Inspire. Be inspired.

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 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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AiA Member Meetings via Zoom (for now)

See you for the next Monthly Member Meeting on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:00 via Zoom. We’re welcoming Terry Rohse as guest speaker. When we are able to resume meetings at Broadway Commons, we’ll post an update here.

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Call to Artists for Spring Fling

AiA Spring Fling Call to Artists Ad

Start working on your creations for AiA’s third annual springtime art event: Spring Fling. Think ‘spring’ or ‘fling’ (or both). Registration opens Friday, January 28 after which you’ll have 5 weeks to get your entries in. Entries due Saturday, March 5. We will again use the ArtCall platform to manage the call. The event judge will bestow ‘best’ awards to multiple artists. See the official call for complete details.

Springtime Event / Spring Fling General Info

View Official Call to Artists for Spring Fling

Spring Fling Event Timeline


Art Chat — Sharing & Critiques

AiA’s Art Chat sessions are a way for our artist community to connect and socialize online (via Zoom). We share our art and techniques, and it offers a forum for receiving and giving constructive feedback when desired. Everyone is welcome. Attend as many sessions as you like. We are now meeting once a month on the first Tuesday of each month.

More About Art Chat


Something Red 2021 Wrap-up

Something Red 2021 Exhibition

Thank you artists, patrons and event organizers for your contributions in making our 19th annual Something Red event a fabulous success. We had a great turnout, saw some new faces in the fray and got to display 88 works of art by 40 local artists at Elsinore Framing & Fine Art Gallery, 444 Ferry St SE in downtown Salem.

Re-live it! Tap the link below to enjoy the complete gallery of the exhibited art, meet the judge and watch the event video including award selections.

Something Red 2021 Gallery, Video & More

Visit Elsinore Gallery Website


Congrats Award Recipients!

Something Red Best of ShowLisa Zahler – Exogenous
Best Use of Color RedCarolyn Canoy – Red
Best Original ConceptRuth Orschel – First Snow
Best Use of Unconventional MaterialsCarol Buie – Summons
Best Botanical CompositionPatricia Young – Autumn’s Fire
Honorable MentionJoshua Kinsey – The Juvuntus Vault
Therese Misner AwardMara Kelly – Wish You Were Here
Elsinore Gallery AwardAnn Altman – Hollyhocks
People’s Choice AwardSarah Orschel – Lady Godiva 1

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.