Orcas Island Arts Scene
If you’re more interested in ceramics, Orcas Island is the place to go. There are three potteries on the island, all with their own feel. Each one has several rooms of ceramics, and two have waterfront locations so you can catch some great views while visiting.
Crow Valley Pottery is the largest of the three, and has two locations: On the main road leading to Eastsound is its studio, featuring ceramic work by mostly local artists. The pottery’s store in Eastsound offers a more worldly selection, with an entire room devoted to Asian art. Orcas Island Pottery, located on the northwest side of the island, is the oldest pottery in the Northwest. Orcas Island Artworks in Olga is a co-op housed in a historic strawberry packing plant and is complimented by Cafe Olga.
It’s not all ceramics on Orcas Island. If you’re looking for art and sculpture check out some of the galleries in Eastsound. These offer everything from impressionistic and abstract paintings to handmade jewelry, photography and wood art. Or check out the Lambiel Museum, a private collection of works by San Juan Islands artists, but be sure to call ahead.
And don't forget about the performing arts on Orcas -- at the Orcas Center or enjoy the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
The Orcas Center is the focal point on Orcas Island for community theater and the performing arts, presenting both local and professional artists. Over 40 performances a year has this center teeming with artistic activity. The facility features a 213 seat theater, a multipurpose community room, a fully equipped kitchen, offices and a beautiful lobby that functions as a gallery for the visual arts. [more...]
The San Juan County Arts Council is a 501 (c) 3 organization that works to promote and integrate the artistic resources of the county for the creative economic development, education and overall well-being of the community. Public education regarding the arts, supporting existing arts organizations and artists, and creating a complete resource for San Juan County artistic endeavors are our primary goals. [more...]
A treasured Orcas Island destination for visitors and locals alike, the Artworks offers one of the finest selections of local art and crafts in the San Juan Islands. We represent over forty Orcas Island artists and craftspeople, working in pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass, wood, paintings, prints, wearable art, fiber and more. Established in 1981, our gallery is one of the oldest cooperatives in the country. As the gallery is owned and operated by the artists themselves, there is the unique opportunity of meeting one or more of them on any given day. [more...]
Orcas Island Pottery is a favorite destination for visitors to Orcas Island.
The oldest pottery in the Northwest, it is located on West Beach only 3½ miles from Eastsound, in an area of old growth cedars and Douglas fir, on a 100 foot high bluff overlooking President's Channel. [more...]
Opened in 1959, 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 unmatched in the islands for its breadth of artists. Coupled with an ever-changing collection of works, the diverse selection of artists and media makes each visit to Crow Valley Pottery unique. The summer show series is a "must do" while on Orcas. The "Annual Garden Show" each June ushers in the beginning of the summer season. The Gallery is open 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. [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...]