Painting during June, July & August,
Exhibit, Reception in September
Historic, Scenic and Downtown Locations

Paint the Town is a popular summertime event. Artists of all skill levels working in any medium meet to create art “en plein air” depicting various sites. Sometimes, poets of the Mid-Valley Poetry Society join in to write prose inspired by the site. On the first Wednesday in September, a juried exhibit with cash awards is held at Salem’s Elsinore Gallery.



Paint the Town Has Ended — We Have Award Winners!

Painting the Town in 2019 was great fun! A big thank you to all participating artists and poets and to Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery, 444 Ferry St. for the delightful exhibit of plein-air paintings and poetry. Here are the judging results:

AwardRecipientArt Title
First PlaceMarnie JeffersFloral Fireworks
Second PlaceJens LerbackRogue
Third PlaceLorrain DyeMinto Brown Island Swamp
Honorable MentionGay HopkinsCourtney Bridge
Honorable MentionBarbara BarrickSummer Song
Honorable MentionPatricia YoungEnglewood Bungalow
Art Dept. AwardJens LerbackMinto Island Growers

Marnie Jeffers, Floral Fireworks
Marnie Jeffers, Floral Fireworks

2019 Schedule… Where We Painted (FYI)

Below shows where we painted in 2019. The locations will change in 2020. We hope you will participate next year! Stay tuned.

Meetup Date Location
June 1Kris Kingwood Garden
June 9Deepwood Estates
June 15Bush Park Adventure Days (1-4 pm, can start setting up at noon)
June 23Martha Springer Botanical Gardens
Willamette University Campus, Salem (dawn-dusk)
June 29-30World Beat (fair hours)
July 6Theresa Meisner, Misner Family Farm – 37410 Crabtree Drive (11am – 5pm)
June 13Minto Brown Park (all day)
July 19-21Salem Art Fair & Festival (fair hours)
Specific Location: near the Cultural Community area, just North of the South entrance near LaFelle St.
July 27Red Hawk Vineyard – 2995 Michigan City Rd NW, Salem (9am-2pm)
August 3Minto Island Growers – 3394 Brown Island Rd S, Salem (10am-2pm)
August 71st Wednesday – No host Downtown Salem (9am – 5pm)
August 10Englewood Forest Festival – Englewood Park (10am -2pm)
August 17Rogue Farms– 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence (10am-4pm)
Participants may also submit entries from the following locations:
Anytime Waterfront Park and foot-bridges
AnytimeFirst Wednesdays
Anytime Baskett Slough
AnytimeMinto Brown Park