The Japanese in the Kent Valley

GKHS-JpnsexhibitKent History Museum
Permanent exhibit

Located on the second floor of the historic Bereiter House, this exhibit focuses on Mr. Ernest Kyozo Saito, one of the previous owners of Bereiter House. Artifacts on display include artwork and a collection of men and women’s clothing. There are also stories of the internment camps during World War II and the Japanese residents of Kent. The Museum is located at 855 E Smith Street in Kent, and is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon – 4 PM.  Suggested admission is $2.  For more information visit

New Beginnings – Danny Mansmith

Danny MansmithBurien Community Center
Now through 5/31/2014

Danny Mansmith is a self-taught, mixed media, fiber, and  installation artist.  “I moved to Burien five months ago and I am very honored and grateful to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you, my new community, here at the Burien Community Center. All the work that you see has been inspired by my new surrounds; especially the yard. It has been a long time dream of mine to have one and its presence fills up my life. So much so, that it spills out and into my studio, its walls, these walls and maybe your walls in the future.  I hope you enjoy it… “

Hot Mess – Works in Encaustic

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Burien Arts Gallery
Now through 4/26/2014

Works in encaustic by artists Maureen Hoffmann, Colleen Monette, Lory Newsom and Marjorie Thompson.  Opening reception on Thursday, April 3, 5-8 PM.  The Burien Arts Gallery is located at 826 SW 152nd Street in Burien and is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon – 6 PM and Sunday, noon – 4 PM.

Renton Cooperative Coal Company

Coal minersRenton History Museum
Permanent exhibit

This exhibit tells the story of a group of miners who came to Renton searching for better lives. The exhibit features a DVD presentation showcasing many of the Museum’s rarely seen historic coal mining photographs. The second exhibit features two of Renton’s other early industries and the people who built them: Denny-Renton Clay & Coal and Pacific Car & Foundry (PACCAR). Included are many artifacts and photographs that are being exhibited for the first time. The exhibits were created with grant funding from 4Culture.

Deep Roots: Students Explore Renton Families

Renton History Museum
Now through 5/26/2014

This is the Museum’s fourth collaboration with Renton High School. Sophomore Honors English students, under the direction of teachers Derek Smith and Brea Lawson, visited the Museum three times in October to learn and prepare for this exhibit. Deep Roots compares Renton High sophomores’ family experiences to those of Renton’s historic families. The exhibit features photographs from the Museum’s collection as well as the students’ own family portraits.

Alpine Photography of George L. Kinkade

Mountain_ExhibitWhite River Valley Museum
1/15 – 6/1/2014

George L. Kinkade was a midcentury photographer, writer, and lover of nature who travelled across Washington State to capture images of “the sublime mountains.” In this show, the first solo exhibit of his alpine photography anywhere, Kinkade’s photographs are paired with his own written words to give viewers a glimpse into the mind of a fiercely independent man who trekked across Mt. Rainier, the Olympics, and the Cascades in search of the rugged beauty and freedom that comes from experiencing the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.  Sponsored by Georgia Kinkade, Friends of George Kinkade and the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

2014 Downtown Auburn Sculpture Gallery

Origami$!232The City of Auburn’s new outdoor Sculpture Gallery extends throughout the downtown core, with six sites on Main Street and one additional site at the intersection of N Division Street and 1st Street NE between the City Hall and Auburn General Hospital. The sculptures will rotate annually. Currently on display:

  • Jump by Francisco Salgado
  • Watch My Tail by Patricia Vader
  • Hare by Dan Klennert
  • Organic by Jennifer Ellsworth
  • Origami #2 – Fuchsia by Ken Hall
  • Feather by Kris Vermeer
  • Riparian Totem by Lin Rebolini McJunkin

Tukwila Sister City Exhibit

TUKHIST--JpnsSisterCity-72Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center
Permanent exhibit

On permanent display at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center are several gifts presented to the City of Tukwila and its officials from representatives of Tukwila’s Sister City – Miyoshi, Japan.  In 1979 tukwila established formal affiliations with Ikawa-cho, Japan, but when Ikawa merged with five other surrounding cities to form the new city of Miyoshi in 2006, Tukwila continued the sister city relationship with Miyoshi.  However, this relationship is now shared with The Dalles, Oregon, which previously had a sister city affiliation with Ikeda, another one of the merging cities. This exhibit includes dolls, dioramas, scrolls, and more.  The Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center is located at 14475 59th Avenue S in Tukwila.

Art on Poverty Bay outdoor sculpture gallery

City of Des Moines
Permanent installation

DMAC-fishsculptureFive sculptures by Washington State artists have been installed at sites along Marine View Drive S and in the Des Moines Marina. Artists whose work is represented include Des Moines resident George C. Scott, Gretchen Daiber of Leavenworth, Leo Osborne of Guemes Island, Lin McJunkin of Conway, students in the Highline School District’s Puget Sound Skills Center welding program, who collaborated on a work called “Graduated Progression.”


Maple Valley Historical Museums

Maple Valley Historical Society
First Saturday of every month

The Maple Valley Historical Society operates three museums: the top floor of the Old Grade School at 23015 SE 216th Way; and the Fire Engine Museum and Gibbon/Mezzavilla Store Museum at 22012 SE 248th Street (corner of Witte Road, behind the Community Center).  These are open the first Saturday of the month from 10 AM to 2 PM, and also are open by appointment.  Call 425-432-3470.