Fundraising dinner and fall auction at the Alchemy Art Center in Friday Harbor

Alchemy Art Center celebrates its 5th year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a fall fundraising gala, and you’re invited! On November 4 at 5 p.m. at The Brickworks, Alchemy will host a delicious gourmet dinner provided by a team of local farmers and chefs with live music, and multiple exciting auctions with prizes like a lavish spa experience in a island B’n’B, a mystical Tarot and Tapas evening for a group of 6 friends, a panoramic plane ride and a sailing adventure on the high seas! And much more. A highlight of this event is the always-incredible Cake Auction, which raises Alchemy’s entire tuition relief fund each year.

Alchemy depends on donations for its entire annual operating budget, and proceeds from the fall fundraiser are a critical source of that revenue. Alchemy’s mission to provide access to the arts for all includes a free youth mentorship program, many free community arts activities, tuition assistance options for all adult and children’s courses, membership affordability at the studio, donation-based music events, partnerships with the Family Resource Center, Island Rec, and Compass Health, and much more. You can help support community arts on San Juan Island by attending the fundraiser (tickets are available at and helping spread the word. Can’t attend but still want to support Alchemy? Donations can be made to

Alchemy Art Center, founded by Maria Michaelson and Eben Shay in 2017, is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to building a thriving art community on San Juan Island.

For more information on Alchemy, visit