Burien Culture Hub

2015 Burien Community Center Gallery Program

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

Call to Artists

Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Call to Artists for the 2015 Burien Community Center Gallery Program.

About the Exhibition Program

Artists working in 2 dimensional media are invited to apply for the 2015 schedule of gallery exhibitions at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW.

  • The exhibit space wall is in the Community Center lobby and measures 14’6” x 8’8”.
  • Artists are encouraged to view the space before applying to see if suitable. The lobby is monitored by staff.
  • The Community Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-8 PM, Friday 8:30 am-5pm.
  • There is no insurance for objects submitted for exhibition, however, every precaution is taken for the safety of the artwork. This is not a sales space, but artists are able to have contact information with their artwork.

Please e-mail the following application materials to ginak@burienwa.gov:

  • 5 digital images (work completed within the last two years) representing the type of work proposed for the exhibition. Please do not send photographs, original artwork, or slides.
  • A list of the images submitted with medium and sizes.
  • Resume detailing exhibition history and/or personal statement. (Please include name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.)

Questions? Please contact Gina Kallman at 206-391-6605 or e-mail: ginak@burienwa.gov.

October 10th, 2014

42nd Street Tickets on Sale Now!

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

Performance Dates:

September 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21

Buy Tickets

Performance Venue: Highline Performing Arts Center

Map & Directions

42nd Street Preview Video!

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

Hi-Liners present a preview of their September production of 42nd Street for the Highline Historical Society on August 19th, 2014.


2 female artists focus of September show at Burien Arts Gallery

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

Two exciting female artists—Kris Vermeer and Kim Bly-- will be featured in September at the Gallery.

Meet Kris and Kim at the grand opening reception, Thursday, Sept. 4, 4-9 p.m.

Kris Vermeer is an internationally known artist whose work has been collected by famed British natural-history filmmaker David Attenborough and several Nobel Prize winners. Her work can be found at AT&T’s main office in Phoenix and in permanent display at the Las Vegas airport.

A self-taught artist, who has been selling professionally since 1985, Kris works in a variety of mediums, including fused glass, steel and stainless sculptures and acrylic painting.

Kim Bly was born and raised in Washington state. She received a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University, majoring in both photography and painting. Following graduation, she was an active participant in Seattle’s independent art culture.

Kim relocated to San Diego in 2002 where she started her own business as a wedding, portrait and event photographer.

She is back in Seattle to pursue her art and raise her family.

Her oil on canvas paintings are expressive, bold and most often layered, conveying a sense of growth within each painting. Much of the lines and shapes within her paintings flow together and grow out of one another, simultaneously showing unity and evolution, which bring to mind cause-and-effect relationships.

Kim comments, “So many of my paintings have so much connected imagery and lines that the viewer can continue to see new shapes and images every time you look at a piece. The viewer often even sees things in a way that I did not initially intend. I love that about my work—how it continually evolves even after it’s hanging on a wall.”


Works from Artists United will also be featured.

No Boundaries at Burien Community Center

Mon, 07 Jul 2014

Burien Community Center is pleased to present No Boundaries 2014, an exhibit showcasing artists with disabilities.

No Boundaries originated 23 years ago when Very Special Arts of Washington organized the 1st NW touring exhibit for artists with disabilities.  Through the years, No Boundaries has showcased hundreds of artists and traveled to exhibit their art in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and throughout Washington.  With the dedication of former VSAAW board president and Arts Ed Director Shariana Mundi, No Boundaries has continued beyond the life of the organization.  Now with the generous support from 4 Culture, the annual tradition continues, honoring and supporting Washington artists with disabilities, both Outsider and professional artists.

No Boundaries 2014: Living Metaphors is a celebration of our creative endeavors, of creation in action.  No Boundaries 2014 is a look at those who create, who see something in a moment, or forever, as no one has seen before.   Cultural metaphor, social metaphor or spiritual metaphor all stem from original nature, our beginnings in a natural world.   Eyes that can see back to those beginnings open doors to new understandingThrough the language of metaphorical image we express perception and thought which, in turn, shape culture. Inclusive Voices painting myriad metaphors create and portray the subtleties and textures of a whole community.

"Metaphor purifies and restores language to original nature." Claude Levi-Strauss 

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW.  Hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-8PM, Friday 8:30AM-5PM, and Saturday 8AM-Noon.  For more information please call 206-988-3700.

