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

Fire Rescue: An Opportunity to Serve

August 25, 2014 at 5:45 am

If you’ve ever wanted to make a meaningful contribution to our community, Sheila Harley from San Juan Island Fire Rescue has an opportunity for you to consider. Sheila sent us this photo hoping to spark some interest in attracting volunteers who would rather see their own face dressed up in firefighting gear than this poor,  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

August 25, 2014 at 5:40 am

Annie came to us several months ago when her owner passed away unexpectedly.  She is quite possibly the nicest, gentlest cat we’ve had here at the shelter and we think you’ll agree.  Sadly, she was declawed at some point in her life and as a result she tends to be somewhat shy and tends to  Continue Reading

Weaving Weekend at English Camp Aug 2 & 3

July 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Weavers from throughout San Juan Island and Washington State will gather for the weekend to demonstrate how European and American Indian techniques melded to create woven objects and clothing unique to the Pacific Northwest. Cowlitz Nation weaver Judy Bridges and renowned Washington State storyteller Karen Haas will join San Juan Islanders Roger Ellison and Anita  Continue Reading

Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale: August 1 & 2

July 26, 2014 at 5:36 am

Shop for bargains galore! The Friends of the San Juan Island Library’s annual summer book sale will be held this year at the San Juan Island Library, 1010 Guard Street.  Please note that this is a new venue for the summer sale.  Opening night on Friday, August 1, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, is limited to Friends of  Continue Reading

Harbor Seal Pup Alert

July 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Here’s a Note From Wolf Hollow… Please remind your friends and neighbors that if they see a Harbor Seal pup on its own on the shore and it appears to be injured or weak, they shouldn’t touch it, move it or try to get it into the water. They should keep people and dogs away  Continue Reading

Meanwhile, at the gonpa…

January 31, 2011 at 1:13 am

San Juan Island’s Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center Did you know there is a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat center on San Juan Island? Yes, tucked away up on the top of Mount Dallas amid mossy knolls and misty woods, Sakya Kachod Choling center has been quietly offering retreats and teachings since 1986. The center is under the  Continue Reading

Bette Davis…this weekend!

December 3, 2010 at 12:21 am

Tonight at 6:30 local actor and playwright Therese Finn kicks off a three-part Bette Davis Film Festival at the library with Dark Victory, Miss Davis’s own favorite of her many films co-starring Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan. On Saturday Therese will show A Stolen Life, a film Bette not only produced but also stars in  Continue Reading

Art…by blowing things up

November 10, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Dwight Dukes from Orcas Island demonstrates his EXPLOSIVE! technique using gunpowder on venetian plastered panels to create his work. Photos are from Dwight’s demonstration at Gallery San Juan during this year’s Artstock festival.

Matthew Gray Palmer’s incredible work continues….

November 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm

San Juan Island’s prodigious sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer has been busy creating new work. (You may remember his elephant sculpture when it was in the ferry line last January…) At first glance Matthew’s sculptures may look familiar: a Barn Owl, a Raven… but take a closer look and they seem to defy gravity. Using a  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church – 150 years to celebrate!

October 27, 2010 at 5:58 am

Friday Harbor Presbyterians celebrated 150 years on San Juan Island (Part II: The 20th Century) last night. Mike Vouri walked us through time with choice historic photos and Pastor Joe Bettridge continued with the history of the congregation. The evening was livened up by stories from the living memory of attendants. Lynette Guard confessed to  Continue Reading