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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.


Who: Burien Arts Association

What: Three-month long exhibits of original work.

  • Any medium
  • Must be wall art
  • Framed or unframed.             

When: Starting in 2024:

  • January-February-March
  • April-May-June
  • July-August-September
  • October-November-December

Highline Heritage Museum
819 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166

Opening Receptions:
First Friday of the first month from 5-7 PM at the Highline Heritage Museum

To apply: Go here and complete the form

Upcoming Events


What: Exhibit of recent works by Essa Baird

When: April-June 2024

Opening Reception: Friday April 5 from 5:00-7:00 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: Admission to Burien Arts Wall is free

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What: Works by Kelly Lyles

When: July-September 2024

Opening Reception: Friday July 5 from 5:00-7:00 PM

Where: Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum


What: Seven real stories told by seven members of the community on the theme “Sibling Rivalry and/or Father’s Day (Life with or without Father)”

When: Friday June 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Where: Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien. A video of the event is later posted on the 7 Stories YouTube channel.

Cost: Free admission

Sign up to tell your story at burienculturehub.org/7stories 
or email us: 7stories@burienculturehub.org


What: Burien Art Market Garden Party Art Sale featuring local artists & craftspeople & live music.

When: Saturday June 29 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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

Cost: Free admission.


–Booth space is $50.00, payable by cash or card. Space is limited, so reserve your spot NOW. Contact Grace at 206.795.5783 or gracestiller@gmail.com to reserve a space.

–Bring your own canopy, table & chairs

–All sales are handled by the artists.

–Artists may share a booth space.

See more about the New Start Community Garden.


What: Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, presented by GreenStage. GreenStage has been performing Shakespeare plays in area parks for 36 years.

When: Friday, August 2, 2024 at 7:00 PM.

Where: Lake Burien School Memorial Park, 1620 SW 149th Street, Burien, WA 98166. Bring your lawn chair & picnic. Rest rooms & children’s play area available.

Admission: Free. Pass-the-hat donations appreciated.

Featured Artist


We are pleased to feature the paintings of Essa Baird in the April–March exhibit at the Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

Essa’s primary focus is on on abstract painting and sculpture.  Her work centers on the juxtaposition of materials; clay, canvas, and wood can serve as a base for pigment, beads, and thread.

She earned her BFA in Sculpture and Studio for Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, and studied further at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, Maine; Salem Artworks, Salem, NY; and the NY State Summer School of the Arts, Fredonia, NY.

Solo exhibits include at Caffe Ladro with LoCal Arts, Seattle, WA; Auburn City Hall Gallery, Auburn, WA; and the Caldwell Lake George Library, Lake George, NY.

Essa has exhibited extensively in group shows 2013-2023 in Mercer Island, WA; Seattle; Port Townsend, WA; Cape Cod, MA; Lynnwood City Hall, Lynnwood, WA; Boston, MA; Glens Falls, NY; and Chestertown, NY.

Other art experience includes work as gallery assistant, Bakalar and Paine Gallery, Boston, MA; event installer, Art of the Event, Wilmington, MA; member, MassArt Iron Corps, Iron Casting Group, Boston, MA; art installer and handler, Harvard Carpenter Center, Boston, MA; intern with artist Candice Ivey, Boston, MA; and volunteer, Artisan’s Asylum artist work space, Somerville, MA.

Essa grew up on Lake George in rural upstate New York, surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains, and has lived in Seattle for the last six years. She is a member of  Side Rail Collective in the Georgetown district of Seattle, and founder of the online art gallery, Gallery Baird

She currently works as an installer and fabricator at Signs of Seattle, Seattle. WA.To see more works by Essa, please visit https://www.essabaird.com/

All works on display at the Museum are for sale by the artist


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