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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

Surface and Depth: Kappy Trigg and Tom Small at Waterworks Gallery

September 8, 2017 at 12:18 pm

A reception for the artists Tom Small and Kathryn Trigg will be held today, Friday, September 8th 4 -7 pm at Waterworks Gallery. The exhibit featuring Small’s Sculpture and Trigg’s Monotype Paintings, Surface & Depth: St​one and Paper, will continue through September 8 – 30.   Tom Small’s sculptures are inspired directly from the land. For Tom, specific locales in the  Continue Reading

Southern Resident Killer Whales are Back

September 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

Good news from Ken Balcomb at the Center for Whale Research… They’re back! For the first time in more than two months, a large assemblage of Southern Resident killer whale pods has returned to the interior waters of the Salish Sea. This population has dramatically decreased in number in recent years, and this summer was  Continue Reading

Cheese Therapy! Now Offered at San Juan Cheese

September 8, 2017 at 5:30 am

Our local cheese aficionado’s at San Juan Cheese invite you to try out, “Cheese Therapy on the Patio!” happening through September on Thursdays, Friday’s and Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm. Cheese boards, cheesecake, wine and beer will served on the patio tucked away behind the shop on Nichols Street. And yes, you can still, “Love  Continue Reading

Resilient Gardening and Weird Weather

September 7, 2017 at 5:45 am

Thanks to Mo Sloane for this first in a series of articles introducing featured speakers who will be presenting at the Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop on October 7th. This first article introduces the workshop’s keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Gilkeson… Is ‘weird weather’ challenging you and your gardening skills? You’re not alone! Between the increasingly variable weather  Continue Reading

First Rehearsal Next Week For San Juan Singers’s Winter Concert

September 7, 2017 at 5:30 am

Christmas already? Yes, if you are planning to put on a Holiday concert it is indeed time to start rehearsing and San Juan Singers is ready to welcome new recruits! First rehearsal will be held in the Community Room at Skagit Valley College on Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 – 9:00 pm. It is recommended that  Continue Reading

Air Quality Alert Extended Until Noon Thursday

September 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm

It’s still pretty smokey… …AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT THURSDAY… The Air Quality ALERT issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology remains in effect until 12 PM PDT Thursday. Smoke from wildfires across the region will continue to linger over Western Washington through at least Thursday morning. Expect the air quality to remain unhealthy  Continue Reading

Tufted Puffins, Smith Island

September 6, 2017 at 5:35 am

Thanks to photographer and naturalist Katie Jones, Spyhopper Travels Photography, for this photograph of Tufted Puffins out at Smith Island.

Whale Museum Lecture: Whales and Shipping

September 6, 2017 at 5:30 am

The Whale Museum’s lecture series continues this Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 pm with a lecture by Krista Trounce of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Dr. Jason Wood from Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) Consulting North America (based here in Friday Harbor). They will be presenting on the ship slow down trial that is currently  Continue Reading

Holy Smokes! Air Quality Alert Issued Through 5 pm Wednesday

September 5, 2017 at 2:08 pm

The mountains are definitely not out today. My photo of False Bay without the Olympics may look like a sepia toned antique but that is the real color and the photo was taken this morning. Due to regional wildfires we are once again experiencing smokey air. Here is the Air Quality Alert from the National  Continue Reading

School District Reaches Tentative Agreement With Teachers Association

September 5, 2017 at 5:30 am

From The San Juan Island School District… The San Juan Island School District and the San Juan Education Association reached a tentative agreement at 6:14 pm Monday, September 4, 2017. The teachers’ association ratified the proposed agreement this evening and the school board is expected to approve this tentative agreement at a special board meeting  Continue Reading