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

End of Summer Porch Light Bug Count Seeks Citizen Participants

August 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm

Bug Count host­ed by Bugs of the San Juans… Activ­i­ty for Islanders! End of Sum­mer Porch Light Bug Count! August 20 at 12 PM — August 31 at 3 PM   So, I’ve been check­ing out what insects show up at our porch light around 10:00 pm and took a short video clip last night after I’d  Con­tin­ue Reading

Federal Grant to Benefit Southern Resident Killer Whale and Chinook Recovery

August 19, 2020 at 11:06 am

State receives more than $11 mil­lion in fed­er­al grants to ben­e­fit South­ern Res­i­dent killer whale and Chi­nook recov­ery… The Wash­ing­ton State Recre­ation and Con­ser­va­tion Office (RCO) today announced the award of more than $11 mil­lion in grants to 11 Chi­nook salmon habi­tat and hatch­ery projects from a new grant pro­gram under the Pacif­ic Salmon Treaty.  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Islands Museum of Art: Fun With Art Masks!

August 19, 2020 at 5:30 am

We need to wear masks in pub­lic, so let’s make them unique and play­ful!  In March enter­pris­ing vol­un­teers start­ed mak­ing masks to raise funds to sup­port the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art (SJIMA).  The masks come in all col­ors and delight­ful fab­rics includ­ing ones of famil­iar art by famous artists. Who bet­ter to make  Con­tin­ue Reading

Archipelago Collective Chamber Music Festival Features Virtual Concerts

August 18, 2020 at 3:16 pm

Arch­i­pel­ago Col­lec­tive Artis­tic Direc­tor, Sophie Baird-Daniel and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Dana Jack­son announce the 2020 Vir­tu­al Cham­ber Music Fes­ti­val… Our ground­break­ing vir­tu­al fes­ti­val presents 18 excep­tion­al musi­cians from across the coun­try. Our play­ers hail from some of the nation’s top orches­tras and cham­ber music insti­tu­tions includ­ing the Seat­tle Sym­pho­ny, Boston Sym­pho­ny, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera, and the Cham­ber Music Soci­ety  Con­tin­ue Reading

Rally On Shaw For The United States Postal Service

August 18, 2020 at 1:41 pm

We hear from our friend Kate Schu­man on Shaw… You don’t hear much about Shaw Island in the dai­ly buzz of the San Juans, but the recent bar­rage of changes being imple­ment­ed nation­wide at the U.S. Postal Ser­vice has many Shaw res­i­dents alarmed and want­i­ng to do some­thing about it. Shaw Islander John Pein­ert orga­nized a ral­ly,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friday Harbor Atelier Features Art Give Away

August 18, 2020 at 5:30 am

The Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier is doing their quar­ter­ly Art Give Away, fea­tur­ing a col­or­ful chick­en named Hen­ri­et­ta by Jan Mur­phy.   Sign up here to enter to win this print! Link to: Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier Art Give Away  Link to: More about Artist Jan Mur­phy   Found­ed in 2018, Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier is an artist’s mem­ber­­ship-based work­space  Con­tin­ue Reading

Have You Answered The 2020 Census?

August 18, 2020 at 5:05 am

Have you answered the 2020 Cen­sus yet? Cen­sus work­ers will be avail­able to help you answer the cen­sus: Dates: Wednes­day August 19 & August 26 Time: 11AM — 2PM Loca­tion: Fri­day Har­bor Food Bank, 500 Mar­ket St. Can’t stop by? You can also self-respond Online at www.2020census.gov Call toll-free 844–330‑2020 (Eng­lish) or 844–468‑2020 (Span­ish) Return paper form if  Con­tin­ue Reading

Don’t Horse Around! It’s Not Too Late To Get Your 2020 Fair T‑Shirts

August 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

Islanders col­lect them every year. Most years from artist Jen­nifer Rig­g’s booth at the San Juan Coun­ty Fair. This year with our Fair going vir­tu­al you may not have got yours yet. Not to wor­ry. Jen­n’s great designs for San Juan Coun­ty’s Vir­tu­al Fair 2020, Moon Jumper, Major Tom, and Star­man are still avail­able from her  Con­tin­ue Reading