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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: Paintings by Ken DeRoux

When:  January-March 2024

Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 2024 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: Seven seven-minute talks on the theme “The Perfect Storm/Aligned & Positive!” or “Hot Mess”. This event is live and live-streamed on the B-Town Blog Facebook page as well, thanks to Scott Schaefer of the B-Town Blog.

If you cannot attend this event in person, be sure to “Like” the B-Town Blog  on Facebook to get a notification for the live stream.

When: Friday,  February 23 at 7:00 PM

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

Cost: Free

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January 26, 2024
“Brush With Greatness” or “You Only Live Once (Y.O.L.O.)”

February 23, 2024
“The Perfect Storm/Aligned & Positive!” or “Hot Mess”

March 22, 2024
Paths Not Taken” or “Diary Entries”

April 26, 2024
“Duped” or “Aha!”

May 24, 2024
“Chance Encounters” or “Tiny Acts”

If you would like to tell your story on one of these topics, please  fill out the form online or email 7stories@burienculturehub.org.


Featured Artist


We are pleased to feature the abstract paintings of Ken DeRoux in the January-March exhibit at the Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

“What appeals to me, but can also frustrate me, is the central difficulty of abstraction: that while there may not be any “rules,” each painting develops its own internal logic, which cannot be known when the process begins,” he said. Writing about his early attraction to abstract painting, Ken wrote: “I felt connected to something that expanded my experience of being alive, but it was on some emotional, non-verbal level. It was a feeling. This is something I try to approach in my own work.”

“A painting, at its most basic or most exalted level, is simply an aesthetic object.  It is an object for contemplation, a visual record of the artist’s hand and thought processes,” Ken stated. “The viewer may or may not “connect” with it, as we all appreciate things a little differently.  But if he or she does connect, then maybe there is a sense of a shared outlook, an appreciation by the viewer both of a work’s uniqueness and its references.  Art doesn’t need a purpose.  One can like it or not.”

“My early work was nature-based and representational,” he continued. “I still like to draw and sketch from nature, but I have always made attempts at developing an abstract style.  What I am trying to combine in these pieces is the openness of total abstraction with ambiguously referential patterns or shapes: water, rocks, strata, branches “pleats”, natural forms.”

“I work in a variety of mediums, but mostly oil on canvas and acrylic on paper.  I usually begin with a sketch of an idea, and then let the painting develop.  Everything gets reworked, often numerous times, until I feel the piece reaches some sense of equilibrium,” he said.

Ken moved to Burien in 2009 after a long career in Juneau, Alaska as curator at the Alaska State Museum and as a painter. Starting with expressive landscapes, Ken’s work became increasingly abstract.

He has participated in more than 70 solo and group exhibitions, primarily in Alaska and the Seattle area. In 2012, his work was displayed at the Washington State Legislature. His work is in the permanent collections of the Alaska State Museum, Anchorage Museum, Museum of the North at the University of Alaska, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Key Bank Juneau, Morris Communications, and many private collections.

Ken’s work has been featured in a range of publications:  Visions of Alaska, Morris Communications, Augusta, GA 2003; Painting Alaska, Kesler Woodward, Alaska Geographic, Vol.27 No. 3, 2000;  Icebreakers , Alaska ‘s Most Innovative Artists, Decker Art Services, Anchorage/University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1999; The Artist and the American Landscape, John Driscoll, First Glance Books, Cobb, CA, 1998; Beyond Description, M.B. Michaels, Sky High Publishing, Fairbanks, AK. 1995; and A Sense of Wonder, Kesler Woodward, University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK. 1995.

Ken grew up in Juneau. After high school, he moved to California to attend the University of California Berkeley, where he experienced and photographed the war protests, demonstrations, and sit-ins of the 1960s, graduating in 1964. He earned his BFA in Photography from San Francisco Institute of Art in 1969 and worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art before returning to Juneau.

After retiring from the Alaska State Museum in 2006, Ken and his wife, Sybil, spent two years traveling and living in Istanbul and in southern France before settling in Burien,

To see more works by Ken DeRoux, go to https://www.kderoux.com/

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

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