Are we ready for a bit of fun?

  • Thu Aug 20th, 2020 1:30am
  • Life
Paint palette mask. (Contributed photo.)

Paint palette mask. (Contributed photo.)

Submitted by San Juan Islands Museum of Art

We need to wear masks in public, so let’s make them unique and playful! In March enterprising volunteers started making masks to raise funds to support the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. The masks come in all colors and delightful fabrics including ones of familiar art by famous artists. Who better to make these than an art museum?

The masks are available from 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays at 540 Spring Street, Friday Harbor.

The “We Can Do It!” limited edition masks are inspired by the Westinghouse “Rosie the Riveter” poster in WWII. They are designed in honor of the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage this August. All of these are adult-sized, have ear-looped ties and cost $18.

Famous art masks feature Renoir’s “Bouquet of Roses”and “Poppy Field,” Van Gogh’s “Field With Iris,” Klimt’s “Venetian Glass” and Seurat’s “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.” There are other colorful designs-paintbrushes, Frida’s “Roses” and more. These come in adult and XL sizes and are available for $15.

Kid’s-sized mask designs include turtles, fairies, basketballs, teddy bears, Superman and many more. These sell for $12.

The kid’s and art masks are all cotton, washable and the ties are made of soft t-shirt style fabric. Models of the styles are shown at the outdoor table. Each comes in their own cellophane package.

Stop by SJIMA from 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays to pick out your personal favorites or give as gifts. SJIMA hopes that everyone will enjoy a bit of fun while supporting the museum.

The masks were designed and sewn by volunteer quilters Nancy Best, Barb Snider, Julie Weaver, Mary Zeretzke, Claudia Cross and Diane Martindale.

To protect the staff and visitors, SJIMA will be following COVID procedures at the table by wearing masks, social distancing and using hand sanitizers.

SJIMA looks forward to greeting you when we are able to open. Until then, be safe.


Van Gogh’s “Iris” mask (Contributed photo.)

Van Gogh’s “Iris” mask (Contributed photo.)