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 poetry inspired by the site. The event culminates in a juried exhibition in October.

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Paint & Write the Town has Wrapped for 2021

Paint & Write the Town

The Paint & Write the Town season has come to an end. Thank you artists, writers, local venues, site hosts, art patrons and SAA for your contributions in making this a wonderfully successful event! The resulting works from this summertime plein air event were on display at Bush Barn Art Center, 600 Mission St. SE during October. 

See the Full Gallery of Art & Poems and P&WTT Event Video

Congratulations to the following artists whose art were bestowed an award by our judge, as well as the recipients of People’s Choice. Tap any image to view.

Meet Our Judge (Visual Art)

We were delighted to have Aron Michael Johnston to judge the visual art entries in the 2021 Paint & Write the Town show.

About Aron Michael Johnston

Call to Artists

The call to artists for the exhibition closed on Monday, September 6, 2021 at 11:00 pm. The call link below remains for reference only.

Official Call to Artists for Paint & Write the Town

Timeline for Paint & Write the Town Exhibition

About the ArtCall Platform (Registration Site)

AiA manages its Calls to Artists using the ArtCall platform. 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. Please note, each “official” Call has its own unique web address (URL) which is your starting point to view the call details and participate. Using ArtCall provides an easy way for artists to pay the entry fee and submit images and descriptions of their art and provides AiA agents with an effective way to manage all aspects of the call including fee payments and jury process.