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

Letter from Gay Graham

February 10, 2018 at 5:15 am

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Gay Graham… To the Editor: “They tell you in this country that you have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.  And we all believe that.  But first you’ve got to have the boots.” The San Juan Community Home Trust is grateful for  Continue Reading

Kyle Loring Says Goodbye After Ten Friendly Years

February 9, 2018 at 5:45 am

After ten years of public service as Friends of the San Juans’ staff attorney, Kyle Loring will be leaving the organization in June to pursue other endeavors. Starting this month, Friends will conduct a search for a talented environmental attorney to serve the people and wildlife of the San Juans. Since Friends hired Kyle in  Continue Reading

Stage Left’s Words of Love at Cynthia’s Valentine’s Dinner

February 9, 2018 at 5:30 am

Cynthia’s restaurant has a special Valentine’s menu served in conjunction with Island Stage Left’s Words of Love… Delicious food, wine, live music, soft lights and words of love that will make you smile, touch your heart and encourage you to leave the outside world behind for a while. We hope to share this wonderful evening  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery Open Valentine’s Day & President’s Weekend

February 9, 2018 at 5:15 am

Ruth Offen, proprietor of Waterworks Gallery, invites you to visit the gallery (see dates the gallery will be open below). “Jewelry, (the perfect size present for everyone!) paintings, and lots of other beautiful pieces” will be on view. “These works are fabulous to see and even better to be chosen for your collection! I have  Continue Reading

Community Foundation Announces $50,000 Matching Grant to Honor Joyce Sobel

February 8, 2018 at 12:08 pm

The Community Foundation is honored to announce an anonymous matching grant in the amount of $50,000 to go toward the San Juan Island Family Resource Center’s Building Expansion Project. All donations will be matched up to this amount in memory of Joyce Sobel and her 43 years of dedication and service to the San Juan  Continue Reading

String Wizards of Canada Play This Friday

February 8, 2018 at 5:30 am

The string wizards of Canada land in the San Juan Community Theatre Whittier Theatre THIS Friday, February 9 at 7:30 pm. The band described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada rocks their concerts with virtuosity, rigor, creativity, and an impressive stage presence. And for the Montreal Guitar Trio, humor and interacting with the public  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters to Meet

February 8, 2018 at 5:15 am

“Now is the TIME for Advocacy and Action” is the topic of the League of Women Voters meeting February 12 at 12:30 pm in the San Juan Island Library meeting room.  Geared especially to those members who are new to League Advocacy as well as information for all members on what and how to take action,   Continue Reading

It’s “The Last Straw” for the San Juans!

February 7, 2018 at 5:30 am

From Katie at the Friends of the San Juan… Plastics Reduction Community Kick-off Party – February 13, 6 p.m., San Juan Island Brewing Company Did you know that we use over 500 million plastic straws in the United States every day? And that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic trash in the  Continue Reading

Adventures in Boating Class

February 7, 2018 at 5:15 am

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Washington Basic Boater Education Course on San Juan Island at Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center. Everyone wishing to learn or share their safe boating skills and review our local boating regulations is invited to attend. All Washington residents must carry a Boater Education Card while on  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Preserve Grows to Almost 250 Acres!

February 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Great news from Tanja at the Land Bank… On the heels of the Zylstra Lake acquisition, the San Juan County Land Bank was able to secure and additional 60+ acres adjacent to Mount Grant Preserve. “Mount Grant is one of the most fascinating projects I have worked on since becoming a land bank commissioner,” said  Continue Reading