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 explores  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 glass.  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. Paula  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