Burien Culture Hub

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.


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.

Work by Jan Rogers on display at Burien Community Center

Fri, 05 Dec 2014

Local artist Jan Rogers is showing her work at the Burien Community Center until the end of January 2015.

Jan Rogers has studied classical drawing and painting from the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington since 2007.  She resides in Burien where she continues to pursue studies in landscape, still life and the figure in the mediums of oil, pastel, and watercolor.

The Community Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am-8:00pm, Fridays 8:30am-5:00pm, and Saturdays from 8:00am-noon.  Hours may change during the holidays.  For more information please call 206-988-3700.

Book Launch and Signings for "Images of Modern America: Burien"

Thu, 04 Dec 2014

Thursday, December 11th is the launch party for the book "Images of Modern America: Burien" at the Tin Room Bar. Author Virginia Wright will be signing books starting at 5:30pm. Come by for a drink, and buy a book or two!

"Prior to  February 28th of 1993 when a popular vote led to Burien’s incorporation as a city, the area south of Seattle, just beyond White Center, was one of several areas that were defined simply as unincorporated King County.  Burien already had an identity more cohesive than a neighborhood prior to its incorporation, but the formalization into cityhood was a vital step towards building a better city."

There are two other signing events for the book:

December 13th, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Burien Books
824 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166

December 20th, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Page 2 Books
457 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166

Affordable art for the holidays featured in December at Burien Arts Gallery.

Fri, 28 Nov 2014

For those who missed Burien Arts Association’s Vision 20/20 gala, there will be another chance in December to enjoy small artworks created by local artists. The Burien Arts Gallery will feature the artwork along with fine art jewelry and ceramics in its December exhibition. Works from Artists United will also be shown. The small affordable artwork make perfect holiday gifts.

Every fall, the Burien Arts Association commissions local artists to create the works for the Association’s Vision 20/20 art sale. The event is Burien Arts’ biggest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds help fund the Gallery, the only fine-arts gallery between Tacoma and West Seattle. Other programs include student workshops, life drawing sessions, face painting at local festivals and the Highline Classic Jazz Festival. The exhibit runs Dec. 4-Jan. 4. The exhibit is part of the B-Town Beat Art Walk on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 5.

The Gallery is located at 826 S.W. 152nd St. It is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. The gallery is closed Monday and Tuesday. For more information, visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-244-7808.

Robert Dugoni signing at the Tin Room

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Book Signing for Burien's favorite local mystery author Robert Dugoni. November 20th, 4:30pm at The Tin Room Bar. Come buy and talk to one of your favorite authors and get your copy of "My Sister's Grave" signed. Paperback $15.95. sold by Burien's Books, one of Burien's first and oldest book shops.

Visit the author's website for more info on the book.


Burien Arts' 20/20 Vision

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

20/20 Vision

Affordable art, a buying frenzy, fun food from local restaurants, marvelous music, refreshing wine and beer, great raffle prizes—all for a great cause.

That’s the annual Vision 20/20 Art Sale hosted by the Burien Arts Association this Saturday the 22nd at the Burien Community Center, 147006th Ave. S.W. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Browse small artwork by local artists. When the bell rings, grab your favorites and pay just $40 a piece. Proceeds are divided between the artists and the Burien Arts Association.

See the attached photos to see the fun we had at last year’s Vision 20/20.

To see the beautiful art to be featured, visit the Burien Arts Facebook page.

More information at www.burienarts.org or 206-244-7808.

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