Posted November 16, 2022 at 9:17 am by San Juan Update
SJIMA sends along an update about one of their current exhibitions.
Sculpture artist M.J. Anderson will tell you that she sculpts because someone needed to portray the female form differently. See for yourself in Antidote, an exhibition of her work on display now through Dec. 5 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art.
“Everyone finds a way to give voice to how they’re feeling,” says Anderson, whose marble torsos redefine historical norms of how the female form is viewed. “For me, the stone is my voice.”
For centuries male artists have created sculptures that present women as objects of desire in poses designed to titillate. “Women have a different perspective,” Anderson explains. “And since traditionally there have been so few women who worked with marble, my work expresses a woman’s body in her own right, with a message that says, “I am enough.’”
Anderson often finds ideas in discarded chunks of marble that carry imperfections, fault lines that she transforms into art that celebrates the strength of survival and the power of certainty.
Anderson has been carving marble and travertine and onyx from Carrara, Italy for over 30 years. When cooler weather moves into her studio in Oregon, she travels to the coastal community known for its translucent and pristine stone. There she gets dusty slicing and carving some of the most beautiful marble in the world. When it’s time to move back, she ships her works in progress to Oregon where she sands and polishes each piece, bringing light and purpose to each one.
The stone sculptor describes herself as an artist dealing with personal, social and political themes who carves stone because she feels it is the least artificial of art forms and the most enduring to our humanity. Continue Reading
Posted November 15, 2022 at 9:46 pm by San Juan Update
Island Air Ambulance shares news about two of their San Juan Island-based team members.
Last month, Friday Harbor-based Island Air Ambulance was invited to compete in the Simulation Cup Competition at the 2022 Air Medical Transportation Conference in Tampa, Florida.
Island Air’s Josh Jensen, Certified Flight Paramedic, and Joe Juntila, Certified Flight Nurse, competed together against teams from across North America in a series of high-stress scenarios designed to test the limits of their clinical acumen and multi-tasking skills. The teams performed on stage in a simulated aircraft or a critical access hospital, treating multiple patients at once in simulated situations using high-fidelity mannequins and live actors under the scrutiny of a team of judges. After two days of competition, Josh and Joe were awarded third place for their outstanding performance.
“Their competitive performance and achievement are evidence of their clinical knowledge and talent and also a testament to their rigorous ongoing training and dedication to excellence,” said Dr. Jason Heiner, Medical Program Director for Island Air. “This recognition is well deserved and we are so proud of them.”
Posted November 15, 2022 at 7:32 pm by San Juan Update
The Film Festival shares good news about the winning films from their on-demand event.
Friday Harbor Film Festival’s on-demand festival winners, as well as the student film award winners and runners-up, are available to stream free on the FHFF website now through Wednesday, Nov. 30:
- Corky is the story of the world’s longest-held captive orca, the changing sentiment about orcas in captivity, and the rise of sea sanctuaries — Best Feature, director Christine Caruso.
- Contrasts presents a strong argument for freedom from captivity for all marine species, revealing the horrors of animals’ lives in confinement — Best Short Film, director Vanessa Prigollini.
- Bird Lady explores the mystery surrounding a statue that has become known as the “Bird Lady” and has become a beloved part of neighborhood folklore — Best Student Film Ages 13–17, director Carter Rostron.
- Below the Rise follows the filmmaker’s journeys to Costa Rica to uncover the severity of the sea level rise, which is significantly worse than originally presumed — Runner-up Student Film Ages 13–17, director Massimo Soto.
- O’o: The Last Voice of Kauai is an environmental film about human-caused extinction featuring a bird known as the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō, which was once endemic to the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i — Best Student Film Ages 18–26, director Hanah Cincotta.
- An Urban Herd explores Street Goat, a farming cooperative which raises goats on disused city land. Aspiring farmer Fern must learn to milk the goats entirely by herself, discovering it isn’t easy to become an urban goat farmer — Runner-up Student Film Ages 18–26, director Lizzie Coney.
FHFF’s Best of the Fest will begin in January, offering free monthly screenings of many Audience Choice Award winners and runners-up from the 2022 in-theatre festival.
