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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 Kelly Lyles. See her video 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.

Upcoming Events


What:  Paintings by Kelly Lyles on the theme “Corona Queens.” Each queen has corona viruses in her crown.

When:  May-June 2022

Artist Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022, from 6:00-7:30 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.


What:  Stained Glass Lantern Workshop, with teaching artist JR Salter,  hosted by Devrim Ozkan.

When: Sunday, June 26, at 3:00 PM

Where: In Zoom.

Sign-up: Enroll here

Cost: Free


What: Life nude drawing class featuring the male figure. Participants need to bring their own pencils and sketch book. Capacity is limited. Mask, proof of vaccination, or negative covid test required.

When: Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.

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

Cost: $15 per class for Museum members, $20 for non-members, collected by the Museum. Register with the Museum  online
or call the Museum during office hours at 206-402-4029 to sign up.


What: Online & in-person garden party art fundraiser

What & When: 

-Online art fundraiser June 24-June 26, 2022

-In-person garden party with booths and music on June 25, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM.

BAM! website 

-In-person garden party art party & sale: Community Garden, New Start High School, 614 SW 120th Street, Burien. There will be music and tacos from Centro Neighborhood Kitchen, Burien!

Submissions: Submissions are now closed.

For more information, please visit the BAM! page.

What & When: 7 Stories is back! Seven people from the community will tell their stories on a given theme. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the event will be livestreamed and then posted on YouTube.

June 24, 2022: Acceptance

July 6, 2o22:  Storytelling Workshop, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA

July 22, 2022: Coming to America/Adjusting to America

Aug. 26, 2022: Saying Yes – Taking Chances

Sept. 7, 2022: Storytelling Workshop, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA

Sept. 23, 2022: First Job/Worst Job

Oct. 28, 2022: Silver Linings

Nov.-Dec., 2022: Holiday Break


Jan. 27, 2023: Coming Home

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.

Where: Videoed at the Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA, posted on the 7 Stories YouTube channel.

Cost: Free

Featured Artist


We are pleased to feature the paintings of Kelly Lyles in the May-June 2022 exhibit at the Burien Arts Gallery Wall, Highline Heritage Museum, 819 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA.

“Life is a lot of fun, and I’d like the viewers to share that in my work. Growing up all over the world, I developed an interest in people and our foibles; laughter is universal,” said Kelly.  “Although I’ve worked in a number of different ‘styles and media, all are based on representational art steeped in classical training.”

After years in commercial art as a designer and illustrator, she is now focused primarily on painting in oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

Kelly has produced a number of series of paintings on a theme. The theme of the paintings in the Burien Arts exhibit is Corona Queens. Every queen has corona viruses in her crown. A brief description of the history of each queen is posted by each painting.

Other series Kelly has created include:

–Candyland (50 small representations of candy from around the world on a painting of the famous game’s board)

–Twelve Steps (12 paintings of drunks and junkies)

–Rodents (23 painting of visual puns)

–Saints and Sinners (a series of watercolors of mythological and historical figures).

The WA State Art Commission bought six of Kelly’s paintings for various schools.

She has also designed and painted murals, and was recently commissioned to paint an 11-foot mural for Sound Transit.

Three-dimensional projects include “artcars”. Kelly paints artistic designs on cars. Examples include a Honda van covered with paintings of women’s fashion (shoes, purses, jewelry, etc.), and a Prius covered with paintings of birds.

Other three-dimensional work includes decoration of 14 large fiberglass sculptures (pigs, nutcrackers, et) for various civic associations and benches for the P.A.C.E and the West Seattle Merchants bench projects

Kelly’s work has been widely featured on TV. National TV coverage includes the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Odyssey network, and HGTV. Local TV includes Northwest Afternoon, Evening Magazine, and local news. Print publications featuring Kelly’s work include the New York Times, and magazines Woman’s World and National Geographic Kids. Harrod Blank has written two books about the artcars (available on amazon.com) and featured them in his 2009 film Weird Washington.

Kelly has taught oils, acrylic, and watercolor painting and currently teaches drawing at a local college.

She holds a degree in Graphic Design from Seattle Central College. Kelly also attended Drake University, Des Moines, IA, and the University of Minnesota Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA.

The Museum is open Thursday – Sunday 1:00 PM-5:00 PM. Admission to the Wall is free.

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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