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.


Paint the Town / Write the Town in 2020

The AiA tradition continued in 2020 with a few tweaks for social distancing. This year, 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.


And the Paint the Town Winners Are…

Thank you to all participating artists and writers for keeping this AiA summertime tradition alive. It was our 22nd annual event, and we hope to see you again next year! Here are the works of art that received awards. Tap any image to enjoy a larger, slideshow view.


Meet the PTT 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 & People’s Choice

Elsinore Gallery

Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery at 444 Ferry St SE in downtown Salem will again host the exhibition of the plein-air paintings and written works beginning Wednesday, October 7 thru October 30th. Stop by to see the beautiful art and thoughtful prose inspired by local Salem sites. While you’re at the gallery, please be sure to cast your vote for People’s Choice. We’ll post the PC results here in November. We thank Brent and associates for their continued support of AiA and local artists.

Paint/Write the Town Virtual Exhibit at Elsinore Gallery

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 (see above gallery) and its artist with a gift certificate. The shop is located at 254 Commercial Street NE and they offer curbside service.

Visit Art Department Website


Art Entry & Exhibit Timeline

DayDate TimeDescription
WednesdaySeptember 16 21 11:00 PMDEADLINE to submit artwork & writing entries for the juried exhibit
ThursdaySeptember 17Artwork review by AiA Panel to jury in/out
FridaySeptember 18End of day E-mail notifications of acceptance or non-acceptance into the exhibit
Wed–Wed Sept 23–30Biz HoursDrop off accepted artwork & writings at Elsinore Framing & Fine Art Gallery, 444 Ferry St SE in Salem
Thurs–SatOctober 1–3On-site judging for awards
WednesdayOctober 7Exhibit opens
WednesdayOctober 7No Artist Reception in 2020
FridayOctober 30Exhibit ends
Sat–MonOct 31–Nov2 Biz HoursArtists retrieve unsold artwork

Sign Up for Paint the Town Mailing List

If you’re interested in participating in 2021, 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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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)

About ArtCall

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. So, if you participated in last year’s Something Red or Spring Reign 2020, you will simply need to log in to the ArtCall.org site. If you forgot your password you can reset it. First-timers need to register.