Live performance art at SJIMA with artist Bellingham


Bellingham artist Francie Allen will be in Friday Harbor on Saturday night, November 6, to perform a live dance performance at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. The performance will take place in the atrium of the museum to highlight Allen’s current exhibition at SJIMA, On being alive!. The exhibition features wire and lattice sculptures, suspended in the air or freestanding, imitating concepts of fluid movement and dance.

Allen began carving with wire and mesh in 2009 while caring for her husband, who was battling Alzheimer’s disease. After her death in 2019, she revisited her creative work with an eye on what it means to be alive, exploring and honoring the natural movement and flow of the human body. The sculptures in this exhibition embody this theme.

The On being alive! The exhibit is accompanied by music created by Allen’s son, Nick Tipp. Tipp, a Los Angeles-based sound engineer, mixer and audio / video producer, will join his mother for the performance.

Doors open at 4:00 p.m. for the event, with the show starting at 4:30 p.m. Admission is on a pay as you can based. Masks will be compulsory, in accordance with departmental instructions.

Francie Allen is alive! show is in partnership with the current Go Figure! and Going The Distance exhibits at SJIMA, until December 6, 2021.

On being alive! is sponsored by the Honeywell Charitable Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Art Commission, Harbor Rentals, the Browne’s Home Center, the Orcas Island Community Foundation, and the San Juan Island Community Foundation.

Located in Friday Harbor at 540 Spring Street, hours are Friday through Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the entire museum is $ 10, with SJIMA members and those 18 and under admitted free. Mondays are Pay as You Can Days. For more information, visit

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