Deep Dive all day at SJIMA

Submitted by The San Juan Islands Museum of Art

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience legendary speakers on our ocean life in one room on one day. Be the first to preview new films by marine experts on orcas, salmon and the Salish Sea sponsored by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art.

On Saturday, July 13, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theatre, SJIMA presents “DEEP DIVE: the Documentaries” which showcases current films about issues unique to our Salish Sea accented by arts that also speak for our endangered wildlife.

Featured works are “Artifishal, The Road to Extinction is Paved with Good Intentions,” a new film by Patagonia that explores the threats to wild salmon, and “Searching for Chinook,” a documentary by PNW Protectors that sets out to film the Southern resident killer whales when they found themselves at the center of developing events involving Tahlequah and her dead calf, public comments on breaching dams and the drama between scientists and politicians.

Seattle Times journalist Lynda Mapes presents “Toxins in the Salish Sea.”“Dammed To Extinction,” written by Steven Hawley and directed by Michael Peterson, describe the dwindling numbers of salmon and SRKW in the Pacific Northwest. They depict the life work of Ken Balcomb who says, “Studying whales is science. Removing dams is politics.”

In an interplay of arts, the speakers and films are joined by poet Rena Priest, a dance video depicting stories of SRKW called “APEX” by Heather Nickelson and Uko Gorter, and the music of renown composer Alex Shapiro.

Blake Budwill and Luke Erickson, local high school students motivated to save the orcas, show their short film/school project to complete the presentations.

View the full program at under “Learn.” A dialogue follows each showing or presentation with the videographers, directors or subjects in the film.

Registration for the event is available at and costs $25. If seating is available, tickets will be on sale starting at 9 a.m. on July 13. The San Juan Community Theatre is located in Friday Harbor, Washington at 100 Second Street North, within easy walking distance from the ferry.

Attendees should feel free to bring a sack lunch or order meat, vegetarian or vegan sandwich box from Kings Market by contacting The box contains a sandwich, drink and a cookie and costs $10.

In “DEEP DIVE” the finest Pacific Northwest artists render the stunning underwater life of our Salish Sea and illuminate the threat to the iconic and many threatened species. “DEEP DIVE” is open until September 16. Hours are Thursday-Monday from 11a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and members and those 18 and under are free.

The exhibition is sponsored by Honeywell Charitable Fund, Gary and Susan Sterner, Peg Gerlock and Phil Johnson, Alan and Lynn Roochvaarg, Stan and Susan Matthews, Kenmore Air, Western Prince Whale & Wildlife Tours, Islanders Bank, Printonyx and Harbor Rentals.