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

Bees Love Blue and Violet! Visit Master Gardeners at the Fair.

August 9, 2017 at 5:35 am

Learn about bees at the Master Gardeners booth at the San Juan County Fair August 16 – 19… Did you know that native bees and honey bees love blue and violet flowers? Why? Plants may have evolved blue and violet flowers to be attractive to their most efficient pollinators. A bee’s eye perceives blue, violet, and  Continue Reading

Chamber Member of the Month: Ceramic Artist Lauren Jawer

August 9, 2017 at 5:32 am

Chamber of Commerce member of the month Lauren Jawer describes her inspiration for Belle Terre Ceramics… Belle Terre Ceramics rose to the surface while I was working as a sales person for Pelindaba Lavender farm in Friday Harbor, Washington. Being surrounded by lavender products of all sorts charged my creativity for the development of a much-needed soap  Continue Reading

Merri Ann Simonson with Tips for a Summer Brunch

August 9, 2017 at 5:30 am

Thinking about hosting a summer brunch? Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with timely tips for entertaining at home…   

Spots Still Available for Saturday’s Mullis Center Parking Lot Sale

August 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm

From Gail at the Mullis Center… Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors…… We still have spots available for our Parking Lot Sale & BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, August 12th, 9am-2pm! Call (360) 378-2677 or visit the Center to reserve your selling spot! We will also be accepting donations of items to sell on Friday afternoon,  Continue Reading

Registration Ends Thursday For Riding Horses in the Fair

August 8, 2017 at 5:45 am

A timely reminder from Ashey King, Program Coordinator for the San Juan County Parks and Fair… Thinking about riding your horse in the Fair? The answer is yes! Many classes to choose from, including the always-entertaining Western Games! Visit the Fair website (www.sjcfair.org) to learn more about scheduling, class descriptions and registration today! Registration deadline  Continue Reading

August is National Tree Check Month: Have You Seen These Invasive Pests?

August 8, 2017 at 5:30 am

Washington State would like your help checking for invasive wood-boring insects. Here is the message from Olympia… The Washington Invasive Species Council and a consortium of agencies and universities are asking residents to check trees and swimming pools in their yards for harmful bugs as part of the national Tree Check Month in August. August  Continue Reading

OPALCO Survey Results Are In

August 27, 2014 at 5:30 am

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative survey results are in showing 91% of members are satisfied, more hope to gain through energy savings, and Internet services are a hot topic. OPLCO is listening to its members. A web-based member satisfaction survey was recently offered to all 11,281 members in exchange for a $5 bill credit. Participation  Continue Reading

Historical Society’s Patos Lighthouse Tour

August 26, 2014 at 5:45 am

Join in for a full day trip on Saturday, September 13th, to Patos Island and the opportunity to tour the historic 1893 lighthouse. Docents from the Keepers of the Patos Light will be on hand to provide information where you will learn the history of the lighthouse along with the legends and lore of the island.  Continue Reading

Historic Preservation Board Seeks Candidate

August 26, 2014 at 5:40 am

Recognize this street? This is Friday Harbor’s Spring Street in 1917. If you have an interest in the people, trends and events that have shaped our town over time, Friday Harbor’s Historic Preservation Review Board is looking for a candidate to fill an opening on the board. Says Historic Preservation Coordinator, Sandy Strehlou, “The Town of  Continue Reading

Fire Rescue: An Opportunity to Serve

August 25, 2014 at 5:45 am

If you’ve ever wanted to make a meaningful contribution to our community, Sheila Harley from San Juan Island Fire Rescue has an opportunity for you to consider. Sheila sent us this photo hoping to spark some interest in attracting volunteers who would rather see their own face dressed up in firefighting gear than this poor,  Continue Reading