Taste of ‘focus on Salem’
If you were wandering the streets during First Wednesday this year, you may have picked up a few freebies…a chunk of soap, a cupcake, or perhaps a little bag of nuts.  Surely, while munching on your nuts between the restaurants and art galleries, you saw something curious.  Rain or shine, people grouped outside empty buildings and vacant storefronts doing something.
Through guerilla style street exhibits, with low cost and high impact, the Salem Photo League displayed “Focus on Salem” on vacant storefronts in the core of downtown Salem during First Wednesday from March thru September.
For these street exhibits, local photographers taped images to vacant storefronts on Liberty Street – poignant reminders of the once vibrant and popular locales Cherry Redd, Coffee House Café, and J&M Boutique.   More than images, these were photo essays raising awareness not only on the artistic community in Salem, but on a variety of local themes like our struggling economy and homelessness.  Images ranged from harsh urban landscapes to downtown alley doors to our vibrant World Beat Festival.
The street exhibits are over and it’s time to move inside for A Taste of “Focus on Salem”.  This exhibit consists of the strongest photographs from the street exhibits, with one image selected from each photographer.  A Taste of “Focus on Salem” will be on exhibit at The Governor’s Cup thru January 6th, with the opening on First Wednesday, November 7 from 5:30-7:30pm.
Participating photographers: Joel Zak, Diane Beals, Jennifer Carley, Gil Nicholson-Nelson, Leah Jones Moe, Emily Dunay, Greg Zurbrugg, Randy Flook, Eric Schuman and Phil Decker.
The Salem Photo League is a collective of local documentary photographers, professional and non-professional, who shed light on local issues, and who support individuals engaged in documentary photography projects.

Black, White, & Gray Gala
Looking for something interesting, artsy, and free to do on Saturday?  Dig through the closet for your favorite black, white, and gray garb and get yourself to the Enid Joy Mount Gallery where you will be plied with food and beverages as you check out Keizer Art Association’s annual “Black, White, & Gray Show”.  This year the non-profit art association has expanded the event festivities to include a silent art auction and an oral auction, led by Lyndon Zaitz.  Proceeds from the auctions will help support programs put on by Keizer Art Association.
Jurors for the show are local, award winning artist, Lorraine Dye, and Brent Allen, Gallery Manager of Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery.  The Opening & Reception is Saturday, Nov 3, 5-8pm and will run thru Nov 24th. Gallery Hours: Thurs & Fri, 1-4pm; Sat, 10-4pm. Keizer Art Association/Enid Joy Mount Gallery is located in the Keizer Heritage Center, 980 Chemawa Rd. NE, Keizer.  www.keizerarts.com
Local artists donating artwork for both auctions include: Colleen Goodwin Chronister, Dale Crawford, Pat Domogalla, Kathy Fox, Joanne Armintrout, Mitch Classon, Linda Barrett, Pat Jackman, Brigitte Cobb, Shirlee Johnson, Penny White and Shirley Oakley.