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Here’s a glimpse into the art scene of our contributing members. We hope you find something of interest to expand your creative thinking. 🙂

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Art Chat – Sharing & Critiques

Art Chat is an AiA program for engaging the artist community. It offers an online/real-time way for artists to share ideas about their artistic techniques and individual progress as well as receiving and giving constructive critiques. Contributed by Jim Richards, Board Member 

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Call to Artists: Salem Reads. One Book, One Community 2021

Salem Reads 2021

Contributed by Diane Trevett

On behalf of the Salem Public Library Foundation, and as the art exhibit coordinator, I am announcing a Call to Artists for the 2021 Salem Reads, One Book, One Community. A complete CTA is forthcoming and will be posted on the AiA website under the Art Scene section.

Basically, we ask you to read the book and create a piece of art that reflects your interpretation!

The Salem Public Library Foundation created and funds Salem Reads which is in its fifth season. This year’s book is Walking with Peety by Eric O’Grey.

This show will be good exposure for you as an artist, with some pieces selling in past shows. The exhibit will be displayed at the Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery February 3–26, 2021. Additionally, your work will be displayed on the Foundation website where you can also view past art by year.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 is the Deadline for Commitment. If you’re interested in participating, it is very important that I hear from you by this deadline so that we have an initial idea of artist interest. There is room for 18 artists, one piece each. If needed, I will contact additional artists to round out the 18 available slots. Email me at SalemReadsDT@gmail.com if interested. I look forward to hearing from you!


Soul Collage Gatherings – A Rich Combination of Art and Ceremony

SoulCollage® is a creative intuitive process of exploring your inner landscape and discovering the mysteries of your Soul by creating 5×8″ SoulCollage cards – visual reminders of who you really are, what you love and what you believe. No previous art experience required. Contributed by Glenda Goodrich (GG), Board Member

Visit GG’s Down to Earth Studio


Art Department, Inc.

Art Department, Inc. stocks a huge selection of art supplies for the student to the professional artist and offers classes and workshops. Visit them online and at 254 Commercial Street NE in downtown Salem. They have been a long-time supporter of AiA thru the sponsorship of awards and much more. Thank you Art Dept.

Visit the Art Department Website


Runaway Art & Craft Studio

Runaway Art & Craft Studio, 311 Commercial St NE, is a must-go-to for Salem’s creative spirits. They are a part of the creative downtown scene, offering supplies for and instruction in paper crafting, mixed media, memory arts, scrapbooking and related creative activities. AiA thanks Runaway for graciously displaying our boxes in their shop window during our Outside the Box annual fundraiser.

Visit Runaway’s Website 


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