Annual Springtime Call to Artists & Exhibition

Each spring AiA presents a fresh artistic challenge and April exhibit. For 2024, the theme is “Spring Renewal” and we are calling for art interpreting either Spring or the Renewal. The resulting art exhibition is held during April at Elsinore Gallery, 444 Ferry St SE, in downtown Salem, Oregon. Opening night reception and awards ceremony coincides with Salem’s First Friday events.

AiA’s inaugural springtime call and exhibit was titled “Spring Reign.” For our second annual event, we asked artists to create works inspired by the phrase, “Spring Eternal.” For our third event, in 2022, the theme was “Spring Fling” and for the fourth event, in 2023, the theme was “Essence of Spring” and this year we called for art interpreting either Spring or Renewal (or both).


Spring Renewal – Call to Artists

Registration/Entry Submission will be open on January 27th, 2024.

“Spring Renewal” is the theme for our fifth annual springtime event, and we are calling for engaging works of art that conceptualize either ‘Spring’ or ‘Spring Renewal’ (in any sense of the words). We are using the ArtCall platform to manage the call.

AiA’s latest approach to judging and awards is similar to the awards for last year’s Spring Fling event. Rather than traditional “place” awards, we will recognize those artists whose artwork exemplified the event’s theme in multiple categories with “best” awards. We believe this method stretches the creative muscle, promotes a winning balance between newer and established artists and distributes the kudos and prize money among more individuals. See the official Call for full info and prize list.

Official Call to Artists for Spring Renewal (live)

Spring Renewal Event Timeline


April Exhibition at Elsinore Fine Art Gallery

The Essence of Spring art exhibition is held during April at Elsinore Fine Art Gallery, 444 Ferry St SE, in downtown Salem, Oregon. An Opening Night Reception coincides with Salem’s First Friday events on April 6th between 5:00-8:00 with the Awards Ceremony at 6:00 pm. Masks and social distancing are required at the reception. The show runs thru April 30th. While you’re there, be sure to cast your vote for People’s Choice.

Elsinore Fine Art Gallery Website


Essence of Spring 2023 Gallery of Exhibited Art, Event Video & Awards

See the gallery of the exhibited art and watch the event video when they are available in late march, which will feature an  awards presentation by the event judge, who will be announced soon. Also, see which artists received awards (after the announcement at the opening reception).

Last Year’s Spring Fling Event Video


Attention Artists! Need Framing? Elsinore Framing offers local artist discounts not available to the general public. Pick up your artist resource packet in the gallery, 444 Ferry St SE, or visit their framing-specific website or call 503-581-4642 to request one.

We realize that quality framing for your creations can be quite expensive and we will work with your budget and design needs to make sure that your artwork is framed properly without breaking the bank.” —Elsinore Framing

Elsinore Framing Website


About the ArtCall Platform (Registration Site)

AiA manages its Calls to Artists using the ArtCall platform. 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. 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.