2017 Exhibitions


Saturday September 16th, 2017 – Monday November 6th, 2017

The final exhibition of the Dialogues from the Forest series explores and honors the natural resources of the Northwest landscape.  These artists transform their explorations into personal statements of celebration and genuine concern.

    FROM ROCKY OUTCROPPINGS: Jean Behnke Michael Peterson Peter de Lory "It appears that somewhere between my intention and lack of it an authentic art can reveal itself." Behnke "My organic abstract work in wood has always been grounded in the natural world and has come to evolve out of the process of making and develops its own logic.  There are few absolutes." Peterson "I am interested in how humans relate to and alter the places where we live, whether it is the wilderness or urban landscape." de Lory   ARBOREAL BEAUTY: Kathy Gore Fuss "Every character in the forest is connected to the whole.  We form a complex, integrated organism, and, when I paint, I try to capture some of that feeling, beauty and energy."   BURNT: Lee Imonen "Have you every wondered how everyday objects are made? This series of sculptures puts into visual form our dependence on natural materials, and our need to balance our consumption of these resources."   Sponsors: Western Prince Whale and Wildlife Tours Kenmore Air Islanders Bank Lynn and Alan Roochvarg Sondra and David Bayley Jill Karr Sharon Lannan Birdrock Hotel Earthbox Inn and Spa Hours: September 16-30th, Thursday to Monday 11 to 6 p.m. October 1st - November 6th, Friday to Monday 11 to 5 p.m. NEW: Mondays ARE PAY WHAT YOU CAN! Admission: $10, members and under 18 are free.

Gu Xiong: A River of Migration

Saturday August 6th, 2016 – Monday November 28th, 2016
Installation: August 1 – 5, 2016 – the community is invited to observe

Comparing his own journey from China to Canada, with that of the of the migration of the Salmon, Canadian multi-media artist Gu Xiong will install “A River of Migration” in the San Juan Islands Museum of Art’s (SJIMA) Atrium Gallery.

Fragile Waters: Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II & Dorothy Kerper Monnelly

Saturday April 23rd, 2016 – Monday September 5th, 2016

FRAGILE WATERS calls attention to water, our most critical resource, presenting 117 iconic black-and-white works by three renowned photographers and lifelong environmentalists.

sponsor: The Honeywell Charitable Trust, Kenmore Air, & Mike's Winebar and Cafe

2018 THE FEMALE GAZE, Part 1

Saturday February 17th, 2018 – Monday May 7th, 2018

"The Woman as Visionary and Creator"


MASRICANI - Yasmine K. Kasem

As an American-Egyptian Muslim sculptor Kasem creates works addressing the perception of identity through trans-cultural eyes.  She remarks on social stigma and the issues that the Middle Eastern and the Western women share.
Sponsored by Kenmore Air and Anonymous
 Morris Graves in His Leek Garden 1973, © Imogen Cunningham Trust

Through My Lens - Imogen Cunningham

Focusing on the men of her life and times, these photographs span the seven decade career of a pioneering female photographer.
Sponsored by The Imogen Cunningham Trust

SUBSTRATE: Underlying Currents by Susan Singleton, Kandis Susol and Hannah Alex-Glasser

Inspired by natural forms, the artists employ paper, wax, ceramics and ink to bring poetic interpretations to their mutually sensitive creations.
Sponsored by Janet Ketcham Foundation, Cassandra Carothers, John Ketcham Foundation and the Swigert Warren Foundation
Hours open: Winter hours: Friday to Monday - October 1st to April 30th - 11 to 5 p.m. Summer hours: Thursday to Monday - May 1st to September 30 - 11 to 5 p.m.

Dialogues from the Forest – Part 1

Saturday March 4th, 2017 – Monday May 15th, 2017
  The SJIMA 2017 schedule of exhibitions explores and honors the resources of the abundant, Northwest landscape which artists transform into personal statements of celebration and genuine concern.  First Nation art will be featured in the summer exhibition and will continue the dialogue concerning the forest and culture.

CELEBRATIONS by Morse Clary, artist/professor from the Tri Cities

Clary is a gifted sculptor, who sees each of his elegant ‘books’ as a study of sculptural metaphor and the visual and tactile qualities of wood.  In this seminal exhibition of his life’s work, he presents a fascinating array of woods, fiber, jewels, bones and other materials from the natural environment, which have informed and inspired him. View his collection of books from March 4th – May 15th.

