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Thursday August 25, 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for a special lecture on Thursday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m. Willamette University professors Karen Arabas, Joe Bowersox, and David Craig will be talking about their Oak Salvage Project, which is the subject of our Bush’s Pasture Park’s Oregon White Oak Legacy show in the Camas Gallery.

This project is working to “salvage data from some of the hundreds of old Oregon oaks that have been damaged in the February 2021 ice storm.” The exhibition shares their explorations into dendrochronology, which examines patterns in the tree rings to reveal climate history, as well as ecosystem and forest health..

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August 5 – September 3, 2022 | ANNEX

The earliest visual art made by humans is usually about telling a story.

In the exhibition, Mixed Metaphors, we hope that you will create your own stories in response to the bewitching work of emerging artist, Cynthia Carino and the mystical sculptures of Deborah Unger.

Cynthia’s vibrant, wild and exciting compositions contrast starkly with the deep, mythical and intensely personal experience of Deborah’s quiet sculptures.

What is the story? What is the next chapter? It is yours to create.

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This is a 60-minute Vinyasa Yoga Flow class led by Lorissa Addabbo that takes place on the lawn behind the Bush Barn Art Center & Annex.
Salem Art Association and Common People Yoga are excited to join together to host two special outdoor yoga sessions on the lawn behind the Bush Barn Art Center & Annex.


Date: Wednesday, August 17 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.


Date: Wednesday, August 31 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

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Celebrate the legacy of the Oregon White Oaks in Bush's Pasture Park with Carolyn Lehl's drawings and paintings, inspired by her Monday Morning Walks in the Park, and the research of the Oak Salvage Project.

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I seek to share through my work a partial view of my black female experience. I hope to reach those among us looking for a broader understanding of commonalities rather than differences. Historically rooted in the feminist art movement my work attempts to further the unraveling of antiquated thinking around women in art and society

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RECEPTION JULY 8, FROM 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

This is our Oregon story–and our family story. We can’t tell one without the other.

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September 1 -October 29 | Bush House Museum
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The Bush Barn Art Center & Annex are open to the public Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from noon - 5 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 noon to 5 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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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. 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

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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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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


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