Monsters - a group show at Black Zia

Aaaah October! Halloween, costumes, candy and MONSTERS! Join the B-Town Beat for the last art walk of the 2016 season as we bring MONSTERS! to Black Zia Cantina. This group show showcases nine different artists and their special relationships with monsters and creatures of the night and things creepy. There will be a live demonstration from the Applied Lightning Technologies mad scientist Gabriel during the art walk, plus Thursdays are 'ladies nights' at Zia. 

Featuring artwork from
-Alexis Ortiz
Audrey Brandt 
Amber Raven
Eli Wolff and Brandy Tomlin
Archmonoth Construct
Theartof Rayf (Ray Fernandez)
Troy Williams
Xavier Lopez Jr.

Welcome new venue, Scarlet Ibis

This month, we have a new venue opening! Scarlet Ibis is an art gallery located inside Phoenix Tea's new space at 447 SW 152nd St. 

Darius X, Self-Made Man, 2015, Linocut, 11.5” x 14.5”

Darius X, Self-Made Man, 2015, Linocut, 11.5” x 14.5”

October’s show is a remounting of Darius X’s “A Boy Named Soo,” which was presented for the first time at Gallery 4Culture last February. This group of linoleum block prints created over a 12-year period represents an extensive exploration of the various intersecting elements of the artist’s personal identity: trans-racial Korean adoptee, trans* man, Queer Person of Color, Asian-American, resident of the Pacific Northwest.
Artist Bio: Darius X fell in love with the craft of linoleum block printing when he took an art class at his Tacoma, WA high school. He finds inspiration from traditional Japanese woodblock artists, modern pop artists as well as his natural surroundings and communities in the Pacific Northwest. His artwork has been featured on the cover on the Adoptee activist anthology “Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists” by the Vance Twins. He has shown work throughout the Pacific northwest and in S. Korea. He has been a teaching artist at the Wing Luke Asian American Museum. He was a member of IDEA Odyssey Art Gallery, a visual arts collective promoting cultural diversity, community and economic development in the International District. In 2003, he co-founded the Queer People of Color Liberation Project (QPOC LP) and created a mixed media performance series that focused on racial and gender oppression. He has studied at School of Visual Concepts, Seattle Central Community College and University of Washington.
The show will be up for the entire month of October. Join us for the artist reception on October 6th, during the B-Town Beat Art & Music Walk.

Black Zia will be host to husband and wife duo Michael Arndt and Debbie Palmer

Michael Arndt and Debbie Palmer are a husband/wife artist team living in Seattle, WA. Both Debbie and Michael primarily use found objects and repurposed materials to create their art.

Michael makes whimsical folk art figures, welded sculptures, and functional items such as stair treads, handrail panels and lamps.

Debbie works mostly in mosaics and tin, creating tin plaques and mosaic wall hangings, murals and memorial stones. Common themes in her work include peace and our relationship to nature.

Whether it is a gas pump nozzle found by the side of the road, shells and rocks, broken ceramics or a decommissioned electric boiler, Michael and Debbie can see the endless possibilities for incorporating these objects into works of art. Combining their analytical abilities and individual aesthetics, they visually approach each project as if it were a puzzle, creating unique art forms from random materials, giving them new life and purpose.

Debbie will be showing with her husband Michael Ardnt at Black Zia in the main gallery for the month of September!

For more info about the Black Zia Cantina check out their website at 

Be Free by Debbie Palmer 

Be Free by Debbie Palmer 

Oh nuts by Michael Arndt

Oh nuts by Michael Arndt

Laura Scheuffele will be showing at Page 2 books

Stop by Page 2 books between 6-9pm for the September 1st B-Town Beat Art walk to enjoy the artwork of Laura Scheuffele

Laura Scheuffele grew up in the Seattle area and is still entranced by the soft quality of light and the bountiful blues and greens special to the Northwest. Since as early as she could hold a pencil, she was a child who never gave up drawing and painting. She studied under a number of acclaimed artists and her work has been shown in a variety of regional exhibitions.

Six years living in Japan have given her insight into the differences between Western and Eastern cultures and art forms as well as the realization of the commonalities that bind all mankind.

Since her return to Renton in 1981, this Montessori teacher, wife and mother has used her artwork to illustrate classroom materials and to introduce mood and beauty.

Laura enjoys using watercolor, pastel, ink and acrylics to convey the intrigue.

“I’m in awe over the play of light on the subject which brings to life its own beauty.”

See more of her work at

I am also the proud owner of Revolution Gallery in Issaquah -


Page 2 Books is located at 457 SW 152nd Street, Burien Washington. 

For more information about Page 2, visit their website at



Thatched-Roof Cottage

Thatched-Roof Cottage

Instead of our regularly scheduled art walk, join us in the Art Alley during the Wild Strawberry Festival!

Hello Beatsters!

