54th year, hon­or works of out­stand­ing lit­er­ary mer­it by  Con­tin­ue Reading

Dramatic Mixology: A Guided Tour Through Plays and Cocktails

August 22, 2020 at 9:16 am

Once per month, join Exec­u­tive Artis­tic Direc­tor Nathan Kessler-Jef­frey via Zoom for a FREE curat­ed tour of select­ed play and cock­tail pair­ings.   Sep­tem­ber 24: Art by Yas­mi­na Reza paired with a White Lady   Octo­ber 22: The Mouse­trap by Agatha Christie paired with a Haunt­ed Grave­yard   Novem­ber 12: All My Sons by Arthur Miller  Con­tin­ue Reading

Getting Ready to Vote

August 21, 2020 at 9:52 pm

Local elec­tion infor­ma­tion can be found on the San Juan Coun­ty Elec­tions web­page… Wash­ing­ton State votes by mail. Your bal­lot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each elec­tion. For the Novem­ber 3, 2020 Gen­er­al Elec­tion, mil­i­tary and over­seas bal­lots will be mailed on Sep­tem­ber 18. Domes­tic bal­lots will be mailed Octo­ber 13.    To receive  Con­tin­ue Reading

EDC Survey on Sidney Ferry Privatization

August 21, 2020 at 9:49 am

The Joint Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee of the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture is con­duct­ing a study explor­ing pri­va­ti­za­tion of the Sid­ney fer­ry run. The San Juan Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil (EDC) and their part­ners would like to hear opin­ions from region­al users of the Sid­ney fer­ry and stake­hold­ers. Please take a few min­utes to answer our sur­vey: Link  Con­tin­ue Reading

Summary of Recent Cases in San Juan County

August 20, 2020 at 8:35 pm

A report from the coun­ty… There has been one new con­firmed pos­i­tive test result in San Juan Coun­ty since the last case sum­ma­ry on August 13. This is the 32nd case in San Juan Coun­ty and the 13 th on Orcas Island. The case occurred in a vis­i­tor to Orcas Island. Due to tim­ing of symp­tom onset  Con­tin­ue Reading

The Wild Charley River (part I)

August 20, 2020 at 2:14 pm

FREEZER BURNED: Tales of Inte­ri­or Alas­ka is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Steve Ulvi…  The plane lift­ed off the state run­way in Eagle on dense morn­ing air on anoth­er blue­bird July day. The drowsy sprawl of town and sweep of the Yukon Riv­er reced­ed under the right wing as we climbed with  Con­tin­ue Reading

OPALCO Extends COVID-19 Bill Pay Assistance

August 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Mem­bers who are strug­gling to pay their pow­er bills dur­ing COVID-19 can apply for assis­tance to keep their OPALCO accounts up to date. The Board vot­ed to con­tin­ue COVID-19 Relief Mea­sures for as long as the approved fund­ing lasts. Mem­bers can apply for assis­tance online at www.opalco.com or through their Family/Community Resource Cen­ter. The mea­sures avail­able  Con­tin­ue Reading