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New Exhibit at the Burien Community Center: Michael Dinning

Tue, 02 Aug 2016

Phone Lines #2, by Michael Dinning

The Burien Community Center is hosting Spokane artist Michael Dinning until the end of September.

Michael’s artwork is inspired by a wide variety of sources, from Italian Renaissance to Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism to Fauvism. His primary artistic focus now is creating mixed media screens and paintings.

The artist has long been intrigued by screens, and the idea of trying to depict things that are hidden. He utilizes a variety of underpainting techniques, to give depth to the painted image, and as a way to give a nod to the complexity that lies under a common skin. He enjoys using a variety of mediums, from acrylic paint and canvas to nuts, bolts, hooks and wire. He also likes to bring in other visual elements, such as backlighting and found objects, as a way to further his artistic vision. He often includes writing in his pieces, and uses the writing process to generate imagery and to focus his vision for a piece. He also likes to show all of the hardware used to construct the artwork, as well as the parts of the piece that are not commonly seen in a finished piece. In this way those things normally hidden during the creative process become part of the finished artwork, hopefully furthering the artistic aims of the piece, as well as grounding the artwork in the constructive process. Michael has always felt that painting and sculpture are, along with the creative vision, something to be built, and his love of that constructive process drives his work as much as realizing a coherent, complex and compelling artistic expression.

The Burien Community Center is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-8:00pm, Friday 8:30am-5pm, and Saturday 8:00am-noon. For more information please call 206-988-3700.

[Pictured: "Phone Lines #2", by Michael Dinning]

Oliver! with the Hi-Liners

Tue, 02 Aug 2016


Join the Hi-Liners for their 2016 MainStage Production: "Oliver!"

Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and — most importantly — for love.

**All Seats $12 on Opening Night Only**

Performance Dates:
September 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25

Buy Tickets Here

Performance Venue:
Highline Performing Arts Center (Directions)

Latern-making Workshops: Get Ready for The Glow!

Sat, 30 Jul 2016

Get ready for Burien's fabulous ARTS-a-GLOW Festival in September by signing up for one of these upcoming short workshops: LANTERN MAKING for VOLUNTEERS on AUGUST 20, and SEA HOW WE GLOW on AUGUST 24. Pre-registration necessary!

ARTS-a-GLOW is Burien's Unique & Oh So Sweet

This year's festival details:

Saturday, September 10, 2016 5:00-10:00 PM Dottie Harper Park, 421 SW 146th

Laugh & tremble with horror-comedy Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat at the BAT

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat - Poster

Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat features four one-act plays written by members of the Turbo Turkey improv and sketch comedy troupe, and premiering at Burien Actors Theatre.

Tickets are a mere $10... get them ONLINE HERE!

A young man brings his girlfriend home to meet his parents in the unusual guess-who’s-coming-to-dinner scenario Guess Who We’re Having for Dinner, written by Diana Martin. In Dinner at ‘Ate,’ written by Anna Richardson, a zombie in denial of her identity struggles to have a normal dinner party in the midst of the apocalypse.

When a stuffed toy otter comes to life and becomes a young girl’s best friend in Jenny, written by Adam Hegg, murder and mayhem ensue and little is what it seems. Revenge gets serious during a reunion of family and friends in RSVP to R.I.P, written by Josh Rodriguez.

Presented by Turbo Turkey in association with Burien Actors Theatre, Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat is suitable for ages 13 and up due to occasional strong language and some acts of violence.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m. All performances are at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Tickets are just $10. Click HERE for online tickets, or Email BAT -- or call 206-242-5180.

Don't miss this fun fright!


Turbo Turkey is a sketch comedy and improv troupe founded by Adam Hegg in 2009. The group is known for its fast, zany and eclectic comedy. At Burien Actors Theatre, Turbo Turkey has performed late-night and prime-time improv, special events and their original scripted production of the superhero comedy Electric Man. The troupe also performed in Seattle Sketchfest in 2013 and at the Pocket Theater as part of Improv Month.


Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing theatrical experience with fantastical productions they can’t see anywhere else. Incorporated in 1980, the nonprofit Burien Actors Theatre has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

Book signing for "A Brief History of Vashon"

Sun, 29 May 2016

Book Cover of A Brief History of Vashon Island

Bruce Haulman is coming to Burien Books June 4. 2016 at 1:00pm to sign copies of his new book "A Brief History of Vashon", published by Arcadia Press.

"Reachable only by ferry, Vashon-Maury Island is a breathtaking rural retreat from the bustling activity of nearby Seattle and Tacoma. The island's first inhabitants, the S'Homamish, took advantage of its evergreen forests and rich marine resources. In 1792, George Vancouver was the first Anglo to discover the island and named it after Captain James Vashon. By the late 1800s, the first white settlers had established farms and greenhouses that supplied nearby cities with berries, tomatoes and cucumbers. Ferries drove development in the later half of the century, introducing new industries and tourism to the area. While both influenced by and isolated from the mainland, the island developed its own unique character treasured by locals. Merging human and natural history, author Bruce Haulman presents the rich heritage of this thriving community."

(Click here to check out the event on Facebook.)

Canadian artist displays dynamic works at Burien Arts Gallery in June

Sun, 15 May 2016

Exhibition Poster

Multi-talented Vancouver B.C. artist Josh Byer displays his colorful “Faux Fauvism” paintings in June at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 S.W. 152nd St.

“My technique, Faux Fauvism, attempts to capture the moment immediately before a composition disintegrates into pure abstraction,” Byer explains.

The technique, inspired by Henri Matisse, celebrates elements of Fauvism, Cubism, Pointillism and street art.

The Opening Artist’s Reception for Byer’s exhibit is Friday, June 3, 5-8 p.m. at the Gallery. The exhibit runs June 1-June 25.

Byer’s work has been displayed at the Canadian Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto and the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.

In addition, he has been a featured artist or cover artist in numerous publications.

Byer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and an Ontario Regional Arts Certificate in Visual Arts at Canterbury Regional Arts School.

Besides his visual arts talents, the prolific artist also has earned extensive credits as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor in television, film and games.

His writing career includes stints in public relations, copywriting, journalism and prose.

Also in June at the Burien Arts Gallery, Artists United presents a small works show of affordable art by over 20 local artists. The show will feature a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, collage, photography, mixed media, fiber and colored pencil. All artwork will be less than 12 inches by 12 inches.

The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m. For more information visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-244-7808.

May 5th Student Art Walk

Sat, 30 Apr 2016

The first B-Town Beat of the 2016 season is officially May 5th!

The B-Town Beat is partnering with Highline Public Schools and Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services to host this year's Student Music & Art Walk. Students in visual arts programs, dance, music and performance will be all over downtown Burien displaying their work and skills.

The Student Art Walk is on May 5, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm. All are welcome.

Student Art Walk Map

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