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

Community Foundation Raises $31,000 at the County Fair!

September 2, 2017 at 5:30 am

The Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion was once again grat­i­fied by the amaz­ing gen­eros­i­ty of islanders last week at the 2017 San Juan Coun­ty Fair when over $31,000 was donat­ed to nine dif­fer­ent projects fea­tured in the match­ing pro­gram. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair! The Foun­da­tion, in turn, will match those dona­tions  Con­tin­ue Reading

EDC Hosts Business Plan Competition, “Launch San Juan Islands”

September 2, 2017 at 5:15 am

Entre­pre­neurs can bring their busi­ness ideas to the next lev­el in the third annu­al EDC Launch San Juan Islands busi­ness plan com­pe­ti­tion, cre­at­ed by the San Juan Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil and spon­sored by local busi­ness­es. Par­tic­i­pants will receive instruc­tion in busi­ness plan­ning and mar­ket­ing, plus fol­low-up mentoring—and some will win cash prizes to help  Con­tin­ue Reading

Electric Cars at the Mullis Center Sunday

September 1, 2017 at 9:14 am

On Sun­day there will be a free pre­sen­ta­tion, Around the World in “80 Days” via an Elec­tric Car, at the Mullis Cen­ter. (Come for the Pan­cake Break­fast stay for the elec­tric cars!). Pre­sen­ter Alan Soule of Sebastopol, Cal­i­for­nia will share his around the world adven­ture…  You are invit­ed to a free (pub­lic) slide pre­sen­ta­tion at the  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: The Mullis Center Invites You to Get Involved

August 31, 2017 at 5:50 am

With Sep­tem­ber comes a sea­son­al shift. The sea­son of tourists, house-guests, and beach life, gives way to cozy evenings and deep­er com­mu­ni­ty involve­ment. At the Mullis Cen­ter, the Oper­a­tions Com­mit­tee, aka “the board” invites inter­est­ed islanders to come to the center’s Sep­tem­ber meet­ing on Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 6, at noon in the Mullis Cen­ter din­ing hall  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: The Misses Ada and Ella Mullis, Friday Harbor Milliners

August 15, 2017 at 5:51 am

San Juan Island has long been home to inde­pen­dent and resource­ful women. There were the native women whose wis­dom and gen­eros­i­ty our ear­ly pio­neers relied on. There have been stal­wart farm­women who side by side with their hus­bands or on their own man­aged to cre­ate liveli­hoods from crops and live­stock. And then there were the  Con­tin­ue Reading

Mullis Center Offers Seniors a Ride to the Fair on Friday August 18

August 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

Cor­rec­tion — The date for this ser­vice from the Mullis Cen­ter has been cor­rect­ed. It orig­i­nal­ly said every day of the fair, but it’s only on Fri­day… Are you a Senior? Do you need a ride to the Fair? Leave your car behind at the Mullis Cen­ter, 589 Nash Street, and ride with us! Drop  Con­tin­ue Reading

Wearing Identity — Art and Adornment on the Northwest Coast

August 13, 2017 at 5:45 am

From tat­toos to ten­nis shoes, cedar back capes to design­er hood­ies, cloth­ing and jew­el­ry has always com­mu­ni­cat­ed deep his­to­ry and con­tem­po­rary affil­i­a­tions. Wear­ing Iden­ti­ty — Art and Adorn­ment on the North­west Coast pre­sent­ed by Katie Bunn-Mar­­cuse is spon­sored by the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art (SJIMA). The talk at The Grange in Fri­day Har­bor  Con­tin­ue Reading

Diane Martindale Named 1st Vice-Chair of State Arts Commission Board

August 13, 2017 at 5:35 am

San Juan Island’s Diane Mar­tin­dale has been named first Vice-Chair of the Wash­ing­ton State Arts Com­mis­sion (ArtsWA) board at their recent board meet­ing in Wenatchee.  Diane is co-pres­i­­dent of the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art and cura­tor of the cur­rent exhi­bi­tion, EMERGENCE Leg­endary & Emerg­ing First Nation Artists. She also serves on the Fri­day Har­bor Arts  Con­tin­ue Reading