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In the Artist’s Studio

Burien Arts is pleased to announce a new program in partnership with the Highline Heritage Museum: 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.

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

Once inside gatherings are possible again, we will hold classes live at the Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

Our current artist is Helena Rogers. See her video below:

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

Artist Paul Illian launched the 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.


Helena Rogers (L) and Paul Illian (R) hold their trophies as Burien Arts Association Artist of the Year and Volunteer of the Year 2020 respectively. (Photo:  Marge Ellsworth)

“Helena Rogers and Paul Illian are professional artists who volunteer their time and talent in support of Burien Arts,” BAA president Grace Stiller said. “Helena and Paul  both could have received either award since both volunteer and are excellent fine arts painters. We like to honor them and acknowledge their commitment.”

The awards will be presented each year to an Artist and Volunteer of the Year.

The trophies are from Burien Trophy.

Upcoming Events


What:  New paintings by Helena Rogers with the theme “On the Surface.”

When: July-August 2021

Where: Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA. The Museum is open Friday-Sunday, 1:00 PM-5:00PM. Masks and distancing are required.

Cost:  Free admission to view Burien Arts Gallery Wall.


In collaboration with the City of Normandy Park, the Normandy Park Arts Commission, and the Washington State Arts Commission, we have scheduled two shows for Shakespeare in the Park this summer with a common theme of braving the storm:

Saturday, July 31 @ 7: 00 PM: Backyard Bard, an evening of abbreviated versions of The Tempest and Twelfth Night

Saturday, August 7 @ 7:00 PM: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Click here for more information on the plays.

Where: Marvista Park, 19900 4th Avenue SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166. There are restrooms, ample parking, and a very nice children’s play area. Distancing of family groups on the grass & masks will be required.

Driving Directions: Drive south on First Avenue South. Turn right on 200th (just after the Normandy Park Town Center mall). Drive two blocks. The park is on the right.

Cost: Free


What: Burien Arts first-ever Zoom art classes for children & youth of all ages

When: Every Sunday @ 3:00 PM

Where: In Zoom.

Sign-up: Enroll here

Cost: Free

Featured Artist


We are pleased to feature the works of Helena Rogers with the theme “On the Surface” at the July-August exhibit at the Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

The Museum is open Friday – Sunday 1:00PM-5:00 PM. Masks and distancing are required. Admission to the Wall is free.

“’On the Surface’ is my look, look, looking at things, things right at hand. In much the same way one stops to smell the roses, one can stop to ‘see’ the ordinary in a detailed and often time wonderful light,” Helena said. “You really don’t have to go far at all, in fact some of the most interesting displays of colors and shapes can be found as we look closer, deeper at what may lie just at our feet.”

“Through the last year and a half, it is often the ordinary that has kept me interested, curious to go on,” she continued. “It might be an artist’s palette, a frozen puddle under foot, or a workbench with years of layered creativity. These simple things can provoke so many thoughts. Thoughts have been a point of focus for me recently.  I hope these paintings will prompt you to have interesting thoughts about what it is you are seeing, or what you ‘think’ you are seeing. It was my pleasure!”

Helena Rogers is a self-taught oil painter who first picked up a paintbrush seven  years ago on a whim. Her car just drove her to the art supply store without a plan, and a life love was found. Henry Miller wrote a book titled, To Paint is to Love Again, and this was very true for Helena.

Exhibits include:

  • Burien Press 2021 – solo
  • Maverick Art Space 2020, a studio scenario set up for three months in which many paintings were created.
  • Burien Arts Association – solo 2019
  • Windermere West Seattle – solo 2019
  • Windermere Mount Baker – solo 2019

In 2020 the Burien Arts Association named Helena Artist of the Year. She has participated in the Burien Arts annual Vision 20/20 art auction for four years running.

For more on Helena, see Facebook, Helena Rogers – Painter,  and Instagram, helenarogers100.

All works on display at the Museum are for sale. Please email  burienarts@gmail.com  for information on purchasing.



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