Arts Scene in the San Juan Islands

One of the many reasons to visit the San Juan Islands is to experience the vibrant arts scene.  Whether fine art, crafts, theatre, or other performance art, the Islands have attracted an accomplished and varied community of artists who share their work in many different venues.

Browse galleries and outdoor markets offering colorful paintings, fiber art and jewelry. Listen to world-class musicians at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Enjoy moving performances at San Juan Island Community Theatre’s Shakespeare Under the Stars. Or, hear talented local poets read at Lopez Island’s intimate library. Whatever your interests, you’ll discover a vast range of artistic offerings and activities on your visit to the San Juan Islands.

And you’ll find not just a profusion of professional artists, but also a wealth of part-time creativity—here, your tour guide, receptionist, server, or sales clerk is likely to paint, write, or act in their off hours. Musicians. Photographers. Writers. Sculptors. Actors. Stonemasons. Fiber artists. Watercolorists. Woodturners. Ceramicists. The islands’ beauty attracts and inspires artists of all genres, and you’ll find yourself experiencing their works at every turn.

Orcas, San Juan and Lopez each offers a wealth of galleries and studios to explore, and on summer Saturdays, you can sample distinctive local crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, and pottery at these islands’ lively farmers’ markets. On summer Friday nights at the Art Market in Friday Harbor, artists share and sell their creations. Even more dramatic are the community theaters in Eastsound, Friday Harbor, and Lopez Village, whose year-round entertainments range from plays and Broadway musicals to chamber, folk and jazz music. In the summer months, treat yourself to free live music in Eastsound’s village green, at the Port of Friday Harbor, or at Music on the Lawn at the San Juan Historical Society Museum.

Visit artists on their home turf during the Artists’ Studio Tours on San Juan in June, Orcas in August, and Lopez in September. In July, take in the Summer Arts Fair on San Juan Island, and in August, enjoy the Chamber Music Festival on Orcas.

From internationally lauded to creatively home grown, from sophisticated to simple, you’ll discover a range of artistic experiences in the San Juans as wide and eclectic as your tastes.

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

Orcas Island
Orcas Island Pottery GallerySee all information about this member
338 Old Pottery Road
Eastsound
(360) 376-2813
Pottery, Art, Shopping, 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 Channell. When you turn off the main road onto the long driveway into the woods, you feel like you are going into a fairyland. As you enter the parking lot you will notice a sign for the 'Foot Path' that leads you down into the yard. There you will find different pathways to go on to discover this magical place with its beautiful gardens and fountains. It's a whimsical adventure. [more...]

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

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 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...]

Friday Harbor
Portals of Welcome - Totem Poles & Harbor View

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...]

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 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.

Location: 100 Second St.; (360) 378-3210
Hours: Visit www.sjctheatre.org for schedule and showtimes [more...]

Orcas Island
Orcas Island ArtworksSee all information about this member
217 Main St.
Eastsound
(360) 376-4408

A treasured Orcas Island destination for visitors and locals alike, the Artworks in Eastsound offers one of the finest selections of local art and crafts in the San Juan Islands. The co-op represents over forty 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: 217 Main St., Eastsound; (360) 376-4408
Hours: 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m., daily [more...]

Orcas Island
Orcas Island Chamber Music FestivalSee all information about this member
917 B Mt. Baker Road
Eastsound
(866) 492-0003
(360) 376-6636
Events Orcas island

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...]

Orcas Island
Crow Valley PotterySee all information about this member
2274 Orcas Rd.
Eastsound
(877) 512-8184
(360) 376-4260
Pottery, Art, Shopping, Orcas Island

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...]

San Juan Island
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...]

San Juan Island
Paula West PotterySee all information about this member
160 MacGinitie Rd.
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 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...]

Orcas Island
Orcas Center See all information about this member
917 Mt Baker Rd.
Eastsound
(360) 376-2281
Orcas Center - The Met Live in HD: Verdi's Rigoletto

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.

Location: 917 Mt Baker Rd., Eastsound; (360) 376-2281
Hours: Visit www.orcascenter.com for showtimes and gallery hours [more...]

Lopez Island
Chimera GallerySee all information about this member
Lopez Village Plaza
Lopez
(360) 468-3265
Art Gallery Shopping Lopez Island

Founded in 1987, Chimera Gallery is a showplace for Lopez artists and artisans, providing a central location in Lopez Village to display and sell their quality fine art and crafts. This cooperative gallery shows over 20 artists and has a great selection of painting, pottery, jewelry, weaving, glass, metalwork, journals, botanical art, and more.

Location: Lopez Village Plaza; (360) 468-3265
Hours: Mon. - Sat., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sun. 10:00 - 3:00 [more...]

All San Juan Islands
Art, San Juan Islands

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...]

Orcas Island
Orcas Art StudiosSee all information about this member
1286 Mt. Baker Rd., Suite A4
Eastsound
(360) 447-8387
Orcas Art Studios - Barn - Art Classes

Create an artful vacation with a painting or drawing workshop on beautiful Orcas Island with it’s idyllic setting of Crow Valley pastures and glorious mountain and ocean views. Workshops are run by locally and nationally known art instructors, including Seattle's Gage Academy artists and teachers Terry Furchgott and Mitchell Albala.

Location: 1286 Mt. Baker Rd., Suite A4; (360) 447-8387
Hours: Visit www.orcasartstudios.com for class times or to make an appointment to view the gallery [more...]

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

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...]

Lopez Island
Lopez Center for Community and the ArtsSee all information about this member
204 Village Rd.
Lopez Island
(360) 468-2203

Lopez Center for Community and the Arts is a critical part of life on the island. Located on some 7 acres of land in the middle of Lopez Village, The Center has committed the use of some of the land to an outdoor performance pavilion, the Lopez Children’s Center, the Family Resource Center, the Farmers' Market, a community garden, and a skateboard park. It sits proudly in the middle of an expansive greensward with drought- and deer-resistant landscaping.

Location: 204 Village Rd., Lopez Village; (360) 468-2203
Hours: visit www.lopezcenter.com for event schedule [more...]

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