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In the Artist’s Studio

Burien Arts is pleased to announce a new program in partnership with the Highline Heritage Museum: In the Artist’s Studio.

In the Artist’s Studio was envisioned as a series of workshops by local artists describing their process and technique. These were planned to be in-person at the Highline Heritage Museum, Burien.

With pandemic restrictions, we have been presenting the workshops via Zoom. The classes are videoed by Burien Arts and produced by the Highline Heritage Museum via a YouTube link.

Once inside gatherings are possible again, we will hold classes live at the Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

Please see our video for May-June artist Kelly Lyles below:

Please see videos of previous artists in the series on our Programs page.

Artist Paul Illian launched the virtual series with a Zoom workshop on landscape painting in August 2020.  Please see the video here.

Paul gave an in-person workshop, Landscape Painting with Paul Illian, in October, 2019, at the Museum.


The WA State Arts Commission has named Burien Washington’s newest certified Creative District!

Burien becomes the 13th city statewide to earn this coveted designation, which spotlights and supports Washington’s hubs of innovation and creativity. The Burien Creative District will be anchored by Burien’s downtown.

Learn more about the Creative District program here.

Upcoming Events


What: “What Do We Need to Thrive?” featuring batik flags created at Camp Second Chance, a tiny house village for the homeless.

When:  November-December 2022

Artist Reception: Friday, November 4, from 6:00-7:30 PM

Where: Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA. The Museum is open Thursday-Sunday, 1:00 PM-5:00PM.

Cost:  Free admission to view Burien Arts Gallery Wall.


What: Online art class for all ages:  Klimt-Style Collage, with teaching artist JD Salter

When: Sunday, November 27, 2022 @ 3:00 PM PDT


Cost: Free

What & When: 7 Stories is back! Seven people from the community will tell their stories on a given theme. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the event will be livestreamed and then posted on YouTube.

Nov.-Dec., 2022: Holiday Break


Jan. 27, 2023: Coming Home

Feb. 24, 2023: Fed Up-Tipping Point/Stories of Enough is Enough

March 24, 2023: Advice to My Younger Self and/or Rearview Mirror

April 28, 2023: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

If you would like to tell your story on one of the above themes, please email 7stories@burienculturehub.org.

Where: Videoed at the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, posted on the 7 Stories YouTube channel.

Cost: Free

What: Life drawing classes in 2023 with instructor Kevin Boze and live male models.

When: Classes will be quarterly in 2023. Exact dates TBA. Usually on Saturdays.

Where: Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA

 Cost so far: $15 for Museum members, $20 for non-members. Bring your own sketch book. Space is limited.


Featured Artists


We are pleased to feature the work of Denise Henrikson and Susan Russell for the November-December exhibit ,”What Do We Need to Thriive?,” at the Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

The exhibit will feature batik flags created at Camp Second Chance, a tiny house village for homeless people in West Seattle.

Denise and Susan are co-founders of eco-THRIVE Housing, which seeks to build affordable villages that are ecologically sustainable and cooperatively owned, creating attractive housing where people thrive and that surrounding neighborhoods are proud of.

eco-THRIVE has acquired land in the Boulevard Park neighborhood of Burien and has been approved for a project there by the Burien Planning Board under the Affordable Housing Demonstration Program. The Burien Town Council recently extended the Demonstration Program through 2023.

Denise helped launch the first Fremont Summer Solstice Parade. In 1996, she initiated the Village Project, a cooperative education program that connects elementary students to their local communities. The program ran at an elementary school through 2020.

In 2007, in collaboration with the City of Burien, she started Arts A Glow, a community lantern festival that takes place each fall. Denise created the Salmon is Life performance troupe that traveled to Paris for the 2015 Climate talks.

She supported Susan Russell’s vision to make art in homeless encampments, and ecoTHRIVE Housing was born from that collaboration.

Denise has a Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA,  and a BFA in Crafts from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Susan is a Real Change newspaper vendor who experienced 7+ years of homelessness in Seattle/ King County. Currently, she serves as the Program Coordinator for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s hot meals program, where she leads a team of volunteers in serving meals to people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.

In 2016 she co-founded Love Wins Love, to bring people together,  both homeless and housed, to make art and share stories and ideas for reimagining housing. The conversations generated through this program planted the seeds from which ecoTHRIVE Housing has grown.

She is a keynote speaker advocating for human rights, and was awarded the 2018 Real Change Change Agent Award for her work bringing people together through art, compassion, love and action.

See more on the Gallery page.

All works on display at the Museum are for sale. QR codes are posted at the exhibit for easy purchasing via credit card, or contact Burienarts@gmail.com if purchasing by check.

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