Topic: Arts

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

Written on February 22, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Happy Birthday, Wanda June returns to San Juan Community Theatre this weekend with four performances, including a “Pay What You Can” show on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday’s performances are also at 7:30 pm; Sunday’s 2:00 pm matinee features a post-show Q & A with cast and crew. Directed by Tony Vivenzio, the  Continue Reading

Ferry in Snow

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:31 pm, by

SJ Update reader Kristen Arnim caught this beautiful image of the Samish coming into the ferry dock this afternoon. Thanks for sharing Kristen!

On Book! Reader’s Theatre

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

Poets are Focus of Next FREE Readers Theatre San Juan Community Theatre’s On Book! Readers Theatre series showcases a play about two 20th century poets on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 20-21 at 7:30 p.m. Based on the compiled letters between poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth expresses the beauty in simple  Continue Reading

Best Picture Award

Written on February 16, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

Congratulations to Tyler Roberts. His film “Be Good Now” just won Best Picture at the Oregon Short Film Festival. Tyler grew up here and graduated from FHHS in 2005 and Western Washington University in 2010. His parents are Mary and Roy, and he is the grandchild of Kip and Kitty. “Be Good Now” is a  Continue Reading

Happy Valentines Day!

Written on February 14, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

Thanks to local artist Teri Murray Cooter for this photo… 

Waterworks Gallery Open Valentine’s Day & President’s Weekend

Written on February 9, 2018 at 5:15 am, by

Ruth Offen, proprietor of Waterworks Gallery, invites you to visit the gallery (see dates the gallery will be open below). “Jewelry, (the perfect size present for everyone!) paintings, and lots of other beautiful pieces” will be on view. “These works are fabulous to see and even better to be chosen for your collection! I have  Continue Reading

Meet & Greet Book Launch with Janet Dann

Written on February 2, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan Island author, Janet Dann is proud to announce the launching of The Good Neighbors Trilogy, books written by both her father, John R. Dann, and herself, at Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday, February 10, 7:00 pm. Islanders who remember attending folk dancing evenings with the Danns some years ago, or who were aficionados  Continue Reading

Singing Valentines

Written on February 1, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Valentines are not just for sweethearts; they are a caring gesture for anyone you cherish. And to help you express your affections, our entire chorus will arrive at your home, business or at your dinner date in our snappy costumes, with a fresh rose and a couple of special songs to serenade one, two or  Continue Reading

Imogen Cunningham: Through My Lens

Written on January 31, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art, SJIMA, will open an exhibition by world renowned Pacific Northwest photographer Imogen Cunningham, courtesy of the Imogen Cunningham Trust and its director, San Juan County resident Meg Partridge, Cunningham’s granddaughter, and an award winning documentary filmmaker. Imogen Cunningham: Through My Lens will be on view from February 17th  Continue Reading

Island Stage Left does Valentine’s!

Written on January 30, 2018 at 7:57 am, by

Desserts, wine, music, soft lights and words of love that will make you smile, touch your heart and encourage you to leave the outside world behind for a while. We hope to share this wonderful evening with you. Reservations required. To cover our costs we are charging $25 per person- all included. Seating is very  Continue Reading

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