Posted November 15, 2022 at 11:12 am by San Juan Update
APS-FH shares some kind words about their volunteers of the month.
The Animal Protection Society — Friday Harbor is pleased to announce Katlyn and Paxson as the APS-FH Volunteers of the Month for November. Katlyn and Paxson came to volunteer for APS-FH in June of this year.
We chose this mom and son duo as volunteers of the month because of their dedication to the shelter cats. Unable to have a cat of their own, they have done the next best thing – volunteering to spend time with shelter cats. Each week, they come to the shelter ready to give their love and attention to the resident felines of the shelter.
When asked which is his favorite cat in the shelter, Paxson did not hesitate. “I love Goose,” he replied. Goose is a young kitten found as a stray on San Juan Island that has since been adopted. It can be bittersweet when your favorite shelter animal gets adopted, but we are always happy when the animals find their forever homes. As for Paxson, we are pretty sure he will soon find another fortunate favorite cat to shower with affection.
Thank you, Katlyn and Paxson, for volunteering to spend time with shelter cats so they can have the love and attention they need and deserve until they too get to go home.
APS-FH has numerous volunteering opportunities. If you are interested in helping, visit our website to learn more about our volunteer program.
Posted November 14, 2022 at 11:01 am by Jeff Arnim
With several significant elections and propositions on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, San Juan County voters made sure to have their voices heard. 77.6 percent of eligible voters returned their ballots by last Tuesday’s deadline, according to statistics provided by the Washington Secretary of State.
San Juan County’s voter turnout rate was second in the state only to Garfield County, where 78.7 percent of eligible voters took part in the election. San Juan has more than eight times as many registered voters (14,635) as Garfield (1,687).
The San Juan County Elections Office estimates that only 50 ballots are left to count for the Nov. 8 election. The County Canvassing Board will review the election results on Monday, Nov. 28 and will certify the results on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Posted November 12, 2022 at 6:39 pm by San Juan Update
On Sacred Ground’s Leave No Trace Speaker Series starts tomorrow night at 5 p.m. in the San Juan Island Library Conference Room.
Titled Leave No Trace and the Island Marble Butterfly, attendees will learn about the endangered island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus), how it copes with winter storms, and the simple things we can do to best its chances of surviving another year.
Wildlife Biologist Jenny Shrum, formerly of the National Park Service and currently On Sacred Ground’s Island Marble Butterfly Program Director, will share highlights of her nine seasons studying this quirky critter and what LNT practices on the prairie will do to support the island marble butterfly.
Posted November 12, 2022 at 1:13 pm by San Juan Update
The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor shares a look at the adoptable animal of the week — Baby Stripey, a ten-year-old domestic long hair and brown tabby who came to San Juan Island from Florida due to the effects of Hurricane Ian.
Oh hi there, I’m Baby Stripey! It’s been three-and-a-half weeks since I arrived at APS-FH all the way from Florida. I came with six others like me — all cats, all leaving Treasure Coast for San Juan Island, getting out before the storm blew in. In those weeks, two of us got adopted, while four still remain. As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, I’m one of the four still here at the shelter, waiting for my family to come find me.
Here’s the thing about finding me though. It’s gonna take a really special person. Why, you ask? Well, because I’m not one of those prance‑y cats. I’m not the type to jump down from my ledge as soon as the door to our room opens. I don’t rush to the hands of humans. Instead you can find me in one of my two favorite spots:
- On the cat tower by the door that leads outside — and when they drape a blanket over the tower, then I lay between blanket and tower for optimal coziness.
- On the highest ledge in our room, just above the door. Look all the way up to the tippy top, and there you’ll find me nestled in my cat bed
But here is the other thing — if you’re up to spending the extra time to come and meet me at my comfort level, then you’ll actually find that I’m known to warm up quite quickly. Once I get into my forever home, I know I’ll feel even more ready to come out of my shell and show you my personality. I’m a special kind of cat who is looking for a special kind of person. Are you them? If so, you can find me at the shelter with the other shy boys in the Shy Boy Room — also known as Community Cat Room #3. Once you’re there, now you know what to do!