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This special presentation by M.J. Anderson augments her SJIMA exhibition ANTIDOTE. She will take us on a gallery walk through this show and share her journey in her art. M.J. will share her motivation to create her art, the materials she uses, and what she hopes you will take away from ANTITODE. You will expand how you experience the exhibition as well as increase your understanding of sculpture.


The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) announces a very special discussion series which began on August 3.

The talks provide opportunities to learn about the culture of Afghanistan, Islam, advocacy for women and children and James Longley’s personal stories of everyday life, all leading to a better understanding of this ancient and troubled region.

Recordings of sessions are available to view below.

Paths to Understanding: Afghanistan

By James Longley

AUGUST 31, 2022, 7:00 PM @ SJ Community Theatre

Rev. Terry Kyllo was featured in dialog with James Longley on August 31, 2021 in an event held at the San Juan Community Theatre. Terry Kyllo is a Lutheran pastor and Executive Director of Paths to Understanding, a multi-faith peacemaking organization. James Longley is Friday Harbor’s Oscar-nominated filmmaker and photographer. His exhibit Looking into Kabul  combines vast panoramic images with portraits and film focusing on everyday life in Kabul's old city.

SJIMA thanks the sponsors of this presentation, RaVae Luckhart and Jack Rice, Rob Ray, and the Town of Friday Harbor.

Personal Stories of Everyday Life 

By James Longley

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2022, 5:00 PM @ Orcas Center, Eastsound

What is it like to live in Afghanistan? James Longley, photographer and award-winning filmmaker, speaks to his years immersed in the daily life of old city Kabul.  His exhibit at SJIMA combines vast panoramic images with portraits and film focusing on everyday life. This presentation will be on August 28, 5-7 at the Orcas Center in Eastsound, Orcas Island.

Sponsored by the Orcas Island Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission and KCTS Channel 9

The Life of My Choice: 21 Years in Kabul

with Marnie Gustavson

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2022, 7:00 PM @ SJIMA, 58 minutes

The Life of My Choice: 21 Years in Kabul is second in the Ask Us About Afghanistan series at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). Marnie Gustavson, a tireless activist for women and children in Afghanistan presented at SJIMA on August 17 at 7 pm.

Gustavson has been the Executive Director of PARSA, an NGO based in Kabul, building Healthy Afghan Communities for 16 years. Founded in 1996, PARSA is a private non-governmental organization working directly with the disadvantaged people of Afghanistan. PARSA supports communities as they make their own development solutions, focusing on promoting social change and a healthy and fair society for all people but especially women and children.


Understanding the importance of community partnership, three ground-breaking programs highlight their mission. With the Ministry of Education, PARSA has helped rebirth the 80-year-old Afghan Scouts program. With the Ministry of Social Affairs, the NGO has the Healthy Afghan Child Program and is working to initiate change in the Afghan National orphanage system to ensure the most vulnerable children can have a care in the post-conflict country.

PARSA website is located at: A selection of media articles about PARSA and Marnie's work can be found at

Call of the Minaret: Islam in Afghanistan

with Rebecca Moore, Ph.D.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2022, 7:00 PM @ SJIMA, 58 minutes

Call of the Minaret: Islam in Afghanistan features a discussion with Rebecca Moore, Ph.D. of how Islamic faith has shaped and influenced the culture of Afghanistan.

Moore is an Emerita Professor of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. She has lectured and published on Jewish and Christian relations in a variety of venues. Her book Jews and Christians in the Life and Thought of Hugh of St. Victor focused on the medieval Christian debt to Jewish biblical commentaries.

Her publications include Peoples Temple and Jonestown in the Twenty-First Century. (Cambridge University Press, 2022), “A Blessing to Each Other”: A New Account of Jewish and Christian Relations, 2021, and Voices of Christianity: A Global Introduction, 2nd edition, 2018.


She is currently a Co-Editor of Elements in New Religious Movements, published by Cambridge University Press. Her body of work consists of a myriad of professional presentations, books, articles and a multitude of community lectures and talks.

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