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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

Winners of the Roche Harbor Salomon Derby

February 5, 2019 at 5:15 am

A total of $28,000 in cash prizes were awarded to winners of this year’s 16th annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Salmon Derby. Paul McAbee from Bellingham came in at first place, Michael Porter from Issaquah in second place, Connor Ryan from Mount Vernon in third place, Paul McAbee again in fourth place and Bill Shaw from  Continue Reading

#ScanAllStars: Scientists at the UW Labs Scan Sea Stars

February 4, 2019 at 5:35 am

Mo Turner, Ph.D. candidate in Biology at the University of Washington and Cassandra Donatelli Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University are collaborating scanning sea stars. In January they presented their preliminary findings to the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. The following by Mo Turner, with Cassandra Donatelli is excerpted from February’s Tide Bite, the newsletter of the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

February 4, 2019 at 5:30 am

Well, if you must know, my new year’s diet has failed. I shall now concentrate on growing taller.  Please don’t suggest exercise.  I’m not in any way interested in “feeling the burn”.  My favorite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch.  It’s called, “Lunch”.  If you are of a like mind, we should  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Best of the Fest Presents: Big Sonia

February 3, 2019 at 5:30 am

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Best of the Fest Presents Big Sonia, Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary, Barcelona International Film Festival, 2017. The film will be shown on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 pm at the San Juan Island Grange, 152 First Street North. Admission is FREE to Film Society members otherwise a suggested  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest 2019 to Feature Award-Winning and Best-Selling Authors

February 3, 2019 at 5:25 am

The Orcas Island Lit Fest today announced its 2019 featured artists. Highlights include best-selling memoirist Therese Marie Mailhot, Nebula Award winner Nicola Griffith, National Book Award winner Judith Thurman and American Book Award winner Mat Johnson. Other celebrated artists headlining this spring’s festival include critically acclaimed authors Eric Puchner and Tom Barbash, Pushcart-winning poet Rick Barot, and award-winning screenwriter and  Continue Reading

San Juan County Seeks Citizens For Boards and Commissions

February 3, 2019 at 5:20 am

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: http://sanjuanco.com/641/Board-Committee-Vacancies. Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

Island Rec: Junior Detectives CSI Camp

February 2, 2019 at 5:45 am

Join Island Rec staff and members of the sheriff’s department for some whodunnit fun! Kids will be able to take their own finger and foot prints to take home with them, and follow clues to solve a mystery. Each day we’ll practice different tools of the mystery-solver’s trade, culminating in a search and rescue scavenger  Continue Reading

School Board Appoints Superintendent and Superintendent Intern

February 2, 2019 at 5:30 am

San Juan Island School District Board of Directors appoints Superintendent and Superintendent Intern for school year 2019-2020. Wednesday January 30, the Board of Directors of San Juan Island School District appointed current Interim Superintendent, Kari McVeigh as Superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year and Fred Woods as a Superintendent Intern for next school year. Fred  Continue Reading

Ukulele Superstar Jake Shimabukuro to Perform at Whittier Theatre on Sunday

February 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shimabukuro started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon.  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Says Farewell to Wendy Stevens

January 31, 2019 at 8:44 am

Island Senior is a regular column on San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Last Thursday’s Senior Lunch at the Mullis Center was especially festive if also bittersweet. It was Wendy Stevens, our County Senior Services Manager’s Farewell Retirement Lunch. Things got off to a rousing start as Garth Shebek led a chorus of  Continue Reading