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In the Artist’s Studio

Burien Arts  and the Highline Heritage Museum together sponsor  In the Artist’s Studio.

In the Artist’s Studio was envisioned as a series of workshops by local artists describing their process and technique. These were planned to be in-person at the Highline Heritage Museum, Burien.

Since the pandemic, we have been presenting the workshops via Zoom and video. The classes are videoed by Burien Arts and produced by the Highline Heritage Museum via a YouTube link.

Please see our video for  March-April 2023 artist Danny Mansmith  below:

Please see videos of previous artists in the series on our Programs page.

Artist Paul Illian launched the virtual series with a Zoom workshop on landscape painting in August 2020.  Please see the video here.

Paul gave an in-person workshop, Landscape Painting with Paul Illian, in October, 2019, at the Museum.


The WA State Arts Commission has named Burien Washington’s newest certified Creative District!

Burien becomes the 13th city statewide to earn this coveted designation, which spotlights and supports Washington’s hubs of innovation and creativity. The Burien Creative District will be anchored by Burien’s downtown.

Learn more about the Creative District program here.

Upcoming Events


What: We All Become Myth, an exhibit of works by textile artist Danny Mansmith

When:  March-April 2023

Artist Reception: Friday, March 3, 2023, from 6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA. The Museum is open Thursday-Sunday, 1:00 PM-5:00PM.

Cost:  Free admission to view Burien Arts Gallery Wall.

7 Stories is back! Seven people from the community will tell their stories on a given theme. Limited in-person attendance. Event will be livestreamed and then posted on the 7 Stories YouTube channel.


Jan. 27, 2023:
What: Seven talks by community members on the theme “Coming Home”

When: 7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA

Cost: Free

Feb. 24, 2023: Fed Up-Tipping Point/Stories of Enough is Enough

March 24, 2023: Advice to My Younger Self and/or Rearview Mirror

April 28, 2023: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

If you would like to tell your story on one of the above themes, please email 7stories@burienculturehub.org


What: Life Drawing for Beginners class,  instructed by  Keven Boze with a nude model. Bring your own sketch book, pencils, & eraser. Space limited.

Regular Life Drawing instructed by Kevin Boze with a nude model is also scheduled on selected Saturdays.


Beginners’ Class -March 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM

Regular Life Drawing Classes: April 5, July 15 & Oct. 21, 2023 from 5:00-7:00 PM

Where: Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA

Cost: $15 Museum members; $20 non-Museum members

Registration: Museum website


What: Online art classes for all ages will resume soon.

When: Sundays at 3:00 PM PDT

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free


What: Art sale & live  music at the New Start Community Garden (aka Shark Garden). Twenty booths. Vendors bring own canopies & tables. Uncurated. No commission taken by Burien Arts.

When: Saturday, July 1, 2023 from 1:00-5:00 PM

Where: New Start Community Garden, outside New Start High School, 614 SW 120th Street, Burien, WA

For more information, go to the BAM! page.

Featured Artist


We are pleased to feature the works of textile artist Danny Mansmith in  the March-April exhibit titled “We All Become Myth”  at the Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

“To walk through the door in your mind to visit those who have passed over. The stories that you knew change over time to become new stories for today,“ commented Danny on the show’s theme.

Danny grew up in the Chicago suburbs and was particularly close to his grandmother, who sewed his clothes while he was growing up. “My grandma was a tough Polish lady with a big heart who was also an artist, but would never have said that. She nurtured me with love and exposed me to art, giving me the ability to see possibilities in things around us.” Danny said.

Danny always wanted to be an artist and went to art school for a year, but found it was not for him.  He moved to Chicago in the early 90s and, inspired by his grandmother, taught himself to use a sewing machine. In addition to making handmade clothes, he taught himself to draw with the sewing machine and constructed dolls and sculptures out of found objects, covering them with stitched designs.

“i use the sewing machine as a tool to make images like a painter would do, drawing with the machine using thread and fabric and sometimes paper, “ he explained.

Danny now lives in Burien.

You can see more of Danny’s work on his website, https://dannymansmith.bigcartel.com/.  He has had a shop on etsy since 2006 and is also on Instagram.

All works on display at the Museum are for sale. QR codes are posted at the exhibit for easy purchasing via credit card, or contact Burienarts@gmail.com if purchasing by check.



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