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Address: 315 Argyle Ave, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9556
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WaterWorks Galley is San Juan Island’s premiere gallery for contemporary...

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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Interesting art

Ruth is the proprietor and has an eye for beautiful things. She has some extraordinary sculpture, jewelry and paintings in her gallery. Unfortunately she is an elitist who looks... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Divenfly4fun
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Los Altos Hills, California
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Los Altos Hills, California
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ruth is the proprietor and has an eye for beautiful things. She has some extraordinary sculpture, jewelry and paintings in her gallery. Unfortunately she is an elitist who looks down on certain groups and may not answer one's question honestly. I rate the quality of the works quite high, the proprietor, not so much.

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Thank Divenfly4fun
Ruth O, Owner at WaterWorks Gallery, responded to this review

Wow. That's such an interesting statement. I believe we are all elitist of some kind. We all take a preference for something and specialize in something. AS to answering questions, I do believe just because the question has been asked, does not always need to be answered. I'm a human not a robot. And I always will do my best... More 

Bellingham, Washington
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Ruth O, Owner at WaterWorks Gallery, responded to this review

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... More 

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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Some of my favorite memories from trips around the world come back to me when I wear jewelry brought back from those places. I just added exquisite earrings from this gallery to my travel memories collection. They are in the same fine arts league as those from Barcelona, Paris, and Florence. The gallery's current show, Art of the Earring, runs... More 

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Thank Robin J
Ruth O, Owner at WaterWorks Gallery, responded to this review

Wow, thank you for your review. The gallery has works hard to represent unique contemporary works by Pacific Northwest artists. This particular show, The Art of the Earring is wonderful to see as it represents the diversity in the world of jewelery. The juried show features members of the Seattle Metals Guild. The variety of materials used to create earrings... More 

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Reviewed 26 October 2016

This gallery is amazing. So many gorgeous pieces of art to choose from. I loved the jewelry. Unique pieces you won't find everyone else wearing. Ruth, the owner is so helpful. I will definitely be going back for both the art and the experience of such a wonderful gallery.

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Thank Lisa Z
Ruth O, Owner at WaterWorks Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review the gallery, we do appreciate your kind words and your business. More 

Calgary, Canada
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58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

This Gallery features Tim Schumm. This artist is so powerful. Art is very personal and unique, but a Gallery who can feature artist of such talent says a lot.

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Thank Bmel9999
Ruth O, Manager at WaterWorks Gallery, responded to this review

Ah Tim Schumm, amazing Canadian artist the gallery has been showing for 27 years. He paints very colorful, energetic paintings of the Pacific Northwest. Truly wonderful. So glad you knew his work, and now are aware that WaterWorks Gallery represents this artist. Remember to check the gallery's website for the paintings of Tim Schumm. Best More 

Houston, Texas
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47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

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!

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Thank Rachel77079
Ruth O, Manager at WaterWorks Gallery, responded to this review

Why thanks for stumbling in and enjoying your discovery of Waterworks Gallery. More 

Columbus, Ohio
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78 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015

Ruth is a connoisseur and a professional and she knows how to choose artists that will intrigue and inspire. I attended an opening the other night and was impressed with the quality of the art and the number of pieces and artists represented in such a small space. Perfectly choreographed, the show seemed to be a huge success with many... More 

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Thank Daficionado
Ruth O, Owner at WaterWorks Gallery, responded to this review

Why thank you for your thoughtful review. It's so nice to be acknowledged and so wonderfully appreciated. Look forward to your next visit to the gallery and further conversation about all things art. Best More 

Texas
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2015

Last month a group of friends and I visited WaterWorks Gallery for the first time. We were all impressed with the diverse selection of art, sculpture and jewelry. Chatting with the owner was fun and informative, not only for her gallery but for directing us to a wonderful lunch spot. We did not leave empty handed and will certainly go... More 

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Thank BaaBah
Ruth O, Manager at WaterWorks Gallery, responded to this review

I remember your group of gals! What fun. You'll were here for a special event. I'm delighted that you stopped by, enjoyed the gallery and yes your birthday gal, got an amazing pair of earrings. So glad you had as much fun as I did. Look forward to seeing you again. Thanks for your kind words. More 

seattle
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

WaterWorks Gallery has been able to collect some of the very best artists in the Northwest over the past 20+ years in all mediums. Worth a visit to see some serious fine art. Lots of great stuff tucked away, but all catalogued on the website.

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Thank tshyde
Ruth O, Owner at WaterWorks Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. The gallery is now 30 years old, and as I am the curator and director, I strive to find work that has excellent technique and technique and the artist has a strong voice and biography. And in my point of view has something to say; or share; or evoke; whether the artwork is landscape, narrative... More 

Friday Harbor, Washington
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Waterworks Gallery offers a continually changing collection of some of the region's best art. We've been visiting every time we've come to San Juan Island for the past seven years. We just moved there and still visit regularly.

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Thank Kevin L
Ruth O, Owner at WaterWorks Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The sentiments you expressed are the thoughts I am honored to hear, with the gallery celebrating it's 30th anniversary, doing what it does best, showcasing contemporary Northwest painters, sculptors and jewelers. Now that you're local look forward to seeing you again. Best Ruth Offen, Owner More 

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