SAA’s Gallery Program in the Bush Barn Art Center, located in historic Bush’s Pasture Park, operates three galleries and a gift gallery exhibiting and interpreting works of 20th and 21st century fine art and crafts by artists living or working in the Pacific Northwest and beyond who, through their creative modes of expression, enrich our community and foster a deeper understanding of the value of visual art.

Current Exhibitions

Young Artists Showcase
Generously sponsored by Maps Credit Union

This annual exhibition highlights artwork by K-12 students living in or attending school in Marion Polk and Yamhill Counties. This year’s Showcase has three components: Community Art Show open to all students in public, private, parochial or homeschool settings; displays by our 2014 arts education partners (South Salem High School, Adam Stephens Middle School, the Salem Boys and Girls Club and Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility); and displays of artwork by students participating in SAA’s Artists-in-Schools program.

American Dream
Generously sponsored by Collier Law

SAA’s 2014 Emerging Artist James Brandon O’Shea’s recent photographic work documents the historic farmstead at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis. O’Shea has elevated the architecture of the common farm home to symbolize the dreams and aspirations of past eras and present-day society. His work evokes wistful recollections of Willamette Valley history, as well as personal explorations of memory.

Bev Jozwiak
Generously sponsored by CB|Two Architects

Bev Jozwiak returns to watercolors for a new series of figurative and landscape paintings highlighting her use of bold brushstrokes and jewel-tone hues.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Watercolor Society of Oregon
Generously sponsored by the Salem Art Association Endowment Foundation

Founded in 1966 with 85 artists, the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) is now a statewide organization with almost 1,000 members. The primary activities of WSO are holding exhibitions of members work and providing education opportunities, both for the members and others interested in the creation and appreciation of the visual arts. WSO holds juried exhibitions of members’ paintings at the Spring and Fall Conventions. Members are invited to submit paintings to be juried by nationally recognized artists. Eighty paintings are chosen for each show. The Bush Barn Art Center will host this noteworthy exhibition in the A.N. Bush Gallery. (Image: Mardis Gras Indian by Kris Preslan)

Endangered Species by Jon Colburn
Generously sponsored by Saalfeld Griggs, P.C.

Salem artist Jon Colburn will exhibit his recent series of hand-pulled prints, which were completed during an artist residency in SAA’s Annex Studio at the Bush Barn Art Center. His work will be on view in the Focus Gallery. The artist will give a talk on Tuesday, June 3, at 10 am during which he’ll discuss the printmaking process and how it has influenced his artistic lexicon.

Debbie Robinson
Generously sponsored by Willamette University

Painting florals with a “Healing Gardens” theme echoed Debbie’s own travels along her personal journey. Rebirth and new life come in many different ways and spring’s gifts remind this Salem-based artist and all those who view her work of the inspirational power inherent in creative expression. Her pastel works represent contemporary impressionism at its most ethereal and evocative.

Past Exhibitions

Curios and CuriositiesGenerously sponsored by Spirit Mountain Casino

This group exhibition represents a partnership between the Salem Art Association’s Bush Barn Art Center, the Bush House Museum and the Mount Angel Abbey. In the Art Center’s Alcove Gallery, cultural artifacts and natural history specimens from the Abbey Museum—via an unprecedented loan—will be assembled in vitrines and glass-faced cabinets to re-create the content and style of an authentic Cabinet of Curiosities.

The second part of the exhibition will be mounted in the main area of the A.N. Bush Gallery and will consist of recent work by several contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums, each of whom interpret the historical legacy of the Cabinets of Curiosity in unique and thought-provoking ways. Exhibiting artists will include Frank Miller, Dave Nichols, Sandra Nichols, Tim Timmerman, Craig Goodworth, Cara Thompson, Kathryn Cellerini Moore, James Brandon O’Shea, David Cohen, Frank Barnett and Brian Collier.

