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Each week is different and offers high-quality opportunities for youth to learn about Art and Art History in a nurturing environment at the Salem Art Association (SAA). All camps take place at the Bush Barn Art Center & Annex in Salem's Bush's Pasture Park.

Monday 6/24 - Friday 6/28: Metamorphosis
Monday 7/15 - Friday 7/19: The Earth Aquatic
Monday 7/22 - Friday 7/26: Making Myths
Monday 8/5 - Friday 8/9: Deep Space
Monday 8/12 - Friday 8/16: Dinosaurs!

Each week has two sessions: the morning session is for kids 8-10 years old and will last from 9 a.m. to noon. Afternoon sessions are for kids 11-13 years old and run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Queer Love

In my native Hoopa language, kiwhliw means “he who paints.” First and foremost, I am a painter. I create complex, richly colorful compositions. I am also Native American, born on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California. Indian Land, where the past is always present, is where my paintings begin.

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I find myself captivated by the profound connection between human
anatomy and our surroundings. Footprints, the ancient imprints we leave behind,
serve as poignant reminders of this intricate relationship.

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Sisters Staying Inside the Hula Hoop" Lucy Hewitt

RADIUS 25 is a juried exhibition showcasing artists residing within a 25-mile radius of Salem around the theme "What Matters."

Queer Love

Tattoo artists are artists working in the medium of tattoo, among other art mediums. This exhibition is a window into artists living and working in Salem, Oregon, who work with tattoo as an art form. Salem Art Association wanted to bring this art form into the context of a gallery, so that it can be viewed on its own.

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ANNEX STUDIO | MAY 1 – 28, 2024

In using traditional still life items like flowers to express loss, while adding more specified items to my visual narrative, I can connect with my lived experience instead of distancing myself from it. I use a variety of paint, ink and pencil in saturated color to transfer my ideas to paper. I am grateful for the physical and emotional space offered by Salem Art Association to complete this work.

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Actively Engaging,
Educating and Preserving

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.


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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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Compton Family Foundation

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Braemar Charitable Trust

Harvest Foundation

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Autzen Foundation

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