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February Exhibit at the Burien Arts Gallery

Wed, 28 Jan 2015

Plague Doctor, by Daniel McManus

Icons and Masks: Images of Saints and Sinners

You can meet artist Lis Wright Ivec at Burien Arts’ Opening Reception on Friday February 6th from 5-8 pm at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW. 152nd St. in Olde Burien. Unfortunately, photographer Daniel McManus will not be there as he is taking temporary residency in Venice, Italy to continue his tradition of capturing images of the historically rich celebration of Carnival.

Saints: Lis Wright Ivec began painting at an early age in Couer d'Alene, Idaho. Encouraged to paint by her father, Lis attended the University of Idaho in Moscow and received her BFA in painting. She took her studies to Florence, Italy where the images of Italian Renaissance altar pieces, saints and holy men and women greatly influenced her style. Using egg tempera and gold leafing, Lis illustrates some of the lesser-known saints, such as Saint Margaret, the patron saint of reformed prostitutes and the falsely accused, and Saint Dymphna, the patron saint of the mentally ill. Continuing her European studies, Lis took residency in Amsterdam where she showed in numerous galleries. Lis now resides in Everett WA.

Sinners: Daniel McManus’ relationship with the strange and unusual also began in Idaho, where as a child, he witnessed the roar of a motorcycle gang racing through town. Combined with his love of heavy metal music of the 80’s, Daniel soon recognized that his father's dream of his son becoming a lawyer was not for him. The wanderlust formed from that original experience with the bikers, and Daniel soon found himself living in Seattle, traveling and experiencing. Daniel captures the essence of Carnival in Venice Italy with his photography. His photographs highlight the vivid costumes and pageantry that is associated with the ‘feast’ before the sacrifice of Lent. Daniel resides in Seattle and plays bass with Celtic rockers Ockham’s Razor.

As a part of the celebration of Carnival, a custom “Plague Doctor” costume is on loan from Daniel. This is a one-of-a-kind piece that was designed by Daniel. Made from leather and red glass, this spectacular garment weighs over 20 pounds and took over six months to create.

This exciting show will be up through March 1 at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd. St. in Olde Burien.

Dorpat and Sherrard bring "Now and Then" to Highline

Fri, 23 Jan 2015

The Highline Historical Society is hosting a “Now and Then” presentation by popular documentary photographers/historians/authors Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard on Saturday, January 24, 2 PM at SeaTac City Hall.

Dorpat has written his popular column for The Seattle Times’ Sunday magazine since 1982, and has published a dozen books, including three volumes of regional now-and-then photographic comparisons drawn from his column, and “Building Washington,” an illustrated encyclopedic study of the state's historical development that he co-authored with Genevieve McCoy. Dorpat's collaboration with Jean Sherrard began in 1999 with the production of bumberchronicles, a video history of Bumbershoot, for KCTS-9. In 2004, Sherrard began helping with the “now” photographs for Dorpat’s column.


This program is free to Highline Historical Society members who can show their current membership card. An $8 donation is requested of all others. SeaTac City Hall is located at 4800 S 188th Street in SeaTac. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.highlinehistory.org.


Serve on the Burien Arts Commission

Fri, 23 Jan 2015

Volunteers needed to serve on
Burien citizen advisory boards

Are you a Burien resident with a passion for the arts or know someone who is? The Burien Arts Commission will have openings for the 2015-2018 term. Please see the Call for more information and links to application materials. Applications are due February 20th.

The Burien Arts Commission is an advisory board to the City Council, advising on public art, arts and economic development, arts education, and more. The commission meets 10 times per year, the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8pm.

Applications are being accepted from residents for openings on the Burien City Council’s advisory boards: Arts Commission; Burien Business and Economic Development Partnership (BEDP); and, Parks & Recreation Board.

Application forms are available at Burien City Hall, 400 SW 152nd Street, Ste. 300, or on the city’s website.

Applications are being accepted through February 20, 2015. Further information about Burien’s citizen advisory boards is available by calling Monica Lusk, city clerk, at 248-5517.

Upcoming 4Culture Grant Workshops

Mon, 19 Jan 2015

Spring 2015 Project Grant Deadlines & Workshops

4Culture offers funding to individuals and organizations for Arts, Heritage and Preservation projects. If you’d like to know more, attend one of our informal workshops. We’ll answer questions about our grant program and demystify the application process. They’re also free, open to the public, and require no RSVP. We hope to see you there!

Find a listing of all 4Culture grant opportunities at http://www.4culture.org/calendar/index.htm

Grant Program Deadlines:
Heritage Projects: February 25, 2015
Preservation Special Projects: February 25, 2015
Art Projects (Groups & Individuals): March 4, 2015

King County Workshops:

Lake Forest Park Library
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15: PM
17171 Bothell Way N.E. #A-134, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

White Center Library
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15 PM
1220 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146

Enumclaw Library
Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15 PM
1700 1st Street, Enumclaw, WA 98022

Issaquah Library
Wednesday, February 18, 2015,12:15 –1:15 PM
10 West Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027


Burien EMPTY BOWLS is almost here!

