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Burien Arts is again hosting the Burien Art Market (formerly Vision 20/20), the largest local art auction of the year, on Saturday, November 16, 6:30-10:00 PM at the Burien Community Center.

The 2019 event will be the 12th annual Burien Arts art auction. We will offer about 600 pieces of affordable art at this gala event. The majority of participating artists are from Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines and SeaTac.

A noted feature of the Burien Art Market is the array of 8”x8” small works created especially for this event. This year, 55 artists have each produced nine small pieces 8”x 8”, selling for $40 each. Browse the displays and when the bell rings, remove your selected piece(s) from the display panel for purchase.

There will also be a store featuring a range of art works, crafts, and jewelry for sale at fixed prices under $100.

The event also includes raffles for goods and services provided by local businesses including The Oilery, Trader Joe’s, and Paws in the Park among others. A buffet of finger foods from local restaurants and vintage and contemporary African music provided by DJ Hans Kelstrup round out the event.

A committee of seven local artists, volunteers and members of the Burien Arts Association has been working for months to organize the event. Curators were Amaranta Sandys, Laurel Humphrey, Cydney Moore, and Sarah Moore.

Dunn Lumber donated the materials for the display panels and Hardy Engineering and Manufacturing of Auburn donated labor and shop time to cut and prep them.

The original concept for this event was developed by Erin Williamson, the 2007 Executive Director of the Burien Arts Association. The plan for the first event was that 20 artists 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. Since the start, this event has been planned, organized and staffed entirely by volunteers and Burien Arts board members.

Burien Art Market is one of the most important fundraising events for the programs of the Burien Arts Association, which include monthly art exhibits and receptions, summer art classes for children, the Art Walk, Shakespeare in the Park, musical events, poetry readings, and an arts scholarship.

The event usually attracts over 400 people and is a very enjoyable evening even in you do not buy anything.

Burien Arts is a non-profit community arts organization founded in the early 1960’s with the mission to engage, enrich and entertain the Burien community through creative innovative arts programming that is accessible and affordable to all.

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