Visual Artists

68th Annual Salem Art Fair & Festival
July 21-23, 2017

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The Salem Art Fair & Festival features approximately 200 artists each year in the Artist Marketplace. The Salem Art Association takes great pride in showcasing artists from all over the U.S., but the majority hails from right here in the Pacific Northwest. In 2016, 113 Oregon artists and 36 Washington artists were represented. Disciplines are sorted into the categories of 2-D Mixed Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Cottage Crafts, Digital Art, Drawing, Emerging Artist, Fiber, Fiber Wearables, Glass, Graphics & Printmaking, Jewelry, Metalworks, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Wood.


2017 Jurors

Nancy Wilkins has lived in Portland since 1987, having migrated from the East Coast. She received a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from Marylhurst University in 1999, and continues to combine these interests in her work—primarily abstract monoprints and mixed media collage. In 2014 Nancy was commissioned by the Port of Portland to do a large-scale mixed-media mural, incorporating the Portland Airport’s iconic carpet. She has exhibited in juried shows across the country, including Salem, Cherry Creek, Ann Arbor, and Bellevue, and has taught at Marylhurst, Pacific University and private workshops. Nancy was a long-time board member of Art In The Pearl, is a current member of Waterstone Gallery in Portland and works at the Annie Meyer Gallery in Portland.

Linda Owen is a native Oregonian who was born in Eugene and raised on a farm north of Salem. Graduating from Western Oregon University with a degree in Secondary Art Education, she worked as a jeweler using found objects, brass and silver. Linda moved to NYC for several years in the early 70’s where she assisted painter John Clem Clarke. Returning to Oregon, she worked in clay for 25 years, followed by 14 years with kiln-formed glass. Among the west coast galleries that have represented her work are The Museum for Contemporary Craft, Real Mother Goose, Earthworks, Childhood’s End, Fireworks and Bush Barn. She showed for 24 years at Salem Art Fair and was very active in art fairs and wholesale shows around the country. Linda was a co-founder of Art in the Pearl and board member for 7 years. She and her husband founded and ran the Fire’s Eye Gallery near McMinnville, OR, specializing in fine crafts by local and regional artists. Linda has taught clay and glass workshops, is published in several books and is in galleries and collections throughout the USA.

Ashley May Heitzman is a graduate of metalsmithing from Philadelphia’s Tyler School of Art, and an experienced designer with an established jewelry line tailored for both the wholesale and retail market. In 2014 she was awarded the NICHE Award for excellence and innovation in craft from the Rosen Group. She has exhibited at wholesale shows including the Buyers Market of American Craft and ACRE Philadelphia as well as juried art shows including Art In The Pearl and Salem Art Fair. Her work can be found at select galleries across the nation, including The Real Mother Goose in Portland and Riversea Gallery in Astoria. Ashley currently serves on the Art In The Pearl Board, is an active member of the Creative Metal Arts Guild and manages a studio building, Civilian Studios, where she provides affordable workspace to over 40 Portland artists.

Greg Wilbur is a metalsmith born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He has lived in Portland since 1990. He started doing art and craft fairs in 1978, and did over 150 of them mostly on the west coast, but also the fine craft shows of the American Craft Council, the Smithsonian, and the Philadelphia Museum.  He did the Salem Art Fair and Festival for many years. Greg is a co-founder of Art in the Pearl and oversaw the demonstration/education areas for 15 years. He has worked for over 18 years for the Sitka Invitational Art Exhibition, helping curate and hang that show. He has been involved with many art galleries around the nation for 30 years. He currently shows at Waterstone in Portland, Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco, and RowBoat in Pacific City. His real love is attending and/or organizing collaborative events.  He has done 23 such events since 1998, including ones in Canada, New Zealand, and France. He is also one of the founders and organizers of a local collaborative event named Frogwood.

Kelli MacConnell was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and—as an avid hiker and adventure-seeking Midwest girl—made her way to Portland in 2006. She became enchanted by the arts as a child and has always expressed a love for drawing and painting, but it wasn’t until studying art at Portland State University that she discovered her passion for printmaking. MacConnell received her BFA with a focus in printmaking in 2012 and began enthusiastically showing her work. Within a couple years of graduating, she successfully made the transition to a working printmaker and has since been enjoying life as a full-time artist and mother. She has shown her work in galleries nationwide and participates in some of the premier fine art and crafts shows in the nation, such as Art in the Pearl, Art in the High Desert, BAM Artsfair and Salem Art Fair. MacConnell serves on the board of Portland’s Art in the Pearl, and often mentors local emerging artists. She is currently represented by RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, OR and Guardino Gallery in Portland, OR.


Friday, July 21 | 10 am-7 pm (Music Headliner 7:30-9:00 pm)
Saturday, July 22 | 10 am-7 pm (Music Headliner 7:30-9:00 pm)
Sunday, July 23 | 10 am-5 pm


$5 Day
$10 Three-Day Pass
$3 Youth Student on Saturday (with Student ID)
FREE for Children 12 & Younger
FREE for all ages on Sunday from 3-5 pm
FREE with Oregon Trail Card


Bush’s Pasture Park

Please leave your pets at home. Service animals welcome.