Autistic Artist To Be Showcased At Burien Arts Gallery

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Autistic Artist Chris StilesThere’s a very talented, prolific yet autistic longtime B-Town resident named Chris Stiles who’s done over 60 original paintings and drawings.

His artwork will be on display in the Lower Gallery of the Burien Arts Gallery starting Friday night Aug. 8th and continuing through Sept. 28th.

An opening reception will be held Friday night from 7-9pm at the Gallery, which is located in Dottie Harper Park, located at 421 SW 146th Street.

UPDATE (8/8/08): We just learned from Chris’ mother that his artwork will also be on display at Highline Community Hospital’s Gift Shop, starting in September.

Mr. Stiles, 40, can often be seen jogging around the area with his Mother, Julie, and sometimes his sister and her baby, along with numerous dogs, including two rescue greyhounds.

Julie, his Mother, has worked hard on keeping Chris focused, whether it be through running seven miles almost every day of the year or making sure he finishes his often-amazing artwork.

Recently, their work paid off when Chris won “Best In Show” at this year’s Normandy Park Arts Festival for his work “Matterhorn”:

Chris Stiles won 'Best in Show' for this piece at the Normandy Park Arts Festival.

Here’s an exclusive video preview of some of Mr. Stiles work, most of which will be on exhibit at the gallery:

More of Chris Stiles artwork can be seen, as well as purchased, at his website.

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