Arts and Crafts on San Juan Island

One of the many reasons we love San Juan Island is the vibrant arts scene. Not only does Friday Harbor have an array of art galleries to explore, but you can visit other places dedicated to arts and crafts elsewhere on the island.

Starting in Friday Harbor though, there is a lot of art to be seen within a short walking distance from Earthbox. There are over five galleries in this town, each showcasing different work.  For high quality, diverse shows stop in at the Waterworks Gallery that routinely displays sculpture, paintings and jewelry from top, Pacific Northwest artists. 

Further downtown is the Artic Raven Gallery, displaying artwork from Artic and Northwest Coast Native Americans.  The gallery’s collection of masks, wood carvings and prints represents local people including Coast Salish, Kwagullth, and Makah nations.
San Juan’s own art museum, the San Juan Islands Museum of art (IMA),  is just up the road and makes it its mission to provide engaging shows of Northwest and Southwest Canadian artwork. For a full listing of Friday Harbor galleries see the Friday Harbor Gallery Guide or ask at Earthbox.

The IMA also provides incentive to explore the island. At San Juan’s north end, near the Roche Harbor resort, the museum has a Sculpture Park.  The 19 acre park contains over 100 works of art, as well as forest, meadow, and water side trails to enjoy. 

Since you’re out on the road, why not explore some of the other arts and crafts the island offers. Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm offers the novelty of strolling through farm land dotted with alpacas, plus the luxury of their country store, filled with clothes and good crafted from alpaca wool.

Further down the island you can follow the scent of lavender to the Pelindaba Lavender Farm.  Enjoy fields of fragment lavender, decorated with artwork, and a store full of lavender crafts, eatables and bath products.

For a truly amazing peek at the many artists who make San Juan Island their home, visit during the San Juan Island Artists Studio Tour in June.