Topic: Arts

Mission Blue

Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” presents: “Mission Blue” – a film about legendary oceanographer, Sylvia Earle. She is on a personal mission to save our oceans. Mission Blue is part oceanic road trip, part biography, part action adventure story, and part expose of an eco-disaster. The film deftly weaves her unique personal  Continue Reading

On An Acre Shy of Eternity

Written on January 26, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Orcas Island author and photographer, Robert Dash, returns to San Juan Island to talk about his his gorgeous book, On An Acre Shy of Eternity, Micro Landscapes at the Edge at the San Juan Island Library on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 pm. You’ll get a glimpse of the foray he made into his own  Continue Reading

DIY Strum Stick Class

Written on January 25, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Island Rec is very excited to announce a do-it-yourself strum stick class. Strum sticks are essentially dulcimers that are played like a guitar and are simple to learn. In this class you will make a strum stick from a kit, a number of which are being produced by a group of HS STEM students. You  Continue Reading

Record-Breaking Opera Sunday

Written on January 24, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

One of The Met: Live in HD’s newest operas also features a record for the 137-year-old opera organization. Thomas Adés’ The Exterminating Angel will be screened at San Juan Community Theatre this Sunday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. (It was originally set to be screened in November but there was an island power outage that  Continue Reading

Hiking Naked

Written on January 17, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are delighted to present Lopezian Iris Graville and her memoir, Hiking Naked, on Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm at the Library. For those who have wrestled with making dramatic life changes, or are doing so now, be sure to spend the evening with Iris as she  Continue Reading

Noises Off

Written on January 16, 2018 at 5:56 am, by

The Friday Harbor High School Drama Group is up for the comedic challenge of what is considered one of the funniest farces ever written. Michael Frayn’s Noises Off is presented at San Juan Community Theatre THIS Thursday through Sunday, January 18-21.  The play about putting on a play–that has become a staple of both professional and  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Written on January 16, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The next SJIMA Art for Fun Paint pARTy is January 23!  Everyone paints the same painting, “Paradise Cove” – a scene with our local orcas – in step by step instruction with instructor, local painter and sculptor, Kristen Abramson. Time is 5:45 to 8:00 pm. Cost is $35.  SJIMA provides all supplies. Just bring yourself!  Continue Reading

Letter from Gay Graham

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:12 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Gay Graham… To the Editor: My husband and I had a wonderful experience Wednesday, January 10th:  we were a part of the SJIMA Art Excursions Program that took us to the Andrew Wyeth exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  Kudos are decidedly in  Continue Reading

Mayor Appoints Oakes and Umierski to Arts Commission

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

The Town is pleased to announce the appointment of Cloud Oakes and Christopher Umierski to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Oakes is a working studio artist who previously served on the boards of the San Juan Community Theatre and San Juan Island County Parks. She was involved with the original San Juan Museum of  Continue Reading

SJCT Has a new Executive/Artistic Director

Written on January 10, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

A professional director, playwright, actor, and teacher from Seattle is the new Executive/Artistic Director at SJCT. After a nationwide search, the SJCT Board of Trustees recently appointed Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey to take the helm at the 29-year-old performing arts organization. Previously, Nathan oversaw the largest educational touring program in the northwest at Seattle’s Taproot Theatre. Originally  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Lit Fest Call to Writers

Written on January 10, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Calling all San Juan County writers. The deadline for proposals for participating in the Orcas Island Lit Fest is this Friday, January 12th! Apply to be a part of our program or to give a reading at our Friday night Lit Walk (which highlights local and emerging talents.) For more information and to apply visit  Continue Reading

Mod Carousel: “Oui Oui”

Written on January 8, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Burlesque is back in Friday Harbor to entertain us with a new show! “Oui Oui” is an evening of tantalizing tease and talent that will surely brighten those mid-winter doldrums. The 2017 local performance was an all out hit, definitely leaving the audience wanting more! “This is an amazing show filled with great dancing, fun,  Continue Reading

Musical Theatre Workshop for Kids

Written on January 5, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

New! Musical Theatre Workshop for Kids Island youngsters get a chance to experience the music and dance of such classics as West Side Story, Oklahoma, and My Fair Lady this winter. San Juan Community Theatre is holding a Classic Musical Theatre Workshop for kids in grades 2-5 on Monday afternoons from January 22 through February  Continue Reading

“San Juan Islands Stewardship” Special License Plate Campaign

Written on January 4, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

We need your help! We are almost there. The San Juan Islands License Plate will raise money for local organizations’ conservation projects. We just need a few more signatures. If you have not yet signed the petition, please go to, scroll down the page and fill-in your information. Thank you!

Best of the Fest

Written on January 2, 2018 at 9:03 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival presents their January  “Best of the Fest”, featuring two films nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary. First it’s “An Inconvenient Sequel” on January 2nd, followed by “Chasing Coral” on the 16th. Both films show at the Grange at 7:00 pm. Admission by donation. Begin the New Year with  Continue Reading

Santa Came Early

Written on December 27, 2017 at 10:10 am, by

A few weeks ago, as an early holiday gift, a group of generous donors made it possible for the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) to wholly own our building, hold its title, and retire its debt. This is a remarkable gift and investment in SJIMA’s future! We, and the 40+ volunteers who operate  Continue Reading

Calling All Artists!

Written on December 27, 2017 at 9:39 am, by

Claire Wright of the San Juan County Arts Council shares this invitation from Skagit Artists with you… Dear Artists and Friends of the Arts, Skagit Artists invites you to apply to our 15th annual Northwest Art Beat Open Studios Tour! Artists who do not have a studio in Skagit County will have the opportunity to  Continue Reading

Art for Fun

Written on December 16, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Our December Art for Fun pARTy is coming up December 21st from 5:45 to 8:00 pm at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art! To celebrate the season, our painting is “Noel”, a rendition of the scene along the waterfront in Friday Harbor. A fun night for family, friends and guests! To register, visit  Continue Reading

Join SJIMA for a Tour of Wyeth Exhibit at S.A.M.

Written on December 15, 2017 at 10:18 am, by

On January 10, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is sponsoring an excursion to the Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, 110 paintings from the American master’s 75-year career, now at the Seattle Art Museum. The San Juan Island community is invited to join the all-day expedition, part of SJIMA’s many ongoing art education programs.  Continue Reading

New Director of Development at SJCT

Written on December 15, 2017 at 10:17 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s new Director of Development has deep roots in both fundraising and the arts. Amy Price moved from Texas to Friday Harbor this summer in time for her daughter to begin high school. Price has been involved with fundraising work for more than two decades, helping to raise some $100 million dollars  Continue Reading

Christmas Jazz Vocals by Local Composer

Written on December 14, 2017 at 9:37 am, by

Last weekend, the San Juan Singers performed “Christmas at Our House” written by local composer Richard Hieronymus with lyricist Peggy Browning. A member of the chorus, Bert Dayton, arranged the song for the chorus. When asked about his song, Hieronymus said, “It’s funny how time flies. Peggy and I wrote that song back in 1967.  Continue Reading

Peter Pan!

Written on December 14, 2017 at 9:37 am, by

Peter Pan from Great Britain in HD at San Juan Community Theatre The beloved classic story of the boy who never grew up hits the big screen at San Juan Community Theatre for a special holiday matinee on Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. Captured live by the National Theatre in a co-production with Bristol  Continue Reading