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

Native Wildflower Sale on Sunday

September 7, 2019 at 6:03 am

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase locally grown wildflowers native to San Juan County! The Land Bank is hosting three sales in September featuring native plants produced by The Salish Seeds Project. THIS SUNDAY, September 8, nursery gates will open to the public 12pm to 2pm on San Juan Island. Sale offerings will include  Continue Reading

Cloud Oakes at Waterworks Gallery September 1 – 28

September 7, 2019 at 5:40 am

As is the gallery’s tradition of reinvention, for the 2019 show season we introduce the concept of the ART AiSLE. The gallery dedicates a specific area on a monthly basis to host a new body of work that highlights female artists from the Pacific Northwest. Our featured artist for September is Cloud Oakes. Cloud emotes  Continue Reading

Chamber Social Monday at Lakedale

September 7, 2019 at 5:33 am

We hear from Becki at the Chamber… Let’s celebrate Chamber of Commerce Week… Lakedale Resort and Cynthia’s Bistro will be co-hosting the Chamber social on September 9th at 5:30 pm. Please join us at the Lodge at Lakedale and let’s catch up after a long season! Let’s meet, relax and enjoy! Karl and staff will  Continue Reading

San Juan Bistro Will Be Closed This Sunday

September 7, 2019 at 5:32 am

Dear Friday Harbor Friends, We will be closed Sunday, September 8. Chef Bill is off to the races! (Actually, he is running the Seattle Beast and Sprint!) We are open for counter service on Saturday.  Thanks, Richard, Sherri and Chef Bill

Island Senior: Ongoing Classes and Groups at the Mullis Center

August 31, 2019 at 5:51 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Even while we cherish our late summer days there is a twist to the seasons this time of year.  Kids head back to school and while I’ve been out of school for a long time I still feel the  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Frank Mullis Navigates August Traffic

August 16, 2019 at 5:48 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It is August on San Juan Island. The roads are dusty and the traffic is wild. This time of year dodging mopeds and navigating around long lines of bicycling tourists can fray an islander’s nerves. If you are tempted  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Bring Your Neglected Treasures to The Mullis Center’s Parking Lot Sale

August 1, 2019 at 5:48 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With a move in my future it is good timing for me to have the Mullis Center’s Parking Lot Sale on August 24 as further inspiration to selectively pare down my belongings.  I often think about culling my clutter but sometimes  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Forest Bathing, an Antidote to Stress

July 16, 2019 at 7:45 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Most Islanders do not need to be reminded to appreciate the beauty of nature. It is why we live here. And yet, if you live here 24/7 you know that even our island paradise is not immune to the  Continue Reading

Island Senior: A New Book Club at the Mullis Center

July 2, 2019 at 5:48 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… A new book club is starting up at the Mullis Center. If you would like to be there for the launch of the new club, the first meeting will be held in the Mullis Center library on Monday, July  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Summer Yoga at the Mullis Center

June 16, 2019 at 5:44 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… If you can breathe you can do yoga. So they say and I believe it. One of the most useful things I’ve learned in yoga class is the long, deep, yoga breath. To do it, you fill your lungs  Continue Reading