Instead of our regularly scheduled art walk on the first Thursday in June, please join us for a special event in the art alley during the Wild Strawberry Festival on June 18th and 19th. Our Art Alley will be getting a makeover by street artists, both local and international. Stop through SW 152nd Alley between 4th and 6th Ave SW to see the artists at work.

Many of our venues will also be open during the festival. Stay tuned for a map of all venues with art as the event gets closer.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Student Music & Art Walk by the B-Town Beat


Our first B-Town Beat of the 2016 season is officially May 5th! We're partnering with Highline Public Schools and Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services to host this year's Student Music & Art Walk. Students in visual arts programs, dance, music and performance will be all over downtown Burien displaying their work and skills.


May 5, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm. All are welcome. More information to come!


October 1st - The Final Beat of the Season

This Thursday, October 1st is the final Beat of the season. Join us on SW 152nd St between 10th Ave SW and 4th Ave SW for live music and local art!

Poets West at Phoenix Tea Members from Poets West will be reading their poetry at Phoenix Tea for this month's Beat.
They Drift and Sneke One at Burien Arts Gallery - Check out two artists from our Northwest Mural Masters event in the Burien Arts Gallery
Scanner Art at Burien Books - Artwork by Jenny Corcoran and Hunter Stroud
Tracy LeMoine at Three Tree Wellness - Tracy will be showing a preview of her work for Burien Arts' Vision 20/20 fundraiser.
Clay Works at Theta Ripple Studio - Along with her current works in progress, Alexis St. John will be showing new clay art in her studio.
The Molner Band, Kevin Kinghorn, and Cameron Anderson at Burien Press - Burien Press will be hosting live music by the versatile Molner Band as well as breathtaking nature photography by Kevin Kinghorn and Cameron Anderson.


A Photographic Art Walk - Join us for September 3rd's B-Town Beat

A Photographic Art Walk - Join us for September 3rd's B-Town Beat

Come celebrate our region's talented photographers at this month's B-Town Beat Music and Art Walk!

Here are our featured venues this month. Make sure to check them out and visit the Art Alley! Click on the artist's name for more details:

Poets West at Phoenix Tea - Poetry
Printmakers at Burien Arts Gallery - Prints
Jenny Corcoran and Hunter Stroud at Burien Books - Photography, Mixed Media Art
WB Reid at Maven Mercantile - Jazz/Blues
Photography at Osteria da Primo
Ryan Burns Trio and Narboo at Black Zia Cantina - Music and Illustrations
Tom Fletcher at Page 2 Books - Photography
Emily Traynor at Town Square Fabric and Yarn
Theta Ripple Studio - Painting
Amanda Gamble at Discover Burien
Kevin Kinghorn and Cameron Anderson at Burien Press - Travel Photography
Lantern Making at the Burien Library
NWMM - Fresh art from Northwest Mural Masters in the Art Alley

Thank You to everyone who made the 1st Annual Northwest Mural Masters a Great Success

Thank You to everyone who made the 1st Annual Northwest Mural Masters a Great Success

This month, we are featuring street artists from around the PNW. To kick off our art walk, the B-Town Beat hosted a new event, Northwest Mural Masters (NWMM) - an all-weekend event where we invited street artists from all around the PNW to repaint our alley. This event was a huge success! 

Here are our featured venues this month. Make sure to check them out and visit the Art Alley! Click on the artist's name for more details:

June 4th's Art Walk is full of Music, Art, and Fun

This month's art walk is music themed and will be featuring musicians at several businesses.

Here's the lineup for this month's art walk - Click "read more" below to find out more:

Tin Room Trio at The Tin Room - Jazz
Tristan Gianola at 909 - Solo guitar
String Shift at Burien Arts Gallery - Acoustic folk trio
Theresa McCormick at Burien Books - Painting
Tracy LeMoine at Three Tree Wellness - Painting
Cole Schuster at Osteria da Primo - Classic solo guitar
Emmanuel del Casal Duo at Kayak Bar and Grill - Funky bass and sax
Squirrel Butter at Maven Mercantile - Appalachian folk music
C-Leb and the Kettle Black at Black Zia Cantina - Blues/rock/funk
Robert van Weezendonk and HHS Students at Page 2 Books
Iris & Peony
Alexis St. John's Studio - Painting
Steve Bailey and Jeff Mason at Town Square Fabric and Yarn - Blues
The Molner Band, Diana Jean Oliphant, and Madraka Festival Art at Burien Press - Jazz and Kenyan painting
Teen Art Group from Navos - Burien Library
Mike Doorman Busking - Island music

Burien's first Farmer's Market of the season is tomorrow, May 7th

This Thursday is full of all kinds of activities! Discover Burien's first Farmer's Market of the season starts tomorrow and continues every Thursday through October. The Farmer's Market includes booths with local flowers, fruits, vegetables, crafts, plants, food, baked goods, and more! 

During this week's market, the Beat will be hosting a booth, reminding everyone about the event. We hope to see you there!

The Farmer's Market is hosted from 11am-6pm at Town Square Park at the intersection of 5th Ave SW and SW 152nd St.