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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.

Upcoming Events


What:  Mixed-media paintings by Esther Loopstra

When:  July-August 2022

Artist Reception: Friday, July 1 from 5:00-7:30 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: Acrylic Pour Painting, with teaching artist J.R. Salter.

When: Sunday, August 7, 2022 @ 3:00 PM PDT


Cost: Free


What: Life nude drawing class

When: August 20, 2022 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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

-$15.00 – Museum Members
-$20.00 – Non-Members

Note: Capacity is limited.

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.

Aug. 26, 2022: Saying Yes – Taking Chances

Sept. 7, 2022: Storytelling Workshop, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA

Sept. 23, 2022: First Job/Worst Job

Oct. 28, 2022: Silver Linings

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

Featured Artist


We are pleased to feature the mixed media paintings of Esther Loopstra in the June-July 2022 exhibit at the Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

Cued by nature, Esther’s use of light, dark, texture, and line creates a provocative tension. A passionate and curious explorer, she is influenced by her travels, ideas of science, nature, consciousness, and mysticism. Her work reflects both a micro and macro view of the universe, showing how the material world resonates with and reflects our ineffable nature.

Esther develops each piece in an instinctive manner. She uses acrylic and latex paint, but adds surprising materials like joint compound, collage, liquid latex, and acrylic mediums, along with markers, crayons, watercolor, and pencils. She experiments with materials to create small vignettes and then collages these separate pieces into works.

Her works have been featured in many solo exhibits around Seattle and in group shows in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Detroit. Esther’s art has also been used for print ads, editorials, books, stationery products, and textiles.

Esther holds a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She had a prolific career as a commercial illustrator, creating prints ads, stationery products, and textiles for brands such as Target, Google and Frito Lay.

She taught illustration and design at Kent State University and Cornish College of the Arts for over ten years.

In 2019 she began to focus primarily on her work as a fine artist. Starting as an abstract expressionist painter, she has evolved into mixed media over the years, exploring various textures, collage and mediums.

Esther is passionate about helping others to connect to their own intuition and sense of Self. She is a creative coach and frequently speaks on topics such as creativity, neuroscience, intuition, and the psychology of flow. She also co-hosts the Flow into Authenticity podcast.

See https://www.estherloopstra.com/ for more about Esther.

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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