Paint & Write the Town

Summertime Painting & Writing en Plein Air; Exhibition in the Fall

Paint & Write the Town is our perennial and popular signature summertime event. Artists of all skill levels working in any medium meet to create art “en plein air” that’s interpretive of one or more of the scheduled locations in historic, scenic and downtown locations in the Salem area. Poets of the Mid-Valley Poetry Society and others may join in to write prose inspired by the site. For 2021, the weekly on-site sessions for painting, writing and creating begin May 29 and continue thru August 14th, culminating in a juried exhibition with cash awards in the fall.

Note: Because of the ongoing pandemic, artists and writers again have the choice to work at home or another local site where they feel safe.

2021 Paint & Write the Town

Paint & Write the Town is underway and we’re seeing great turnout! So gather your easel and supplies, and if you haven’t done so already, sign up for P&WT communiqués below. 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.

Get the Schedule & Locations for Paint & Write the Town

Watch this space for the official Call to Artists and registration info for the juried exhibition. ETA: Mid-summer.

Sign Up for Paint & Write the Town Communiqués

Add yourself to the Paint & Write the Town mailing list to get email messages pertaining to the 2021 event. If you participated last year, you’re already on the list.
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2020 Paint/Write the Town Gallery & Awards

See the complete galleries of art and prose from last year’s Paint & Write the Town event, as well as an awards presentation video by the event judge and a video of the writers’ recitations.

Paint / Write the Town 2020 Galleries, Awards & Videos

The Paint & Write the Town Call to Artists – for artwork submission come fall – will again be managed thru ArtCall. is a distinctly separate site from the AiA website and requires registering for an ArtCall account to participate. You only need to register once; then simply log in for all future AiA calls. ArtCall provides you with an easy way submit your art and entry fee and provides us with an effective way to manage all aspects of the call.