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Salem Art Association May Exhibitions

Watercolor Society of Oregon | May 9-June 27

Salem Art Association

(SALEM) - Founded in 1919 in Salem, Oregon, the Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization which has served the mid-Willamette valley for nearly 100 years and is one of the largest community arts organizations in Oregon. SAA achieves its mission through the educational programming below.

SAA’s Community Arts Education program (CAE) provides arts programming built in collaboration with community partners to support a broad range of arts activities in the community and seeks to provide dynamic art projects that address specific needs in Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. CAE engages over 12,000 students, administrators, teachers and parents each year through the School Arts program which includes Artists in the Schools (AIS), Family Arts Nights, Museum Residencies and the High School Internship program. CAE also provides regional artists with professional development opportunities through our Artists Services program which includes Project Space and the Artist-in-Residence program.

SAA’s Galleries Program in the Bush Barn Art Center, located in historic Bush’s Pasture Park, operates three galleries and a gift gallery exhibiting and interpreting works of 20th and 21st century fine art and crafts by artists living or working in the Pacific Northwest and beyond who, through their creative modes of expression, enrich our community and foster a deeper understanding of the value of visual art.

SAA also operates the historic Bush House Museum, located adjacent to the Bush Barn Art Center. The Museum offers tours to the public and preserves and interprets the heritage of the Bush House and Bush’s Pasture Park to illuminate Oregon history and culture associated with the lives and legacy of Salem’s Bush Family.

Bliss (Detail)
by Marjorie Johnson

Watercolor Society of Oregon | May 9-June 27

Generously sponsored by the Salem Art Association Endowment Foundation


Founded in 1966 with 85 artists, the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) is now a statewide organization with almost 1,000 members. The primary activities of WSO are holding exhibitions of members work and providing education opportunities, both for the members and others interested in the creation and appreciation of the visual arts. WSO holds juried exhibitions of members' paintings at the Spring and Fall Conventions. Members are invited to submit paintings to be juried by nationally recognized artists. Eighty paintings are chosen for each show. The Bush Barn Art Center will host this noteworthy exhibition in the A.N. Bush Gallery.


Star (Detail)

by Jon Colburn


Endangered Species: New Prints by Jon Colburn | May 9-June 27

Generously sponsored by Saalfeld Griggs, P.C.


Salem artist Jon Colburn will exhibit his recent series of hand-pulled prints, which were completed during an artist residency in SAA’s Annex Studio at the Bush Barn Art Center. His work will be on view in the Focus Gallery. The artist will give a talk on Tuesday, June 3, at 10 am during which he’ll discuss the printmaking process and how it has influenced his artistic lexicon.




Take it All In (Detail)

by Debbie Robinson


Featured Artist: Debbie Robinson | May 9-June 27
Generously sponsored by Willamette University


Painting florals with a "Healing Gardens" theme echoed Debbie’s own travels along her personal journey. Rebirth and new life come in many different ways and spring's gifts remind this Salem-based artist and all those who view her work of the inspirational power inherent in creative expression. Her pastel works represent contemporary impressionism at its most ethereal and evocative.



Pat and His Dinosaur (Detail)

by Pat Patanutaporn



Teenagsters | May 6-June 3


Students in the Salem Art Association’s High School Art Apprenticeship Program will be showcasing the work they have created during their eight months of study. The exhibition, Teenagsters, will be on view at IKE Box Coffee Shop in downtown Salem

from May 6-June 3. For more information on this program, contact Lisa Ryan at

503-581-2228 x311 or lisa@SalemArt.org.


Salem Art Association

600 Mission Street SE | Salem, OR 97302

Tel: 503-581-2228 x307 | Fax: 503-371-3342




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