Orcas Island Arts Scene
Orcas Island’s main village, Eastsound, has been honored by ArtPlace as “One of America’s Top Twelve Small-town ArtPlaces” for being “exceptionally successful in combining the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle.” For many Orcas Island artists, from musicians to actors to painters, sharing and selling their work is a way of life.
If you’re more interested in ceramics, Orcas Island is a great place to go. There are potteries on the island like Crow Valley Pottery with its own feel and fascinating history.
At Orcas Island Artworks, you’ll find jewelry, fiber art, paintings, pottery and much more, all created by more than 40 local artists. If you’re looking for art and sculpture check out the shops and galleries in Eastsound. These offer everything from impressionistic and abstract paintings to handmade jewelry, photography and woodworking.
For a creative getaway, sign up for an art class taught by some of Orcas Island's most accomplished artists. One- to three-day workshops are given through individual artists, or at some of the islands art studios. The Funhouse Commons offers many creative workshops for kids.
Theater and music are thriving on Orcas. In March, “the play’s the thing,” when the Orcas Island Shakespeare Festival features performances throughout Eastsound. From performances of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast live from New York at the Orcas Center and plays at the Grange, to the world-class Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and rock, jazz and folk bands at local bars, there is always something to inspire and entertain.
Current schedules of shows, openings, and exhibitions can be found on the events page.
A treasured Orcas Island destination for visitors and locals alike, the Artworks in Olga offers one of the finest selections of local art and crafts in the San Juan Islands. The co-op represents forty-five Orcas Island artists and craftspeople, working in pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass, wood, paintings, prints, wearable art, fiber and more. As the gallery is owned and operated by the artists themselves, there is the unique opportunity to meet one or more of them on any given day.
Location: Olga Rd. at Pt. Lawrence Rd., Olga; (360) 376-4408
Hours: 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m., daily [more...]
Orcas Center is the focal point on Orcas Island for community theater and the performing arts, presenting both local and professional artists. More than 40 performances a year has this center teeming with artistic activity. The facility features a 213-seat theater and a beautiful lobby that functions as a gallery for the visual arts. Location: 917 Mt Baker Rd., Eastsound; (360) 376-2281 Hours: Visit www.orcascenter.com for showtimes and gallery hours [more...]
Opened in 1959 in a 1866 log cabin, Crow Valley Pottery continues to focus on artists creating original works in a variety of media. Potters Jeffri Coleman and Michael Rivkin anchor an exciting gallery known for its breadth of artists, and an ever-changing collection of works in diverse media. Their shop in Eastsound features art by many island and regional artists.
Location: 2274 Orcas Rd., Orcas Island; (360) 376-4260;
Hours: 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m., daily, Valentine's Day through New Year's Day (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas) [more...]
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is dedicated to the highest standards of musical excellence, through creative programming and Festival-related events throughout the year. It is our mission to share stimulating musical experiences with all midst the beauty of Orcas Island, creating Classical Music with a View!
Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Director and Jon Kimura Parker, Artistic Advisor [more...]