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Get Involved with Burien Arts Association

Tue, 18 Oct 2016

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Burien Culture Hub is happy to share this message from Burien Arts Association:

New to the Highline area and wanting to feel more connected to your new home? A long-time resident wishing to get more involved in your community?

Maybe advancing the Arts in Burien and the Greater Highline area could become your passion.

If so, the Burien Arts Association welcomes you!

We want to inform you and other arts supporters and advocates in the community about what we're doing. We'd like to showcase some of the good work Burien Arts does. And we want to know more about you and offer some ways, large and small, that you can become involved.

Just email [email protected] or call 206-244-7808. Or connect via our Facebook page.

Want to know a little bit more about us?

  • We’ve been around since the 1960s. We started Burien’s annual Wild Strawberry Festival and still serve mouthwatering strawberry shortcake every June at the festival.
  • Discover Burien just named us as the city’s top charity.
  • We operate a non-profit fine-arts gallery in Olde Burien.
  • We also host free summertime Shakespeare in Dottie Harper Park, Vision 20/20 Art Gala, Highline Classic Jazz Festival, face painting at local festivals, student and adult workshops, speakers’ series, life drawing sessions, and poetry readings.

We’d love to tell you more about Burien Arts and hear your ideas. Please let us hear from you!

Ken DeRoux and Garreth Schuh at Burien Arts Gallery in October

Thu, 06 Oct 2016

The Getaway, by Ken DeRoux

Paintings by two creative local artists are featured at the Burien Arts Gallery in October.

Meet Ken DeRoux and Garreth Schuh at the Artist’s Reception, Friday, Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m. The gallery is located at 826 S.W. 152nd St. in Olde Burien.

Ken DeRoux moved to Burien in 2009 after a long career in Alaska as a painter and museum curator. DeRoux has participated in more than 70 solo and group exhibitions, primarily in Alaska and the Seattle area. In 2012, his work was displayed at the Washington State Legislature. His work is in the permanent collections of the Alaska State Museum, Anchorage Museum, Museum of the North at the University of Alaska, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Key Bank, Morris Communications and numerous private locations.

DeRoux comments, “Over the past couple of years my interest in painting has shifted, from a long-time concern with abstraction, to a desire to inject narrative content back into the mix. Concurrently, an artistic-looking character showed up with a beret and an apparent need for some kind of transformational process.” DeRoux’s exhibit at the Burien Arts Gallery shines a slightly satirical light on the art process and the inner life of the artist, with help from his beret-wearing character.

Stucco, by Gareth Schuh

Garreth Schuh has led parallel careers in art and architecture for 35 years. He returned to Seattle after living on the East Coast, and now lives in Burien with his wife and daughter. Schuh has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions. Additionally he is an advocate for those in the disabled community. Schuh juggles a variety of subjects in his work, and finds that there is always a balance between depictions of the visual outer world and the less obvious truth of an inner world. Schuh’s works are highly “crafted”, and he notes, “My paintings are constructed in multiple layers that are alternately built up and sanded down. Oil is my primary medium, but I often incorporate drafting and other media, which adds complexity to the work. The finished pieces are rich in complementary color, and show a deep three-dimensionality.

Schuh’s exhibit centers on architectural landscape paintings abstracted from dilapidated buildings in Eastern Washington’s Palouse country and the American West. “These paintings depict a sense of solitude and isolation that resonates with my own experience, and I find that the intimate familiarity of a quirky old building is often a surrogate for the human figure.”

During October, Tom Fletcher and Chris Gonvers will also present a variety of photographic images in the Artists United room at the gallery.

The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. For more information visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-708-7808.

New Exhibit at the Burien Community Center: Melissa Ponder

Tue, 04 Oct 2016

Portrait by Melissa Ponder

The Burien Community Center will present the works of photographer Melissa Ponder from October 4th to the end of November, 2016.

The in.dig.e.nize project was initiated by Tracy Rector and Melissa Ponder on Indigenous Peoples Day 2015 at Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Seattle. Seattle based filmmaker and activist Tracy Rector focused on sound, video and story. South King County based photographer Melissa Ponder focused on the still in.dig.e.nize portrait series.

These images offer a glimpse into the diversity of men, women, Two Spirits, and children that make up the Urban Native community of the greater Seattle/Duwamish Land community.

After more than 20 years of professionally serving and advocating for youth, senior citizens, low income and immigrant communities around education and health disparities, in 2005, Melissa began to focus on photography creatively and professionally. Her community involvement has included King County Civil Rights Commission, District 5 Representative, KCLS Des Moines/Woodmont Library Board member, South King Council of Human Services Board member. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America.

The Burien Community Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-8:00pm, Fridays 8:30am-5:00pm, and Saturdays 8:00am-noon. For more information please call Burien Parks and Recreation at 206-988-3700.

