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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

Community Foundation Raises $31,000 at the County Fair!

September 2, 2017 at 5:30 am

The Community Foundation was once again gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2017 San Juan County Fair when over $31,000 was donated to nine different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair! The Foundation, in turn, will match those  Continue Reading

EDC Hosts Business Plan Competition, “Launch San Juan Islands”

September 2, 2017 at 5:15 am

Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the third annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and sponsored by local businesses. Participants will receive instruction in business planning and marketing, plus follow-up mentoring—and some will win cash prizes to help  Continue Reading

Electric Cars at the Mullis Center Sunday

September 1, 2017 at 9:14 am

On Sunday there will be a free presentation, Around the World in “80 Days” via an Electric Car, at the Mullis Center. (Come for the Pancake Breakfast stay for the electric cars!). Presenter Alan Soule of Sebastopol, California will share his around the world adventure…  You are invited to a free (public) slide presentation at the  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Invites You to Get Involved

August 31, 2017 at 5:50 am

With September comes a seasonal shift. The season of tourists, house-guests, and beach life, gives way to cozy evenings and deeper community involvement. At the Mullis Center, the Operations Committee, aka “the board” invites interested islanders to come to the center’s September meeting on Wednesday, September 6, at noon in the Mullis Center dining hall  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Misses Ada and Ella Mullis, Friday Harbor Milliners

August 15, 2017 at 5:51 am

San Juan Island has long been home to independent and resourceful women. There were the native women whose wisdom and generosity our early pioneers relied on. There have been stalwart farmwomen who side by side with their husbands or on their own managed to create livelihoods from crops and livestock. And then there were the  Continue Reading

Mullis Center Offers Seniors a Ride to the Fair on Friday August 18

August 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

Correction – The date for this service from the Mullis Center has been corrected. It originally said every day of the fair, but it’s only on Friday… Are you a Senior? Do you need a ride to the Fair? Leave your car behind at the Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street, and ride with us! Drop  Continue Reading

Wearing Identity – Art and Adornment on the Northwest Coast

August 13, 2017 at 5:45 am

From tattoos to tennis shoes, cedar back capes to designer hoodies, clothing and jewelry has always communicated deep history and contemporary affiliations. Wearing Identity – Art and Adornment on the Northwest Coast presented by Katie Bunn-Marcuse is sponsored by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). The talk at The Grange in Friday Harbor  Continue Reading

Diane Martindale Named 1st Vice-Chair of State Arts Commission Board

August 13, 2017 at 5:35 am

San Juan Island’s Diane Martindale has been named first Vice-Chair of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) board at their recent board meeting in Wenatchee.  Diane is co-president of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art and curator of the current exhibition, EMERGENCE Legendary & Emerging First Nation Artists. She also serves on the Friday Harbor Arts  Continue Reading

Team with Local Ties Wins World Series Championship!

August 13, 2017 at 5:28 am

Sean Morrison and Andrew James, two Ferndale team members with ties to San Juan Island, won the Cal Ripken 12U/60’ World Series Championship in Clemmons, No. Carolina on August 10. Sean is the son of Orion Morrison and Maleka Hartman Morrison (both FHHS alumni), and grandson of Angie Morrison of San Juan Island and Mary  Continue Reading

August 21 Deadline to Apply for EDC Training in Construction Tech

August 13, 2017 at 5:20 am

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in construction tech this fall, in partnership with Skagit Valley College and the Northwest Career & Technical Academy, and funded in part by San Juan County, the Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Town of Friday Harbor, Islanders Bank and local donors. Courses will  Continue Reading