Topic: Arts

High School Musical Theatre Awards

Written on September 24, 2020 at 11:35 am, by

After months of quarantined waiting, the Friday Harbor High School Thespians’ production of Little Shop of Horrors has heard back from their adjudication with the 5th Avenue Theatre for the High School Musical Theatre Awards. The awards show got cancelled this year due to the pandemic, also cancelling the actual nominations and awards ceremony. Nevertheless,  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre Presents: The 2020-21 ‘Snapshot Season’

Written on September 22, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

Until Public Health regulations allow for audiences to enter theatres again, SJCT is going all-digital with some exciting new programming that will be filmed and distributed FOR FREE. Films will be available on our website, at Week of October 5: Melodious Notes Over the Harbor Week of October 26: Desolation Sound Week of November 2: Emily Anton from The Ballet  Continue Reading

Island Artisans Holiday Market is Moving to Spring

Written on September 22, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

$12,000 given in scholarships Island Artisans is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to raise funds in support of young artists within our community. We have served San Juan County for approximately 40 years by granting scholarships to graduating students and supporting practicing artists. Island Artisans Holiday Market, our primary fundraiser, has always been  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Fall Virtual Lego Camps

Written on September 18, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

Island Rec has 2 Great LEGO camp options for you this season! The first, tap into your imagination from the comfort of your own home with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor and simple pieces from your own LEGO collection – all while connecting virtually with other young LEGO engineers. Students will explore their  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Poet Wins Contest

Written on September 13, 2020 at 12:39 pm, by

Open Country Press is proud to announce the winner of the 2020 Open Country Chapbook Contest. Khaty Xiong chose Barefoot Up the Mountain by Tara Mesalik MacMahon of Friday Harbor, Washington. Tara Mesalik MacMahon, a graduate of Pomona College and Harvard Business School, is an emerging poet. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Rhino,  Continue Reading

Outdoor Kid Pods Forming at Alchemy Art Center

Written on September 10, 2020 at 8:12 am, by

Alchemy’s Kid Pods are perfect for children and young people who want to learn, explore, and be creative- outdoors and in person!   Alchemy is signing up groups of 4-5 kids on a rolling basis for personalized outdoor creative programming that includes ceramics, printmaking, drawing, t-shirt decoration, games, nature exploration, and more.   Classes take place once  Continue Reading

Local Writer and Artist Ian Boyden, Releases Debut Book of Poetry

Written on September 9, 2020 at 10:53 am, by

San Juan Island writer, artist and translator, Ian Boyden, releases his new book, A Forest of Names, today (September, 8). Published by the prestigious Wesleyan University Press, the book is available through local bookstores and online. The genesis of the book began in 2016, when Boyden curated the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Fault Line at the  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery: Features David Ridgway

Written on September 8, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Waterworks Gallery invites you to a socially distanced Prosecco Night Opening featuring the work of David Ridgway on Thursday, September 10, 4 – 7 pm.   Since its inception in 1985 WaterWorks Gallery has a tradition of reinvention. The 2020 show schedule broadens the concept of the ART AiSLE. Monthly, the gallery hosts a recent  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Film Festival: September Films (Virtual Version)

Written on September 6, 2020 at 8:27 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival presents… 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour…  On-Demand September 1-30, 2020, Cost: $10 The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour (Virtual Version) is a 80-minute theatrical program of 6 short films selected from this year’s Festival. Widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent  Continue Reading

Sunrise at Boundary Pass

Written on September 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm, by

Thanks to John Miller for capturing this sunrise image… click to enlarge photo…

San Juan Community Theatre News

Written on September 3, 2020 at 9:33 am, by

Theatre News from Executive Director Nathan Kessler-Jeffery… Link to: San Juan Community Theatre 

SJCT: Holding Zoom Auditions For New Digital Work

Written on September 3, 2020 at 9:17 am, by

From San Juan Community Theatre…     Join us for auditions for SJCT’s new webseries, “Friday Harbor Happenings!“   This new, digital work is a satirical sketch comedy show with an ensemble cast, created by San Juan Community Theatre for our beloved local community. The writers hope the episodes will bring a smile and some  Continue Reading

SJIMA: Opening September 3 With 2 New Exhibits

Written on August 30, 2020 at 10:47 am, by

Missing / Highway of Tears – The highway refers to a short stretch of Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Prince George, where 18 girls, almost all Aboriginal, were murdered. On the piece of highway from Vancouver to Edmonton RCMP records show that over 200 people have disappeared on this route. The Highway of Tears is an installation of individual  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre: Auditions For Virtual Musical

Written on August 29, 2020 at 11:23 am, by

  Auditions for Super Happy Awesome News, this year’s Family Theatre production, will be open to all students grades K-8. Auditions will be held the week of September 14 with both in-person and Zoom options. Please stay tuned for sign ups!   Rehearsals will begin the week of September 28 and run through November 11  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Museum of Art to Reopen September 3

Written on August 28, 2020 at 8:44 am, by

A Letter from the SJIMA Board President… We miss you – but get to welcome you very soon! Since closing our doors in March, we have been preparing for this moment.  SJIMA has collaborated with our County health authorities, the Washington State Arts Commission and governor’s office on a proposal that has allowed museums to  Continue Reading

The Rock Gets New Paint

Written on August 28, 2020 at 7:37 am, by

SJI Museum of Art: Family Art Days Resume

Written on August 28, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

Family Art Days at SJIMA celebrate community and creativity… With the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) scheduled to reopen, Family Art Days (FAD) will again offer onsite Saturday sessions in the orchard adjacent to the museum at 540 Spring Street. Starting on September 5th, families will have the opportunity to join in the  Continue Reading

Salish Sea Ballet Reopening For Classes September 8

Written on August 27, 2020 at 10:55 am, by

It’s time to register for fall dance classes! Salish Sea Ballet is offering small group in-person classes as well as virtual classes on Zoom. Our studio is spacious, well-ventilated, and follows COVID-19 protocols for safety and sanitization. We are excited to offer classes for dancers ages 3 and up. Check out our class schedule online,  Continue Reading

Sundance Short Film Tour Available In September At FHFF Virtual Cinema

Written on August 26, 2020 at 9:05 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Summer 2020 Virtual Cinema will provide access to the Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Tour throughout September. This 80-minute theatrical program of 6 short films selected from this year’s Sundance Film Festival is available for $10 at  Once you order your ticket, you will receive an email from Vimeo with a link to  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery: Three Shows Ending in August

Written on August 25, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

There is still time to see these three featured shows at Waterworks Gallery before they close at the end of August. Waterworks Gallery is open now Tuesday thru Saturday from 11 to 4. Appointments are available to view the shows in person with social distancing and masks.  The Nature of Dreams: Michael Dickter and Robin  Continue Reading

Local Author a Finalist for Washington State Book Award

Written on August 22, 2020 at 12:05 pm, by

One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow has been selected as a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards in the Fiction category. Blackbird was written by San Juan Island author Libbie Grant, who writes under the pen name Olivia Hawker. The Washington State Book Awards, now in their 54th year, honor works of outstanding literary merit by  Continue Reading

Dramatic Mixology: A Guided Tour Through Plays and Cocktails

Written on August 22, 2020 at 9:16 am, by

Once per month, join Executive Artistic Director Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey via Zoom for a FREE curated tour of selected play and cocktail pairings.   September 24: Art by Yasmina Reza paired with a White Lady   October 22: The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie paired with a Haunted Graveyard   November 12: All My Sons by Arthur  Continue Reading