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Danny Mansmith at Burien Community Center

Sun, 07 Jan 2018

Eye Drawing by Danny Mansmith

Burien Arts invites you to meet Danny Mansmith at the opening reception for a new show of his work, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA.

The exhibit runs January 9 through January 26, and is open to the public during Center hours, 8:30 AM-8:00 PM, Monday – Thursday and 8:30-5:00 Friday.

Here’s more about Danny Mansmith (thanks to the Burien Arts Newsletter):

Danny grew up in the Chicago suburbs and was particularly close to his grandmother, who sewed his clothes while he was growing up. “My grandma was a tough Polish lady with a big heart who was also an artist, but would never have said that. She nurtured me with love and exposed me to art, giving me the ability to see possibilities in things around us.” Danny said.

Danny always wanted to be an artist and went to art school for a year, but found it was not for him. He moved to Chicago in the early 90s and, inspired by his grandmother, taught himself to use a sewing machine. In addition to making handmade clothes, he taught himself to draw with the sewing machine and constructed dolls and sculptures out of found objects, covering them with stitched designs.

Danny has had a shop on Etsy since 2006 where you can see more of his creations as you can on his website as well.

“Working with my hands has saved my life,” he says. “Instead of being the fastest or the smartest I found my strength, sanctuary and cushion from the world in making art. I want to push myself to make art with the things around me, to be resourceful and to follow my heart’s inspiration,” he explained.

“Making something wearable, drawing with sharpies or the sewing machine, sculpting, to creating installations that incorporate all of these elements has become my spirituality – my survival,” he continued.

Danny now lives in Burien.

Audition Call: Mary Poppins at the Hi-Liners

Tue, 26 Dec 2017

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Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's
Mary Poppins JR.
DownStage Center Production

Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film.

  • Auditions: Thursday, January 18, 4-8:30pm
  • Callbacks: Saturday, January 20, 3-7pm
  • Shows: Friday-Sunday, April 27-29
  • Ages: 7 and Up

More information and registration at: hi-liners.org/DSCaudition.html

Artist Reception: Al-Abboud at Scarlet Ibis Gallery

Wed, 20 Dec 2017


On Saturday, January 6, 2017 from 6pm to 10pm, Scarlet Ibis Gallery presents the Artist Reception for a new exhibit of paintings by local artist Al-Abboud.

Al-Abboud’s work reflects his studies in architecture, which preceded his formal training in art. His work is large, bold, and dynamic, with patterns and symbols reflecting the buildings and art of countries where he has found his greatest inspiration.

From the artist’s statement: “After spending two years as an architecture student, I realized that I wanted to be an artist instead of an architect as my family wished, even though it meant burning bridges and relinquishing emotional and financial support. I accepted the sacrifice as the price all artists must endure, and I forged into a new way of living as an artist.”

Gallery Phone: (206) 453-8374

Facebook Event url: CLICK HERE

Review of "The Christmas Carol Rag" at BAT

Thu, 30 Nov 2017

Every year the holiday season brings out some of our favorite traditions in song and story, and this one is no different. This year however the Burien Actors Theatre’s, The Christmas Carol Rag (written by Norman Allen and musical arrangements by Howard Breitbart), presents a show that is as familiar as tradition, but with a slightly different spin on the Charles Dickens classic.

Although recasting Ebenezer Scrooge as Evelyn Scrooge (played by Cara Hazzard) is a change, nearly every element of the Dickens classic is left unaltered. Set in New York city in 1911, Evelyn is a shrewd and miserly business woman, with a chip on her shoulder and much to prove. Though she is miserable to be around and shows no interest in anything but the bottom dollar, Evelyn is surrounded by people that fear, respect and care about her.

Evelyn’s overworked and underpaid employee, Bob Cratchit (played by Jaron Boggs) and his wife Anne (played by Hannah Rockel) are expecting the birth of their child any day as the uneasiness of their poverty sets in and the fate of their child is in question, they wonder how they will get by.

