Lone Ranger by Debbie Bianchi

Birds to dance across canvas at Burien Arts Gallery July show

Free birds will dance across canvasses among fanciful blossoms, trees and landscapes during Burien Arts Gallery’s July exhibit.

Featured artist Debbie Bianchi creates the whimsical scenes with acrylic paint, paper, charcoal and pastel.

Meet Debbie at the Gallery’s Artist’s Reception, Friday, July 10, 5-8 p.m. The Gallery is located at 826 S.W. 152nd St. in Olde Burien. The exhibit runs July 1-Aug. 2.

According to Debbie, “My art is my search for and longing for beauty in the ordinary and mundane. Almost anything can be inspiring, from the wind in the trees, to the birds hopping around gathering food, to the light reflecting off the water day or night.”

Debbie says her inspiration began by sewing clothes from vintage clothing and other textiles.

“There was such satisfaction of taking something obsolete and creating something new and fresh,” Debbie declares.

From working with vintage textiles, her technique has evolved into creating low-relief pieces that straddle trompe-l’oeil painting and assemblages.

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LETTER: for a dear friend of mine, Leta Bakke.

For a friend
To the editor:

I am reaching out to you on the request of one of your employees.

I was going to come in person to place an ad for a dear friend of mine, Leta Bakke.

She was raised from Elementary to High School in the Burien area. She is fighting a rare blood disease that she was born with. I am having a Car Wash fundraiser at Duane Swanson's business on 1st Ave Sunnydale Muffler & Brake 13210 1st Ave South Burien WA. On July 18, 2015 Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We are looking for volunteers for cleaning cars, directing traffic, holding signs etc. And of course donations as well.

My contact information is Marti Kirby (Messmer) kirbymarti@msn.com

Leta, Duane and I all went to school together, So it seems fitting to have it in the Burien newspaper

Thank you for your time,
Marti Kirby

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Pictured Left to Right; Paul Roush, Wayne Roush, Stacey Crandall, and Eric Roush

Wayne’s Service Center in Normandy Park Celebrates 50th Year Anniversary with party

By Michele Smith

In 1965, there were seven service stations within a block of each other in the Manhattan area of Normandy Park and Wayne Roush’s Mobile Service Center was one of them. Wayne was in his early 20’s when he began a 50-year career and family business.

“I’m not sure I would do it again”, Wayne said last week. “It is hard work, lots of long hours away from family but my German and Irish heritage of stubbornness and perseverance kept me going.” Over the years, the oil companies would change their policies making it more difficult for the small gas and service stations to survive. “They squeezed five of the seven out” he said, “The big companies came in and the others just quit. There’s not a lot of profit.” But Wayne said his drive comes from the ability to provide his community with a service. For Wayne, it’s not just all about the money.

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