Topic: Arts

Take a Walk at the Sculpture Park!

Written on April 2, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

We’re all getting cabin fever these days, and going outside to explore our beautiful island can bring a smile to your face, and perhaps help bolster your immune system at the same time. Our sculpture park on Roche Harbor Road is a perfect place to take a walk. There are enough paths in the 20-acre  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center Creates Opportunities for Creativity at Home

Written on April 2, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Just because we can’t gather in person, doesn’t mean we can’t connect through art! In lieu of the in-person classes and workshops that had been planned for the spring, Alchemy Art Center is now introducing a series of free/donation art opportunities via live Zoom classes, as well as a community mural project, to provide islanders  Continue Reading

A Message From Waterworks Gallery

Written on March 29, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

With all that is going on in the world, we pause and breathe deep. Our main concerns are for our artists, for our staff, and for you.  The fragility of life is a constant reminder to us of the importance of appreciating the beauty that exists in this world and that our artists are dependent upon  Continue Reading

Historic Labels From San Juan Canning Co.

Written on March 28, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

We hear from John Miller in response to the Update’s recent history column, From Camas to Oysters (and “Please pass the peas.”) featuring a label from the San Juan Islands Cannery. John shared with us two labels from San Juan Canning Co…

From The County, HOT TOPIC #6: Not From but For: Part II

Written on March 27, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. This is the second in a series of articles by Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey that aim to take the abstract concept of social distancing and make it real and hopefully more meaningful for islanders. His first column is HERE. In my guest column on  Continue Reading

From San Juan County – Hot Topic #4: Creativity and Art in Difficult Times

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. Note: in an effort to diversity and strengthen San Juan County’s COVID-19 response, we’ve added some people to the team from the broader community. The article below is from Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey, the Executive Artistic Director at the San Juan Community Theater. Thanks  Continue Reading

Town Accepting Proposals For Blair Avenue Mural Project

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:35 am, by

A message from Diane Martindale… The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for artwork to be displayed on or against a 235-foot wall along Blair Avenue. Proposals will be accepted until April 30. All proposals will be considered with preference going to those from local artists. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission will review and  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Museum of Art To Close Until Further Notice

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art will be closed until further notice per the direction of public health officials as we come together to slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay well and we’ll see you soon.  Thank you for your continued support in this emergency.

Spring Equinox Today

Written on March 19, 2020 at 8:46 am, by

In spite of everything its Spring. I love this photo of windswept daffodils taken by Margaret Thorson.

San Juan Community Theatre Updates Cancellations

Written on March 13, 2020 at 3:37 pm, by

Dear SJCT Community, As of Governor Inslee’s announcement this afternoon, Washington State schools will be closed March 17-April 24. All performances and events at SJCT will also be cancelled during this time as we do our part to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the performances already cancelled on our website, the following  Continue Reading

A Letter From San Juan Community Theatre

Written on March 12, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

A message from San Juan Community Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director, Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey… Dear SJCT Community,   I hope this finds all of you well during this difficult season! Like many performing arts organizations around our country, SJCT is keeping a watchful eye on public health concerns, and we are in communication with the San Juan  Continue Reading

March Madness at Waterworks Gallery

Written on March 11, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

Waterworks Gallery will be open Friday, March 13, Saturday March 14, and Monday March 15 from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm (or by appointment). The gallery will reopen for its 35th season on Thursday April 23. Link to: Waterworks Gallery Link to: Waterworks on Instagram

A Local Filmmaker Introduces A New Project

Written on March 9, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Filmmaker Conner Von Kuetzing introduces new work… A new movie, by Can’tStop/Won’tStop Films, is being made in the San Juan Islands this summer! Written and directed by Conner Von Kuetzing and starring Nick Bey, “Once Upon a Time in the Wasteland” is a post-apocalyptic western telling the story of a lone bounty hunter and his toughest  Continue Reading

SJIMA Book, A Story in Pictures, Celebrates Family Art Days

Written on March 7, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

After three successful years of free Family Art Days at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) not only is the program offered year-round, but there is a new book available. A Story in Pictures book honors the work and talent of many families who choose to spend Saturday afternoons at SJIMA. This booklet  Continue Reading

FHFF Presents: The Biggest Little Farm, Q&A on Local Family Farms

Written on March 7, 2020 at 5:10 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival Best of the Fest Winner Winter Series presents The Biggest Little Farm, by award winning film director John Chester. San Juan Island Food Co-Op manager Kristin will be present for Q&A: Why we support local family farms and how that sustains our island community. Don’t miss this “fresh air for the  Continue Reading

SJCT Presents: The Gothard Sisters This Saturday

Written on March 6, 2020 at 6:05 am, by

Don’t miss The Gothard Sisters preforming this Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre.  The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic musical group of three sisters who play contemporary Celtic music. Through 10 years performing, touring and writing music together, the optimistic style of their music and performances continue to resonate with their fans, building a  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor High School Seniors win Competitive Art Competition Awards

Written on February 27, 2020 at 7:44 am, by

The Scholastics Art Competition is the largest national art competition in the country averaging nearly 340,000 student entries a year. The only two students from Friday Harbor High School who entered the Scholastics Art Competition, both received awards and recognition in the Western Region-at-Large. Senior Katie Place was awarded the Silver Key Individual Award and  Continue Reading

29th Annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour

Written on February 27, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Art in the San Juan Islands! Save the dates, June 6 & 7, to visit 22 art studios and 56 artists in a gorgeous setting during the San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. The SJI Artists’ Studio Tour is an annual, free event and showcases individual art studios as well as guest artists amid luscious  Continue Reading

Spring Fling at the Fairgrounds

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Love the 80’s?  They are back, at least for a night at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. The Spring Fling, Adult Prom will be held on March 28th showcasing live music by Prom Date Mixtape. Come dance the night away to the sounds of The Cure, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, U2, Flock of Seagulls, Wham!,  Continue Reading

Celtic Roots

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Join San Juan Community Theatre in March for the San Juan Singers Spring Concert! The Singers will be performing with island musicians and The Keith Highlanders Pipe Band for their Celtic Roots concert! Friday & Saturday, March 13-14, 7:30 pm Tickets: Adults $20.00 Students $10.00 $5 Student RUSH (at door only)

Best Of The Fest in March from FHFF

Written on February 25, 2020 at 8:20 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s annual Best of the Fest series continues during March. Award-winning, impactful feature films and shorts from the 2019 Festival are being shown every first and third Tuesday from January through May at the Grange beginning at 7 pm. These screenings are free, although donations are encouraged. The March line-up includes: March  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest

Written on February 24, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Where can book lovers go to rub shoulders with the likes of Timothy Egan, Nicola Griffith and Luis Alberto Urrea, and also take in a little jaw-dropping splendor while they’re at it?  If you’re a book lover, you owe it to yourself to make the trip at least once to the Orcas Island Lit Fest.  Continue Reading