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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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AiA Member Meetings via Zoom (for now)

See you for the next Monthly Member Meeting on Tuesday, August 17 at 6:00 via Zoom.

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Paint & Write the Town

Paint & Write the Town is AiA’s signature plein air event. The creating takes place over the summer and there’s a juried exhibit in the fall. Artists and writers are welcome to simply show up at their preferred location(s) to participate. No pre-registration is required to paint or write over the summer.

Schedule & Locations for Paint & Write the Town


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


In Memoriam—Cindy Nielsen

Cindy Nielsen Apple Blossoms

Sadly, the Artist Community has lost a dear friend and fellow artist Cindy (Myrtle) Nielsen this past month. Cindy was a friend to so many folks in and around Salem and always had a project in the works. She was a teacher at William P Lord High School in Woodburn for 22 years and enjoyed creating historical renaissance costumes and artifacts for the many Renaissance fairs in Oregon. Cindy was proud to be one of the Founding Members and Patron of the Willamette Art Center and collaborated in the Empty Bowl yearly fund raiser for Marion Polk Food Share. She was the host of Drop in Drawing and Painting Mondays at her church, Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, and she was Key founder of the start-up Community Garden in West Salem. Cindy had awesome passion for the arts, showing her art works in Salem and Portland, teaching art, gardening, and a daily scrabble game with her husband Dennis. Cindy loved her many creative artist friends and the many art happenings in and around Salem. Cindy’s family will have a “Celebration of Life” August 14th at the family home.
Image: “Apple Blossoms on Tree Trunk” by Cindy Nielsen


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.

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