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

Island Senior: Be Proactive for a Healthy Happy Winter

October 1, 2020 at 2:17 pm

Edi­tor’s Note — This sto­ry is being re-post­ed with cor­rect­ed infor­ma­tion. The flu shot clin­ic at the Mullis Cen­ter will actu­al­ly be on Thurs­day the 15th from 1:30pm to 4pm. *Not* the 13th as pre­vi­ous­ly post­ed. Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… As we enjoy these  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Simple Home Remedies For Smokey Days

September 16, 2020 at 5:52 am

Its wild­fire sea­son in the west and air qual­i­ty is bad. Every­one, but espe­cial­ly those of us with com­pro­mis­ing health issues are rec­om­mend­ed to stay indoors with win­dows closed and avoid breath­ing the par­tic­u­lates in the smokey air as much as pos­si­ble. You can check cur­rent air qual­i­ty on the web­site Pur­ple Air. In my  Con­tin­ue Reading

A Smokey Morning on San Juan Island

September 8, 2020 at 10:08 am

From San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue… As you have seen already, it is a poor day for air qual­i­ty through­out the San Juan Islands and West­ern Wash­ing­ton State.   There is no wild­land fire in San Juan Coun­ty at this time. 9–1‑1 Dis­patch received sev­er­al calls from con­cerned res­i­dents overnight due to the strong smell  Con­tin­ue Reading

Waterworks Gallery: Features David Ridgway

September 8, 2020 at 5:30 am

Water­works Gallery invites you to a social­ly dis­tanced Pros­ec­co Night Open­ing fea­tur­ing the work of David Ridg­way on Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 10, 4 — 7 pm.   Since its incep­tion in 1985 Water­Works Gallery has a tra­di­tion of rein­ven­tion. The 2020 show sched­ule broad­ens the con­cept of the ART AiSLE. Month­ly, the gallery hosts a recent body  Con­tin­ue Reading

Southern Resident Killer Whale Superpod!

September 7, 2020 at 5:08 pm

More good news from the Cen­ter for Whale Research… This video was tak­en dur­ing our encounter with the endan­gered South­ern Res­i­dent killer whales on Sep­tem­ber 5, 2020. All three pods (J, K, and L) came togeth­er in the same area. This gath­er­ing is known as a Super­pod. Ken Bal­comb, Cen­ter for Whale Research, Founder/Senior Sci­en­tist,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Update on Fire Ban: Temporary Fire Ban in Effect

September 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Just a reminder that the San Juan Coun­ty Fire Chiefs, in coor­di­na­tion with the San Juan Coun­ty Fire Mar­shall and San Juan Coun­ty Depart­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment have issued a tem­po­rary, short-term fire ban for all activ­i­ties begin­ning today, Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 7, 2020 through to 11:59 p.m. on Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 9, 2020. The burn ban will  Con­tin­ue Reading

Survey Says: Island Rides

September 7, 2020 at 12:28 pm

We hear from Curt Van Hyn­ing… The response to the sur­vey from San Juan Islands Shut­tle Ser­vice is clear. The Round­Town­er free ride ser­vice which oper­ates on San Juan Island will now be called IslandRides. The more inclu­sive name cor­re­sponds to expand­ed ser­vice. Rides are now avail­able through­out San Juan Island and will soon be  Con­tin­ue Reading

This Labor Day, A Special Thank You to Our Essential Workers!

September 7, 2020 at 5:30 am

This Labor Day while you enjoy a social­ly dis­tant back­yard BBQ, beach pic­nic with fam­i­ly or some peace­ful soli­tude, please take a moment to give a spe­cial thanks to the essen­tial work­ers of our com­mu­ni­ty who have kept us safe, healthy, fed, informed, and trans­port­ed here and there through­out these try­ing times.  THANK YOU!