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SPRING EXHIBITIONS

March 4 - May 30, 2022

Hours:  Friday - Monday 11-5   Mondays are Pay As You Can Days

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NICHOLS GALLERY

What Was: unmarked
Paintings by Helen O’Toole

My paintings probe this covert mess of darkness and trauma, implicating the inner lives of my ancestors and their sense of place. I allude to an otherwise cloaked connection to a darker past that persists. The burnt-out big houses, the remains of famine cottages, and the limestone walls surrounding stony green fields are expressions of the stories told, marking out what’s mine and what’s yours. Land markers and erasures divulge the stains and concealment of past histories in What Was: unmarked.

 Pirate Queen  Photo credit Spike Mafford

Oil on canvas, 97 x 172 inches  (each canvas 97x 86 inches)

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INTO THE BREACH

NORTH GALLERY

Sculpture, Drawings, and Prints by Tom Gormally

Observing this new era of divisiveness in American society, Gormally created a body of work that would inspire dialogue and help bridge the gap in our culture but also within his own family. In these works, he combines the shamanistic aspect of effigy representation with folk-like carvings, fabrications, and inviting light elements to create widely accessible pieces representing apt idioms for the moment. Wordplay and metaphor are central to the construction of his pieces, which are often humorous.

Tom Gormally

Photo credit Malayka

Sleeping Fox with Book and Owl

Photo credit Mark Woods

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Gail Grinnell. We Are A Crowd of Others (detail) 2016, Photo credit: Mark Woods.

FIAT LUX

THE ATRIUM

Gail Grinnell

Gail Grinnell’s eye-catching, large-scale installation, FIAT LUX, is made of non woven fabric, ink, paint and straight pins. Her work layers ideas, memories of her family history and the inner dependencies that are mark our lives. 

 

This site-specific installation provides a place where people engage in the merging of intellect and emotion - the heart of artistic expression.   Inspired by memories, Grinnell weaves materials and methods through place, time, opportunity and experience and creates grounds for the stories we tell ourselves. Her title is in Latin and means “let there be light.”

SJIMA wishes to thank our Spring 2022 sponsors:

The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Town of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, Browne’s Home Center,  Anonymous, Printonyx and Harbor Rentals. 

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Admission is $10 and free to members and those 18 and younger. Mondays are Pay As You Can days. More information and updates can be found at https://sjima.org/.  SJIMA is located at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor, WA and all are welcome to this joyous show.

Hours:  Friday - Monday 11-5   Mondays are Pay As You Can Days

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

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We continue to abide by all public health guidelines. As of March 12 here are the current guidelines for attending San Juan Islands Museum of Art exhibitions and workshops. 

 

These policies will be updated periodically, so please be sure to check the web site or the San Juan County Health Department guidelines before visiting the museum.

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF VISITORS AND OUR STAFF. COMPLIANCE WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. 

 

Face masks are optional. If a visitor desires one, SJIMA will provide a disposable mask, which they may take home for themselves.

 

We recommend that persons stay at least six feet apart  in all areas of the building unless they are all members of the same household.

 

Anyone with a cough or fever will be asked to leave the premises.

 

Docent tours, when available, will limit the number of people in a group and group members. Check Docent Tours under the “Visit” heading.

 

Touching the art is not allowed.

 

REMINDER: There are federal requirement for transportation systems, including ferries and air travel that will continue to require masking.