Sun, 18 Jan 2015

EMPTY BOWLS Celebrates Our 10 Year Anniversary!

Friday, January 30, 2015
11:00AM-2:00PM & 4:00-8:00PM
Burien Community Center
14700 6th Avenue SW
$15 minimum donation for adults, $10 minimum donation for children

Moshier potters have teamed up with Discover Burien and Burien Parks and Recreation to host Empty Bowls 2015. Empty Bowls events can be found around the country raising money to combat hunger in our communities. Potters have donated bowls to be filled with soup at this fun event…all are invited!

Your donation will get you the opportunity to pick out a beautiful handmade bowl, as well as a simple but wonderful meal of soup, bread, drink and dessert donated by area businesses. Proceeds will go to the Highline Food Bank and White Center Food Bank.

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary we will have new elements this year: a raffle/auction of beautiful handmade serving bowls, gift baskets and more; wine sampling from 4-5pm, and wine for purchase from 4-8pm!

For More Information, Call: (206) 988-3700
Or visit the City of Burien Website

Auditions for Dinosaurs Before Dark (Kids)

Fri, 09 Jan 2015

Audition Flyer


Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS
Thursday, January 22, 4–8pm

Register to Audition

Audition Location: The Burien Annex — Directions

Callbacks: Monday, January 26, 4–8pm
Performance Dates: May 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9

Performance Venue: Renton Civic Theatre

About Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS
A magical tree house transports Jack and Annie to the land of the dinosaurs in this adaptation of the best-selling book series. What would you do if a tree house in your neighborhood could transport you anywhere you wanted to go?

1 Act, Book Musical, Rated G — KIDS Collection Version
Book by Jenny Laird
Music and Lyrics by Randy Courts
Additional Lyrics by Will Osborne

Based on Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne.

January show at Burien Arts Gallery

Mon, 29 Dec 2014

The Burien Arts Gallery is starting up the new year with a mixed media show featuring paintings by Mia Schulte and tin assemblages by Nia Michaels.

You can meet Mia and Nia at the Gallery’s gala opening reception on Friday, Jan.2, 5-8 p.m. The Gallery is located at 826 S.W. 152nd St. in Olde Burien. The exhibit runs Jan. 2-Feb. 1.

The Burien Arts Gallery is the only fine-arts gallery between Tacoma and West Seattle.

Mia Schulte was born in Turkey and grew up in a family that traveled and lived in many Middle East and European countries.

Her careers have ranged from corporate work in Washington, D.C. to art teacher to full time artist.  She moved to Washington State 11 years ago, and currently resides in Olympia.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the state, she incorporates many of the landscapes in her abstract compositions.

She is now working as a full time artist. Her art has been shown in exhibitions throughout the state since 2007. She was selected as one of the featured artists for an exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College entitled: “Drawn to

Abstraction:  Four Artists, Four Visions.”

Her work has been shown in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Design Center, and galleries and exhibitions in Seattle, Bellingham, Edmonds and Olympia.

She was recently selected by Artist Trust to participate in the Edge Program.  In addition she was juried into Women Painters of Washington, an organization of professional painters representing the state.

Nia Michaels is originally from the East Coast, but has been living in Seattle for more than 25 years.

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and then working as a painter for many years, she became obsessed with old decorative tins and tintype photos and began to work exclusively with those materials.

She has exhibited widely in galleries and juried exhibitions, including The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston and ArtsWest Gallery in West Seattle. She also won an award at the 10x10x10Tieton.

Mia Schulte says her artwork is a combination of abstract and expressionist styles.

“Each painting begins with strokes of ink that influence the direction and emotion that the painting will take,” Mia declares. “ The forms derive from nature, and the expression evolves to capture my thoughts and impressions at that moment. Like the process of creating a painting, each painting is layered with meaning.  

“I strive to represent the complexities of daily life mingled with the beauty of nature.   The themes of time, change, movement, transformation, joy and introspection are ever present in my work.”  

Nia Michaels reveals that a long held obsession with decorative tins took over her studio and about six years ago, she began to work exclusively in tin.

“I am drawn to the intricate patterns, the range of colors, as well as the effects of aging; the rust, dents, scratches and fading,” Nia noted. “The tins are flattened and snipped and then assembled into works that combine appropriated commercial imagery from the past into small visions, layering the past and the present.

“I am fascinated with the seemingly endless possibilities and stories that I can coax from these small pieces of metal.”

The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. It is closed Monday and Tuesday.


For more information, visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-244-7808.

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