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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

Upcoming Webinar Features Passenger-Only Ferry Study Update

August 8, 2020 at 5:05 am

The Region­al POF Study launched ear­ly in 2020 assess­es POF ser­vice across the 12-coun­ties bor­der­ing Puget Sound and on Lake Wash­ing­ton and Lake Union. The Puget Sound Region­al Coun­cil (PSRC) host­ed a webi­nar on April 15 to kick-off the study. Since the webi­nar, PSRC has gath­ered feed­back through a 12-coun­­ty online sur­vey explor­ing poten­tial routes and  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Island Public Schools Fall Re-opening Plan

August 7, 2020 at 10:33 am

At last evening’s spe­cial board meet­ing, the San Juan Island School Dis­trict Board of Direc­tors approved a fall reopen­ing plan for schools.  After sev­er­al months of plan­ning with the dis­trict work­groups and steer­ing com­mit­tee, Super­in­ten­dent Fred Woods rec­om­mend­ed to the Board that the San Juan Island pub­lic schools begin the 2020–2021 school year under a  Con­tin­ue Reading

HOT TOPIC #27: Fact Check on Face Shields

August 7, 2020 at 9:29 am

COVID-19 updates from San Juan Coun­ty around sub­jects on the minds of islanders To be clear: Face shields have absolute­ly no abil­i­ty to min­i­mize the spread of droplets from some­one infect­ed with COVID. There is sim­ply too much air flow around the shield for them to be effec­tive. They are not an accept­able alter­na­tive to cloth  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friday Harbor’s Animal Protection Society To The Rescue!

August 7, 2020 at 5:30 am

On Sun­day, August 2, five North Car­oli­na hound-dog mix­es arrived at Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety — Fri­day Har­bor where they will be cared for until adopt­ed. Land­ing in their “for­ev­er homes” will be an incred­i­ble end to an epic jour­ney for these dogs. The sto­ry begins with a kind and gen­er­ous gen­tle­man bring­ing a stray dog into  Con­tin­ue Reading

In The Studio With Jan Murphy And The Bears

August 7, 2020 at 5:15 am

We hear from artist and ani­mal activist Jan Mur­phy… Fri­day Har­bor Artist Jan Mur­phy uses her art to help exploit­ed Asi­at­ic Bears. Jan is an artist at the Fri­day Har­bor Ate­lier, 313 Spring Street. “Hi, my name is Jan Mur­phy, and at 59 years old, I can final­ly say that I no longer feel timid about call­ing  Con­tin­ue Reading

SJISD School Board To Hold Open Public Meeting Tonight, Aug 6, Via Zoom

August 6, 2020 at 12:16 pm

We hear from Maude at the School Dis­trict… The San Juan Island School Dis­trict Board of Direc­tors will hold a Spe­cial School Board Meet­ing on Thurs­day August 6, at 5:00 pm as a Zoom meet­ing.  This meet­ing is open to the pub­lic.   To access the Zoom meet­ing, please click on “Video” with­in the elec­tron­ic Board Agen­da, or call the  Con­tin­ue Reading

Primary Election Results — This Story Has Been Updated.

August 6, 2020 at 12:36 am

Elec­tion results thanks to Louise Dus­trude… The five-per­­son coun­ty coun­cil pri­ma­ry race on San Juan pro­duced two clear lead­ers for the Novem­ber gen­er­al elec­tion: Chris­tine Min­ney with 1978 votes and Ryan Palma­teer with 1458. Oth­ers in that race were Sharon Kivis­to, 812, Steve Wehrly, 295, and Daniel Miller, 289. The incum­bent, Bill Wat­son, chose not  Con­tin­ue Reading

New School Reopening Guidance Announced Today

August 5, 2020 at 6:19 pm

Gov­er­nor Inslee announces edu­ca­tion rec­om­men­da­tions for 2020–2021 school year… San Juan Coun­ty is among 5 coun­ties in Wash­ing­ton State that are con­sid­ered “Low Risk” for COVID-19. Plans regard­ing school reopen­ing are made by the local health juris­dic­tion and school dis­trict. Gov. Jay Inslee, Super­in­ten­dent of Pub­lic Instruc­tion Chris Reyk­dal and DOH’s state health offi­cer, Dr.  Con­tin­ue Reading