Jessie Brugger

Auburn City Hall Gallery

Jessie Brugger, raised in Auburn, recently earned a master’s degree in fine arts from The New York Academy of Art. In 2011 the New York International Film Festival honored her with an award for best short animated video.  Her two-dimensional artwork, paintings and drawings that range from whimsical to traditional landscapes and portraits,  will be on display in Auburn’s City Hall Gallery for the month of September.  Now living in New York City,  Jessie Brugger applied to have her work shown as part of the regular gallery schedule and the opening reception is scheduled to coincide with the  time to recognize her father Dick Brugger’s 3-year tenure as Auburn Poet Laureate.  This exhibit is open during regular business hours and is located in Auburn City Hall at 25 W Main Street.

Kris Vermeer and Kim Bly

Bird in Flight - Kim Bly

Bird in Flight – Kim Bly

Burien Arts Gallery

Kris Vermeer is an internationally known artist whose work has been collected by famed British natural-history filmmaker David Attenborough and several Nobel Prize winners. Her work can be found at AT&T’s main office in Phoenix and in permanent display at the Las Vegas airport.  A self-taught artist, who has been selling professionally since 1985, Kris works in a variety of mediums, including fused glass, steel and stainless sculptures and acrylic painting.  Her work often reveals her love for primitive cultures. Jean Ray Laury and Jackie Vermeer have also featured her work in books.  Kris is an artist in residence for Tacoma schools. She teaches classes for both children and adults.

Joan Stuart Ross and Patti Bowman

Kent Centennial Center Gallery
9/9 – 10/30/2014

These artists work in encaustic.  Visit for more information about the artists and their work.  The Gallery is open during regular business hours and is located at 400 W Gowe Street in Kent.

Matthew – Lanning – Hamilton – Baxter

Burien Art Gallery
Now through 9/3/2014

Matthew Gotta RunThe Burien Arts Gallery’s August exhibition features painter Jim Matthew, photographer Jane Day Lanning, ceramic artist Vicki Hamilton and mixed media creator Diane Baxter.

Jim Matthew
Matthew notes his early artistic influences included his grandmother who taught him painting at the age of four. Artists at Highline College and Washington State University were also early inspirations. In the 1990’s, Matthew worked as a studio assistant for Alden Mason.

Matthew has exhibited in several Seattle galleries, including a two-person show with Kenneth Callahan at the Woodside/Braseth Gallery. The Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle currently represents Matthew. His work is in the collections of the cities of Burien, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle.

Auburn Valley Creative Arts Gallery

Auburn Valley Creative Arts

AVCA-treeringsView works by AVCA members Zach Tanner, Conni Reinecke, Mary Ellen Bowers, Marie Lyndemere, Amanda J. DeSilver and more in AVCA‘s new gallery space at 222 E Main Street (Suite F in The Arcade building), Auburn.

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.

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

Sole_Obsession-2014White River Valley Museum
Now through 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

RENTONHIST-womenRenton History Museum
Now through 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 — such as the women’s wear pictured here — as well as photographs from the Museum’s collection and excerpts from local women’s letters and diaries 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

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

The 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
Now through 5/2015 DMsculpture

Sculptures by Washington State artists have been installed at sites along S 216th Street, Marine View Drive S and in the Des Moines Marina. Artists whose work is represented include Des Moines resident George C. Scott, Sabah Al-Dhaher, Karsten Boysen, Andries Breedt, Dan Klennert, Lin McJunkin, Pat McVay, Leo Osborne, Kris Vermeer, students in the Highline School District’s Puget Sound Skills Center welding program, and Karsten Boysen, who created the pictured work, titled American Venus.

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.