Topic: Arts

Nature Conservancy Photo of the Month

Written on June 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm, by

Local photographer extraordinaire Chris Teren is the Nature Conservancy’s Photographer of the Month. Check out Chris’ awesome photo of the Aurora Borealis and read some background on his photography career… “Right after college, I had a rough break up. I was breaking up with the Rocky Mountains. I loved them dearly, and they loved me  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member

Written on June 7, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

SJI Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month – Friday Harbor Art Studio Howie Rosenfeld’s Friday Harbor Art Studio has a new location at 321 Geneste Street. After 25 years as a retail business on Web Street, the Studio is now home based and by appointment. Howie has had retail art galleries here for  Continue Reading

Call for Artists

Written on June 3, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Deadline Extended – Call for Artists: Design a License Plate for the San Juan Islands! The Terrestrial Managers Group and the Madrona Institute are kicking off their San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate Design Initiative with a contest! The initiative encourages the public to help create and select a specialty license plate that will generate  Continue Reading

Barbershop Bonanza

Written on June 2, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

The barber pole rumor has it that most islanders are very specific: They either claim to love Barbershop music, or… not so much! But could it be one of those “I don’t know how to describe it, but I know what I like” things? For clarification – a definition of Barbershop singing:  Close four-part harmonies,  Continue Reading

Painting in Pastels

Written on June 2, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

The San Juan Island Museum of Art is offering a 3 day pastel workshop, this summer: Introduction to Plein Air Landscape Painting in Pastels Steve Hill is returning to San Juan Island to teach a 3 day Plein Air Pastel Workshop.  He is an International Award winning pastel artist and workshop instructor from Lopez Island, WA.   Continue Reading

Every Day is a Good Hare Day

Written on June 1, 2017 at 9:33 am, by

by Keith Busha – San Juan multi-medium artist, Susan Williams has always been fascinated with the animal form. She became obsessed with painting rabbits – if it didn’t have long furry ears she was simply not interested in the subject. Rabbits became artistic narrators of periods of her own life. She quickly moved into sculpture  Continue Reading

LEOs Gift to ISL

Written on May 31, 2017 at 11:49 am, by

BJ Brandli, advisor of the high school LEO Club, presents Island Stage Left’s co-founder Helen Machin-Smith with a $500 check. “The student members of our LEO Club have grown up with Island Stage Left’s summertime performances of “Shakespeare Under the Stars” and felt very strongly about giving this gift to the theater.” Island Stage Left  Continue Reading

Library Art Show

Written on May 31, 2017 at 5:37 am, by

Getting There! is Half the Fun. San Juan Island Library Art Show Saturday, June 17 10:00 am – noon Bring your ready-to-hang Getting There art to the library for the community to enjoy. The art can be about travel and transport, or a personal experience, or your definition of the topic. All media are welcome  Continue Reading

Lost & Found The Film

Written on May 30, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

The Friday Harbor Film Festival Proudly Presents the Last in Our Winter Series – Audience Favorites: Lost and Found The Japanese tsunami of 2011 swept an estimated 25 million ton of debris into the Pacific Ocean. Some of it eventually washed up on North American shores, to be recovered by beachcombers who, in many instances,  Continue Reading

Good Times at Art for Fun

Written on May 30, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Folks had a great time at the SJIMA “Art for Fun” classes in May. Check out the new paintings offered in June at Just click on “Learn.”

Tuesday Night Summer Film Series

Written on May 30, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Fellow Film Buffs, Here is the complete line up of films for this year’s Tuesday Night Film Series at the Community Theatre: Date-Title-Rating Language-Buzz June 20 – 20th Century Women – R English – Oscar nominee, original screen play June 27, 2017 – Music of Strangers – PG-13 English – Critics Choice nominee, July 4  Continue Reading

Name That Mouse

Written on May 29, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Ruth Offen of WaterWorks Gallery is wondering if you have any name ideas for this mouse… This week Randy Hudson, Georgia Gerber’s husband was on the island to install this giant mouse measuring 40 x 20 x 25. He’s quite the looker. I’m thinking she needs a name. Any ideas? Email your suggestions to

Lili Light’s Art Show Opening

Written on May 27, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Lili Light will be having an art show, at the Salty Fox CAFE (opposite ferry landing) Thursday, June 1st at 2pm Artwork will be displayed through June Artist Statement: “I love to layer my art. I use chalk and tissue paper, glue and oil pastels. My favorite color to use is blue. This work was  Continue Reading

Side Show People in Shenandoah

Written on May 26, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

This year, Spring Street International School ​takes on the American Civil War, in Side Show People in Shenandoah – A Civil War Circus. 35 performers have built a musical play out of an actual telegram sent from Winchester Virginia to the New York Times, ​o​n October 14th, 1863, at 7:00 AM: Circus performers took last  Continue Reading

Busy Weekend at SJCT

Written on May 25, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

First, on Friday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m., a modern production of Ibsen’s classic drama, Hedda Gabler, will be screened in the Whittier. Directed by Tony Award-winner Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) the play features Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) in the title role in this new version by  Continue Reading

SJCT Honors Past and Looks to Future with New History Panel

Written on May 24, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

“An Island of the Arts,” the newest Town of Friday Harbor history panel, can be seen on the corner just outside San Juan Community Theatre. The sign celebrates the significance of the arts to Friday Harbor history and reminds us of its importance to the community’s bright future. San Juan Islanders have enjoyed theater since  Continue Reading

Family Variety Show at SJCT May 27

Written on May 23, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Juggling… magic… music… hula hoopsters and more equal a fun-filled family evening at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. New Old Time Chautauqua, a unique collection of entertainers features both internationally acclaimed and Northwest performers, including the juggling comedians, The Flying Karamasov Brothers. Up to 12 show-stopping, multi-generational acts will  Continue Reading

Emergence at SJIMA

Written on May 20, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Emergence is the exhibition of First Nation Legendary & Emerging Artists
 that opens in time for Memorial Day Weekend and will run through Labor Day. In this exhibition, voices of First Nation ancestors speak through the work of a new generation of artists and their honored mentors. SJIMA is honored to present its first exhibition devoted to First  Continue Reading

It’s All the Buzz!

Written on May 19, 2017 at 11:30 am, by

2017 San Juan County Fair… It’s All the Buzz! This year, it’s all about the bees! Come “bee” a part of the fun and mark your calendars for the 2017 Fair, the 16th through 19th of August. This year’s poster artist, Ryanne Pluff, a senior from Friday Harbor High School came up with the poster  Continue Reading

Island Stage Left Presents Humble Boy

Written on May 19, 2017 at 10:04 am, by

Island Stage Left will open its 19th season on May 25th in the Marie Boe Building at the Fairgrounds with a production of Humble Boy, by award-winning playwright Charlotte Jones. It’s the story of an ill-adjusted astrophysicist who comes home after his father’s unexpected death, and finds his mother already on the verge of marrying  Continue Reading

O.I.F.F. Call to Artists

Written on May 17, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Call to Artists: Orcas Island Film Festival open call to submit short film projects 3 winners will be awarded $5,000 each to make their films The Orcas Island Film Festival will award grants of $5,000 to three filmmakers to explore the San Juan Islands and use it as a canvas to create short films that  Continue Reading

Thank You, Chicago!

Written on May 15, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Deb Langhans… The arts have always represented a beacon of provocative inspiration… This gift was instantly accessible in the razzle dazzle production of “Chicago” I beheld last night at SJCT.  From the opening notes & first display of grinding hips, to the final sexy dance  Continue Reading