On the shores of Buck Bay about 20 minutes south of Eastsound, you’ll find the hamlet of Olga, named for the wife of the first postmaster and home to the Catkin Café, which shares an historic strawberry barreling plant with Orcas Island Artworks cooperative gallery and the James Hardman Gallery.
Arts and Crafts
A short walk from the boat-accessible Olga public dock in the heart of Olga, Orcas Island Artworks, a cooperative of more than 45 island artists and craftspeople housed in a historic strawberry packing plant, represents a rich potpourri of some of the San Juans’ finest paintings, prints, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, wood, fiber, and wearable art. A loft gallery displays giclée limited-edition prints by artist and composer James Hardman, including many Orcas Island scenes.
The Artworks building, originally built in 1938 as a strawberry barreling plant, was severely damaged by fire in 2013, but was painstakingly reconstructed to match its historic past and reopened in April of 2015.