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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

Soroptimists Give $10,000 in Educational Awards

September 1, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce its 2020 educational award winners.    The Live Your Dream Award, a worldwide signature Soroptimist program, is given to a woman who is the primary wage earner in her household and enrolled in an undergraduate degree or vocational skills program.  This year’s recipient is Maricela Lomeli. Maricela  Continue Reading

San Juan County Announces CARES Small Business Relief Grant

September 1, 2020 at 11:45 am

September 1, 2020 — San Juan County has created a Small Business Relief Grant program that will launch on September 1, 2020, to assist for-profit businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.  Funding for this program comes from CARES Act money received by the County.  Awards will range up to $5,000 for eligible San Juan County  Continue Reading

Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire Team Up with DNR for Wildfire

August 31, 2020 at 10:04 pm

From Orcas Fire and Rescue… Orcas Island Fire and Rescue personnel responded to multiple reports of smoke in the 4000-block of Point Lawrence Road on the afternoon of August 24. Crews quickly triangulated a slow-moving wildland fire with aerial support provided by local pilot Pat Muffett. After completing a size-up the fire was determined to  Continue Reading

Applications Being Accepted for Grants to Conserve Forests

August 31, 2020 at 1:11 pm

OLYMPIA–On Sept.1, eligible organizations may begin applying for grants to conserve community forests, the Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. The new state Community Forests Program will offer grants of up to $3 million. But organizations need to hurry. Applications are due Oct. 1. The grants must be used to buy at least 5 acres  Continue Reading

Black-tail deer Hunting Season Opens September 1

August 31, 2020 at 12:37 pm

We hear from Tanja at the Land Bank… Make some room in your freezer – deer hunting is open for early and general seasons only at Lopez Hill and Mount Grant Preserves. Specific dates are as follows: Archery: September 1 -25 Muzzle loader: September 26 – October 4 Modern Firearm: October 17 – November 1 Be  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Start Where You Are, Yoga For Everyone

August 31, 2020 at 5:30 am

One of the first things on anybody’s list of how to live a good life pandemic or not is to get some physical exercise. For me this can be a challenge in the best of times. Being quarantined by myself has made finding the motivation to get moving nearly impossible, nearly, but not entirely. I  Continue Reading

SJIMA: Opening September 3 With 2 New Exhibits

August 30, 2020 at 10:47 am

Missing / Highway of Tears – The highway refers to a short stretch of Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Prince George, where 18 girls, almost all Aboriginal, were murdered. On the piece of highway from Vancouver to Edmonton RCMP records show that over 200 people have disappeared on this route. The Highway of Tears is an installation of individual  Continue Reading

SHIBA Presentation: Medicare 101 on September 16

August 29, 2020 at 6:05 pm

Do you find Medicare a mystery? Are you unsure which Medicare plan is best for you? Join SHIBA online for a virtual Medicare 101 class where we will cover the “A, B, C, Ds” of Medicare. Our certified SHIBA volunteers will be available to answer all of your questions! Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 1PM PST To  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery Presents: Islands as Sanctuary, Paintings by Teresa Smith

August 29, 2020 at 11:50 am

Islands as Sanctuary, a collection of contemporary oil paintings by Teresa Smith will be featured at Waterworks Gallery from September 1 – September 15 2020 with a socially distant opening on Friday, September 4th from 4 – 7 pm. The works may also be seen by appointment by calling 303.246.3208. “Island as Sanctuary” represents solitary  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre: Auditions For Virtual Musical

August 29, 2020 at 11:23 am

  Auditions for Super Happy Awesome News, this year’s Family Theatre production, will be open to all students grades K-8. Auditions will be held the week of September 14 with both in-person and Zoom options. Please stay tuned for sign ups!   Rehearsals will begin the week of September 28 and run through November 11  Continue Reading