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The Salem Art Association is excited to run 5 weeks of themed SUMMER CAMPS this June and July. Like last year, there will be a variety of media each week for your student to explore, and we will be working on themes that support deeper student connection and collaboration. We will alert you when it’s time to register, but for now here’s the schedule to assist you as you make your summer plans!

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Art Talks! Artist Lecture Series
Building Your Brand: Success in Marketing and Selling Art Your Own Way
Tuesday, May 24 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

How do we connect? Technology offers us various ways of getting our work directly into the hands of our audience. Come explore various strategies for sharing and selling work using technology and social media.

Kristin Solomon is a Creative Business Strategist with over 20 years experience in arts administration.

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If you’ve had a chance to stop by the Bush Barn Art Center to see the new show, Black Matter, you’ll have seen the beautiful portraits from painter Jeremy Okai Davis. Please save the date for this month’s Lunch & Learn session on May 25 from noon-1:00 p.m. with Jeremy.

Please RSVP to and she will send a Google calendar invite your way with the link to attend. 

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The traveling exhibition Black Matter showcases contemporary Oregon-based black artists in an effort to address an imbalance in representation. Their voices should be heard, not because they are black, because they are human beings with unique life experiences. It is essential to lift up the contributions of black artists above systematic oppression in life and in art.

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Each Wednesday morning since January 19th of this year, every student at Howard Street Charter School has been working on a project which focuses on the creation of original works of art by the students. It is aimed at increasing their empathy and understanding of the emotional impact a welcoming home can have to increase a person’s sense of belonging. We’ve titled this project: Making A House A Home.

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Object Lessons is a series of photographs that uses extreme close-ups and lighting to explore the effects of time on organic and human made object.

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Artist Michael Hernandez is the Artist-in-Residence in the Annex Studio for May. Hernandez says the work he’ll be producing in his residence will consist of experimental abstract expressions in various sizes and mediums (primarily acrylic paintings) in combination with drawings and transfers. The transfers are typically design foundations that utilize typography and graphics that the compositions are built upon.

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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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Please join us for a special lecture about the extraordinary life and times of Hiram Gorman. Zachary Stocks is a public historian, interpreter, and the Executive Director of Oregon Black Pioneers. Zachary previously served as Program Director of Historical Seaport and Visitor Services Manager of Northwest African American Museum. He is a former intern of Colonial Williamsburg and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and is a current seasonal Park Ranger at Lewis & Clark National Historical Park.

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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. 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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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