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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

Island Rec: Junior Detectives CSI Camp

February 2, 2019 at 5:45 am

Join Island Rec staff and members of the sheriff’s department for some whodunnit fun! Kids will be able to take their own finger and foot prints to take home with them, and follow clues to solve a mystery. Each day we’ll practice different tools of the mystery-solver’s trade, culminating in a search and rescue scavenger  Continue Reading

School Board Appoints Superintendent and Superintendent Intern

February 2, 2019 at 5:30 am

San Juan Island School District Board of Directors appoints Superintendent and Superintendent Intern for school year 2019-2020. Wednesday January 30, the Board of Directors of San Juan Island School District appointed current Interim Superintendent, Kari McVeigh as Superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year and Fred Woods as a Superintendent Intern for next school year. Fred  Continue Reading

Ukulele Superstar Jake Shimabukuro to Perform at Whittier Theatre on Sunday

February 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shimabukuro started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon.  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Says Farewell to Wendy Stevens

January 31, 2019 at 8:44 am

Island Senior is a regular column on San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Last Thursday’s Senior Lunch at the Mullis Center was especially festive if also bittersweet. It was Wendy Stevens, our County Senior Services Manager’s Farewell Retirement Lunch. Things got off to a rousing start as Garth Shebek led a chorus of  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Mediterranean Lifestyle For Longevity

January 16, 2019 at 5:48 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… You’ve probably heard of the Mediterranean diet.  It has long been recognized that a typical, traditional lifestyle from the Mediterranean with a diet rich in olive oil, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes, fish, and shellfish can  Continue Reading

Island Senior: A New Year, A Fresh Start

December 30, 2018 at 11:51 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… The New Year begins and after the indulgences of the holidays many of us enjoy the opportunity to take the old calendar down and give ourselves a fresh start. Instead of resolutions, I know some people who prefer to  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Family Traditions Old and New

December 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Family traditions are something we value especially at the holidays. I’ve been thinking about how family traditions evolve and change over time. Three of my four sisters will be visiting me next week for a Pre-Christmas gift exchange party.  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Shop Local and Save on Holiday Shopping

December 5, 2018 at 5:47 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update, written by Peggy Sue McRae… I set out this week to do some initial holiday shopping. Thanksgiving is over and I’m ready to decorate. With my dog-eared Island a’ la’ Carte Coupon Book from the Mullis Center I saved 15% at Ace Hardware on a promising  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Hygge Fridays and This Weekend’s Holiday Fair

November 16, 2018 at 7:33 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… The Mullis Center Annual Holiday Artisan Craft Fair starts this Friday, November 16, from 4 – 7 pm and continues Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.  I’m participating this year, which means I have a lot of cards  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Time to Vote for the Mullis Center Board.

October 31, 2018 at 5:49 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Its time to vote! Not just in the November 6 general election but its time to elect board members for the Mullis Center Operations Committee.  Eligible voters are anyone 60 years of age and older, or disabled, and a  Continue Reading