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

Pet of the Week

October 1, 2018 at 6:10 am

My friends, I am Pied­mont, Cat of Dis­tinc­tion.  I find myself tem­porar­i­ly with­out a place to call home.  I’m hop­ing you were able to attend the grand open­ing of our brand-new ani­mal shel­ter Sat­ur­day.  That way, you’ll know where to find me when I move into my new suite very soon.  If you are look­ing  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Time to Get Ready for the Mullis Center Holiday Craft Fair

September 30, 2018 at 6:25 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update, writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… While it may still seem like sum­mer can’t real­ly be over already, believe it or not, it is time to think about this year’s Hol­i­day Craft Fair. This will be the Mullis Cen­ter’s Sec­ond Annu­al Arti­san Fair. I went last year  Con­tin­ue Reading

Garden Club Enjoys Urban Excursion

September 30, 2018 at 6:15 am

Thanks to Dot Van­dav­eer for recount­ing the Gar­den Club’s Recent Trip… At the dawn­ing of the morn­ing on Sep­tem­ber 18, 2018, six­teen per­sons assem­bled at the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­ater park­ing lot to board two vehi­cles that would take them on an adven­ture that had not been pre­vi­ous­ly expe­ri­enced by the San Juan Island Gar­den  Con­tin­ue Reading

EDC presents Climate Change for Business

September 30, 2018 at 6:10 am

EDC presents Cli­mate Change for Busi­ness – a work­shop on mit­i­gat­ing cli­mate change impacts… Busi­ness and farm own­ers or man­agers are invit­ed to join the San Juan Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil (EDC) for a 5‑hour work­shop and dis­cus­sion on the top­ic of Cli­mate Change for Busi­ness, Thurs­day, Octo­ber 18th, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  at  Con­tin­ue Reading

Dollahite Studios Art Show Features New Paintings

September 29, 2018 at 6:15 am

On Sat­ur­day and Sun­day, Octo­ber 6 and 7, Dol­lahite Stu­dios will be show­ing new paint­ings in the Fri­day Har­bor House Con­fer­ence Room 130 West St. in Fri­day Har­bor. Please come see Matt and BJ Dol­lahite’s new works in their first show in six years.

Local Students Attend International Space Settlement Design Competition in Florida

September 29, 2018 at 6:10 am

Thanks to Jill Urbach for this video… <span data-mce-type=“bookmark” style=“display: inline-block; width: 0px; over­flow: hid­den; line-height: 0;” class=“mce_SELRES_start”></span> Fri­day Har­bor stu­dents who attend­ed were Lucy Urbach, Joe­ly Loucks, Arlo Harold, Max Mat­tox, Evan Foley, and Bran­don Payne. The teacher in charge was Daniel Garner. 

FHHS Band Performs at 66th Annual UW Band Day

September 29, 2018 at 6:03 am

Last Spring, the Fri­day Har­bor High School Band was select­ed to par­tic­i­pate in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Washington’s 66thannu­al Band Day event. Nine FHHS band mem­bers, seniors Julian Brown and Lucy Urbach, juniors Jack Knapik, Jon­ah Stras­bourg­er, and Sander Van Hamers­feld, and sopho­mores Emi­ly Atwell, Blaze Borgquist, Olivia Brown, and Lizzie Lee, joined oth­er Wash­ing­ton high school bands to  Con­tin­ue Reading

EDC presents workshop: Customer Service 101

September 29, 2018 at 6:01 am

Busi­ness own­ers and man­agers are invit­ed to join the San Juan Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil (EDC) for a free work­shop enti­tled Cus­tomer Ser­vice 101, led by not­ed islander and busi­ness process improve­ment con­sul­tant, Jim Hoop­er, on Octo­ber 24th, from 10–11am at Key Bank in Fri­day Har­bor. In this work­shop, par­tic­i­pants will learn easy and effec­tive  Con­tin­ue Reading

Know Your Islander: Author Dean Adams on Fishing in Alaska

September 28, 2018 at 6:15 am

Grif­fin Bay Book­store and the San Juan Island Library are host­ing Dean Adams at the San Juan Island Library on Mon­day, Octo­ber 1, 7:00 pm. This is your chance to hear first-hand about his mem­oir, Four Thou­sand Hooks: A True Sto­ry of Fish­ing and Com­ing of Age on the High Seas of Alas­ka, a fab­u­lous  Con­tin­ue Reading

Fairgrounds Master Plan Seeks Input From Youth

September 28, 2018 at 6:10 am

If you are between 13 — 21 years old the Fair­ground Mas­ter Plan would like your input. You could win a $30 gift card! Atten­tion youth 13–21!  The Fair­grounds wants to hear what you think!  San Juan Coun­ty Parks, Recre­ation, and Fair is updat­ing the Fair­grounds Mas­ter Plan and wants to hear from local res­i­dents ages 13 to 21. The  Con­tin­ue Reading