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Pop-up Art Gallery Program

The Burien Arts Association debuted its new Pop-up Art Gallery program in January, 2017  in the lobby of the City Municipal Office, third floor, Burien Library and City Hall Building, 400 SW 152nd Street, Burien.

In 2018, the Pop-Up Gallery moves to the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA, starting with the new exhibit on January 9, 2018.

We also exhibit sometimes in the lobby of the Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Avenue S.W., Burien,  during the run of a show.

We love to feature established artists and emerging artists alike, including student artists.

The previous Burien Arts Gallery, at 826 SW 152nd St. Olde Burien, closed on December 24, 2016 after three years of operation at that location.

We look forward to seeing you at our Pop-up Art Gallery locations!


Much thanks to our grantors, who help make it possible to offer many events free of charge.

And thanks to YOU, the residents and businesses of Burien, who have participated in and supported our programs since 1964.



Tax season is coming up!

If you have Burien H&R Block do your taxes, that office will donate $20-$25 to the Burien Arts Association.

Call 206-246-4592 or make an appointment online .

Thank you, Bruce Glidden for this kind offer!  Owner of H&R Block, Burien, Bruce has been an enrolled agent with the IRS for the last five years and has worked in the tax business for the last ten years. He is Treasurer of the Burien Arts Association.

Upcoming Events


What: Vision 20/20 huge annual art auction & party. Art, music, food, wine!

Vision 20/20 is an art auction & fundraiser for Burien Arts Association. Proceeds will aid our mission to bring quality, affordable art experiences to our community.

A prominent feature of this event is the 8” x 8” small works at an affordable price ($40 each). Browse the array to find what you like. The ring of the bell is the signal to grab your favorites off the wall and proceed to the cashier. Vision 20/20 also includes a Silent Auction, offering larger works, jewelry, and sculpture.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018, starting at 6:30 PM.

Where: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA

Cost: Free

A sampling of Silent Auction works is below and will change every few days:

Fabric art, by Becca Heavrin

Rose with Bee, by Tracy LeMoine (photo)



What: Open mic for all ages. Anything goes — music, poetry, stories, comedy, instrumental music, theater arts.  Bring your friends!

When: November 15 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Sign up at 6:00 PM. This event takes place every third Thursday.

Where: Salmon Creek Cafe, 11620 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien (116th & Ambaum). The Cafe serves delicious food & alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks. See http://www.salmoncreekcafe.com for menu.

Cost: Free

Featured Artists


Burien Arts is again hosting Vision 20/20, the largest local art auction of the year, on Saturday, November 17, at 6:30 PM at the Burien Community Center.

This will be the 11th annual Vision 20/20.  The majority of participating artists are from Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines, and SeaTac.

The event usually attracts about 400 attendees and is a very enjoyable evening even if you do not buy anything.

A notable feature of Vision 20/20 is the 8”x8” small works at an affordable price, just in time for the holidays. This year, 46 artists have each produced nine small pieces 8”x8”, selling for $40 each. Browse the displays to find what you like before the bell rings, which is your signal to grab your favorites off the wall and proceed to the cashiers for purchase.

Another 22+ artists will display larger works, crafts, and jewelry in a silent auction. Write down your bid on the bid sheet by the piece at any time during the event. The winner buys at the end of the evening.

As always, there will be music, this year provided by Abaraka (pronounced ‘a-Baraka’). The group uses kora, voice, bass, hand percussion, and drums to perform its own arrangements of West African Mandinka music, based on traditional kora pieces.

An appetizer buffet will feature foods donated by local restaurants and markets. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided. In addition, there will be raffles for a range of goods and services donated by local businesses.

A committee of eight local artists, volunteers, and members of the Burien Arts Association has been working for months to organize the auction. Dunn Lumber donated the materials for the art panels and Big Leaf Manufacturing donated labor and shop time to cut and prep the display panels that will fill the Community Center lobby. Phototainment is providing a photo booth.

The original concept for Vision 20/20 was developed by Erin Williamson, the 2007 Executive Director of the Burien Arts Association. The plan was for 20 artists to create 20 pieces of art, hence the name Vision 20/20. The number of participating artists has expanded over the years and the format has changed. This year, 46 artists each created nine pieces of art. Since the beginning, this event has been planned, organized and staffed entirely by volunteers and Burien Arts board members.

Vision 20/20 is one of the most important fundraisers for the programs of the Burien Arts Association, which include monthly art exhibits and receptions, summer art classes for children, Shakespeare in the Park, a monthly open mic, face painting at City events, the strawberry shortcake book at Strawberry Days, musical events, and lectures. Most of our events are free of charge. In addition, we fund the Linda Daugherty Scholarship Fund from this event.

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA.


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