Past Exhibitions


October 25-November 24

Symbols are personal. Oftentimes they’re stories that incorporate one’s religious, cultural and familial imagery. These things often prod memories and ideas, bringing to the surface the roots of our ancestry, and other events, times, or places in our lives. This exhibition focused on artistic interpretations of symbols that are pertinent to family history, holidays or spiritual rituals, heritage and culture.

Participating artists were Dayna Collins, Toni Gilbert, Sarah Dillon Gilmartin, Ann Kresge, Eric Loftin, Susan Napack, Nichole Rose, Jennifer Salzman and Vicky DeKrey Vasey.

October 25-November 24

Dayna Collins is a collector, energized by hunting for worn out and discarded objects, especially the bits and pieces that aren’t perfect. She hyperventilates when she discovers a box of ephemera or an old photo album that someone is throwing away. During her residency, Dayna will bring her vast collection of old letters, photographs, ticket stubs, bits of vintage lace, envelopes, stamps, string, travel brochures, maps, recipes, report cards, random notes – the detritus of a person’s life – and create vignettes that tell a story. Using paper, paint, cardboard, book covers, and plaster, she will give new life to these cast off, expendable objects, exploring storytelling in unexpected ways, beginning with a black and white photograph of a stranger.

September 12-October 20

Kim W. Fink’s work primarily is an act of exploration and discovery. Working with a vocabulary of accumulated images drawn largely from contemporary mass-media, and influenced by everyday objects, myth, relational concepts, philosophy, literature and political and social concerns, he creates a fusion of cultural realities that explore objective verses subjective visions and develop a synthesis between image and meaning. Kim says, “These arrangements attempt to create a resonance between color and objects and the space they occupy, creating a visual poetry.”

September 19-October  20

A group of regional printmakers collaborate to explore the themes of light, shadow, solar and lunar activity through a range of print media. The Solar Shadows exhibition included screen prints, installation, relief printmaking, etching, and print generated sculpture. Exhibiting artists are Rosemary Cohen, Kim Fink, Jo Hockenhull, Ann Kresge, and Rebecca McCannell.

August 15-September 10

Salem artist Jon Colburn’s exhibition took place in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center. To describe the exhibition, Jon said, “The subject of these paintings is the show itself. There are galleries, theatres and drive ins with their light, their space and their drama.”

August 1-September 8

Poet Stephanie Lenox exposed the messy and usually invisible creative process by taking over the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center with flights of fancy.  She worked on a collection of lyric essays, titled The Queen of the Birds. By projecting her work-in-progress, brainstorming on giant sticky notes, editing drafts with scissors and tape, and inviting the public to share bits and pieces from their imagination, Stephanie aimed to dispel the myth of the inspired writer composing in isolation.

August 1-September 8

Byron James Kimball is a freelance writer and poet from the local Salem area. A Western Oregon University student, he will be graduating in 2019 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Writing. Much of Kimball’s work concerns his experiences in the LGBT community and his identity as a transgender man. Previous stories and poetry by Byron James Kimball can be found at Heather Press, Chelsea Station Magazine, New Bourgeoisie, and A Quiet Courage, among numerous other publications. As part of his residency with the Salem Art Association, Kimball compiled a collection of short stories and poetry, and completed an in-progress novel.

July 25-31

Oregon artist Rosalynn Rothstein created an Ikebana installation in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem. Ikebana is the Japanese art form of floral arrangements. With ten years of study in the Sogetsu school, Rosalynn used this opportunity to expand her Ikebana practice. Her intent was to create a large-scale installation, something which is not often done outside of Japan. Rosalynn holds an MA in Folklore from University of Oregon, and a BA in Comparative Literature from Grinnell College. Her art has been shown widely throughout Oregon.

June 19-July 17

Stephen Cohen created a, “very, very big, playable string instrument using wood, metals and found objects.” There was public access to the planning and building process of the project, where people could watch and participate in the creation of the instrument. The instrument, when complete, was accessible to the public to view and play, including during the Salem Art Fair & Festival. Stephen also composed music using the completed instrument.

June 12-23

Eric Tautkus will be doing a lot of character drawing in his particular style, drawn from graffiti, using people in Bush’s Pasture Park as living muses. Work may be on paper, canvas, or the walls of the Annex.  Additionally, Eric will also be using the printmaking press to begin work on a children’s “coloring book” of sorts.

May 1-June 8

The rich history of the Bush House Museum and its collections served as inspiration for quilt designs during Kate Speckman’s residency. Bringing a fresh aesthetic to the tradition of quilting by using colorful fabrics and twists on time-honored patterns, color and texture were her guiding objectives.

May 1-31

During their residency, Kai River Blevins will be worked on a chapbook exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality, mental health, and whiteness. Kai used a mixture of traditional and experimental syntax and forms to manifest the critical perspectives which are often silenced by society. Their work examines how people produce knowledge, construct/interpret their realities, (re)create and resist privilege and oppression, and negotiate morals through the body. Kai will also be taught a community workshop engaging gender and sexuality norms through creative writing.

