From readings in Shaw's small library to the Seattle Opera at the San Juan Community Theater and Arts Centre on San Juan Island, the San Juan Islands offer a heady range of artistic activities. Maybe it's something in the air, or in the water that just makes people more creative. Or maybe these special islands are a magnet to artists. There's no question that the number of artists is far higher in the San Juan Islands than in the general mainland population! Friday Harbor on San Juan Island alone has nine galleries as well as the Arts Centre, which features plays, chamber and folk music, barbershop, jazz, Broadway and opera nights, children's plays, and a playwright's festival every September. Other galleries offer Greenwich workshops and feature art workshops with well known artists and crafts people held on an ongoing basis.