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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.

Each week has two sessions: the morning session is for kids 7-10 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..

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Stellular is a kaleidoscopic soup where the galactic and microcosmic commingle and meld
together. Stellular is intended to spark curiosity and connect viewers’ own experience with that of the earth and cosmos.

Videos of creatures under my own microscope and that of scientist James Weiss,
undersea volcanic scenes from the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and scenes captured during my experience as a pregnant person, are warped by pirouetting petri dishes into speckled, nebular vistas.

The soundtrack includes clips from NASA Chandra X-Ray Sonification Project files that assign soundwaves to nebula images, interspersed with music made by some of Earth’s very own cicadas.

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March 3 – April 2, 2023 | Focus Gallery
Reception: March 18, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

This new collection of work will be dedicated to authentic human connection. Displaying the importance of intimacy we share just by stay close not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. We are stronger together then apart.

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March 4 - 30, 2023 | Annex studio

An AIR at the Bush Gallery provides the ideal environment for creative work and a chance to meet the public. Reactions from visitors are valuable to the creative process. The spacious studio room is also an inspiration and is very quiet.

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School aged artists (K-5) from Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties shared their work in the annual YOUNG ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE!

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The Bush Barn Art Center & Annex are open to the public Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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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.

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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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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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