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. For 2021, the weekly on-site sessions for painting, writing and creating began May 29 and continued thru August 14th. The event culminates in a juried exhibition in October.

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Paint & Write the Town Exhibition of Art & Poems

Artists in Action is pleased to announce that 2021’s Paint & Write the Town Exhibition of Art & Poems will be held during the month of October at the Bush Barn Art Center and Annex in cooperation with the Salem Art Association (SAA). We are excited about this collaboration between our local art organizations and are looking forward displaying the original works created during our summertime en plein air event in their engaging, modern gallery space.


Meet Our Judge (Visual Art)

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

About Aron Michael Johnston


About ArtCall

The Paint & 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.

Call to Artists for the Paint & Write the Town Exhibition


2020 Paint/Write the Town Gallery & Awards

See the complete galleries of art and poetry from last year’s Paint & Write the Town event, as well as an awards presentation video by the event judge and a video of the writers’ recitations.

Paint / Write the Town 2020 Galleries, Awards & Videos