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.

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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.

Paint / Write the Town Galleries

Award Winning Art

Paint the Town 2020 Awards Presentation

Write the Town 2020 Prose Recitations

Our Judge

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.

More About Dayna and Her Art

October Exhibit

Elsinore Gallery

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.

Elsinore Gallery & Framing’s Website

Art Department Award

Art Department, Inc

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.

Visit Art Department Website

Where We Painted in 2020

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)

The Paint the Town / Write the Town Call to Artists is 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.