Topic: Arts

2018 Playwrights Festival

Written on September 1, 2018 at 9:58 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s 2018 Playwrights Festival What is the Playwrights Festival? It is an opportunity for new and veteran playwrights alike to develop and present their work onstage. Festival performances of new works, created by islanders, will take place September 6th through September 9th in the Gubelman and Whittier Theatres. Eight plays will be  Continue Reading

Coming THIS Saturday : Birds of Chicago!

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

Americana Darlings! Birds of Chicago Saturday, September 1st at 7:30 pm at San Juan Community Theatre Recorded against a backdrop of political division and dread, Love in Wartime, the 2018 release from Americana darlings Birds of Chicago, is a rock’n’soul suite under the influence of the epic music generated by artists of the ’60’s and  Continue Reading

Incongruent Muse

Written on August 30, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

The San Juan Community Theatre will host three San Juan Island Artists, Dona Reed, BB McIntyre and Jan Murphy, for a month-long show, entitled, “Incongruent Muse” from September 1-30. All three artists are known for their work in Assemblage art, and the show will highlight several pieces of each artist’s work in this medium. The art  Continue Reading

Ian Boyden Receives NEA Fellowship

Written on August 30, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

  San Juan Island writer Ian Boyden receives NEA Fellowship to support translation of celebrated Tibetan-Chinese writer Tsering Woeser’s poetry On Wednesday, August 29th, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Ian Boyden of Friday Harbor, WA, will receive an NEA Literature Translation Fellowship. The fellowship is being awarded to support the translation from  Continue Reading

Film Festival Coming Up

Written on August 29, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

It’s moved up a month this year – the Friday Harbor Film Festival will be held over the weekend of October 26, 27 & 28 instead of in November like previous years. Check out their website, www.fhff.org for all things FHFF! From volunteer opportunities, film descriptions and trailers, to film venues and schedules. And buy  Continue Reading

Avant Garde Theatre

Written on August 28, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Island Stage Left shares this announcement with you… Ren was our Stage Manager for Doubt, some years ago and is now living in Australia.  This show has won awards at several fringe festivals in Australia and Canada and is coming to the Fairgrounds in Friday Harbor while we are away in England. (Please note it  Continue Reading

Summer Film Series

Written on August 27, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Fellow Film Buffs, here is a description of our next movie: Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open air photography galleries. When  Continue Reading

In the Spirit of Gee’s Bend Quilters and Teamwork

Written on August 23, 2018 at 9:13 am, by

In anticipation of the Conversation With Gee Bend exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor, WA two inventive women proposed two projects. Julie Weaver and Judy Okulitch brought their ideas to the Rainshadow Quilting Arts Guild (RQAG) for a trial run. They introduced making Gee’s Bend-inspired potholders for SJIMA  Continue Reading

Congratulations Ana and Mariah!

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

This year Friday Harbor High School students Ana Anderson and Mariah Daniher (class of 2018) were awarded first and second place, respectively, in the 37th annual Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute. It was the first time FHHS students have entered the competition. Ana’s piece Close Your Eyes and Fly Away was chosen  Continue Reading

Paragliding Through Smoky Skies

Written on August 22, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Local photographer John Miller shares this photo… Hello SJ Update – I caught this fellow flying around the winery, in the gray! Fan powered motion! Nikon d500, f2, 200mm at f4 and 1/3000 sec. John

One of the Hottest New Ways to Show Art

Written on August 21, 2018 at 7:53 pm, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is offering a workshop to transform your art-and it is fun! This special workshop is for any one who wants to take advantage of the one of the hottest ways to show art today- no matter the medium, two-dimensional or three-dimensional art. Join Ray Pfortner on Sunday,  Continue Reading

Summer Film Series

Written on August 20, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Fellow Film Buffs, Here is a description of our next movie… Dark Money Tuesday August 21 7:30 pm Documentary 99 minutes Dark Money examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana – a front line  Continue Reading

Mayor seeks youth to fill position on Friday Harbor Arts Commission

Written on August 20, 2018 at 5:36 am, by

Mayor Farhad Ghatan is seeking one youth representative for appointment to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). This appointee willl join seven other commissioners in representing the interests of the Town, community, and local artists as they advise the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition, and placement of public art. “This is an excellent  Continue Reading

Island Senior: An Evening With Local Writers

Written on August 18, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… You don’t have to spend much time here to realize that we have a wealth of local talent on our small Island. Our artists, musicians, and thespians are often on display but it is unusual to see a room full  Continue Reading

New Director/Instructor at Dance Workshop 2

Written on August 17, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

This Fall, Dance Workshop 2 welcomes Emily Anton as artistic director and ballet teacher. Owner and current director Lina Downes is so excited to be entrusting Emily with the future of the ballet program that she has run continuously since 2006. Following a successful performing career as a professional ballet dancer in New York City  Continue Reading

Orcas Island Art Sale

Written on August 17, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

First Ever Sale of Leo Lambiel’s Personal Art Collection to Benefit Orcas Center Leo Lambiel may be the greatest San Juan Islands art collector of all time. After almost 50 years of collecting, the Leo Lambiel Art Sale on 25 & 26 August 2018, held at Lambiel’s waterfront home on the east shore of Eastsound,  Continue Reading

Randy Hansen Rocks the SJC Fair

Written on August 16, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Randy Hansen’s tribute to Jimi Hendrix was a great way to end Day One of the 2018 SJC Fair. Here are some photo highlights of the event:

Fountainsun with John Bellows and Glenn Hendrick

Written on August 14, 2018 at 8:54 am, by

Glenn Hendrick shares this musical invitation with you… August is the height of the music season on San Juan Island, with so much to get your feet moving at excellent spots in town like Mr. Believable’s and the San Juan Summer Arts Festival. But for a moment of quiet contemplation and a breath of forest  Continue Reading

Last Call for The Tempest

Written on August 10, 2018 at 10:19 am, by

Don’t miss this. It’s a splendid production and it’s only this weekend and then it’s over. Island Stage Left invites you to its twentieth anniversary production, The Tempest. No tickets or reservations required. Chairs provided. Bring a warm blanket. Donations appreciated. Sit under the stars and take in the beauty of what is often referred  Continue Reading

SJI Summer Arts Festival

Written on August 7, 2018 at 3:14 pm, by

Summer Arts Festival Continues this Friday The third annual 2018 San Juan Summer Arts Festival takes place on Fridays in August at Brickworks Plaza. Come join us from 4:00 to 10:00 pm, August 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st for an incredible inter-generational event showcasing a variety of local creative talents. At this “Makers Market” you  Continue Reading

James and the Giant Peach JR

Written on August 7, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Note: This story has been updated to include Cast and Crew. See below… San Juan Community Theatre and San Juan Interiors are proud to present the Theatre Arts for Kids’ Summer Musical Theatre Camp production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR! Featuring music and lyrics by the Tony-nominated songwriters Justin Paul and  Continue Reading

Summer Film Series

Written on August 6, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Fellow Film Buffs, Our next two films deal with the plight of Palestinian refugees confined to a camp within the city of Beirut, Lebanon.  The first shows how a small problem can lead to major conflict (sort of like a butterfly flapping its wings can be the start of a hurricane in the Gulf of  Continue Reading