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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

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

Summer Film Series Presents: Land of Mine

September 4, 2017 at 6:30 am

On Tuesday September 5, SJCT Summer Film Series presents, Land of Mine. This German/Danish film was a nominee for Best Foreign Film at the 2017 Academy Awards. The film is based on a true account of German prisoners of war sent to clear land mines in Denmark after World War II. Admission is either by  Continue Reading

Emergence, SJIMA’s First Nations Exhibit Ends Monday

September 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Don’t miss your last opportunity to see this exhibit!… Contemporary glass artist, Raven Skyriver will wrap up the end of the First Nation exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art on Monday, September 4. His gallery talk at 4:00 pm on Labor Day will be the grand finale of this exceptional show. In celebration of the  Continue Reading

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