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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: Out of Chaos, an exhibit of paintings by Laura Bermes

When:  September-October 2023

Opening Reception: Friday, September 1 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: Free admission to Gallery Wall


What: Printmaking with plants.  (Sponsored by local environmental organization Nature Stewards)

When: Sunday, October 1 from 1:00-3:00 PDT

Where: New Start Community Garden (aka Shark Garden)
614 Southwest 120th Street
Burien, WA 98146

Cost: Free. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Bring aluminum pie tins or clean used Tetrapak containers (like what soup, broth, or plant milks come in) & scissors.

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What: Life drawing class with nude model, instructed by Kevin Boze. Bring your own sketch book, pencils, & eraser.

When: Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 5:00-7:00 PM

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

Cost: $15 for Museum members, $20 for non-Museum members. Sign up here.

Seven people from the community tell their stories on a given theme. Limited in-person attendance. Events are livestreamed and then posted on the 7 Stories YouTube channel.

What: Seven talks by community members on the theme “Reinventing Yourself” (stories of transformation & change)

When: October 27, 2023 from 7:00-8:30 PM

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

Cost: Free

If you would like to tell your story on this theme, please email 7stories@burienculturehub.org


What: About fifty artists have created eight  new and unique works of art on 8″ x 8″ canvases in a medium of their choice.  Each piece is sold at a fixed price. There will be three bells, one for each fixed price:

  • First bell: $100
  • Second bell: $75
  • Third bell: $40

The proceeds are shared, 50% to the artist, 50% to Burien Arts. The proceeds help fund our free programs throughout the year.

There will also be a Silent Auction of donated items in a separate section.

When:  November 18, 2023, from 6:30 PM – 8:00  PM

Where: SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Avenue South, SeaTac, WA (by the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden). Ample free parking.

Cost to attend: Free

Featured Artist


We are pleased to feature the paintings of Laura Bermes in the September-October exhibit titled “Out of Chaos” at the Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

“I use art as an opportunity to express and process emotions that bind and blind me, giving me relief from my own chaotic brain AND the process by which I create is based on a chaotic start,” Laura said. “I never know what I’m hoping for in regards to the finished painting or product.  It’s all about the process for me.  Every painting I produce is embedded with surreal colors and scenes.”

” I’m not worried about accuracy nor technique… My work is an expression of self-care;  painting and creating in general ease my mind and offer me a way to lean into my own imagination… and my imagination is rich with color.   Creating art for me brings relief and joy, and often opportunities for reflection,” she continued.

Laura paints on canvas, paper, furniture, and walls. She believes that art heals and creates opportunity for deeper connection within communities

Laura has been a school counselor with Highline Public Schools for many years, currently posted at Hilltop Elementary School. Several years ago, she took a year off from counselling and opened Community Folks Arts, a small art gallery in Burien on SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien.  During that year, she displayed over 70 local artists and hosted many gatherings that we all enjoyed. She has lived in the Highline area for nearly 30 years.

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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