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Annual Programs


Face painting at Mardi Gras at the Point – March

Face painting at UFO Event – April

Strawberry Festival Shortcake Booth – June, Town Square

Face Painting at Pride Fest – June

Shakespeare in the Park – August

Face Painting at Awesome Kids Day – July

Student Art Work Shops – every summer

Arts-a-Glow Face Painting Booth – September

Dia de los Muertos Face Painting Booth – November

Burien Art Market (formerly Vision 20/20) – 3rd Saturday in November


Programs for 2020


BURIEN ARTS GALLERY WALL – In January 2020, Burien Arts began hosting bi-monthly art exhibits at the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, with opening receptions in conjunction with the First Friday Music and Art Walk. We also planned quarterly exhibits at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, as part of our art exhibit program for 2020.

Due to the pandemic and venue closures, we have mounted video exhibits on our website to replace in-person shows.

The Highline Heritage Museum reopened November 7, 2020, after a pandemic-related closure, but closed again November 17 due to further pandemic restrictions. The Museum is reopening March 5, 2021. The Burien  Community Center remains closed until further notice.

Our 2020 exhibits included:

Jan: Shelia Coppola, in-person solo gallery show at the Highline Heritage Museum

Feb-March:  Alina Hakim, in-person solo gallery show at the Highline Heritage Museum

April-May:  Rebecca Sayre, virtual gallery show 

June-July:  Doug Early, virtual gallery show

August: Diane Sarr, virtual gallery show

September: Amaranta Sandys & others, virtual gallery show 

November/December: Rebacca Sayre, in person solo gallery show with online video

Coming in 2021 are:

March/April:  Reinhardt Hollstein, in person solo gallery show with online video

Our wall area is open free of charge to all during regular Museum hours, Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM.

We have exhibited art around town in several locations. So far, we have displayed in the lobby of Burien City Hall, at the Burien Community Center, and at the Burien Actors Theatre at the Annex when the Theatre operated in that location.

We love to feature established artists and emerging artists alike, including student artists. See details on the Home page and the Gallery page.


ARTS & CULTURE PROGRAMS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HIGHLINE HERITAGE MUSEUM – These events may include lectures, hands-on workshops, and presentations with a demonstration.

This was envisioned as a regular program on the third Saturday of each month, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, at the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166.

During the Museum’s pandemic closure, the workshops were held via Zoom and video.

In the Artist’s Studio

In the Artist’s Studio is a series of workshops featuring local artists demonstrating their techniques. Due to the pandemic, these are being produced via video and Zoom for now.

August 2020: Artist Paul Illian (shown above) gave a Zoom workshop on landscape painting as the first in this series.  Please see the video here.

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

October 2020: Artist Reinhardt Hollstein gave a virtual workshop showing how he creates his “electronic touch audible paintings”  of iconic musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and Bob Marley. The paintings can be touched to play a 30-second clip of their music. Please see a video on YouTube.

November 2020: Rebecca Sayre gave a virtual workshop in November. See her video on YouTube .

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Presentation by Chris Porter

In February 2020, Chris Porter presented on How Art is Used in Activism and the Cultural Impact It Has, Past and Present at the Museum. Chris is State Committeeman for the 34th District Democrats and Associate Supervisor, King Conservation District.



This free program planned an evening of true stories told by members of our community. There were to be be 7 storytellers, 7 real stories, 7 minutes each on the fourth Friday of each month through July 2020. Most of this program was postponed due to the pandemic.

The lineup of themes was:

  • February 28: Lost and Found
  • March 27: Second Chances. Due to the pandemic, this was virtual. See the video produced by Scott Schaefer of the B-Town Blog and posted on YouTube
  • April 24: Kindness of Strangers. This will take place in January 2021 as a Zoom event. 
  • May 22: How Did I Get Here? Postponed 
  • June 26: My First Crush Postponed 
  • July 24: When I was a Kid Postponed 

This new program is co-sponsored by the Burien Arts, the Highline Heritage Museum, and Culture Hub.


