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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

Island Senior: Tea with the Dames, Inspiring Role Models of the Stage

May 2, 2019 at 5:48 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Seeking role models for positive aging led me to the British stage and four outstanding actors and great friends each who have been awarded the title of “Dame” by the British Empire for their service to drama.  Dame Maggie  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Volunteer Jim Biddick Helps Seniors File Taxes

April 15, 2019 at 5:44 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… What a relief it is to fix a stamp onto that envelope addressed to the IRS and send it off in the mail. Phew! I’m sure I am not the only one who finds filing taxes both mysterious and  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Lunch at the Mullis Center Now Served Monday Wednesday and Friday

March 30, 2019 at 5:49 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Beginning April first (no foolin’) the Senior Lunch program at the Mullis Center is expanding to three days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. As our island community gets older and costs of housing and healthcare keep going up,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: New Class Offers Support For Unpaid Caregivers

March 16, 2019 at 5:57 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… If you are caring for a loved one, an aging parent, a spouse or child with special needs, a neighbor or a friend and if you are not a paid care provider, the Mullis Center is offering a free,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Eat Like A Viking! The Baltic Sea or Nordic Diet

February 28, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… If sourdough rye, pickled herring, Icelandic yogurt with blueberries, or sugar snap peas and garlic potatoes sound good to you, you may find the Nordic diet a satisfying choice. Similar to the Mediterranean diet but focused on a Scandinavian lifestyle  Continue Reading

Salish Sea Early Music Festival – Early 19th-Century Serenades

February 17, 2019 at 5:35 am

Early 19th-Century Serenades for guitar, viola and flute will be presented in this second 2019 Salish Sea Early Music Festival performance featuring guitarist Oleg Timofeyev, flutist Jeffrey Cohan and violist Stephen Creswell. Included will be the Sérénade by guitarist and mandolin virtuoso Leonardo de Call (1767-1815), the Troisième Sérénade by flutist Anton Bernhard Fürstenau (1792-1852),  Continue Reading

SJCT: Now Showing, Death by Design

February 17, 2019 at 5:30 am

We hear from Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey, Executive Artistic Director, San Juan Community Theatre… What a storm that was! On day one, I was standing outside, watching the snow fall, blanketing the ground in white. On day two, I was bundled up in the house, making soup, watching movies and playing games. On day three…I was going a  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Planning For The End of Life

February 16, 2019 at 6:05 am

I was staying at Sakya Kachod Choling, the Buddhist Center on Mt Dallas, when I learned that my friend Ben’s cancer had spread into parts of his body that changed his situation from fighting for his life to acceptance of his death. A Buddhist Center is a good place to be at a time like  Continue Reading

Time to Make Early Resident Camping Reservations

February 16, 2019 at 5:35 am

Early resident camping reservations accepted until February 21st at 4:00 pm for San Juan County Parks. San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year-round!  Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park  Continue Reading

Are You Considering Selling Your Property?

February 16, 2019 at 5:31 am

Selling your property? Here’s advice from a pro… Thinking about selling your property?  You may want to consider researching, collecting and completing the items detailed below. This is not a check list for planting flowers on your porch and painting your front door, you can go to the internet for that information.  This list is  Continue Reading