Mary Lou Zeek Gallery

Remember when you could deposit a handful of quarters into a vending machine, pull a knob, and receive a pack of cigarettes?  Those classic machines once found in every motel, laundromat, and bar, usually right next to the two-player, sit-down style Pacman arcade game.

Mary Lou Zeek has transformed one of these vending relics into an uber-art machine called “ARTBLOX”.  Zeek found a retro cigarette machine at an estate sale and had an artful idea.  She gave it a face-lift with distinct MLZ style and filled it with cigarette pack-size wood blocks that have been transformed into works of art.

Mary Lou organized several artists to create these small, one-of-a-kind pieces of art from the wood blocks she provided as the canvas.  Proceeds from “ARTBLOX” will be placed in the Artists Helping Artists Fund, created by Mary Lou Zeek to provide financial assistance to artists.  Over the years, the fund has helped many artists, from paying for emergency medical treatments to giving care packages to artists going through cancer treatments.  The hope is that “ARTBLOX” will remain a permanent fixture in the gallery, with artists providing new blocks to restock the machine as pieces are purchased, continuing to add funds to Artists Helping Artists.

“ARTBLOX” makes its debut on First Wednesday,  December 5 that the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, where visitors can purchase a $10 token, deposit it into the machine, pull a knob, and receive an individually wrapped surprise that comes with a warning that reads “May cause inspiration, spontaneous laughter or uncontrollable dancing.  If ensuing conversation about art last more than three hours, please contact Mary Lou Zeek Gallery.”


Something Red Art Walk (and walk and walk)

Artists in Action has again partnered with over 20 downtown businesses for the 10th annual “Something Red” event.   For this popular, juried show, emerging and professional Oregon artists submit work that features the color red.  The event kicks off on First Wednesday, December 5th.  Walk the Walk until 7:00pm then head over to 365 Ferry St for the reception and award presentations from 7-8pm.  Reception goers will enjoy live music by international touring and recording artist and master of the twenty-string harp guitar, John Doan.

This year’s event will have you art-trekking on Ferry, Liberty, Court, and through Commercial Street’s Creative District.  Leave your impractical, uncomfortable heels and wing-tips in the closet, put your walking shoes on, grab an Art Walk map, and head downtown!   If you miss the official kickoff, you’d like to visit a favorite piece again, or you need to get a little exercise, you can do the Art Walk as many times as you wish thru the month of December.

Side note:  There are 20 places to visit and over 100 pieces of art to see – but no need to rush!   The free parking hours have been extended from two to four hours through the holidays!



Sept 6 – Jan 16
An exhibit that examines the role cultural heritage plays as we face mortality; with a focus on the Hispanic, Ukrainian, Micronesian, and Russian Old Believer communities. Hours: Tues-Fri 10 am-2 pm; Sat noon-4pm. Free. Reed Opera House.

Sept 21 – Dec 24
The Willamette Heritage Center partners with the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, to present The Art and Tradition of Kimono. A kimono is a traditional Japanese robe made of silk and is the national costume of Japan. Admission charged.503-585-7012 Hours:  Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill.

Nov 2 – Dec 3
The Lunaria Gallery will feature members Linda Jacobson and Deborah Unger for its November “Against the Grain” show. Linda Jacobson creates unique textile works from fabric. Her pieces can be intricate landscapes or intriguing abstracts, often incorporating rocks, shells or other objects. Deborah Unger’s carved wood figures are metaphoric and often include imagery such as hearts and houses.  Hours: 10-6pm daily. Lunaria Gallery.

Nov 2 – Dec 31
The holiday show, “One of a Kind – Artisan Gifts”, at Lunaria Gallery has over 250 unique and one of a kind artisan treasures that will make the perfect holiday gift.  First Friday opening and reception on Dec 7, 7-9pm. Hours:  10-6pm daily. Lunaria Gallery.
Nov 3 – Dec 24
“Handmade for the Holidays” will highlight traditional arts and crafts by contemporary artists and craftspeople working in a variety of media, including wood, textiles, ceramics and more. For more information, contact Ross Sutherland, Bush House Museum Director, at 503-363-4714 or at Bush Barn Art Center.

Nov 3 – Dec 24
The annual Holiday Showcase is a dynamic group exhibition in the A.N. Bush Gallery at the Bush Barn Art Center featuring handmade jewelry, ceramics, glass, paintings, clothing, accessories and more. This year’s showcase includes dozens of new artists and all exhibitors will offer exciting holiday wares and gift items. Featured artists include James Southworth, Amy Daileda, Rob Dudenhoefer, Kathleen McLaughlin, Cameron Covey and Christina Brown. For more information, contact Catherine Alexander, Galleries Director, at 503-581-2228 x302 or at Hours: 10am-5pm. Bush Barn Art Center.

