About Outside the Box
Artists in Action Members and Salem-area artists are encouraged to think ‘Outside the Box’ and create fantastic embellished boxes for a AiA’s annual fundraising auction. Its a festive showcase of creativity, held during the Salem Art Fair & Festival in July.
One-of-a-kind, weird and quirky boxes are what the public has come to expect and appreciate at this event. Mediums and techniques have included painting, carved wood, assemblages, metalwork, fiber arts, glass, tile mosaics, ceramics and more. Artists graciously donate their box creations and sale proceeds directly support AiA to help our artist community continue to thrive.
The Salem Art Association made their fair a virtual one in 2020. AiA took our event to the internet as well and held a successful online auction. In 2021, the virtual-ness continued for both Outside the Box and the Salem Art Fair & Festival. TBD on 2022.
Downtown Salem’s go-to for creativity supplies, Art Department, 254 Commercial St NE was the central location for artists to drop off their boxes as well as displaying the boxes in their shop during the 2021 auction. Winning bidders picked up their new treasures there as well.
Watch this space for the next Outside the Box Call to Artists and Call for Bidders.