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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns here in Oregon, Salem Art Association has decided to postpone the Opening Reception for ARTWORK | John Collins and Art | Poetry. We hope to be able to re-schedule it for a later date. The exhibitions will be on display during our normal gallery hours starting January 13, so please stop by to experience them when you can. SAA requires masks and social distancing while in our galleries.

Please check our website for the latest updates about any events that are planned for these two exhibitions. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to keep our staff and visitors safe during this latest COVID-19 surge.
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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 (

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January 14 – February 26, 2022 | A.N. Bush Gallery

”An artist’s purpose in life is to see things differently.”

John Collins is one of Oregon’s most imaginative and original artists working today! As a newborn baby, his small inked feet created a monoprint on his birth certificate and Collins has not stopped making art, or “seeing things differently”, since then.

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January 14 – February 26, 2022 | Annex, Camas, & Focus Galleries

The Salem Art Association (SAA), in collaboration with the Mid-Valley Poetry Society (MVPS), worked with seven pairs/groups of poets, visual artists and musicians to create collaborative works in residencies at the SAA Annex and other locations, shared their process with the public during their residency, and is brought together to share the work created in this exhibition.

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January 28, 2022, Midnight PST – Early Application deadline.
February 11, 2022, Midnight PST – Final Application deadline.

March 4, 2022, Midnight.

March 18, 2022, Midnight.

March 18, 2022, Midnight.

March 25, 2022, Midnight.

March 25, 2022, Midnight.

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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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Support SAA

SAA’s programs would not be operational without the support from the art fair and our other fundraising and community-building events including the Clay Ball, a formal auction and banquet including local and regional art and experience packages; and the Holiday Showcase & Gala, celebrating the opportunity to experience and purchase original, hand-crafted holiday gifts and preview SAA’s upcoming art exhibitions.


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