WaterWorks Gallery

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WaterWorks Gallery
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Art Galleries
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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WaterWorks Galley is San Juan Island’s premiere gallery for contemporary artwork. Established in 1985 with the concept of showcasing artists based in the the Pacific Northwest and the San Juan Islands. A recent addition is Art jewelry. The work of the gallery’s painters and sculptors reflect the unique Northwest experience. Artists and their visions evolve and change, stimulated by the changing times we live in. Cheers
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xiabuxiabu
Seattle202 contributions
Solo
I always visit local galleries as I am involved in one in my home town. Joanne couldn’t have been more pleasant and was knowledgeable about the art on sale. Love the ring that I purchase. Great place with excellent artwork.
Written August 31, 2019
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Thanks so much. So pleased that the gallery staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Your support of local business is very important and appreciated.
Written September 1, 2019
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JuliaHubbel
Eugene, OR815 contributions
Solo
The art here reflects the local skills and the local skills are excellent. I bought a photograph of a breaching orca since my camera would never ever capture such a sight. Well worth a trip.
Written July 5, 2014
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Thanks for your review, but the gallery does not show this work. I think you're talking about Island Studios. I'm still happy that they had something for you to take home.
Written January 10, 2017
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Rachel77079
Houston, TX57 contributions
Family
We stopped in at this cute little gallery on our last day and were fortunate to stumble into an opening for two artists. Great variety of original art pieces!
Written August 8, 2016
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Why thanks for stumbling in and enjoying your discovery of Waterworks Gallery.
Written October 9, 2016
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Carol S
Bellingham, WA35 contributions
Friends
As a gallery, there are some good artists and some adequate ones. What distinguishes this gallery though is the insulting manner of the woman behind the counter.
Written May 16, 2017
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Wow, We are pleasant, kind and helpful to all folk, even those in a bad mood. And do not look down at anyone regardless . I think sometimes people are having a bad day and come into the gallery to look at the beautiful works shown. And if they're in a bad mood, then there is nothing that can be said or done. I wish you the best, Kindly
Written May 18, 2017
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E H
Everett, WA134 contributions
Couples
Great examples of unusual art. Some three dimensional and others uniquely painted. Owner very friendly and knowledgeable.
Written April 19, 2015
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Thanks so much for your review
Written January 10, 2017
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nMorgan03
Friday Harbor, WA39 contributions
Friends
Ruth Offen, the owner of Waterworks, has created a gallery that continues to showcase incredible PNW artists whether it's through sculpture, watercolors, other artwork, and jewelry. Her sometimes whimsical take on art makes the gallery always a delight to visit. We often bring out of town guests to her gallery and never does anyone leave disappointed. Ruth has an expansive collection that is not always on display so always ask. We've purchased several Michael Dicktor pieces that we love.
Written October 9, 2014
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Thanks so much for your review.
Written January 10, 2017
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Jill W
Portland, OR2 contributions
Friends
I have been going to Waterworks for 7 years and I simply cannot go into this gallery and leave empty-handed! I can spend hours looking at everything over and over again.
Written January 24, 2014
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Why thank you for being a wonderful client these past 7 years, and do promise to always have something beautiful and unusual for you to enjoy while visiting the gallery in Friday Harbor. Kind Regards Ruth
Written January 30, 2014
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rainbirdmuse
Ketchikan, AK92 contributions
Friends
Having grown up in gallery packed Santa Fe, I know a great art gallery when I see one. WaterWorks has been a favorite of mine for over ten years. The owner has exquisite taste and a large inventory of art and jewelry at all price points representing the best of the San Juans and beyond. I don't have a lot of money to spend on pretty things but I treasure the Stephen McMillan print I bought years ago and am already in love with my new Judy Morgan necklace that was an end of season splurge. It has complimented so many outfits that I am not sure how I lived without it. Thank you, Ruth, for your great showroom and great collection of art.
Written October 18, 2018
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Wow, thank you so much for enjoying, and appreciating what it is that WaterWorks Gallery does. For 33 years, the gallery has strived to showcase the sprit and uniqueness that is the Pacific Northwest. You honor me and the gallery with your thoughtful and kind review. Thank you for taking the time to do so! Best.
Written October 19, 2018
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JHH62
Meadow Vista, CA3 contributions
Took a wonderful trip to San Juan. Went into this gallery and was impressed with some of the art. I put a hold on a painting I really liked. Took a photo of title and price. Put a hold on it to think about it. I came back 2 days later to finalize the sale and the price had gone up 450$. Tourist gouging. Visitors beware!!
Written August 5, 2018
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Hmmm...now that is a sad statement. We offered you a courtesy hold on a painting in a new show. This was a courtesy that we extend to clients so they can think about owning something and not worry about it being sold out under them. Why would we change the price on something? As the gallery is in business for 33 years, we want our clients to love what they buy. We are here to help. Why would we change a painting price after a hold? We even write it up on paper for you. I'm sorry to say this perhaps, this was just not the painting for you. I wish you well when looking at art and hopefully will find the right painting at the right price. A sad state of affairs, when trying to help out and do the right thing, and it comes and bites you back.
Written August 6, 2018
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palijulie
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Solo
My sister and her family used to have a vacation home in Friday Harbor.

Every summer I would drive my young children there to visit.

My birthday is in August so my sister and I would go to Waterworks Gallery annually for my birthday present. I always purchased something for myself as well and everything I aquired still lives happily in my home.

Don’t miss this very unique gallery. Fun to browse and fun to acquire a memory!

Just purchased something very special for my upcoming birthday!

Enjoy!
Written July 19, 2018
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Wow, so glad the gallery helps to create such good memories. Best, Ruth O Founder, director
Written July 20, 2018
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WaterWorks Gallery is open:
  • Tue - Thu 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM