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

The Whale Museum Reopens

August 26, 2020 at 8:49 am

From The Whale Museum… After over 5 months of being closed, we got word that the Governor is allowing museums to open in Phase 2 (8-2020)! The Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop are open daily 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  We are diligently following every rule put in place by the Health Department and Washington  Continue Reading

Islanders For The San Juan Islands National Monument Meet Via Zoom August 27

August 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Join the MAC Meeting on August 27, 9:00am -5:00pm, Pacific Time (see Zoom link below)… Click on photo to enlarge… The MAC (Monument Advisory Committee) will be hearing from subject matter experts and the public to inform their deliberations as they discuss and present their input to the BLM. The full meeting agenda (PDF) can  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Announces WSRB Insurance Rating Changes

August 25, 2020 at 6:19 pm

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue (SJIF&R) announced receiving notification by the Washington State Rating Bureau (WSRB) of a significant change to their evaluation of San Juan Island’s property underwriting and rating information for the insurance industry following its re-rating review that occurs approximately every 5 years. WSRB issued the updated rating: The WSRB rating  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery: Three Shows Ending in August

August 25, 2020 at 5:30 am

There is still time to see these three featured shows at Waterworks Gallery before they close at the end of August. Waterworks Gallery is open now Tuesday thru Saturday from 11 to 4. Appointments are available to view the shows in person with social distancing and masks.  The Nature of Dreams: Michael Dickter and Robin  Continue Reading

How Are We Doing: The Economics of a Pandemic

August 25, 2020 at 5:08 am

County Auditor F. Milene Henley on the County’s economic condition through the 2nd quarter of 2020… I like horror films. I enjoy them, knowing that they’re not real.  Monsters can’t really hurt you, and zombies don’t really exist. Right now, I feel like I’m living in a real-life horror film, one about a global pandemic with  Continue Reading

San Juan County Organization Receives $750,000 Grant For Long-term Care Solutions

August 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm

From Evan Perrollaz for SJC Long-Term Care Coordination Network… The San Juan County LTC Care Coordination Network (Network) is pleased to announce a $750,000 three-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the purpose of implementing a suite of solutions for long-term care in San Juan County.  This grant is intended to  Continue Reading

Sunday Morning Protest Supports United States Post Office

August 23, 2020 at 9:26 pm

Thanks to Sandy Strehlou for this report from Sunday morning’s protest at the Post Office… “This morning, Sunday, August 23rd, 2020, Friday Harbor residents turned out to show support for funding for the USPS, and to protest any attempt by the Trump administration to rig the 2020 elections through mail and election tampering.   Yesterday  Continue Reading

Sailing Club Offers Students Outdoor Sport Opportunity

August 23, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Tired of virtually living? After-school sailing club gets students out in the sun and wind… Most after-school athletic programs and clubs have been cancelled, due to the challenges of social distancing. But distancing happens naturally when sailing, and just-for-fun sailing is a great lifetime endeavor that can open all sorts of doors — careers, friendships, travel  Continue Reading

Rainbow Reflection in Friday Harbor

August 22, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Many thanks to Liz Smith for this magical photo of Friday Harbor…

Local Author a Finalist for Washington State Book Award

August 22, 2020 at 12:05 pm

One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow has been selected as a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards in the Fiction category. Blackbird was written by San Juan Island author Libbie Grant, who writes under the pen name Olivia Hawker. The Washington State Book Awards, now in their 54th year, honor works of outstanding literary merit by  Continue Reading