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.
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 and 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 crafts people sell their work at the Friday Art Market in the Brickworks Plaza.
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.
Enjoy the waterfront walk down to the Port of Friday Harbor, appreciating the Coast Salish house posts and the many visiting boats from around the world. The piece is titled "Interaction" and was created by Salish Coast artist Susan Point, a member of the Musqueum Tribe, as a symbol of welcome and an acknowledgement of the Native presence in the San Juan Islands. "Interaction" is also dedicated to welcoming all to work together in the stewardship of our precious marine ecosystem. Location: Friday Harbor waterfront, in Jack Fairweather Park [more...]
The San Juan Islands Artists' Studio tour is a free, self-guided tour of more than a dozen working studios, including many artists all around the island. The artists are a group of mutually supportive San Juan Island artists who open their personal studio spaces, often including artistic gardens, to the public for an entire weekend each spring. Location: Various studios on San Juan Island Visit www.sanjuanislandartists.com for dates and times [more...]
Yvonne’s work space is a multi-media island studio located four miles from Friday Harbor on a beautiful lakeside setting. Come watch and learn about her art glass panels, miniature sculptures (jewelry), and encaustic (beeswax) paintings. Artwork is available for sale and custom commissions are always welcome. Location: 1296 Wold Rd., San Juan Island; (360) 378-6725 Hours: Call for seasonal hours [more...]
WaterWorks Gallery was 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.
Location: 315 Argyle St., Friday Harbor; (360) 378-3060
Hours: Call for seasonal hours [more...]
Visit Paula's studio on the southwest side of San Juan Island, where she turns porcelain clay on the potters wheel into unique and functional vessels for your 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 for sale as well as in progress. Location: 160 MacGinitie Rd., San Juan Island; (360) 378-2391 Hours: Call for seasonal hours [more...]
The new San Juan Islands Museum of Art offers quarterly exhibitions of fine visual art from around the world. The IMA mission is to connect people with art that inspires, challenges, and enlightens. Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday through Monday. Summer hours will vary. Please see the website for current information. Admission is free! [more...]
Island Studios is a fine arts and crafts gallery opened in 1996 for the exclusive purpose of representing artists and craftspersons who live in the islands.
Location: 270 Spring St., Friday Harbor; (360) 378-6550
Hours: Call for seasonal hours [more...]
San Juan Community Theatre 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, and is active year-round.
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...]