Jose Johann Bitancor's work on display at the Community Center

Mon, 02 Jun 2014

The Burien Community Center is hosting a new exhibit by artist Jose Johann Bitancor titled "ISTRUKTURA."

Jose Johann Bitancor is a Filipino painter and graphic designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Far Eastern University in the Philippines. Prior to his migration to the United States, his creative outputs were devoted entirely to the Applied Arts, particularly Exhibition Design and Collateral Design. Upon his first settlement in Memphis Tennessee, his innate inkling to work with his hands and play with materials has led to experiments in woodcarving and wire sculptures. He pursued a short stint at the University of Memphis-Tennessee to further increase his knowledge and feed his then growing appetite for the Fine Arts. His efforts quickly led to his participation in local art groups’ events and managed to receive a Portfolio Merit Scholarship from the Memphis College of Art-Tennessee.

To date, his works had been featured in a number of group exhibitions in the Philippines and in the US. Notable among which were those held at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, Bliss on Bliss Art Projects in New York, A/NT Gallery in Seattle, the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Tennessee and the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum and Bencab Museum.

Bitancor’s present oeuvre consists of two-dimensional exploration of linear, planar and textural compositions in a non-representational manner. His concerns consist of not only unifying chaotic elements in abstract compositions, but also injecting them with symbolic references to social realities.

The exhibition will be on display until the end of July.  Viewing hours

Mon-Thurs 8:30am-8pm
Friday 8:30am-5pm
Saturday 8am-noon

For more information the artist can be reached at johann_bit@yahoo.com.

Painting: "Des Moines," Jose Johann Bitancor.

Poetry on Buses

Thu, 08 May 2014

Poetry on Buses logo

4Culture announces the reprise of Poetry on Buses, one of the region’s most beloved public art programs. King County residents can now submit an original, short poem on the theme Writing Home. Poems will be accepted online at poetryonbuses.org through June 30. A selection of submitted poems will be featured on several Metro Transit RapidRide buses and online starting in November and running for 1 year.

For the first time in the program’s history, poetry writing workshops will be held to encourage members of the public to explore the project theme – what home means to them – and to submit a poem for consideration. Community liaisons and poets in the Latino, Russian, Somali and Vietnamese communities have been commissioned to work with 4Culture to create custom, bilingual workshops and outreach strategies. These four language communities of focus were selected on the basis of King County’s Language Tiers which identify the most common language needs in the County. 4Culture and Metro Transit are committed to developing and deepening relationships with cultural communities new to their services and to sharing information about transit and cultural resources.

Last held in 2007, this reboot of the program focuses on RapidRide, Metro Transit’s newest bus service, launching across six corridors between 2010 and 2014. Bus riders will experience poetry on the buses, as well as from their mobile devices using the WiFi Metro offers on its RapidRide fleet. The online poetry portal will showcase 365 multilingual poems, one a day for a year.

“This project is about local voices and art in our everyday lives,” says Tamar Benzikry of 4Culture. “It’s an open invitation for anyone, everyone in King County to see themselves as a poet and to ride the bus.”

Poetry on Buses

Poet Ky Huu Nguyen and Poetry on Buses Vietnamese Community Liaisons Khang Diep Do and Tu-Anh Phan. Photo by Timothy Aguero Photography.


Roberto Ascalon, the Poetry on Buses Poet Planner, also a local writer and teacher, is designing the series of bilingual poetry workshops in collaboration with 4Culture staff and other artists and community members.  Workshops will be facilitated by Ascalon, feature local community poets, explore culturally-specific poetic traditions, and offer writing exercises, transit and cultural resources, and refreshments. Writers of all levels are welcome.  Workshop information is available on the project website in 4 languages.

There are workshops all over the area. Here is info on the one in Burien:

Community Poetry Workshop featuring Latino poet Raúl Sánchez
June 14, 2014, 2 pm
Para los Niños, 425 SW 144th Street, Burien, WA 98166

Poetry on Buses

Photo by Timothy Aguero Photography.


Original poems related to the theme Writing Home will be accepted through June 30, 2014. Poems must be 50 words or less. One poem per King County resident. Poems may be submitted in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  All the rules are listed here.

This project is managed by Public Art 4Culture using Percent-for-Art Dollars allocated for the commissioning and management of artwork for shared public space.

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