CHARRED TOTEMS by Suze Woolf, painter, sculptor from Seattle

The artist’s anxiety about climate change emerges in this series on burned-over forests.  A strange, stunning beauty is accompanied by destruction and heartbreak in these cast paper sculptures and pine beetle books.  Her painting walks a line between involving reality and a collection of brush strokes.  Woolf is concerned about climate change and in this series on burned-over forests she portrays strange and stunning beauty.  View Suze Woolf’s exhibit from March 4th – May 15th.

A REFLECTION OF VESSEL by Aaron Haba, installation artist, Camano Island

This site specific installation invites the viewer to look toward the heavens to see the beauty inside our own human vessels.  Here at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art Haba has re-imagined his work “Vessel” to respond to the Atrium Gallery. View Aaron Haba’s “A Reflection of Vessel” in the Atrium from March 4th – May 15th.
Sponsors: Peg Gerlock & Phil Johnson, Earthbox Inn & Spa, Friday Harbor Suites, Harbor Rental & Saw Shop & Printonyx
SJIMA is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization: At the heart of the Salish Sea, SJIMA enriches arts and artists as we champion authenticity of our islands’ expression, place and connections.

EMERGENCE – First Nation Legendary & Emerging Artists

Friday May 26th, 2017 – Monday September 4th, 2017
  Voices of ancestors speak through the work of a new generation of First Nation artists and their honored mentors. SJIMA is honored to present its first exhibition devoted to First Nation art.  The artists are members of tribes in the Coastal Pacific Northwest and others are Inuit from the Hudson Bay area.  Over 25 artists are represented from at least five different outstanding collections. Our goal is to highlight contemporary artists as they interpret traditional cultural images in glass, prints, stone, bone and wood. Educational materials and events accompany the exhibitions to expand the understanding of the art, its function and the legends and myths of the tribal cultural heritage. EMERGENCE will run from May 26th to September 4, 2017. SJIMA hours are Thursday - Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
SPONSORS: Dave and Nancy Honeywell Charitable Trust, Susan and Gary Sterner, Law Office of Stephanie Johnson O'Day, Harbor Rental

Artists Registry Show

Saturday November 18th, 2017 – Monday January 8th, 2018
Opening reception for members: Friday, November 17th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  The San Juan Islands Museum of Art is dedicated to exhibit and promote art in all mediums and is especially dedicated to supporting the local San Juan Islands art community each year in the museum's annual Artists Registry Exhibit.  This year's theme, "Cracking the Surface," which opens November 18th and runs through until January 8th, showcases 88 established and emerging artists from San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Lopez Island.  The exhibit features artworks in oil, acrylic, watercolor and encaustic, as well as pastels, photography, mixed media, pottery, sculpture, glass, wood and textiles by SJIMA Artists Registry members. SJIMA Artists Registry is an online resource supported by SJIMA.  Members of the islands artists community are listed on the website's artists pages located at: www.sjimaartistsregistry.com Admission: FREE for members and 18 and younger, $10 for non-members and Mondays at the museum are PAY WHAT YOU CAN. Hours: Friday to Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Address: 540 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA  (360-370-5050)


Friday May 25th, 2018 – Monday September 3rd, 2018

Mister Puppet by Ken Kelly
  Considered to be the most important African-American cultural contribution to the history of art in the US, the Quilts of Gee's Bend are "Moving, Powerful and Abstract Masterpieces." Several artists across many mediums have been invited to express their own dialogue with the women and work of Gee's Bend.

Recognition of CWGB sponsors: Dave and Nancy Honeywell Charitable Trust, Town of Friday Harbor, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Maryanne Tagney Jones Family Fund, Peg Gerlock and Phil Johnson and Kim Miller

Additional sponsors: Kenmore Air, Tom and Barbara Cable, Margaret Greene, David and Valerie Kelley F/V Arrow, Bill and Susan Potts, Funk and Junk Antiques, Greg Kucera Gallery, Printonyx, Harbor Rental, Café Demeter, Sharon Lannon, Christine Leiren Mower, Margaret and Scotty Green, Cindy Pigott, Deirdre Morris, Mike's Wine Bar and Café


Saturday September 15th, 2018 – Monday December 10th, 2018


STUFF: The Consumption


The works embody display the consumerist pathology of our time and they certainly cut close to the bone.



