The Islands Museum of Art on Spring Street in Friday Harbor is a significant new landmark in the cultural life of our islands thanks to the generosity of individuals and the hard work of many many volunteers.
The museum's architecture is impressive and the interior has several galleries as well as workshop space. Its location just a short walk from the ferry makes it very accessible to residents from other islands.
Over 600 people celebrated the opening in December of a juried show of 60 island artists of the IMA Artists Registry from Lopez, Orcas, San Juan and Waldron Islands. The talents of island artists are extraordinary as can be seen in the 100 pieces of their art on display including paintings large and small in various mediums, sculpture in metal, ceramics, wood and stone, photography and much much more.
As I spent time meandering in the galleries, I felt a deep sense of pride in the artistic community of our islands.
I urge islanders to take time to visit this exhibit which continues through January 25. The Islands Museum of Art is open Friday - Monday, 11-5. Phone: 370-5050.
Emily Reed Geyman