San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce - Event Information

Event Name:Opening September 3 with new exhibits
Event Type(s):Member Event
Description:Since closing our doors in March, we have been preparing for this moment.  SJIMA has collaborated with our County health authorities, the Washington State Arts Commission and governor's office on a proposal that has allowed museums to reopen in a Phase Two scenario. We are ready! (See our COVID plan at
While closed, SJIMA volunteers have been busy planning new exhibitions for 2021and discovering innovative ways to deliver them. Recently, the live online gallery tour with June Sekiguchi and Holly Ballard Martz brought the artists into about 80 homes.  New on September 3 is an installation by Samuel Stubblefield that will challenge us to look at art in completely new ways and have us asking, “How did he do that?”

Also showing is Deon Venter's MISSING/ HIGHWAY OF TEARS .
Event Date:9/3/2020 - 12/7/2020
Location:San Juan islands Museum of Art
540 Spring Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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Contact Person:Wendy Smith
(phone: 360-370-5050)


Curious pieces from Stubblefield’s workshop, SPACE, MUSES, ETC. is a focus on methods, materials, and processes within the studio. The intention is to broaden the viewer’s definition of art and encourage self-provocation and active pursuit of the personal curiosity inside us all.

The exhibition pulls from recent work on display at the European Cultural Centre in Venice, Italy, during the 2019 Biennale, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Basel Miami, and in-progress work from the artists Seattle and Hong Kong studios.
Known for a highly collaborative approach, Stubblefield merges unusual materials and “situations” such as plants, wooden boats, computer vision, earthquakes, the internet, jellyfish, sensors, miles of bungee cord, mixed-reality technology, urban conditions, aircraft carriers, projected video, oceans, robotics, natural landforms, and software algorithms.
Ultimately, Stubblefield’s explorations are meant to recognize often-hidden influencers of the modern human experience and exemplify our ability to change patterns in behavior for the enrichment of society and broader nature.

MISSING / HIGHWAY OF TEARS has individual portraits and flower paintings form a metaphor and life affirming memorial to young lives lost, mostly Aboriginal, on highways in British Columbia. The work is bold, sculptural and painterly.

Admission is $10 with SJIMA members and those 18 and under admitted free of charge. Mondays are Pay As You Can Days.
After Labor Day Weekend, SJIMA will be open Friday-Monday 11-5

Please review our COVID-19 Procedures HERE before visiting.
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