The Bush Barn Art Center & Annex are open to the public Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

• Masks required
• Social distancing required

As things slowly get back to normal, our hours are limited so that we can ensure the health and safety of all of our staff and visitors. You can visit our galleries Thursday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We ask that visitors continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing when enjoying the art in our galleries. To help protect our staff and visitors, we hope that everyone who enters our galleries has received a COVID-19 vaccination. For more information on how to get the vaccine, visit Oregon Health Authority’s vaccination site (

November 11 – December 24, 2021 | AN Bush Gallery
Opening Night Reception Friday November 12, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Curator David G. Lewis, Assistant Professor OSU, Member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in collaboration with Salem Art Association. The exhibition addresses the history and culture of the original Kalapuyans at Chemeketa Village, the original native peoples of what became Salem, Oregon. The exhibit images and text look at settler changes to the name and character of the town and how the Chemeketans adapted to the new American culture. Finally the exhibit documents challenges that Native peoples continue to face in the region from federal and state authorities in the recent past and present.

November 11 – December 24, 2021 | Camas Gallery
Opening Night Reception Friday November 12, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

"Both the Oregon landscape and watercolor painting provide unique joys to my life. Joining the two just seems to be a great way to double life’s pleasures. It is a good day when I get to be out in the Oregon landscape. And it is a good day when I get to paint with watercolors."

- Dale Kurtz


SAA has a series of Art Boxes available for teachers to use in the classroom. Teaching Artists have recorded short videos of art activities using materials found around the house to do at home with students! Scroll down for videos.


Musical Line Drawing with Sonia Allen


Drawing with Shapes with Teaching Artist Nancy Kurz


Calligraphy with Lyn Graybeal

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The Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving the mid-Willamette Valley since 1919.

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We stand together and know that art in our lives is absolutely pivotal in understanding one another, in finding common ground, and in imagining creative solutions together. Art brings us together and unites us in our humanity. It enhances our natural instinct to overcome obstacles and to care for each other – to remember what it means to be human, especially during the most challenging times of this pandemic.

Upcoming Events, Workshops, & Artist in residency

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Community Arts Education (CAE)

Virtual Arts Programming for Students and Adults:

SAA’s Community Arts Education is continuing to look for alternative ways to adapt our school programs that include arts education to K-5 students in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, especially to those attending Title I schools. Offering a virtual learning component is another way that the Salem Art Association is striving to ensure that kids stay connected to the arts.

  • Out of the Box: Art Activities for Kids via social media and on our website
  • Art for Kids YouTube videos
  • Art Boxes with lessons and material lists available online
  • Teaching Artist YouTube videos for more in depth art making
  • Teaching Artist Anecdotes that are fun, yet share with all of us the value of making art

Learn more About CAE

Call for Artists

Call for Artists opportunities for the Bush Barn Art Center take place throughout the year. Click the link for a current list of ways to get your art out into the world through the Salem Art Association

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Apoyar a la SAA

Los programas de la SAA no estarían en funcionamiento sin el apoyo de la feria de arte y de nuestros otros eventos de recaudación de fondos y de creación de comunidad, incluyendo el Clay Ball, una subasta formal y un banquete que incluye arte local y regional y paquetes de experiencias; y la Holiday Showcase & Gala, que celebra la oportunidad de experimentar y comprar regalos navideños originales, hechos a mano, y la vista previa de las próximas exposiciones de arte de la SAA.


Thank you to the following supporters whose generous contributions support the Salem Art Association in making art experiences possible for everyone in our community.

Compton Family Foundation

Michele J. Patterson

Janet Neuburg

Braemar Charitable Trust

Harvest Foundation

Bob & Marypat Hill Family Foundation

Autzen Foundation

William S. Walton Charitable Trust


Special thanks to our generous sponsors