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Artists in Action is a diverse and inclusive group of emerging, mid-career and established visual artists who encourage those of all skill levels and mediums to come together to share their passion for art and their techniques with other members in Salem and the nearby communities of the Willamette Valley where we live. AiA hosts several signature events and calls to artists each year and participates in other art events at the local level. We are a nonprofit organization that has successfully operated for two decades.

Among us are artists working in drawing and painting, sculpture, textiles and fabric arts, assemblage, ceramics, glass, photography, digital media and print making. You are invited to mingle with kindred spirits at our monthly meetings which feature club activities and art-centric topics to inspire creativity and educate as well as our art sharing & critiquing forum, Art Chat.

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Paint & Write the Town Exhibition of Art & Poems

Paint & Write the Town Exhibition of Art & Poems

Artists in Action’s Paint & Write the Town Exhibition of Art & Poems is on display during the month of October at the Bush Barn Art Center in cooperation with the Salem Art Association (SAA). This diverse show is the culmination of a summertime of creating en plein air.

The gallery is located at 600 Mission St SE in Salem and is open to the public Thursday – Saturday, Noon to 4:30. Masks, distancing required.

P&WTT Gallery of Art & Poems and Event Video

View Event Article in Salem Reporter

About Paint & Write the Town


AiA Member Meetings via Zoom (for now)

See you for the next Monthly Member Meeting on Tuesday, October 19 at 6:00 via Zoom. We will be doing an artist show-n-tell. Show us what you’ve been working on, a favorite from your inventory or tell us about another creative endeavor.

Submit Images of Artwork for Show-n-Tell

More Info / Register to Attend


Call to Artists for “Something Red”

CTA AiA Something Red 2021

Something Red for 2021 is approaching quickly. ARTISTS: If you haven’t already, start creating up to 3 works of art for this year’s December exhibition at Elsinore Gallery. As always, the call is to create compelling art that features true RED as a focal point or primary color in the composition.

In addition, AiA is pleased to take a fresh approach this year with additional judging criteria and matching awards – replacing the traditional “place” awards. The judging criteria and corresponding awards are:

  • Best Use of Color Red
  • Best Original Concept
  • Best Use of Unconventional Materials
  • Best Botanical Composition
  • Something Red Best of Show

You may visit the Official Call to Artists now to review the complete details. Registration begins Tuesday, October 19. Artwork entries will be due November 16.

About Something Red

Go to Something Red Official Call to Artists

Go to Something Red Official Timeline


Art Chat — Sharing & Critiques

AiA’s Art Chat sessions provide an ever-other week way for our artist community to connect and socialize online. We share our art and techniques, and it offers a forum for receiving and giving constructive feedback if desired. Everyone is welcome. Attend as many sessions as you like.

More About Art Chat


Member Galleries

AiA’s Member Gallery Pages are great way to see our members’ artwork. Each artist’s on-line gallery showcases up to ten works of art, an artist statement and links to their site(s). We hope you enjoy browsing the galleries as much as we enjoy making the art.

Browse the Member Galleries


*Please note that a Member Gallery Page is an optional benefit for current members with the +Gallery level of membership.