April 1-May 5

Avantika Bawa created a large-scale installation for the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem. Beyond the Wall used the interior architecture of the Annex to generate a continuous gesture that swept across the gallery while simultaneously embracing and taking over the space. This gesture included an unwieldy, yet grounded band of yellow that echoed the terrain surrounding the gallery. Sparking off of this form were bursts of vertical and diagonal graphite lines. With their contrasting widths and directions, the lines evoked a conflict that was visually resolved through their placement on the yellow.

April 1-28

During her residency in the Annex print studio, Ann Kresge worked on Sacred Sites, an artists’ book collaboration with poet Dawn Diez Willis. This handmade book combined relief prints, letterpress text and a compound binding structure. In the prototype phase, Ann worked to fully realize the project before producing it as a limited edition. She also made prints and print based constructions for a solo exhibition at Art Center East in La Grande, Oregon.

March 12-28

In response to the local community’s current political and social atmosphere, this exhibit, curated by Barry Shapiro, looked at the Women’s March in Salem through the eyes of two photographers who use their cameras to regularly document daily life. Diane Beals and Greg Zurbrugg cast their trained eyes at an important local event. They found the uplifting strength of commitment and community. Their images capture and preserve this worldwide day of solidarity as it happened in Oregon’s capitol city.

Image: Photo by Greg Zurbrugg


February 13-March 8

Bonnie Hull used drawing to explore the flora of Bush’s Pasture Park’s during her time as the Annex  Artist-in-Residence (AIR). Hull was the first ever AIR when the program opened in 2010. During that residency, she says she began to appreciate “the close connection of the Annex to the many gardens in Bush’s Pasture Park,” and notes that the gardens became “integral” to the work she completed. Because of this experience, she decided to get to the root of her fascination, and continue her series of drawings.

January 23-February 10

Influenced by the Expressionists and many modernist movements, Corrine Loomis-Dietz loves to investigate the abstract reality of paint and process. This artist has been described as a “storyteller” as her work often chronicles family and friends in personal environments. As part of the Salem Art Association’s Artist-in-Residence program in the Annex, Loomis-Dietz explored monotype and collagraph printmaking techniques. She focused on employing acrylic paint systems, plate and  press options, and collaborating with other printmakers in the community.

January 15-28

Jim Hockenhull participated as an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center. He said of his residency: “I am not looking for answers. I’m looking for interesting questions. I’m looking forward to this residency as an opportunity to extend my studio, my work habits, and my ideas into the community.”


December 15-January 7

Kathryn Cellerini Moore was the 2017 TEDxSalem Artist-in-Residence (AIR). The Salem Art Association’s Community Arts Education program is collaborated with TEDxSalem to provide a space for the AIR to complete a stage installation, which set the tone for the January 7 event at the Salem Convention Center. The TEDxSalem AIR program aims to connect with the community through public art. As part of the program, Cellerini Moore will presented a TEDx talk on stage in addition to creating the installation. It is the hope that through this program, ideas, innovation and community will be connected through art.

November 11-December 24

Annex Prints! showcased ten local printmakers in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center. Work from Willamette Valley artists Rosemary Cohen, Annegret Disterheft, Paul Gentry, KC Hancock, Jo Hockenhull, Ann Kresge, Rebecca McCannell, Gary Rawlins, Hillary Russel and James Thompson will be on view. Visitors will experience a diversity of approaches to printmaking, ranging from monotype to silkscreen, and abstract to representational.

October 16-November 4

The Salem Art Association exhibited 28 prints from Print Arts Northwest (PAN) in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center. Artists working in intaglio, relief, monotype and silkscreen were featured. Exhibiting artists included: Jules Altfas, Kristine Blodget, Lise Drost, Dennis Floyd, Jan Fowler, Kristin Kohl, Liv Rainey-Smith and Ann Truax. A panel discussion titled “The Nature of Prints” took place on October 25.

PAN is a nonprofit organization of professional printmakers who advocate the art of printmaking by providing exhibitions, professional development and educational programs that promote the creation, appreciation and collection of original artists’ prints. PAN has a great diversity of fine art prints representing many different printing processes drawn from a membership of over sixty artists in 6 western states. Exhibitions of the work of PAN members take place regularly in local galleries, universities and colleges, libraries, and businesses. PAN is located at the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, Oregon.

September 23-October 14

Looking forward: LOOKING BACK was the inaugural exhibition in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center after the newly renovated space reopened to the public. Through audio interviews and visual art from past Salem Art Association artists and administrators such as Carl Hall, Charles Heaney, Sara Swanberg, Nancy Lindburg and Bonnie Hull, visitors were able to reflect on the history of the organization and imagine what the future would hold. Large-scale drawing installations by Andrew Myers were also on view. A conversation with Cynthia Addams, Carol Baumann, Vicki Falcon, Eileen Cotter Howell, Bonnie Hull, Kristin Kuhns, Nancy Lindburg, Karen Runkel, Sara Swanberg, Elisabeth Walton and David Worrix took place on Friday, October 14 to wrap up the exhibition.