Topic: Arts

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

John Welsh Band

Written on December 13, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Canada Band Energizes SJCT December 15 An upbeat Canadian band brightens the holidays with a high-energy concert at San Juan Community Theatre on Friday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. Blending Latin, West African, reggae, and folk and surf rock rhythms, the John Welsh Band features crowd participation, energizing rhythms, and sing-along choruses.   A world traveler  Continue Reading

Auditions Workshop Thursday

Written on December 12, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Audition Workshop for SJCT Spring Musical San Juan Community Theatre is offering an audition workshop to help prepare folks for upcoming formal auditions for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Director Carol Hooper is holding the workshop at SJCT’s PARC Studio (70 Saltspring Drive) on Thursday, December 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hooper will  Continue Reading

Omnium Gatherum Opens on Friday

Written on December 11, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

“Omnium Gatherum” (a gathering of all) is playing from Dec 15th through Christmas Eve at SJC Fairgrounds in the Marie Boe building – Come and celebrate the spirit of the season with us, through storytelling, theatre and song. Join us in our warm, cozy venue for a celebration of the season in what has become  Continue Reading

Paddling With Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey

Written on December 9, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

Join Griffin Bay Bookstore at the San Juan Island Library on December 13th at 7:00 pm for an exciting evening with Lopezian Irene Skyriver when she presents her wonderful book, Paddling With Spirits, the story of her solo kayak trip from Alaska back to the islands. Inspired partly by her own spirit of adventure, and  Continue Reading

It’s a Wrap!

Written on December 9, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Here’s a recap of this year’s Film Festival… Thank You to all of our sponsors, supporters, volunteers, patrons, and filmmakers! You made the 2017 Friday Harbor Film Festival a success! The fifth annual Friday Harbor Film Festival scored another great weekend of highly rated documentary films and excited audiences. The weekend began with the Opening  Continue Reading

On Book! Readers Theatre

Written on December 7, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s next On Book! Readers Theatre features the very talented students of the Spring Street International School’s theater arts class.   Directed by Krista Strutz, the students take on Tina Howe’s East of the Sun and West of the Moon this Thursday and Friday, December 7-8 at 7:30 pm in the Gubelman.    Taken  Continue Reading

The Seven Joys of Christmas

Written on December 6, 2017 at 11:10 am, by

The San Juan Singers celebrate Christmas and the winter season in songs and carols. The anchor piece is “The Seven Joys of Christmas,” by Kirke Mechem, accompanied by a small chamber ensemble. The Joy of Love, the Joy of Bells, the Joy of Mary, the Joy of Children, the Joy of the New Year, the  Continue Reading

Successful Fundraiser at SJCT

Written on December 5, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

There was an outpouring of generosity this past Saturday at San Juan Community Theatre’s annual Holiday Festival fundraiser.  More than $108,000 was raised for the Theatre’s ongoing mission to provide entertainment, volunteer, and educational opportunities.  “We are truly fortunate to have so many people in our community who support the arts,” said SJCT Promotion Director  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Nutcracker

Written on December 1, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Salish Sea Youth Ballet presents the Friday Harbor Nutcracker on December 16th & 17thSalish Sea Youth Ballet is proud to present the 2017 Friday Harbor Nutcracker!  San Juan Island dancers will perform The Nutcracker in an intimate tea party setting at Brickworks.  This interactive, family friendly event immerses audiences into the magical winter ballet and is sure to become a family  Continue Reading

Flea & Craft Market

Written on November 30, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

Flea & Craft Market at the Fairgrounds this Saturday! The San Juan County Fairgrounds will host its annual Winter Flea and Craft Market this Saturday, December 2nd from 9am until 1pm. Over 35 booths with Holiday gifts, local crafts, vintage finds, and special bargains (it is a Flea Market after all) are sure to entice  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Offers a New Venue For Crafts

Written on November 29, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written for the SJ Update by Peggy Sue McRae… On the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving the Mullis Center held its first ever Holiday Craft Fair. Tables of crafts and goodies lined the large dining room, well lit by the surrounding windows. I spoke with Debbie Haagensen, the center’s  Continue Reading

SJCT Holiday Festival

Written on November 29, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Tickets are still available for San Juan Community Theatre’s Holiday Festival 2017 THIS Saturday, December 2 at 5 pm.  SJCT’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the Festival transforms the Theatre into a winter wonderland as guests enjoy gourmet food, silent and live auctions, a surprise raffle only that night, and island entertainment.   More than 80  Continue Reading

Final Week for Annapurna

Written on November 27, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

Reviews have been fantastic. Houses have been very full (in the aisles), so be sure to come and see this remarkable production! “Powerful”, “riveting”, “superb” are some of the adjectives coming our way from patrons! Showing Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and on the final day, Sunday at 4:00 pm in the Marie Boe  Continue Reading

Winter Family Art Days

Written on November 27, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

First Winter Family Art Days at SJIMA! The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) invites children and their parents and family members to create take-home art projects and gifts in celebration on the winter season.  Attendance is free, and all art supplies are provided. Eight sessions are planned for Saturdays 10:00 am to noon,  Continue Reading