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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!


Your donations help make it possible for us to offer many events free of charge, such as art classes for children and Shakespeare in the Park.

We appreciate your support at any level. All donations are tax deductible.

Upcoming Events


What: Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare. Henry IV is having a  difficult reign. In addition to his political troubles, he is upset by the behavior of his son and heir, who spends his time in taverns with his pal, the drunken and corrupt Sir John Falstaff.

When: Saturday, July 21 at 7:00 PM

Where: Lake Burien School Memorial Park, 1620 SW 149th St, Burien. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket & picnic. Restrooms and children’s play equipment available.

Cost: Free. Donations to Burien Arts appreciated.



What:  Gaylloyd Sisson and other local poets read their works aloud

When: July 20, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  (This event takes place every third Friday.)

Where: Humble Vine wine shop & wine tasting bar, 824 SW 152nd Street, Burien 98166 (Olde Burien)

Cost: Free admission. Please buy a drink, however, as the shop owner has no other  income from this event.



Burien Community Center Exhibit

What: Works by James Lilly

When: July 2018

Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 3, 6:00-7:30 PM

Where: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien

Cost: Free admission



What: Summer art classes for children

When: Wednesdays, July 11, 18, and 25, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Join us for a three art workshops for kids hosted by The Makery. The kids will use recycled materials and simple crafts to create a project to take home each session. Ideal for ages 5 and up, under 5 with an adult.

July 11:  3D Nature Spaces: The students will use locally gathered nature to build three-dimensional spaces using play dough as the glue.

July 18:  Recycled Assemblage Art: The students will make colorful assemblage art pieces using recycled and found materials.

July 25: Toy Spinners: The students will make their own version of a fidget spinner using cardboard, marbles, watercolors, and lots of glitter!

-Wednesdays August 8, 15 & 22 from 10:00 AM-2:30 PM: specifics TBD

Where: Burien Library, Multipurpose Room, 400 SW 152nd Street, Burien

Cost: Free



What: The Three Musketeers (adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas). Adventure and intrigue in 17th c France as hero young D’Artagnan arrives in Paris seeking to join the royal Musketeers.

When: Saturday, July 28 at 7:00 PM

Where: Lake Burien School Memorial Park, 1620 SW 149th St, Burien. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket & picnic. Restrooms and children’s play equipment available.

Cost: Free. Donations to Burien Arts appreciated.



What: Art & music in downtown Burien businesses . Burien Arts will exhibit each month at the Oilerie. Paintings by Paul Illian are on display through July.

When: This event takes place every first Friday during the summer months.

Where: Downtown Burien businesses between 4th & 10th Ave. SW. The Oilerie is at 540 SW 152nd Street

Cost: Free



What: Call for artists for our annual November art auction, Vision 20/20

When: June 15-October 17

Click here to submit your work.

Featured Artist


We are pleased to feature the paintings of Jame Lilly in the July 2018 exhibit at the Pop-up Art Gallery at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA.

Meet James at the opening reception, Tuesday, July 3, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Community Center. The exhibit runs to July 31 and is open to the public during Center hours, 8:30 AM-8:00 PM, Monday–Thursday, and 8:30-5:00 Friday.

“The most enjoyable part of being an artist is just the pure fun of creating precious things,” he says. “My best work combines the skills and techniques that I enjoy the most – mainly woodworking and painting.”

“Each piece takes on a very personal theme,” he continued. “Some are tributes to people, special places, and things that I observed and experienced with my family as a child. Others are private observations that comment about adult life. These may seem mundane or insignificant to some, but they are important to me.”

“I ask the viewer to examine the individual elements of each piece with the expectation that they will be incited to draw their own conclusions as their relationships and the meaning of each work. I hope that the viewer can feel the essence of that particular place, feeling or event that I have experienced.”

James has had gallery shows throughout the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and the rest of the country.

He grew up in Bellevue WA in the 1960s -1970s. James earned a BA in painting from Pomona College, Claremont, CA, in 1982 where he studied with Karl Benjamin, one of the original op art/hard edge painters from the 1950s. Next was an MFA from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, in 1986.

James continued to live in Southern CA until 1990 when he returned to WA. He lives in Renton with his wife and three children.

All of James’s works on display at the Community Center are for sale. Please email burienarts@gmail.com for information on purchasing.


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.

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