Railroad paintings of Jack Christensen

White River Valley Museum
Now through 8/17/2014

trainJack Christensen is an Auburn native and veteran of the Northern Pacific, Burlington Northern, and finally the Burlington Northern Santa Fe  Railroad where he served as fireman and engineer for over 57 years. These are his paintings of historic scenes along the rail.  The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE in Auburn’s Les Gove Park.


Burien Community Center
Now through 7/31/2014

IstrukturaJose Johann Bitancor is a Filipino painter and graphic designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Far Eastern University in the Philippines. Prior to his migration to the United States, his creative outputs were devoted entirely to the Applied Arts, particularly Exhibition Design and Collateral Design. Upon his first settlement in Memphis, Tennessee, his innate inkling to work his hands and play with materials led to experiments in woodcarving and wire sculptures. And a stint at the University of Memphis-Tennessee and participation in local art groups led to a Portfolio Merit Scholarship from the Memphis College of Art-Tennessee.

Back to School

Highline Historical Society
Now through 9/23/2014

Schools-exhibit-2-500x580What is your best back-to-school memory? Is it your favorite lunchbox, or teacher? In future decades, the same bundled nerves and feelings of anticipation surrounding our school years may be among the things we recall most sweetly. This exhibit focuses on the elementary schools of the Highline School District.  At SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street, SeaTac. www.highlinehistory.org

DeRoux – Baxter – Dean

Burien Art Gallery
7/3 – 8/3/2014

This month’s exhibit features the works of Ken DeRoux, Robert Dean and Diane Baxter.

Ken DeRoux, a Burien resident, will display his abstract paintings on canvas and works on paper. He began painting in 1978 when he returned to his hometown of Juneau where he curated exhibits at the Alaska State Museum. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography/film in 1969 and went on to manage the Canyon Cinema Cooperative and curate films at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Visual Impacts – a Journey of Discovery

Normandy Park City Hall Gallery
7/1 – 31/2014 

Anette Lusher is a local artist who has traveled the world extensively. Personal experiences, struggles, joyful moments and the artist’s growth are evident in each of her paintings, in her sculptures as well as in her installations. The Artist strives to tell a story, to convey a special thought and to draw the viewer into her work. Most of her paintings are textured through layering, dribbling or pooling of paint, which has become Anette’s trademark. Artist’s reception July 10, 5 – 7 PM.  Normandy Park Arts Commissioner Robert Frey curated and sponsored the exhibit and reception.  Normandy Park City Hall is located at 801 SW 174th Street, Normandy Park.

Sole Obsession: 100 Years of Women’s Shoes from Kitten Heels to Power Pumps

Sole_Obsession-2014White River Valley Museum
Dates: 6/18-11/9/2014

Step into this exhibit that presents a range of dressy footwear spanning from 1910-2010, and reflects upon the dramatic changes experienced by the women who wore them. Over one hundred pairs of shoes from regional museums and private collections will be displayed with examples of women’s cocktail and party apparel from the Museum’s collection. Curated by Christine Palmer. The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE in Auburn.

Pioneers, Professionals and Politicians – Groundbreaking Women from Renton’s Past

Renton History Museum
6/3 – 8/30/2014

Since the beginning of our country, women have been fighting for equal representation alongside their male counterparts. It has taken bold, confident women to blaze a trail for later generations, each one expanding what society deems to be “acceptable” womanly pursuits. This exhibit showcases historic artifacts and photographs from the Museum’s collection to tell the story of how Renton’s women helped make it the place it is today. Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton.

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 www.kenthistoricalmuseum.org

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.

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.  tukwilahistory.org

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.