OF MY HANDS 1962-2018


A body of work across multiple media reflects a lifetime of exploration and excellence in drawing, high fire and low fire reduction and Raku pottery.







By changing the way we consume, we can generate positive change in marine ecosystems and preserve the remaining integrity of our oceans.


Ai Weiwei: Fault Line

Saturday January 23rd, 2016 – Monday April 11th, 2016

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art presents an exhibition of work by Ai Weiwei, one of the most influential artists and most closely followed dissident political voices in the world.

Dana Lynn Louis: As Above, So Below

Saturday January 23rd, 2016 – Saturday July 16th, 2016

As Above, So Below is a site-specific installation by Portland-based artist Dana Lynn Louis, recipient of the 2016 Contemporary Northwest Art Award.

sponsor: Kim Miller

Francisco Goya: Selected Prints by Francisco Goya

Saturday January 23rd, 2016 – Monday April 11th, 2016

Sleep of Reason presents 16 prints culled from two of Goya’s famous suites of prints: Los Desastres de la Guerra (1810–20) and Los Caprichos (1797–98).


Saturday December 10th, 2016 – Saturday February 18th, 2017

A retrospective exhibition of noted artist and educator John F. Heric. His artwork engages a wide variety of mediums – sculpture, music, drawing, and painting.

Dianne Kornberg: For All We Know

Saturday September 17th, 2016 – Monday November 28th, 2016

For All We Know is an exhibition that features work from an eight-year long collaboration between visual artist, Dianne Kornberg, and poet, Elisabeth Frost that crosses the borders of media and form. Four projects are represented that honor and question limits to the creation of knowledge through the scientific method.

Nicole Pietrantoni: Hydrographs

Saturday September 17th, 2016 – Monday November 28th, 2016

Hydrographs is a site-specific installation by Nicole Pietrantoni, a noted scholar, professor, and printmaker. She combines digital printing with traditional bookbinding techniques to create works that are both powerfully cerebral and stunningly aesthetic.

SJIMA Artists’ Registry Show

Saturday December 10th, 2016 – Saturday February 18th, 2017

The fifth annual SJIMA Artists’ Registry Show – an exhibition of artworks by more than 92 Artists’ Registry members from San Juan County!

IMA Islands Artists’ Registry Show

Saturday November 21st, 2015 – Monday January 11th, 2016

SJIMA welcomes the community to our fourth annual exhibition of artworks by more than 70 Artists’ Registry members from San Juan County!.

sponsor: Browne’s Home Center, Friday Harbor Electric, Mancuso Design & Construction

Michael Dailey: Early Dawn To Late Twilight

Saturday August 29th, 2015 – Monday November 9th, 2015
Opening Reception: August 28, 2015, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Art as a Voice: "Michael Dailey: Landscape-inspired Abstractions," October 13, 2015, 7:30 p.m. San Juan Community Theater

Michael Dailey is considered one of the Northwest's great mystical painters. This exhibition of luminous, color-field meditations spans 44 years of his remarkable work.

sponsor: The Lester M. and Bernice Smith Foundation

Joe Miller: Unlike Earth

Saturday August 29th, 2015 – Monday November 9th, 2015
Opening Reception: August 28, 2015, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

IMA is delighted to debut the first museum survey of San Juan Island artist Joe Miller's colorfold paintings. These masterful watercolors present Miller's stunningly original reflections on land forms, rocks, sky, and rivers.

sponsor: The Lester M. and Bernice Smith Foundation

Kathy Venter: Immersion

Saturday August 29th, 2015 – Monday December 14th, 2015
Opening Reception: August 28, 2015, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Art as a Voice: "Kathy Venter: Life-sized Ceramic Sculpture," Novemer 4, 7:30 p.m. at San Juan Community Theater

Kathy Venter's life-size ceramic sculptures connect with universal themes of the human spirit, evoking ancient times while challenging figurative traditions.

sponsor: The Lester M. and Bernice Smith Foundation