Richard Burhans Streetlight Pole Banners

Something New in the Air: Banners Honor Local Artist 

The current banners hanging throughout downtown Snoqualmie and Snoqualmie Ridge celebrate and honor Richard Burhans, a long-time resident and prolific painter of the Snoqualmie area. 

Burhans has spent a lifetime in artistic pursuits. After graduating magna cum Laude from the NY Phoenix School of Design, he worked as a professional artist in New York. Service in the Army brought Burhans and his wife, Sallie, to the Northwest, where Burhans later launched a commercial architecture design career in Seattle. In 1969 the couple built their home along the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River, where they still reside today. Several of Burhans’ notable community works are displayed throughout the Snoqualmie Valley, including the North Bend Library Mural, Characters from the Classics; Starbucks Coffee’s, The Coffee House in Art, Music & Letters; City of Snoqualmie City Council Murals, The History of Logging; and the Snoqualmie Ridge TPC, Opening Day.

The Snoqualmie Arts Commission selected four of Burhans’ paintings for display on banners throughout the city. A banner based on the work “Salish Waters” originates from a canyon trip guided by George Swenson from Tokul Road to the Tokul Creek Fish Hatchery. A banner showing youths playing violin, “Rondo,” (shown at right) is inspired by a holiday with the family of Fritz and Julie Gere, local music teachers. A third banner depicts a painting from the Burhans’ Studio Garden series, and the fourth shows an excerpt of the painting “Marvin” sporting a red hat while resting in the woods.

Photography used for City banner design courtesy of Bruce McMillan of Epic Exposure; banner design courtesy of LoudEdge design.

To see more of Richard Burhans’ works, visit

Rondo - Richard Burhans