MONTHLY POETRY READINGS – Poets West and Burien Arts are co-presenting poetry readings every first Friday April-October at Phoenix Tea, 447 SW152nd, Burien, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. The readings are organized and curated by poet Lisa Noble. Poets can arrange to read ahead of time or drop in. All ages are welcome, but some poems may not be suitable for children. This program was postponed due to the pandemic. http://www.poetswest.com


STRAWBERRY DAYS ARTS & CRAFTS SECTION – Starting in in 2019, Burien Arts is going back to the roots of this festival, which we started in 1964 an an arts festival. We are sponsoring an Arts and Crafts section as part of the street fair in Town Square and along 152nd Street. The festival takes place on Father’s Day weekend in June at the Town Square Plaza. Note: Strawberry Days was canceled this year due to the pandemic.

Artists with their original arts and crafts can secure a 10’ x 10’ space for $50.00 at the Discover Burien website. Go to https://www.discoverburien.org/events-2019/2019/1/3/strawberry-days . Under “Select Booth Typ”e, choose “Burien Arts Juried Section.”

You may also pay by credit card in person at the Discover Burien office, 427 SW 152nd St., Burien.

You may leave your booth canopy in place for both days.  Parking for vendors is provided in the Burien Municipal Parking lot near the Post Office, one block away.  Load and unload instructions will be sent later.


STRAWBERRY DAYS SHORTCAKE BOOTH – Every June in Town Square as part of this annual town festival.  The strawberry shortcakes are delicious! Our booth is located in the center of Town Square. Support the arts and buy one or more of our absolutely yummy strawberry shortcakes! This is a major fundraiser for our programs. Note: Strawberry Days was canceled this year due to the pandemic. 


SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK – Burien Arts brings two Shakespeare plays to town every summer in July and/or August. The plays are produced and enacted by Greenstage in Lake Burien School Memorial Park, 1620 SW 149th Street, Burien. Greenstage canceled its summer season due to the pandemic.

In 2020, the two productions were planned to be:

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saturday August. 1, 7-9 PM
  • Henry V, Saturday August 8, 7-9 PM

Both plays were written by William Shakespeare.

For 2019, the two productions were Henry IV, Part 2 and The Taming of the Shrew, both by Shakespeare.

In 2018, the two plays were Henry IV, Part. 1, by Shakespeare and The Three Musketeers (based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas).

We are grateful for the support of the City and 4Culture for this program.

Burien Arts and Greenstage presented Shakespeare in Dottie Harper Park for the eighth consecutive year in 2016.

In 2017, the venue moved to Lake Burien School Memorial Park, 1620 SW 149th Street, Burien. Rest rooms and a playground are available. Bring your folding chair and picnic.

Greenstage has been performing Shakespeare in area parks since 1989.



Burien Arts participates in the First Friday Music & Art Walk, hosted by the B-Town Beat. This takes place every first Friday now year-round in Burien downtown businesses on 152nd, 153rd, and Seahurst. Our exhibits at the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd St, Burien, are part of the event.

The Art Walk is resuming on Friday, August 7, 2020,  after a pause of several months due to the pandemic, and takes place throughout the day.

The current 2020 Art Walk map is below. Click here for a printable map.

 The 2020 First Friday Music and Art Walk program will include musical performances as well as art displays.


ARTS EDUCATION – Burien Arts is committed to arts and education and offers free, hands on, art work shops for students of limited means. Burien Arts offered these with the King County Burien Library in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2015, we partnered with New Futures to offer these work shops on-site in Woodridge Park. Note: Classes were canceled this year due to the pandemic.

In 2018, free art workshops for students in grades 1-6 took place at the Burien Library, Multi-Purpose Room, on Wednesdays July 11, 18, and 25 from 10:00 AM-2:30 PM and Wednesdays August 8, 15, and 22 from 10:00 AM-2:30 PM.


VISION 20/20 – Held each November, this is THE art event of the fall. Unique 8″ x 8″ pieces of art are all $40+ each. This is a critical fundraiser for Burien Arts’ programs. This year, 2020, was the 13th annual Vision 20/20.

In 2020, this event went online to an auction website due to the pandemic. See  https://www.auctria.com/auction/BAA-Vision-2020.

The website opened November 1, 2020, for browsing and went live on November 14, 2020 @ 6:30 PM for bidding and buying. About 240 people bought art works, including buyers from out-of-state.

Vision 20/20 usually takes place at the Burien Community Center, and includes food, a band, and a raffle. It is a very enjoyable evening! About 490 people attended the 2019 event at the Center. See a photo below.

