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

Island Senior: Surviving Winter Storms

January 15, 2020 at 5:47 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… We islanders enjoy what is nor­mal­ly a mild cli­mate but every once in a while we get blast­ed with a win­ter storm. If you’ve lived here for a while you have sto­ries to tell of pow­er out­ages, frozen pipes, even  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Welcoming the New Year with Self Care Classes at The Mullis Center

January 1, 2020 at 5:40 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… Whether the New Year brings with it a desire to counter the indul­gences of the hol­i­days or an ongo­ing inten­tion to retain and improve your health and well being, the Mullis Center’s reg­u­lar class­es; Gen­tle Yoga, Chair Yoga, both taught  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Says Goodbye to 2019

December 17, 2019 at 5:46 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… As the year 2019 comes to an end we San Juan Islanders can count our bless­ings. We live on a beau­ti­ful island and we have a senior cen­ter with much to offer.  This year the Mullis Cen­ter has seen some  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Simplify For A Meaningful Holiday Season

December 2, 2019 at 5:49 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the SJ Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… There is a cer­tain amount of hus­tle and bus­tle that inevitably accom­pa­nies the hol­i­day sea­son. Here are just a few ideas that may help lim­it the stress­es and increase the joys of cel­e­brat­ing the hol­i­days: Give the gift of shared expe­ri­ences:  Con­tin­ue Reading

Ancient Tree at English Camp

November 25, 2019 at 6:00 am

Thanks to Antho­ny DiMichele for this pho­to from Eng­lish Camp…

Pet of the Week

November 24, 2019 at 6:15 am

There’s no get­ting around it – the hol­i­days are on our doorstep. I’ve only a few days until a mot­ley crew of four­teen arrives for wild rice stuffed “Tofurky”, mashed cau­li­flower, and a pletho­ra of oth­er gems from PUP-KIN PIES to CHERPUMPLE; a triple lay­er dit­ty offer­ing BOTH choco­late and white cake stuffed with a  Con­tin­ue Reading

Glass Artist Darleen Nixon Demonstrates Her Craft at Island Studios Trunk Show

November 23, 2019 at 6:31 am

Island stu­dios will be fea­tur­ing glass artist Dar­leen Nixon… Join Island Stu­dios on Fri­day, Novem­ber 29 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at 270 Spring Street in Fri­day Har­bor for a hol­i­day trunk show fea­tur­ing beau­ti­ful glass jew­el­ry and fun, func­tion­al glass pieces for your home cre­at­ed by Dar­leen Nixon of Nixon Art Glass. Find the per­fect  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Rec’s Winter Break School’s Out Camp

November 23, 2019 at 6:30 am

Are you look­ing for some­where for your kids to be dur­ing their win­ter break from school? Our Win­ter Break Camp will pro­vide struc­tured, themed activ­i­ties for your Kindergarteners‑5th Graders in two day ses­sions at Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School. We will oper­ate camp in the fol­low­ing two-day ses­sions with the fol­low­ing themes Decem­ber 26th & 27th (Sur­vive the Wild),  Con­tin­ue Reading

Time to Sign Up For Christmas Food Boxes

November 23, 2019 at 6:00 am

Save the date and grab a Christ­mas Food Box! Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 14th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Fri­day Har­bor Pres­by­ter­ian Church dea­cons will be pro­vid­ing food box­es again for the hol­i­day sea­son. Christ­mas box­es include an assort­ment of fresh fruit, dry goods, canned goods and either a ham or pack­et of tofu for veg­e­tar­i­an box­es. Please  Con­tin­ue Reading

Salish Sea Youth Ballet presents the Friday Harbor Nutcracker

November 22, 2019 at 6:30 am

Sal­ish Sea Youth Bal­let is proud to present the 2019 Fri­day Har­bor Nut­crack­er! On Decem­ber 7 & 8, San Juan Island dancers will per­form excerpts from the clas­sic Nut­crack­er bal­let in an inti­mate tea par­ty set­ting at Brick­works. This inter­ac­tive, fam­i­ly friend­ly event immers­es audi­ences into the mag­i­cal sto­ry and is sure to become a  Con­tin­ue Reading