Salem Art Association


Artist Michael Boonstra will be at the Bush Barn Art Center

Salem Magazine: Salem Art AssociationArtist Michael Boonstra will be at the Bush Barn Art Center to talk about his newest exhibition, Between Horizons, taking place at the Salem Art Association’s Bush Barn Art Center May 7-June 25. Boonstra has created invented landscapes that examine aerial perspectives through drawing, photography and mediated experiences with sculptural installations documented for the exhibition. Currently teaching at Oregon State University, Boonstra received his BFA degree from the University of Michigan and his MFA degree from the University of Oregon.

Lecture, Aging Healthfully, Tuesday, April 5, 10 am, Bush Barn Art Center

Salem Magazine: Salem Art AssociationCome learn from the knowledgeable staff of LifeSource Natural Foods about the benefits of a nourishing diet, especially as you age. At this lecture, you will learn about the many foods that can help your body function to its maximum potential. If you have been wanting to make strides toward living a more healthy lifestyle, this will be a great first step. This event is free and open to the public. A meeting of the SAA Gallery Guides will take place after the lecture. Those interested in becoming volunteer docents at the Bush Barn Art Center are welcome to at-tend the meeting.

Families gather for the 2015 Young Artists’ Showcase Awards Ceremony, Reception & Open House, Saturday, April 9, Noon-3 pm, Bush Barn Art Center

Salem Magazine: Salem Art AssociationIn April, the Salem Art Association will host a reception for the Young Artists’ Showcase exhibition participants in grades 6-12. This annual exhibit celebrates the creativity of children in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. Join us at 1 pm for an awards ceremony as we honor the artistic achievements of our community’s youth. Snacks will be provided by LifeSource Natural Foods and the SAA Gallery Guides. To learn more about the exhibitions that will be opening, please visit This event is free and open to the public.

Making art at Family Art Day, August 2015, Family Art Day: Trees, Nature’s Home Saturday, April 16, Noon-4 pm, Bush Barn Art Center

Salem Magazine: Salem Art AssociationDrop by the Bush Barn Art Center anytime between Noon-4 pm on Saturday, April 16 to create small mixed-media tiles inspired by trees, including all things that live in trees such as squirrels, owls and other birds. This is a great opportunity to encourage creativity in your family. Materials will be provided for children (and adults) to create a unique, fun piece of art to take home. This activity will be led by Rose Parks, Museum Educator for the Salem Art Association. Parents must stay with children for the duration of their stay. This event is free and open to all ages.

Ava Spicer, Owl, 2015 Young Artists’ Show-case Poster Artist Award Winner, Young Artists’ Showcase, March 11-April 30, Cam-as Gallery & Focus Gallery, Bush Barn Art Center

Salem Magazine: Salem Art AssociationSponsored by Larry & Jeanette Epping Family Foundation, Maps Credit Union and Salem Sunrise Rotary Club Every year since 1965, the Salem Art Association (SAA) has honored the creative expression inherent in our community’s young people by exhibiting their artwork at the Bush Barn Art Center. The 5th Annual Young Artists’ Showcase features the work of kindergarten through 12th grade students from Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. This year, in addition to a Community Youth Art Show, several local elementary, middle and high schools, as well as youth organizations will be participating. Projects completed in SAA’s Artists in the Schools program will also be featured.

Works submitted through schools will be split into two, three-week presentations with grades K-5 on exhibit from March 11-April 2 and grades 6-12 on exhibit from April 8-30. The Community Youth Art Show will present works submitted directly from local students in all grades and will be on display for the duration of the exhibition. A reception will be held from Noon-3 pm on Saturday, April 9 for grades 6- 12 with awards ceremonies at 1 pm.

Nancy Norman, Forest Woman, Exhibit, Featured Artist: Nancy Norman, March 11-April 23, A.N. Bush Gallery, Bush Barn Art Center, Sponsored by Collier Law

Salem Magazine: Salem Art AssociationNancy Norman is known for her surreal and whimsical paintings of animals and people, as well as her vivid use of color. She works from her imagination and draws inspiration from memories and her emotional response to nature, travel and life experiences to piece together her dream-like worlds. Norman has received numerous regional and international awards, and her paintings are included in collections throughout the United States and abroad. Her work is also featured on several greeting cards, as posters and on wine labels. Raised in California, Nancy studied art at Sacramento State University, College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University. She has lived and worked in Oregon for over a decade.

Salem Magazine: Salem Art AssociationNancy Lindberg, Study of Peaches with Bottle, Exhibit, Short Stories: Reflections on the SAA Permanent Collection, March 11-April 23, A.N. Bush Gallery, Bush Barn Art Center Short Stories is a compilation of three vignette exhibitions that reflect each of SAA’s core programs: the Bush House Museum, Community Arts Education and the Bush Barn Art Center. Inside Out | Outside In explores the personal connection we have to homes, from the backyard to the dining room table, through depictions by Oregon artists. Who We Are describes SAA’s Preservation of Oregon’s Artistic Heritage Project which documented, in video, the rich history and lives of four notable Oregon artists. Behind the Scenes provides a deeper glimpse into the process, ideas and influences for a selection of artists in the collection. Short Stories: Reflections on the SAA Permanent Collection includes works by Rick Bartow, James Castle, Nancy Lindberg, Arthur Runquist, Leroy Setziol, Myra Albert Wiggins and others. Eugenia Zieber Bush (1833-1863).

Exhibit, Eugenia Zieber Bush, Portrait of a Pioneering Woman, through April 16, Willamette Heritage Center

Salem Magazine: Salem Art AssociationThe Bush House Museum and fifteen other Salem-area historical organizations are featured in the Portrait of People exhibition at Willamette Heritage Center through April 16, 2016. New research on the life of Eugenia Zieber Bush (1833-1863) will focus on her travels to Oregon and her life as the wife of Asahel Bush II. For more information, contact Ross Sutherland, Bush House Museum Director, at 503-363-4714 or