Paint, Write & Create during June, July & August; Exhibit, Reception in October
Paint the Town is a popular summertime event. Artists of all skill levels working in any medium meet to create art “en plein air” that is interpretive of one or more of the scheduled locations in historic, scenic and downtown locations. Sometimes, poets of the Mid-Valley Poetry Society join in to write prose inspired by the site. On the first Wednesday in October, a juried exhibit with cash awards opens at Salem’s Elsinore Gallery.
2021 Paint the Town / Write the Town
We are in the very initial stages of planning our 2021 Paint the Town / Write the Town annual summertime plein air event. You should know that it’s a go, though, no matter what ultimate form it takes. Get your supplies and easel ready.
Watch this space for details on the 2021 event. The results of the 2020 event are below.
2020 Paint/Write the Town Wrap-up
It was our 22nd annual event and it went on with a few tweaks for social distancing. Because of the pandemic, artists and writers had the option to paint, write or create at home or at another site where they felt safe. As always, everyone was welcome to participate in this event, both members and non-members.
Award Winning Art
Paint the Town 2020 Awards Presentation
Write the Town 2020 Prose Recitations
Salem artist Dayna Collins got up close and personal with the works of art and decided which received the first, second and third place awards as well as honorable mentions.
Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery at 444 Ferry St SE in downtown Salem hosted the exhibition of the plein-air paintings and written works. We thank Brent and associates for their continued support of AiA and local artists.
Art Department Award
Art Department, Inc. is a downtown Salem art-supply haven. They bestowed their favorite art with their namesake award and its artist with a gift certificate. The shop is located at 254 Commercial Street NE.
Where We Painted in 2020
|June 6||10-4:00||Salem’s Riverfront Park|
|June 13||10-4:00||Laura Kruss’ Garden in West Salem (private garden)|
|June 20||10-4:00||Misner Family Farm in Crabtree, Oregon|
|June 27||10-4:00||Union Bridge from Wallace Marine Park|
|July 8||1:00–Sunset||Deepwood Estate/Gardens|
|July 12||1:00-5:00||Capitol Grounds – UPDATED Day & Time|
|July 19||10-4:00||Bush Park|
|July 26||10-4:00||Eola Hills Winery|
|August 1||10-4:00||Dewey Whitton in Ankeny Hills (private garden)|
|August 9||11-5:00||Cubanismo Vineyards|
|August 15||10-4:00||Minto Island Growers|
|August 22||10-4:00||Willamette Heritage Center (the Mill)|
The Paint the Town / Write the Town Call to Artists is managed thru ArtCall. ArtCall.org 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.