Artist Augustina Droze Chosen to Paint Mural on Burien’s Dollar Tree Wall

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Augustina Droze

The City of Burien Arts Commission announced Friday (April 20) that Artist Augustina Droze has been selected  to paint a mural on the the side of the Dollar Tree Store on 4th Ave SW at SW 151st Street in downtown Burien.

Thirty-five Artists applied for the project, and a panel of local business owners and community members picked Augustina, “excited by her dynamic and innovative style and ideas,” according to an announcement.

Augustina plans to collaborate with the community on the project, and will be working on the final art this July and August.

Augustina hails from the west coast and recently moved to New York State. She has created murals across the country and internationally, including Palm Beach, Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Buffalo. She recently worked with underprivileged artists in Nagpur, India to create the largest mural in the city.

“I am a two dimensional artist who focuses primarily on mural painting,” Augustina said. “I find that the scale of a mural allows for increased expression and evokes a transitory response in viewers. Murals have the ability to relocate an onlooker and change one’s perspective. I also feel that the accessibility of mural arts creates a large and robust viewing population which is often more diverse than that which frequents museums or galleries. Viewers are forced to face the art, make personal aesthetic and emotional judgments and move on.”

Augustina says she is influenced by the passionate murals of the Mexican mural movement (most notably Diego Riviera) and the realistic narrative murals of contemporary muralists including Jeff Zimmerman and John Pugh. These artists have helped to shape Augustina’s style and scale.

The mural will be created on the large, now-blank wall on the Dollar Tree Store’s east side, across from the Library/City Hall.

“We would like to thank the Dollar Tree for their participation in this project,” said Gina Kallman, Cultural Arts Supervisor for the City of Burien.

Please watch for more information on community involvement!

For more information on this project please contact [email protected].

Here are some of Augustina’s previous murals (click images to see larger versions):

"Colors and Cultures," Nagpur, India.

"Arc of Nature," Highland Park, Il.

"Seeds of Change," Baltimore, Md.

Learn more about Augustina at her website:

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4 Responses to “Artist Augustina Droze Chosen to Paint Mural on Burien’s Dollar Tree Wall”
  1. cathi says:

    I really look forward to this project coming to life. It’s one of Seattle’s benefits to see great murals peppered thruout the city and it’s suburbs. How fun it will be to have one in this location.

  2. M-on-a-bike says:

    The grand mural in India is a visual delight with the large portraits and dynamic patterns. Ooo, ooo, ooo. I can’t wait to see what Augustina conjures up for us! How exciting for Burien.

  3. Soheila says:

    How can I be apart of the painting of the mural? I’m sure she needs some help! What a great experience.

  4. TcB says:

    I love these murals. One thing. What if, one day, someone wants to knock the building down and make something like a town square development in that property?

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