For more information or to apply to exhibit, go to https://burienarts.org/vision-2020/


BURIEN ART MARKET- The Art Market will be a December bazaar with artists offering curated arts and crafts items suitable for holiday gifts. Items will range in price from a minimum of $10 to a maximum of $200 each.

The event will be virtual this year due to the pandemic. It was originally scheduled for December 5, 2020, at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA 98166.

For more information or to apply to exhibit, go to https://burienarts.org/2020-burien-art-market/



Burien Arts hosts drop-in figure drawing sessions at the Moshier Community Art Center, 430 South 156th Street, Burien. There is no instructor. In 2020, the sessions will take place Thursdays January 16-March 26, 12:45 – 3:45 PM with mandatory set-up 12:30-12:45 PM. There is a $15 model fee to be paid each session.

This program is on hold due to the pandemic.

For more information, contact Jacque Carroll, russellbradley@comcast.net.



Burien Arts is partnering with the Highline School District and the National PTA Association to bring the PTA Reflections Program to Burien. For 50 years,  the National PTA has sponsored an art contest in the Visual Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Dance Choreography, and Film categories.  The 2018-2019 theme is “Heroes Around Me.” Burien Arts is providing art supplies. The opening reception is January 8, 2019, at the Burien Community Center.

See National PTA Reflections for more on this program.


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FACE PAINTING – Burien Arts regularly collaborates with the city and Discover Burien to offer free face painting during:

-Mardi Gras at the Point (March 2, 2019)

-Pride Fest (May 31-June 1, 2019)

-Awesome Kid’s Day (July 20, 2019)

Arts-a-Glow Lantern Festival each year. (Sept. 7, 2019) This event takes place each fall in Dottie Harper Park, 421 SW 146th, Burien.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Face Painting Booth (Nov. 1, 2019) Burien Arts collaborates with the city to offer free face painting during the Dia de los Muertos celebration.

UFO Festival (sponsored in 2019 by Discover Burien, previously sponsored by John White & Shelli Park). This event for UFO enthusiasts takes place in Olde Burien on 152nd, which is closed to traffic for the occasion. Burien Arts usually provides face painting and did so again in 2019.


PRESENTATIONS/TALKS/CONCERTS AT BURIEN LOCATIONS – Burien Arts presents interesting speakers in the arts such as poet Shin Yu Pai, who spoke in April 2017 at the Burien Library. Her presentation was on The Painted Word: When Poetry Collides with Art.  See details here.

We also present concerts, such as the international world flute recording artist Gary Stroutsos, featured on November 30 2017.  Gary has one-of-a-kind collection of world flute music, featuring traditional love songs from Native American tribes, British traditional music, and introspective Jazz.


LINDA DOUGHERTY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP – Burien Arts established a scholarship for graduating high school seniors going on to study the arts in honor of our late President Linda Dougherty.

The scholarship is offered through the Highline Schools Foundation scholarship program. Awards up to $1000 are available. The scholarship is based on financial need, academic merit, achievement, and the student’s goals.

Linda was an active member of Burien Arts since its early days and served many times as president. She was a very visible volunteer at all Burien Arts’ events, especially the strawberry shortcake booth at the Strawberry Days festival each June.  In addition, she collected art by local artists and displayed their work in her home.  Her administrative savvy was much appreciated; she mentored new board members and shared her executive skills and grant writing expertise.

Linda was employed as Director of Road Services for King County government where she was noted for taking leftovers from county events and taking them over to homeless shelters.

Linda passed away on July 7, 2015.


BURIEN JAZZ WALK (formerly Highline Classic Jazz Festival). Burien Arts presented a jazz musical event 2009-2017.  This was a jazz walk 2015-2017. The 2017 Jazz Walk was September 23 from 3:00 -11:00 PM, Olde Burien. On the program were 21 bands & vintage jazz films in 5 venues, all for $25.

Venues included St. Elizabeth’s Church, 909/913 Courtyard, Classic Eats, Humble Vine, and Frankie’s B-Town Bistro plus vintage jazz films at The Tin Theater.

Musical styles ranged from jazz of the early days of Dixieland to the Swing bands of the 1930’s to the Cool sounds of the 1960’s.  Also included were Acoustic Blues, American Roots, and World Jazz.