Local graphic designer, artist and muralist Craig Johnson – who has roots in the Burien area – has painted a beautiful, large new mural on the side of Bartell Drugs on the building’s SW 151st Street side.

Johnson lives in the Hurstwood neighborhood above Burien’s crown jewel, Seahurst Beach.

The project’s goal involved creating a timeless Burien-themed design “that embodies the spirit and mood of the community.”

The mural incorporates a classic beach landscape with local wildlife and a historical element, including the steamboat LOLA. In 1888, Captain Vanderhoef purchased the steamer LOLA, bringing people to Three Tree Point three days a week via the west route. 

“It was a great experience painting for my neighborhood, and I’m honored to design and paint a Burien-themed mural for the community to enjoy,” Johnson told The B-Town Blog. “My long-term goal was to contribute to the community with my creative abilities. I thank the Incity team and the Burien Town Plaza ownership for allowing me to make this a reality. I hope to paint more murals for the Burien faithful.”

Johnson says he enjoys connecting with and designing for businesses in the community, including other projects he recently completed for the Tin Room and a Metro Bus shelter located at 151 SW 156th Street in Burien.


Below are photos of the mural, courtesy Craig Johnson (click arrows to view slideshow):

Johnson’s next project will be to paint the Time Tunnel Records store on 14911 Ambaum Blvd SW.

  • WHAT: Burien Town Plaza Mural 
  • SIZE: Wall dimensions: 65′ x 20′ 
  • ARTIST: Craig Johnson @jdco.design
  • LOCATION: Bartell Drugs, 14901 4th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166:

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