Contributed by Diane Trevett, AiA Board Member

Interpretive Art Based on a Book

The Salem Public Library Foundation’s Salem Reads: One Book, One Community is in its fourth season. This community program encourages a fondness for reading and the Library by inviting the entire city to read a common book. In February 2020, there will programs to encourage discussions and activities around the themes of the book, including an art exhibit. This year we asked artists to read the book, “Piecing Me Together” by Portland native Renée Watson then create a piece of art that reflects their interpretation of it.

Piecing Me Together Art Exhibit

Elsinore Fine Art Gallery
444 Ferry St. SE, Salem
Exhibit runs thru Wednesday, February 26



DayDate of EventDescription
October–JanuaryArtists read the book and create interpretive art
ThursdayJanuary 308:00 AM – KMUZ 100.7 Radio Show, Willamette Wakeup | Host Melanie Zermer will present an interview with Piecing Me Together author Renée Watson on how she approaches challenging social issues for teens in her writing.
WednesdayFebruary 55:00–8:00 PM – Opening Reception at Elsinore Gallery | Meet local professional artists who created work inspired by reading the book, Piecing Me Together.
Weeks duringFebruary 5–26Piecing Me Together inspired Art Exhibit
Dates @ Gallery 444, Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery, 444 Ferry Street SE
ThursdayFebruary 67:00–9:00 PM – Author Lecture, Historic Grand Theater, 187 High Street NE, Salem | Renée Watson will speak about her book, Piecing Me Together, a novel set in North Portland, followed by a book signing. No ticket necessary. Doors open at 6 :00 PM.