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

Makin’ history at the Presbyterian Church for 150 years…

October 6, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church Celebrates 150 Year History Tuesday night Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church commemorated serving its San Juan Island congregation for 150 years with the first of a two-part series beginning with the 19th century. Older than the Town of Friday Harbor, San Juan’s Presbyterian congregation pre-dates even the Pig War. Historian and author  Continue Reading

Artstock reviewed…it was great!

October 4, 2010 at 11:54 am

Friends at the different galleries around the island that were part of Artstock told me it was gratifying to see all the folks who came by to visit this past weekend…here’s a sample, in pictures, of what was going on.

Artstock spotlight: Anne Sheridan & John Sinclair

October 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm

There are a couple of photography studios along the Artstock route – drop in on Anne & John this weekend: Photographer Anne Sheridan welcomes you to her studio to celebrate Artstock this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Anne will be showing new works from her “Transform” series. In her images Anne  Continue Reading

Artstock spotlight: Darleen Nixon

October 1, 2010 at 12:01 am

It’s this weekend! Artstock runs for Saturday & Sunday – here’s the story about THAT. One of the studios to drop by this year – Darleen Nixon. Darleen Nixon creates jewel-like glass beads. The technique she uses is called “lampworking” because the artisans who invented this method used wax or oil lamps to melt their  Continue Reading

Artstock spotlight: Kristy Gjesme & Margaret Thorson

September 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm

As we continue to look over some of the artists who are taking part in this weekend’s Artstock, consider dropping by to see Kristy & Margaret’s work: Kristy Gjesme’s studio will be open both days of Artstock, October 2nd and 3rd. Kristy will have watercolor set up so people can experiment, play, or learn a  Continue Reading

Artstock spotlight: Paula West Pottery

September 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm

With Artstock coming up I took a drive out to the west side of the Island to visit Paula West at her studio on MacGinitie Road. Paula’s studio will be open to visitors during Artstock the first weekend in October. If you’ve never seen Paula’s studio this is an opportunity well worth taking advantage of.  Continue Reading


September 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

As our Indian Summer slides into October you may notice signs of Artstock around town. Artstock, San Juan Island’s autumn arts festival, is happening the weekend of October 2nd & 3rd. Local artists will be opening their studios and galleries will be staying open late with music, hors de vors, and artist’s sharing their talents. You can find  Continue Reading