San Juan Island / Friday Harbor Arts Scene

Voted into the “Top Ten American Art Towns” by America the Beautiful, Friday Harbor is an art-lover’s paradise, where you can visit galleries, hear great music and see a play all within a few blocks. Or, take a scenic drive to stroll through the unique San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, just 20 minutes from Friday Harbor, where you’ll get a dose of art and nature simultaneously. More than 100 sculptures are set in 19 stunning acres, dotted beneath trees, atop rises and even in the water.

Visual Arts

A great selection of art from around the San Juan Islands can be found at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art and numerous galleries dotted around Friday Harbor, such as Island Studios, Gallery 9, and WM McCauley Gallery, WaterWorks Gallery features sculptors, jewelers and painters from the islands and the greater Pacific Northwest. Arctic Raven Gallery features art by Coast Salish carvers and painters. You can also visit studios around San Juan Island such as Paula West Pottery and Yvonne Mancuso-Buijs Glassworks and buy art directly from the artists. On Friday nights in the summertime, a selection of artists and craftspeople sell their work at the Friday Art Market in the Brickworks Plaza.

Performing Arts

Several theater companies perform throughout the year in Friday Harbor. Island Stage Left’s Shakespeare Under the Stars visits all three islands, and their other indoor performances on San Juan Island are always popular. In addition to their excellent productions, San Juan Community Theatre also shows live, high-definition broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and National Theater.
All year round, but especially in the summer, numerous festivals are an additional reason to plan a trip to Friday Harbor. Enjoy Music in the Park on the waterfront, the Night Music Concert Series at the San Juan Community Theatre’s Steele Memorial Garden, and many other jazz, folk and rock performances at local venues.

Current schedules of shows, openings, and exhibitions can be found on the events page.


Friday Harbor
WM McCauley GallerySee all information about this member
232 A Street #6
Friday Harbor
(360) 298-6196
Friday Harbor Art Gallery - WM McCauley Gallery

Featuring works by a handpicked selection of regional fine artists tastefully displayed in a comfortable naturally lit space.  Conveniently located on A Street above the Friday Harbor ferry parking lot. [more...]

Friday Harbor
WaterWorks GallerySee all information about this member
315 Argyle
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-3060
Waterworks Gallery, Friday Harbor, Art Scene, Artists

WaterWorks Galley is San Juan Island’s première gallery for contemporary artwork. Established in 1985 with the concept of showcasing artists based in the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Northwest. The work of the gallery’s painters and sculptors reflect the unique Northwest experience. Artists and their visions evolve and change, stimulated by the changing times we live in. Art jewelry is a new addition to the gallery. Monthly show schedule posted online. Seasonally adjusted hours. [more...]

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Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso Studio - San Juan GlassworksSee all information about this member
1296 Wold Rd.
Friday Harbor
Art - San Juan Island

Yvonne’s work space is a multi media island studio located four miles from the town of Friday Harbor on a beautiful lakeside setting.  Come visit to watch and learn about her art glass panels, miniature sculptures (jewelry), and encaustic (beeswax) paintings.  Artwork is available for sale and custom commissions always welcome.  By appointment or call for studio hours. [more...]

Friday Harbor
Portals of Welcome - Totem Poles & Harbor View

Enjoy the waterfront walk down to the Port of Friday Harbor, appreciating the Coast Salish "Portals of Welcome" house posts and the many visiting boats from around the world. The carved cedar piece is titled "Interaction" and was created by Salish Coast artist Susan Point as a symbol of welcome and an acknowledgement of the Native presence in the San Juan Islands. [more...]

Friday Harbor
San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA)See all information about this member
540 Spring St.
Friday Harbor
(360) 370-5050
San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) - New Bldg.

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art provides quarterly exhibits that reflect the best of the visual arts from the northwestern U.S. and southwestern Canada. The IMA's mission is to connect people with art that inspires, challenges, and enlightens.  [more...]

Friday Harbor
Arctic Raven GallerySee all information about this member
130 First Street South
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-3433
Art Gallery Shopping San Juan Island

We are a fine art galley that offers a venue for the native people of the Northwest Coast, the Inuit and Alaskan indigenous artists. We feature master carvers in wood, stone and bone. Our selection of silver, argillite basketry, paintings and ivory will enhance your island experience.  [more...]

Friday Harbor
Gallery 9 See all information about this member
60 First Street
Friday Harbor
Shopping, Art Gallery, San Juan Island

The space has been an art gallery since 1985, when Robert Behr opened up a gallery called “Cabazon” (a kind of fish found in the area). He sold it to Whitney Peckman who had a gallery named “Garuda and I” with beads and artifacts from her travels in Bali and Thailand. She sold it and it ran under the same name for many years. Doug Bison opened up “Bison Gallery” in 2009 and left in 2011 to open a gallery in La Conner named “Blackfish Gallery”. The space was vacant in 2012, when Nina Pellar Le Baron decided that someone needed to open up an art gallery there. [more...]

Friday Harbor
Island Studios - Art GallerySee all information about this member
270 Spring St.
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-6550
Island Studios - Art Gallery Shopping San Juan Island

Art Gallery - Local Island Artists - Fine Arts and Crafts - Made in San Juan [more...]

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Island Stage LeftSee all information about this member
1062 Wold Rd.
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-5649
Island Stage Left

Renowned for professional quality productions and unmatchable island ambiance, Island Stage Left's goal is to provide the best theatre for everyone, regardless of their financial circumstance. Join us under the stars every summer for Shakespeare and indoors from September to May for contemporary and classical plays. Admission is free/donations are appreciated. [more...]

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San Juan Island Artists' Studio TourSee all information about this member
160 MacGinitie Road
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-5594
Art, Event, Studio Tour San Juan Island

A self-guided tour of 13 working studios with 39 participants.  We are a group of mutually supportive San Juan Island artists who open up our personal studio spaces, often including artistic gardens, to the public for an entire weekend at the end of spring each year. This free community event celebrates the way we work and live. In addition to displaying our work, including sculpture, jewelry, pottery, printmaking, glass, fiber and fine art, we share insights into how our art is created and what inspires and motivates us in our chosen media. [more...]

Friday Harbor
San Juan Community Theatre See all information about this member
100 Second St.
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-3210
San Juan Community Theatre - Outside of Bldg.

San Juan Community Theatre, located on San Juan Island in Friday Harbor, is a state-of-the-art facility far exceeding expectations of what might be found on a remote island. The Theatre offers a broad variety of high-quality, locally-produced events, as well as performances by renowned touring music, theatre and dance companies. The Theatre is active year-round. See the schedule of events on our web site for details on current and upcoming shows. [more...]

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Paula West PotterySee all information about this member
160 Mac Ginitie Road
Friday Harbor
(360) 378-2391
Paula West Pottery

Visit Paula's studio where she turns porcelain clay on the potters wheel into unique and functional vessels for you table.  Established in 1993, the studio offers visitors the opportunity to see a working studio and the many aspects of pottery making.  Browse the showroom and view works in progress.  Call for hours. [more...]

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San Juan Islands Sculpture ParkSee all information about this member
Roche Harbor Road at Roche Harbor Entrance
Roche Harbor
(360) 370-0035
San Juan Islands Sculpture Park - Aerion by Don Moss

The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park is 20 acres of outdoor art. An idyllic setting with more than 100 unique sculptures in a variety of media, from wood to metal, glass and stone. Artists range from well known to unknown, and there are new exhibits every year. The park is open all year from dawn to dusk, a $5 per adult donation is requested - kids and dogs are free. [more...]

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