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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

From San Juan County, HOT TOPIC #9: Navigating Nature

March 30, 2020 at 5:30 am

COVID-19 updates from San Juan Coun­ty around sub­jects on the minds of islandersNav­i­gat­ing This arti­cle is from Bran­don Cad­well, Chief of Vis­i­tor and Youth Engage­ment at San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park. Now is the time to take the road less trav­eled. Or per­haps, the trail or side­walk less trav­eled. As the Chief of Vis­i­tor and Youth  Con­tin­ue Reading

A Positive Test For COVID-19 On San Juan Island

March 29, 2020 at 12:03 pm

San Juan Coun­ty Health and Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices staff have been noti­fied of a pos­i­tive COVID-19 test result on San Juan Island. This brings the total num­ber of cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty to 4. The Coun­ty data report­ing page will be updat­ed on Mon­day, once all of the test results and num­bers from all local  Con­tin­ue Reading

Walking at English Camp

March 29, 2020 at 5:45 am

“And because enjoy­ing the out­doors is crit­i­cal to sup­port­ing your men­tal health, you can still go for a walk or a bike ride or gar­den in your yard.” Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee from his “Stay home, stay healthy” order. “Eng­lish Camp is good hik­ing spot with its upland trails to Young Hill, Bell Point loop, West­cott  Con­tin­ue Reading

A Letter To Customers From Market Place and King’s Market

March 29, 2020 at 5:35 am

Dear Cus­tomers, Thank you for your sup­port and patience dur­ing this time of COVID-19. We con­tin­ue to work hard to ensure that you and our employ­ees stay safe and well stocked dur­ing this peri­od. We have already dis­cussed many of the mea­sures we’ve imple­ment­ed in this regard but will be ini­ti­at­ing more – and could  Con­tin­ue Reading

A Message From Waterworks Gallery

March 29, 2020 at 5:05 am

With all that is going on in the world, we pause and breathe deep. Our main con­cerns are for our artists, for our staff, and for you.  The fragili­ty of life is a con­stant reminder to us of the impor­tance of appre­ci­at­ing the beau­ty that exists in this world and that our artists are depen­dent upon our  Con­tin­ue Reading

Historic Labels From San Juan Canning Co.

March 28, 2020 at 5:30 am

We hear from John Miller in response to the Update’s recent his­to­ry col­umn, From Camas to Oys­ters (and “Please pass the peas.”) fea­tur­ing a label from the San Juan Islands Can­nery. John shared with us two labels from San Juan Can­ning Co…

Compass Health Shares COVID-19 Safety Resources with Community

March 28, 2020 at 5:29 am

Behav­ioral health leader announces free, down­load­able tem­plates and pro­to­cols as part of COVID-19 response… EVERETT – Today, behav­ioral health orga­ni­za­tion Com­pass Health announced it is shar­ing COVID-19 com­mu­ni­ca­tions resources on its web­site to sup­port wide­spread safe­ty and well-being efforts.  Rec­og­niz­ing the unprece­dent­ed scale and impact of COVID-19, Com­pass Health’s behav­ioral health pro­fes­sion­als cre­at­ed these mate­ri­als  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Rec – Fit and Over 50! Live With Zoom

March 28, 2020 at 5:24 am

Are you miss­ing your morn­ing fit­ness class rou­tine? Try a safe, heart healthy exer­cise class to ener­gize your active lifestyle from the com­fort of your own home with Jacque­lyn Reiff. This class will use easy to fol­low low-impact move­ments, increase core and mus­cu­lar strength, while work­ing on bal­ance and stretch­ing to enhance your dai­ly liv­ing.  Con­tin­ue Reading