The Burien Arts Gallery had at one time been located in the blue house in Dottie Harper Park. It was a gathering point for the arts of the greater Burien area. In addition to the annual Arts Festival, the Gallery promoted dance, painting, sculpting, ceramics, weaving, ballet, creative activities for children, acting, singing, youth and adult symphony, literary arts, book reviews, poetry, flower arranging, local history, exhibits, and nature.
The all-volunteer non-profit organization known as the Burien Arts Association had used the Gallery to primarily display and sell the works of local artists. The basement of the main building and the adjoining building (formerly a garage) were used as classrooms and workshops. The annual Strawberry Festival started as one of their small fundraisers and grew over the years to attract thousands of visitors, providing entertainment, refreshments, and interaction with local artists and vendors.
After 35 years, the Burien Arts Gallery relocated to downtown Burien and is now at 826 SW 152nd Street. For more about the Gallery and the Burien Arts Association, visit their website
The blue house is now managed by the Burien Parks Department and made available to small nonprofit groups for meeting rentals. For more information about this facility, visit its webpage