Sara SwanbergGenerously sponsored by Michele J. Patterson

The Rivers Series of wood and clay sculptures offers a story of many years of Sara’s experiences coming together late in life. For a number of years she exhibited primitive-style masks, shields and fetishes in Salem, McMinnville and Portland. She later became fascinated with wood carving and mentored with Leroy Setziol for several months, learning about the use of specific tools, and the qualities of many varieties of wood.

Two years ago she saw a photo in National Geographic Magazine of some highly unusual cave pearls discovered in the ancient underground of Vietnam. As Sara stared at the photo, it all clicked: the clay-ball rivers flowing with the beautiful exotic grain found in so many varieties of wood from around the world. Her work in wood and clay is directly inspired by these experiences.

Cameron KasebergGenerously sponsored by Collier Law

Using images he has captured with a camera, as well as those collected in print matter, Cameron layers images, one at a time, using the paper-to-paper transfer process. This process of layering builds the final image, from back to front. Sometimes the images are composed in his mind in advance and sometimes the images evolve during the process, taking on a life of their own. Some pieces go beyond the transfer process and are finished with acrylics and graphite, highlighting and enhancing important elements of the scene.

Holiday Showcase 2013Generously sponsored by Salem Electric
with additional support from Valley Credit Union

Give your friends and family the gift of art! You’ll find one-of-a-kind gifts for that special someone in all price ranges at the Bush Barn Art Center. Choose from a new selection of artisan jewelry, handmade gifts, crafts, clothing, accessories and fine art.

ArtMarket 2013
Generously sponsored by Atrio Health Plans

SAA’s Community Arts Education program will host its third annual ArtMarket in the Focus Gallery in the Bush Barn Art Center. ArtMarket is a fun, contemporary art shop featuring affordable crafts and edgy art by regional artists.

Handcrafted for the Holidays 2013
Generously sponsored by Salem Gastroenterology Consultants

The Bush House Museum’s annual Handcrafted for the Holidays exhibition and sale at the Bush Barn Art Center will highlight traditional arts and crafts by Oregon craftspeople and artists. Featured media include: ceramics, stained glass, weaving, woodwork and more.

Dale Kurtz

As the featured artist in the Art Center’s Rental-Sales Program for the months of November and December, Dale’s panoramic landscapes of Oregon’s outback, as well as his authentic fishing scenes in watercolor, speak to the rugged adventurer in everyone. His most recent work will be on view in the A.N. Bush Gallery.

James SouthworthGenerously sponsored by Hoots, Baker & Wiley, P.C.

Following a recent trip to the France, James Southworth returned with myriad inspirations, which he has translated into a new series of pastel works evoking the beauty of the French countryside and the picturesque energy of some of Europe’s most beautiful cities. His work will be on view in the Camas Gallery.

Katia Kyte_Deanna WhiteGenerously sponsored by Columbia Bank

Deanna and Katia share a love of texture and bold colors, yet each artist expresses these interests in unique ways and with different mediums. Deanna will exhibit vibrant landscapes in pastels highlighting scenes from the Willamette Valley. Katia will showcase new still life and landscape compositions in acrylics featuring bold brushstrokes in a post-impressionistic style that pays homage to Cezanne while representing a fresh approach all her own.

FigurationGenerously sponsored by T-Mobile

Robert Bibler, Jed Thomas and John Van Dreal are accomplished figurative artists with a strong regional following. Each approaches the human form as subject matter from different vantage points and with unique styles, yet all three create art that transcends straightforward visual descriptions, entering into the realms of surrealism, emotional evocation and enigmatic narratives. The artists will participate in a panel discussion on Friday, September 6, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Bush Barn Art Center.

Kathryn Cellerini MooreGenerously sponsored by LifeSource Natural Foods

As SAA’s Autumn 2013 Artist-in-Residence, Kathryn has created an installation that arrives at the confluence of children’s literature, collective memory, humor and agricultural livelihood. By screenprinting messages on ear tags and suspending them from the ceiling of the Focus Gallery, she invites viewers to enter a dialogue about historical and current farming practices using nostalgia and concepts of identity as viewfinders.