The Toxic Avenger comes to Burien Actors Theatre

Sat, 24 Sep 2016

Campy superhero comedy meets love story in musical The Toxic Avenger at Burien Actors Theatre!

Burien Actors Theatre’s next production, the musical comedy The Toxic Avenger, performs Sept. 30 through Oct. 30.

The Burien Actors Theatre production features live musicians, specialty drinks themed to the show and free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.


Winner of Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The Toxic Avenger is a love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all—an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two actors who play… well, pretty much everyone else… bullies, mobsters, old ladies, and stiletto-wearing backup singers.

Melvin Ferd the Third wants to clean up Tromaville, the most polluted town in New Jersey. When the mayor’s bullies dump Melvin into radioactive toxic waste, he reemerges as The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero. A mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark, “Toxie” is out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the town’s blind librarian.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Dinner and show packages are $35. For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

The Toxix Avenger is sponsored by 4Culture and the Mark Restaurant & Bar.


Stage director Marc “Mok” Moser and music director Paul Linnes are directing a talented cast: Britt Boyd (Mayor Babs Belgoody/Ma Ferd/Nun), Rico Lastrapes (Ethnic Dude in various roles) John Lynch (White Dude in various roles), Kyla Roberts (Sarah) and Lance Zielinski (Melvin Ferd the Third/The Toxic Avenger).

Live music will be performed by Michael Kelly (drums), Paul Linnes (band leader/keyboards), Darren Olson (bass), Anthony Pooley (guitar), Jordan Cope (guitar) and Tim Webster (reeds).

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Rob Falk, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Audrey Herold, costumes; and Tony Cochran and Eric Dickman, sound.

Photographs and Cast Bios available upon request; please contact Maggie Larrick at 206-949-9554.


Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t see on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

Artists United at Normandy Perk through September

Sat, 24 Sep 2016

Poster Image

Now on Exhibit through September 30:

Art by members of United Artists:

  • Debra Valpey
  • Janet Price
  • Shannan Folino
  • Sharon McConell
  • Tom Fletcher

Artists Brunch Reception
Saturday, September 24
11:00am to 1:00pm

Normandy Perk Coffee

is located at 198651 1st Ave S, Normandy Park

Watercolor Workshop with Georgia Sumner

Sat, 17 Sep 2016


Join Burien Arts for a Watercolor Workshop with Georgia Sumner, October 1st and 2nd.

Georgia's philosophy: “Painting is not about making a pretty picture for someone else to look at. It is about an expression of self.

  • When: Saturday and Sunday. October 1 & 2, 2016 11 am – 1:30 pm
  • Where: Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd St.
    in Olde Burien (One block west of Ambaum)
  • Cost: $30 per 2½-hour workshop
  • Materials Provided!

This expression of self needs to be done in a safe environment, where there is no self criticism other than of a technical sort.... When we give to others as creativity gives to us, we receive from others...a cycle, a circle, a spiral of giving, of compassion.

Georgia, a former nurse and painter for many years, will conduct this workshop in watercolor, releasing creativity, and having fun!

Take either one or both workshops....

Email [email protected] to register. Or call 206.244.7808.

Burien’s Jazz Walk FREE for young jazz-lovers

Fri, 16 Sep 2016

Jazz Festival Poster

Burien’s all-day jazz party, coming up Saturday, Sept. 24, is not just for adults!

Young jazz fans are very welcome at the 8th Annual Highline Classic Jazz Festival. All venues are kid-friendly except the Tin Theater, which is accessed only through the bar.

In fact, admission at the other five venues is FREE for everyone 18 years or younger.

The family-friendly jazz walk, held from 3 p.m.-11 p.m., presents 21 bands for $25—just about a buck a band (for adults)!

The venues, all within easy walking distance, are St. Elizabeth’s Church (The Dance Hall,) The Tin Theater, 909/913 Courtyard (The World Jazz Stage,) Mark Restaurant (Cool City,) Burien Arts Gallery (The Acoustic Blues Stage) and Frankie’s Bistro (The Bistro.) Most venues offer dining and beverages.

Purchase a hand stamp for $25 at any of the six venues on the day of the festival and it’s good for admission to all the locations. Cash only--and no advance ticket sales.

Attracting music-lovers from throughout the region, the Highline Classic Jazz Festival is the only festival in the central Puget Sound area specializing in early 20th Century Jazz. Hear Dixieland, Hot Jazz, Trad Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Zydeco, Cool Jazz, Ballads, Blues, Latin Jazz and more.

Filmmaker and jazz historian Joe Vinikow will also show two rare jazz films at the Tin Theater. A Question and Answer session will follow each film.

For a complete schedule and additional information, visit www.HighlineClassicJazz.com.

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