“Strawberry Series" Orcas Island Artworks' Living Legacy
For a sweet taste of old-time island life in the San Juans, don’t miss this spring’s “Strawberry Series,” a celebration highlighting the legacy of Olga’s Strawberry Barreling Plant and the rare berries that made it possible. The historic building is now home to the Orcas Island Artworks, an artist’s co-op, as well as the Catkin Café and the James Hardman Gallery.
The Strawberry Series kicks off May 7 with a talk by Maine inter-media artist Leah Gauthier, whose work explores food from multiple perspectives.
The Strawberry Series also includes:
- Saturday May 28 — “Marshall Memories,” an afternoon of stories featuring local elders who experienced the Marshall’s heyday.
- Friday June 10 – 4 PM “Old-Fashioned Modernity: Recovering an Historic Building,” an architectural talk and tour by Ben Trogdon, AIA, who led the re-design and construction of the building after its east end was gutted in a 2013 fire. Program ends in the Catkin Café with after-hours refreshments.
- Saturday June 18 — The annual ice-cream social put on by Orcas Island Artworks, a free event featuring demonstrations, live music, lemonade and of course, ice cream.
Visitors can count on a tasty signature strawberry dessert at Catkin Café through June – or as long as the strawberries last — and should include time to pick up a map and take a fun, self-guided tour of Olga and beyond that includes “strawberry points of interest.”