Mona Jones CordellGenerously sponsored by Dr. Gary and Linda Nishioka

As the featured artist for the month of September in the Rental-Sales Program at the Bush Barn Art Center, a new selection of figurative paintings by Mona Jones Cordell will be on view in the Camas Gallery. Her works on canvas highlight the beauty and strength of the human form, particularly of dancers and athletes. Mona will give an artist talk on Tuesday, September 3, at 10 am at the Bush Barn Art Center.

Cynthia HerronGenerously sponsored by LCG Pence Construction

As the featured artist for the month of August in the Rental-Sales Program at the Bush Barn Art Center, a new selection of abstract landscape paintings and other compositions by Cynthia Herron will be on view in the Camas Gallery.

UpcycleGenerously sponsored by Grove, Mueller & Swank, PC

This fun, community-oriented exhibition is an open (non-juried) show designed to be inclusive and inspiring—both for local artists and for the public. The theme for the 2013 Salem Salon is “Upcycle.” All exhibited artwork is made using at least 50% recycled materials or trash. Works by youth and adult artists living or working within a 50-mile radius of Salem will be featured in the A.N. Bush Gallery. An awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 3, at 6 pm. The awards judge for this year’s salon is Laura Mack, art instructor at Chemeketa Community College.

Tom KunkeGenerously sponsored by Kraft Custom Construction

Tom’s paintings incorporate a vibrant blend of impasto texture, verdant colors and unexpected twists, like the inclusion of collaged newspapers. Portraying diverse subjects such as orchards, koi ponds, sail boats and sky scrapers, his recent body of work finds common harmony in recurring hues and energetic brushwork. Tom will give a lecture about his inspirations and techniques on Tuesday, July 2, at 10 am at the Bush Barn Art Center.

Bev JozwiakGenerously sponsored by CenturyLink

As the featured artist for the month of July in the Rental-Sales Program at the Bush Barn Art Center, a new selection of expressionistic paintings depicting landscapes, cityscapes and figures by Bev will be on view in the Camas Gallery.

Nancy Eng
Generously sponsored by Garrett, Hemann and Robertson, PC

As the featured artist for the month of June in the Rental-Sales Program at the Bush Barn Art Center, a new selection of mixed-media artwork by Nancy Eng will be on view in the Camas Gallery.

Creating Abundance
Generously sponsored by Kettle® Brand

This thought-provoking group exhibition features work by Phil Decker, Judy Phipps, Deanna White, Joel Zak, Roberto Oran, Steve Scardina, Andrzej Maciejewski and Dorothea Lange, as well as historic photographs of Oregon’s Bracero guest worker program. Each artist approaches the subject of food in Oregon from a different angle, resulting in a multi-faceted exhibition designed to elicit questions and conversations.

Marcus Bellon
Generously sponsored by O’Neill Pine Company

Marcus Bellon will share his new series of mixed-media paintings created during his spring 2013 residency in the Annex Studio at the Bush Barn Art Center. To learn more about SAA’s Artist-in-Residence program or to apply for the Fall 2013 residency, contact Kathleen Dinges, SAA Community Arts Education Director, at 503-581-2228 x312 or click here to send e-mail.

Lorraine Dye
Generously sponsored by Christine Chute & Walt Perry

As the featured artists for the month of May in the Rental-Sales Program at the Bush Barn Art Center, a new selection of pastel paintings by this popular local artist will be on view in the Camas Gallery. Titled Why I Love Oregon, this exhibition of Lorraine’s work celebrates the beauty of this iconic region.

TotemGenerously sponsored by Capital Manor

As the featured artists for the month of April in the Rental-Sales Gallery at the Bush Barn Art Center, a new selection of wood carvings and assemblage works by the noted Linfield professor of art, Totem Shriver, will be on view alongside the work of his student, Chloe Raymond.