Enriching Burien Through the Arts

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Our Mission

To enrich the lives of all members of the Burien area communities through the arts.



Discover Burien, our town’s cross between a chamber of commerce and a board of tourism, named the Burien Arts Association Charity of the Year 2016.


Burien Arts Association (BA) formed in 1964 as Burien Arts Gallery, an informal group of local artists, art enthusiasts and activists who wished to increase access to art in local schools and secure a place to display artists’ work. BA incorporated in 1968.

The first Gallery was in the Burien 400 Building on SW 152nd where it operated for two years. The Gallery then moved to 4th Avenue SW and Ambaum Boulevard SW, BA offered arts instruction in schools and at the gallery for both students and adults into the early 1990s.

In 1974, the Gallery moved to the former home of Harold and Bonnie Kampinski, the “little blue house” in Dottie Harper Park, 4th Avenue SW and SW 146th Street, next to the then Burien branch of the King County Public Library. The  Gallery occupied the little blue house until 2009.

During most of the 35 years in Dottie Harper Park, the Gallery thrived and spawned the Highline Historical Society, Burien Little Theater (now Burien Actors Theater) and the annual Heritage Fair and Strawberry Festival (originally a celebration of the U,S, Bicentennial.) The historical society and theater company continue to operate, independently of BA, as does the Strawberry Festival, now run by a festival organizer hired by the City of Burien.

In its later years at Dottie Harper Park, BA expanded its scope to include performing arts events as well as visual arts programming.  BA sponsors free Shakespeare in the Park plays each summer; life drawing; the Highline Classic Jazz Festival; free face painting at city cultural events in the summer and fall; and the annual Vision 20/20 Art Event as well as poetry readings and humanities offerings. Returning to its roots, BA now offers free student art workshops and adult drawing and painting workshops.

In 2009, the library’s move to the new City Hall complex at its current location on SW 152nd Street, combined with the widespread recession, left the Gallery in a foot traffic vacuum. This led to economic difficulty, and the Gallery closed that year. The old library building became the current Community Center.

BA continued its non-gallery programs and events, however, with help from donors and business sponsors, together with grants from 4Culture, WA Arts Commission, and the City of Burien.  BA was by then a registered non-profit (501)(c)(3) corporation. BA had also become an outspoken and proactive advocate for the expansion of arts experiences and opportunities in our community.

In October 2013, BA reopened the Gallery at 826 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien. Exhibits were juried in by a three-member committee and rotated on a monthly schedule. Art works exhibited included two-dimensional works in every possible medium, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and art gift cards. The Gallery was staffed on a volunteer basis. Most volunteers were members of local artist group Artists United, which showed members’ work in their own separate exhibition space within the Gallery in exchange for their help. BA closed the Gallery in Olde Burien in December 2016.

In January 2017, BA debuted its new Pop-up Art Exhibit program in the City Hall lobby in the Burien Library & City Hall Building. More pop-up exhibits will display around town in a range of venues.

Now in its 52nd year, BA looks forward to many more years of serving the Burien/Highline area with the finest in arts programming, experiences and opportunities as well as arts advocacy. We thank the whole community for its support.

Contact Us

Mailing address:   PO Box 66574, Burien,  WA 98166

Email: burienarts@gmail.com

Board of Trustees

President – Currently open

Vice President, Interim President Grace Stiller

Grace is currently Interim President of Burien Arts, filling the position in June, 2017, when the exiting President Lance Haslund moved from the area. She has worked extensively in non-profit management since the 1980s and serves on several local non-profit boards and two county boards. She holds degrees in Education and Art and has taught in a third world country. Now retired, Grace volunteers her time for both arts and environmental organizations.

Secretary –  Eric Mathison

Eric was editor of the Highline Times (now the Westside Weekly) for 13 years. He has previously served on the Burien Advisory Parks Board and as a Trustee of the Burien Arts Association. His family donated the land for Mathison Park in Burien.

Treasurer – Virginia H. Wright

Virginia owns and operates Phoenix Tea shop in Burien, together with the Ibis Gallery. She operates the Burien Culture Hub website and is the author of Burien in the Images of Modern America series.

Trustee – Cydney Moore

Cydney is a long-time community organizer who has worked with a variety of nonprofits over the course of more than a decade. She is a member of the Burien City Council. In addition, she serves as a Lead Organizer for ACLU Burien People Power and has held positions on many other steering committees, boards of directors, and organizational governing bodies. She authors an ongoing series on the B-Town Blog profiling shelter pets at Burien C.A.R.E.S. and has a background in journalism and digital marketing.

Cydney maintains a fervent life-long love of art in all mediums and strives to support her local art community through her volunteer efforts and her avid appreciation.

Trustee – Claire Yurdin

Claire has served as the Burien Arts webmaster since 2015 and chairs Shakespeare in the Park. Her father was an English professor at the University of Washington for 30 years where he taught courses in Shakespeare. She is happy to continue presenting the Bard to the world.

She volunteered at the Burien Arts brick-and-mortar gallery in Olde Burien and assisted with art exhibit openings at City Hall and the Burien Community Center for several years. 

She has worked in marketing and web for over 20 years, most recently ten years for a business broker in Bellevue, WA.

Trustee, President Emeritus – Lance Haslund.

A musician, Lance was a BA trustee since 2009, then later President until his retirement in 2017. He and his wife Laurie, also a musician, produced a major jazz event for Burien Arts for 12 years (first the Highline Classic Jazz Festival 2006-2014), then the Burien Jazz Walk (2015-2017).


Amaranta Sandys, Curator, Burien Arts Pop-up Art Exhibit Program Curating Committee Chair

Ken DeRoux, Former BAA Gallery Curator, Adviser as needed

Garreth Schuh, Former BAA Gallery Curator, Adviser as needed

Susan Woltz, Former gallery owner, Adviser as needed

Sybil Davis, Former BAA President

John Unbehend, Former BAA President

Lance Haslund, Former BAA President



Much thanks to our supporters, 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.