Topic: Arts

Shakespeare Under the Stars

Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Opening on San Juan Island tomorrow night is the 20th anniversary production of Island Stage Left: Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. Island Stage Left also did The Tempest in 1998 as their very first show. With a stellar cast and a beautiful outdoor stage, this is a first class production. Watching “Shakespeare Under the Stars” is a  Continue Reading

Wanna Sing a Song for Quiet?

Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Check out this email that came into the SJ Update mailbag… Dear San Juan Update, We are making a music video about noise pollution on the Salish Sea and are seeking community vocalists on the Salish Sea to take part ($500 and expenses for selected singers). If you might be interested, please see the flyer  Continue Reading

News from the SJC Fair

Written on July 17, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Last call for Island Writers & Learn How to Prepare Your Fair Entries! Still hear that beat?  That should have been the quickening heart rate of all you Island Writers preparing your entries to the drum beat of the 2018 “Rockin’ the Salish Sea” San Juan County Fair! But wait, it’s not too late!  Although  Continue Reading

Library Says Thanks

Written on July 17, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Thank You to the San Juan Island Community Foundation Women’s Fund On behalf of the entire San Juan Island Library Youth Services staff, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the San Juan Island Community Foundation Women’s Fund for their generous support of our Middle Grade Book Club. For the 2018-2019 school year,  Continue Reading

Contra Dance this Saturday

Written on July 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Third Saturday contra dance in Friday Harbor! Please join us for our July contra dance, on Saturday July 21st, at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor.  This time we are featuring Jay Finkelstein as our caller, and Quit Thinkin’ as the band. Jay is one of our favorite callers, hailing from Seattle and providing a  Continue Reading

SJCT Summer Film Series

Written on July 15, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Larry Soll invites you to the next film at San Juan Community Theatre next Tuesday… Fellow Film Buffs, Coming up on Tuesday July 17th at 7:30 pm, Blackfish Documentary, Drama PG-13  84 minutes Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and  Continue Reading

SJCT Gives Back to the Community

Written on July 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Free Childcare and Free Food—A Festival to Give Back This year San Juan Community Theatre has set aside July 20th and 21st to give back to the community and visitors during the 2018 Summer Festival. Throughout the year, SJCT receives wide support from volunteers, members and donors, businesses, the Town of Friday Harbor, and San  Continue Reading

New Art at Lavendera

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Lavendera invites you to meet their new featured artist… Lavendera Massage new art is the paintings of Jennifer Elise, Come meet her on Friday Night July 20th from 7 pm to 9 pm. Jennifer moved to Friday Harbor seven years ago after living in Nevada, Texas and Arkansas.  Her passion for art is rooted in  Continue Reading

Island Stage Left Presents: The Tempest

Written on July 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Shakespeare’s Tempest on San Juan Island Shakespeare Under the Stars is back! Island Stage Left’s new production of The Tempest plays on San Juan Island July 19-August 12. This is Shakespeare’s fantasy about a magical island populated by spirits, monsters, a duke-turned-magician, and a group of corrupt castaways including two vicious courtiers and a pair  Continue Reading

Kelley Balcomb-Bartok is Back

Written on July 7, 2018 at 5:25 am, by

If you’ve driven out Beaverton Valley lately you may have noticed the rock has a new paint job. That is due to the fact that Kelley Balcomb-Bartok and family have moved back to the Island. Welcome back! Said Kelley, “we couldn’t resist!” 

SJCT To Host Viva Cuba!

Written on July 6, 2018 at 10:54 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre will be hosting the photography exhibit, Viva Cuba! July 10 through August 29. There will be an opening reception with wine & appetizers on Friday, July 13 at 5 – 7 pm. The Viva Cuba! Photography Exhibition includes 52 photographs depicting the people and places of Cuba. Subjects range from the well-known landmarks and  Continue Reading

Buzz by Thor Hanson

Written on July 3, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Islander Thor Hanson has written another lively, informative, and entertaining new book—BUZZ—which is to be released on Tuesday, July 10 with great fanfare at an official launch party hosted by Griffin Bay Bookstore at Brickworks on July 10, 7:00 pm. If you’ve been anxiously awaiting another wonderful book from our favorite biologist, this  Continue Reading

Take a Seat for Animals – Chair Auction

Written on July 3, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor would like to invite you to “Take a Seat for Animals” at their upcoming fundraiser on July 20, “Take a Seat for Animals – A Wine Tasting and Painted Chair Auction”. This “Chair-ity” event will feature over 30 one-of-a-kind, hand-painted chairs, created by island artists. Maryhill Winery will  Continue Reading

David Ridgway at Waterworks

Written on June 30, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Ruth Offen at WaterWorks invites you to meet David on Saturday… Please join me in welcoming David Ridgway to the gallery on Saturday, June 30th from 11 to 1 pm. David will chat informally about what inspires his work and how he paints. David has a unique approach with landscapes: he initially removes any signs  Continue Reading

Especially for Visual Arts from SJIMA

Written on June 28, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is sponsoring a unique workshop for artists who want the best possible photos of their art. Artists often need high-quality photographs for references, submissions for exhibitions, to sell or license their art, copyright protections, for documentation, and use in mixed media creations. SJIMA offers this special class  Continue Reading

Summer Film Series

Written on June 28, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

The next film in the Summer Film Series is “The Cuckoo”, showing on Tuesday July 3rd. Drama, War, Comedy Rated PG-13 99 minutes (Finnish, Russian, German and Saami) subtitled OK folks, are you ready for something different? This charming little film was recommended by two of our more devoted film buffs.  Filmed in northern Finland  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talk: Tami Oldham Ashcraft

Written on June 27, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

In collaboration with Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Trails Committee, Tami Oldham Ashcraft will talk about her book (written with Susea McGearhart) – and the movie made from it – ADRIFT: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea.   Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library and  Continue Reading

Libraries Rock!

Written on June 27, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan Island Library Announces 2018 Bookmark Contest Winners The San Juan Island Library is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 bookmark contest. The bookmark contest is held annually to help kick off the library’s summer reading program, which officially started on Thursday, June 14. The summer reading program is free and open  Continue Reading

6 Guitars Comes to San Juan Community Theatre

Written on June 26, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

One performer. Six guitar styles. Saturday, June 30th at 7:30 pm, Virtuoso guitar player Chase Padgett performs six different guitar-playing characters, each sharing their own style of music. Each genre (blues, jazz, rock, classical folk and country) is showcased with breathtaking musicianship… and there are plenty of laughs too! Ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy  Continue Reading

SJIMA Quilt Walk In Friday Harbor

Written on June 26, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Friday Harbor has turned into “quilt central” as the quilt walk engendered by the Conversations With Gee’s Bend exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) gets underway. Fourteen businesses and establishments feature 21 quilts made by San Juan Island quilters, primarily from the Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild (RQAG). The quilt designs include  Continue Reading

SJCT Summer Film Series

Written on June 25, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Larry Soll invites you to the next film in the series… Fellow Film Buffs, I trust that everyone who saw “Lucky” truly enjoyed it.  To those who missed it, don’t let that happen again!  Also please encourage your friends and neighbors to come along; the bigger the audience, the more fun we will all have.   Continue Reading

Mayor appoints Lane to arts commission

Written on June 25, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The Town is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Lane to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Lane owns an art consultation and logistics company and brings 20 years of experience in the visual arts. He is a board member and volunteer at San Juan Island Museum of Art and participated in an artist  Continue Reading