AiA’s Events & Exhibitions


Paint & Write the Town

Paint & Write the Town is a hugely popular annual event. Over the summer, artists and writers create works en plein air that are interpretive of one or more scheduled, inspirational locations followed by a juried art exhibit in October.

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Something Red

Something Red is AiA’s crown-jewel annual event. The call to artists goes out in October and asks for artwork that uses red as a focal point or primary color in the composition. In December, a juried art exhibition is held at Elsinore Gallery, downtown Salem.

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Springtime Art Exhibition

Each spring presents a fresh artistic challenge and April exhibit. AiA’s inaugural springtime call and exhibit was titled “Spring Reign.” For our second annual event, we asked artists to create works inspired by the phrase, “Spring Eternal.” For 2022, the theme is “Spring Fling” and will be asking for art interpreting either Spring or Fling (or both). The resulting art exhibition is held at Elsinore Gallery in downtown Salem, Oregon during April.

Springtime Call & Exhibition


Outside the Box

Artists are encouraged to think Outside the Box and create fantastically embellished, one-of-a-kind, quirky boxes for AiA’s annual fundraising auction which is held concurrently with the Salem Art Fair & Festival in July. Bidding on these unique works supports our artist community.

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Spinnaker Place

Spinnaker Place is a modern professional building in Salem. Its five floors are host to rotating artwork by members of Artists in Action.

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