Topic: Arts

New Wildlife Art Installation in Downtown Friday Harbor

Written on May 17, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Islanders may recognize the two bronze wildlife sculptures now residing at the corner of Second and West Streets across from Town Hall. Red Fox (2001) and Paired Owls (2006) by Whidbey Island artist Georgia Gerber had most recently been on display at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park at Roche Harbor. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission  Continue Reading

Get Ready for Fair! It’s Going to be a “Wheel” Good Time!

Written on May 16, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming, gardens are growing, the sun is shining and birds are chirping!  This year’s Fair theme “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” reminds us of the cyclical nature of the seasons and the cycles of life. Now is the perfect time to start planning your fair entry to ensure you  Continue Reading

Annual Grange Arts & Crafts Show

Written on May 16, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Calling all artists, crafters, growers, makers and keepers! Bring your creations to the Grange Hall to display in our Annual Arts & Crafts Show. Friday, June 7th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Professionals and people of all ages are welcome; think a smaller version of the County Fair. We also welcome the written word, and  Continue Reading

SJI Sculpture Park: Check It Out – Again

Written on May 15, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Have you been to the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park lately?  The Park is rapidly becoming one of the most beautiful Sculpture Gardens in the Northwest. We have over 150 sculptures by over 90 artists, and last year we had over 46,000 visitors. There are new statues by Island Artists: Jason Napier, Eben Shay, and  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center Launches Artist in Residence Program

Written on May 15, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

This June, Alchemy Art Center is launching their brand new Artists in Residence program with print maker Katy Collier and photographer Tess Malijenovsky. Katy and Tess will be residing and working at Alchemy, as well as teaching weekly classes and weekend workshops. Katy Collier is an accomplished artist and instructor based in Greensboro, North Carolina.   Continue Reading

Nautical Symmetry

Written on May 14, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

Steven K. Roberts captured this image down at the marina last week and had this to say about it: An engaging bit of nautical symmetry stopped me in my tracks yesterday evening, with two sloops on the breakwater mirrored on both axes. It’s a gorgeous photo Steve – Thanks for sharing! And by the way  Continue Reading

Home Trust Outreach Ornaments and 11th Grade Community Projects

Written on May 14, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan Community Home Trust member Charlene (Chary) Caren was brainstorming what to do for this year’s home trust outreach when she hit upon the idea of little wooden ornaments in the shapes of their houses – 12 different ones based on real homes in their 3 neighborhoods: Sun Rise I, Sun Rise II and  Continue Reading

Drive-In at the Fairgrounds

Written on May 14, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Let’s all go to the movies this Friday, May 17th at the Fairgrounds!  Join us at dusk for the animated Disney Pixar film Brave. Admission is first come, first served. Parking begins at 8:30PM, and tickets are $5/person or $20 for family of 5. The Drive-In Movie will start just after dark. Audio is tuned  Continue Reading

Island Sinfonia

Written on May 10, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The spring concert series by Island Sinfonia is upon us. On Sunday, May 19, Island Sinfonia will present their annual concert at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Friday Harbor at 3:00 pm. Admission is by donation and students are always free. This year’s program promises to be extra special, and will feature flautists Linda Stone  Continue Reading

The Drowsy Chaperone

Written on May 6, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre’s Spring Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, opens THIS Friday! Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage  Continue Reading

Bohemian /bōˈhēmēən/

Written on May 5, 2019 at 9:31 am, by

Sandy invites you to her event on Monday evening… Bohemian /bōˈhēmēən/ (noun) A person who is interested in art, music, and/or literature, and lives in a very informal way, ignoring the usually accepted ways of behaving. Cambridge English Dictionary This coming Monday, May 6th, at 7 pm, at the SJI Library, I will be giving  Continue Reading

On Her Shoulders

Written on May 5, 2019 at 9:26 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival, Winter Series, Best of Fest is pleased to present “On Her Shoulders” Tuesday May 7th at the Grange at 7:00 pm. This is a film about the extreme courage of one woman, Nadia Murad, now a Nobel Peace Prize Winner. Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi genocide and ISIS sexual slavery survivor,  Continue Reading

SJCT Summer Film Series

Written on May 3, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Community Theatre Summer Film Series – 2019 Edition Fellow Islanders, Good News! The curtain is going up for the fourth season of the Tuesday Night Film Series at the Community Theatre. Beginning June 25th and for ten consecutive Tuesdays, we will screen a special movie beginning at 7:30 pm in the Whittier.  I  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Tea with the Dames, Inspiring Role Models of the Stage

Written on May 2, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Seeking role models for positive aging led me to the British stage and four outstanding actors and great friends each who have been awarded the title of “Dame” by the British Empire for their service to drama.  Dame Maggie  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks: Marjorie Walker

Written on May 1, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Marjorie Walker was born to a wealthy New York family, attended the prestigious Art Students League in New York, and traveled the world before finding her way to San Juan Island in 1949 to become the island’s first professionally-trained artist.  Sandy Strehlou will cover her fascinating life before and after she discovered the island. Monday,  Continue Reading

Children’s Festival – I Am Super this Saturday!

Written on April 30, 2019 at 3:54 pm, by

       Island Rec is pleased to announce the 29th Annual Children’s Festival this Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Community organizations that you know and love will be providing all kinds of creative and hands-on activities. Children will have the opportunity to unleash their inner super hero with crafted masks, capes, and arm bands! Island Rec is  Continue Reading

FHHS Visual Art Students Win Big

Written on April 30, 2019 at 10:10 am, by

(Click any of the images above to enlarge) Friday Harbor High School art students dominated the Northwest Educational Service District 189 Regional Art Competition in Anacortes. During the awards ceremony on Friday March 15th our students won 4 out of the 8 top awards, and earned $4,000 in art scholarships. Winning half of the total  Continue Reading

Opening Night Reception

Written on April 26, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

CATS Opening Night Reception for The Drowsy Chaperone CATS requests the honor of your presence at a Wedding Reception! Follies star, the beautiful and talented Janet Van De Graaff, is marrying handsome toothpaste model, Robert Martin. It’s the wedding of the year, and you’re invited! Venue: Mrs. Tottendale’s lovely New York Mansion (The Steele Garden)  Continue Reading

April is Poetry Month

Written on April 26, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

In our continuing April is Poetry Month series, the San Juan Update is sharing poems from local poets every Friday this month. Today is the 4th and final Friday and we have “Red Dirt”, by Sherry Smith Bell:

Understanding the Artist and the Work

Written on April 25, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

You may have driven by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) recently at night and seen the glowing blue art that resembles a pelvic bone and wondered why the artist, Mary Coss created this piece. On Saturday, May 4 from 1-2:30, at SJIMA, Mary Coss will give a gallery walk describing her process  Continue Reading

A Wheel in Time

Written on April 24, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

2019 San Juan County Fair Theme is “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” Mark your calendars!  The San Juan County Fair dates are set for August 14-17, 2019 and this year’s theme is “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots”.  Artist Jessie Carter McDonald was selected by the San Juan County Fair Board to be this  Continue Reading

Drive-In at the Fairgrounds

Written on April 23, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Let’s all go to the Drive-In at the Fairgrounds! Plan an outing with your family, friends, or your special someone and enjoy one (or all!) of these classic movies at the Drive-In this summer. Admission is first come, first served at 8:30PM, $5/person or $20 for family of 5. Movies start just after dark. Audio  Continue Reading