As Christmas eve progresses into Christmas day, Evelyn is visited by the three familiar ghosts who take her on a tour of her life. Beginning with a warning from her long dead partner and mentor, Janet Marley (played by Rochelle Flynn) who makes it very clear that the path Evelyn is currently on is only going to lead to more pain, suffering and sadness and it is up to Evelyn to changer her ways.

This is a great show from beginning to end (directed by Calen Winn) with a talented cast and piano driven narrative (music direction and live piano playing by Elizabeth Bender) in the style of old school ragtime. Song and dance routines help move the story along (choreography by Gayle Staker), and the set brings early 1900's New York to life (set by Albie Clementi). Lighting helps set the tone and feel of each scene (lights by Rob Falk) and sound is superb (sound by Eric Dickman).

While this is a story I’ve revisited  at least once a year for as long as I can remember, I did find it refreshing to have a female version of Scrooge that is in most aspects, more believable than the original character. She is portrayed as someone who has something to prove to a chauvinistic 1900's America, where women aren't typically found in business.

All in all, I highly recommend keeping up our holiday traditions by doing something slightly non-traditional. Norman Allen’s vision of A Christmas Carol offers a slightly different perspective of the classic but cautionary tail of getting too wrapped up in ones own ambitions and the tear littered paths we leave behind when we care for nothing but profits.

The Christmas Carol Rag is playing at the Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien from November 24th til December 17th. Show times begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for students, $17 for seniors and $20 for everyone else. More information can be found at burienactorstheatre.org.

The Burien Actors Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity who has been keeping up the tradition of providing the live theater to the Burien area since 1955.

Photos by Michael Brunk.

"Meet and Greet" with the Burien Arts Commission

Sun, 19 Nov 2017

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The Burien Arts Commission is embarking on a new project to gather the artists of Burien together for a series of “Meet and Greet” events.

The first of these events will be the evening of Friday, February 16th, location to be determined.

Visual artists, performing artists, media artists, film makers, writers… we want to:

  • Meet you and learn about what you are doing!
  • Give you the opportunity to meet other local artists
  • Help you learn about opportunities for funding, workshops, exhibits, performance, etc.

Help us by spreading the word to artists who live in Burien and/or are very invested in Burien!

Vision 2020 Returns November 18, 2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017

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The Burien Arts' Vision 20/20 Art Gala is Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, 6:30 – 10:00 PM at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. SW, Burien, WA.

This is Burien's premier Fall Art Event: come and enjoy a night of good food, great company, the music of Trio Abaraka, and ART!

Over 40 artists, 400 pieces of art, each only $40.oo each, auction items, and raffle tickets for huge gift baskets.

This major fundraiser for Burien Arts supports our Arts in Education programs, summer Shakespeare in the Park, our Humanities programs, pop-up gallery exhibits, and more.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted.

Seattle Playwrights Salon: WRITE LIKE IT'S 1899!, Friday November 10

Thu, 19 Oct 2017

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In celebration of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the Seattle Playwrights Salon invites writers of any stripe to gather on Friday, November 10, 2017 for Write Like It’s 1899! at the Conservatory, for timed writing sprints. Get your writing juices flowing. Poetry, short stories, plays, novels, non-fiction? Bring it on! Admission is free.

The Conservatory is located in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. Reflecting the Conservatory’s and Georgetown’s 19th century vibe, writers may dress in their best 1890s garb (or in any style!) and join other writers in timed word sprints, writing-themed games, spoken word readings, and all manner of frivolity. Need some inspiration to reach your NaNoWriMo goal? Join us! Bring your laptop. Have a drink. Relax a bit with fun and games. Who knows? Amidst the buzz of creativity, you may even win a prize or perhaps create your most stunning work yet.

Beer, wine, cider, and food available for purchase.

The Conservatory is a Seattle art space and coffeehouse, community meeting place, and artists’ workshop in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, a growing and glowing arts haven in Seattle near I-5, just north of Boeing Field. The Seattle Playwrights Salon produces new play readings and full productions on the second Friday of every month at The Conservatory to give local playwrights a public place to present new work in development to a live audience.

Contact Salon curators Kate Danley and Margaret O’Donnell, at [email protected] for more information, or follow any of these links:


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