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, 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.
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.
The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park is 20 acres of outdoor art. This idyllic setting features more than 100 unique sculptures in a variety of media, from wood and metal, to glass and stone. Artists range from well known to unknown, and there are new additions every year. The park is open all year round from dawn to dusk; a $5 per adult donation is requested. Kids and dogs are free. [more...]
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...]
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art has exciting plans for a beautiful new facility opening in early 2015. The design by architect Richard Hobbs features interior Main and North Galleries within the walls of the existing building and a proposed outdoor South Terrace Gallery, the combination of which invites all to participate and be involved in the world of the IMA visual arts experience. The new San Juan Islands Museum of Art will provide quarterly exhibits that reflect the best of the visual arts from the northwestern U.S. and southwestern Canada. [more...]
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...]
WaterWorks Gallery 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...]
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...]
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...]
Gallery 9 has local arts and gifts from the Northwest Islands. Handmade art can be found in this stunning & chic downtown gallery. From art cards, elegant yoga and art wear, furniture, fiber art, nature photography to painting, jewelry, ceramics, glass, encaustics and sculpture. Almost 35 artists now are represented here! On the way up to the Whale Museum, stop on in and see our changing display of fine contemporary art. Find us at our online store and shop for art gifts from our website at home to feather your nest, body or to give. [more...]
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...]
The San Juan Islands Artists' Studio tour is a free, self-guided tour of 13 working studios, including 39 participants all around the island. The artists 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. [more...]
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...]