The impressive San Juan Community Theatre & Arts Center (100 2nd St., 360/378-3211, www.sanjuanarts.org) is the center for local performing arts, with year-round musical programs and plays. Watch first-run films at Royal Theatre (209 Spring St., 360/378-4455).
Friday Harbor is home to several excellent art galleries, including Waterworks Gallery (315 Argyle, 360/378-3060, www.waterworksgallery.com, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.), a large, contemporary gallery with impressive paintings, prints, watercolors, and sculpture by island and international artists.
Sunshine Gallery (85 Nichols St., 360/378-5819, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Wed.–Mon., closed Tues.) is a cooperatively run place selling quality local artwork.
The Garuda & I (60 1st St., 360/378-3733, www.sanjuansites.com/garudaandi, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sun.) is a unique gallery with ethnic artifacts, beautiful jewelry, and a large cage filled with chirping zebra finches.
Also of note is Rainshadow Arts Gallery (20 1st St. N, 360/378-0988, www.rainshadow-arts.com) with photography, prints, and other works of art.
Island Studios (270 Spring St., 360/378-6550, www.islandstudios.com) features work from more than 90 local artists, including paintings, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, and more.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition