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About the Artist

Betty Reynolds, originally from Philadelphia, left her career as a art director/creative director in advertising to accompany her husband to Singapore, and then Tokyo where they lived for seven years. Betty’s interest and befuddlement of all things Japanese led to her sketching in the street.

She had filled several sketchbooks before she realized what she didn’t know about Japanese culture would fill a book. As it turned out she wrote and illustrated five books on Japan and another on Bali. (All can be found on When her husband Frank Maher was retiring out of Asia, a friend suggested looking into the San Juan Islands; which is how she ended up on Orcas Island.

While living on Orcas Betty discovered a whole new world of vegetables, recipes, farms and animals. All of this new stimulus led to several lines of greeting cards, a calendar, and now two self published books. The first of which is called “The Black Bear’s Orcas Island Vacation” about the true adventure of the bear that hiked, then swam to Orcas Island.

Betty has been a true fan of the San Juan County Fair and has participated in the art competitions for several years. When she saw the notice asking for ideas for the 2021 poster she jumped right in! "The theme this year was so fun-the ideas came quickly". In addition to Betty’s design she enlisted the help of her long time graphics partner Linda Johansson who pulled it all together.

They hope you will enjoy the poster and the Virtual Fair.

Betty can be reached at or on her Authors Guild website:www

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