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 is held at Salem’s Elsinore Gallery.

Sign Up for Paint the Town Mailing List

If you are interested in participating, provide your name and email address to be added to the Paint/Write the Town mailing list. You’ll receive messages including location specifics, registration and entry submission info, and other updates from the event coordinator.
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Paint the Town / Write the Town in 2020

The AiA tradition continues in 2020 with a few tweaks for social distancing. This year, because of the pandemic, we have a paint/write-from-home option: If any writers or artists are uncomfortable being in public, they may choose to write, paint or create at home or at a nearby site where they feel safe. Participants may take a photo at the site to use as a reference.

Everyone is welcome to participate. You do not need to be an AiA member. You may begin painting / writing / creating now according to the schedule and locations. The entry fee (up to 3 pieces) will be $25 for artists and $10 for writers.

Call to Artists & Writers

Official Call to Artists for Paint the Town / Write the Town

The above link will take you to the official Call for Artists which is hosted on the site and has all the pertinent details. Between July 1 and September 16, you will be able to register / pay / submit images to be considered for the the juried exhibition. See below for more info on ArtCall.

Schedule & Locations

Meetup Date TimeLocation
June 610-4:00Salem’s Riverfront Park
June 1310-4:00Laura Kruss’ Garden in West Salem (private garden)
June 2010-4:00Misner Family Farm in Crabtree, Oregon
June 2710-4:00Union Bridge from Wallace Marine Park
July 81:00–SunsetDeepwood Estate/Gardens
July 12 1:00-5:00Capitol Grounds – UPDATED Day & Time
July 1910-4:00Bush Park
July 2610-4:00Eola Hills Winery
August 110-4:00Dewey Whitton in Ankeny Hills (private garden)
August 911-5:00Cubanismo Vineyards
August 1510-4:00Minto Island Growers
August 2210-4:00Willamette Heritage Center (the Mill)

October Exhibit

Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery, 444 Ferry St. will host the exhibit of plein-air artwork and written works in October. The artist reception is scheduled for the first Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

About ArtCall

The Paint the Town / Write the Town Call to Artists will 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. So, if you participated in last year’s Something Red or Spring Reign 2020, you will simply need to log in to the site. If you forgot your password you can reset it. First-timers need to register.