San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, Washington
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About The San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands are accessible to the public by water and air. The most common means of travel is by Washington State Ferry. See our directions page (click here) for more information.

On the east side of San Juan Island is the town of Friday Harbor, also the San Juan County Seat. Friday Harbor, a historic seaport, rises from the ferry landing and public marina where it is an easy stroll to the town's docks, parks, restaurants, shops, galleries, lodging facilities and business district.

On the north end of San Juan Island is another port of entry known as Roche Harbor Village. It is listed on the National Register of Historical Sites and is approximately ten miles from Friday Harbor. Roche Harbor has beautiful Victorian gardens, an airstrip, marina, lodging, grocery store, restaurants, sculpture park, shopping, water activities and local artists booths.

While visiting San Juan Island be sure to make a trip to one of our many beaches, hiking trails and great parks. For a complete list of parks click here.

Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month: WaterWorks Gallery 

In 1985, Ruth Offen left her San Francisco gallery job and moved to San Juan Island. Facing an abysmal job market, she turned to what she knew best – art. With a leap of faith and a limited inventory, she opened WaterWorks Gallery in Friday Harbor. Over the years, the gallery has grown and flourished due to Ruth’s exceptional eye for great work.
In 2010, Northwest contemporary artisan jewelry was introduced. The gallery's jewelry artists are garnering rave reviews, with their unique wearable work at accessible price points.
Our mission at WaterWorks has always been the same: We showcase regional artists in a setting that allows their Pacific Northwest inspiration to remain center stage. Why? Because it’s important to us to honor the sense of adventure captured within each piece.
What’s in a Name
WaterWorks can thank Monopoly, a game of chance, for its name. When Ruth first opened, the gallery was located next to a tavern called The Electric Company. To give the gallery an approachable identity, Ruth named it after one of the game’s other utility stops. In 1986 the gallery moved to its current location at the intersection of Argyle Street and Web Street.
Note from Ruth – celebrating the gallery's 30th anniversary. Shown on the wall behind me, are some of the gallery's invitations.
Ruth Offen
WaterWorks Gallery
315 Argyle Street/PO Box 28,
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
360.317.8262 cell

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