Nov 3 – Dec 24
The second annual ArtMarket exhibition and sale in the Focus Gallery at the Bush Barn Art Center will benefit SAA’s Community Arts Education program. ArtMarket features edgy, hip, contemporary arts and crafts by local artists at affordable prices. For more information, contact Kathy Dinges, CAE Program Director, at 503-581-2228 x 312 or at 503-581-2228 X 312  Hours: 10 am-5 pm. Free.  Bush Barn Art Center

Nov 5 – Jan 6
A selection of photos from the Salem Photo League’s “Focus on Salem” street exhibits will be on display inside The Governor’s Cup Coffee Roasters. The exhibit encourages us all to look closely at the people and places that surround us. Hours: M-F 6am-9pm; Sat 7am-9pm; Sun 7am-7pm. The Governor’s Cup.

Nov 17 – Dec 29
Every Saturday from 11:00-4:00 pm visitors can meet artists and watch them as they create! Demonstration schedules are available at: 365 Ferry St.

Nov 17 – Feb 10
In conjunction with Manuel Izqulerdo: Myth, Nature and Renewal. Professor Emeritus Roger Hull has organized two small companion exhibitions that explore different aspects of Izqulerdo’s art and life. In the Study Gallery, Manuel Izquierdo: Marquettes and Small Sculptures will feature a range of models and small sculptures that served as improvisational pieces and exercises or formed the basis for larger works. Museum Hours: Tues-Sat 1am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Nov 25 – Dec 31
The River Gallery is presenting the second annual Art in the City show that will open Tuesday, September 25th in the Conference Center of the Independence City Hall. This is a juried show featuring a variety of works by local artists. The River Gallery will be hosting an opening reception on Saturday, September 29 in the conference center from 6-9pm. There will be wine poured by Vitae Springs Vineyard, jazz and Brazilian tunes performed by “Chuvarada,” as well as various foods from local downtown venues. Come meet the artists and enjoy an evening of art, music and wine. Free. Independence City Hall.

Dec 1 – Dec 23
Hosted by Silverton Arts Association during the month of December.  Featured for sale will be creative, uniquely one-of-a-kind handmade art and craft items, affordably priced for holiday giving, most $20 or less.  Support local artists and craftspeople by planning to do your holiday shopping at Silverton’s own Borland Gallery.   Hours: Mon-Sat, 9-5pm; Sun 12-4pm. Borland Gallery.

Dec 1 – Dec 29
Keizer Art Association has extended hours for the December “Small Works” show.  At the Gallery you will find unique, original art and crafts ranging in price from $1.00 to $75.00. We invite you to come do your holiday shopping with us. Reception for this month’s show will be December 1st from 2pm-4pm at the Gallery.  The Gallery will be open Tues-Friday, Nov 29-Dec 21, from 1pm – 4pm and Saturdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd from 10-4pm.  Keizer Art Association.

Dec 4 – Dec 24
We’re celebrating the holidays by filling the gallery with spectacular art. The holiday show opens December 4th with the reception December 5th.  The gallery will be featuring artwork by over 100 artists and offering holiday shoppers a unique shopping experience. Our holiday exhibit will include a wonderful variety of ceramics, ornaments, jewelry, mixed media, paintings and many more one-of-a-kind artworks. We are offering a variety of affordable pieces, whether you love the traditional or the contemporary, you are sure to find something that inspires and entices.  The gallery will also be debuting ARTBLOX, a vending machine that dispenses one-of-a-kind artwork by area artists.   Mary Lou Zeek Gallery.

Dec 5 – Dec 31
Welcome to Something Red 2012! This year will be the 10th Anniversary of the Something Red Annual Artwalk and Exhibit. The success of past years continues as Something Red highlights the holiday season for Salem visitors and residents. The event brings vitality, ambiance and a sense of arts-in-community to downtown Salem. Participating artists benefit from sales and contacts as artwork is on display to the public during the holiday month of December.  Free. Something Red 2012.

Dec 5 – Dec 31
Featuring  the artwork of its twenty members and four invited artists from the local community. This holiday collection includes a unique mix of paintings, pottery, glass, textile, paper, wood and jewelry.  Special Holiday Hours: Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5pm. Red Raven Art Gallery.

Dec 7 – Jan 26
This is a two-person exhibition featuring watercolor paintings of Northwest vistas by Dale Kurtz and wildlife sculptures in wood and stone by Dale Crawford. For more information contact Catherine Alexander, SAA Galleries Director, at 503-581-2228 x302 or at This exhibition is generously sponsored by Willamette University Image Caption: Dale Kurtz 503-581-2228 x 302 10 am-5 pm Free. Camas Gallery, Bush Barn Art Center.

Dec 14 – Dec 24
Gallery 107 on the First Floor
The Northwest’s only Disney/ Pixar Paintings. Including Tim Rogerson, Trevor Carlton and James Colema. Part of the Roger Yost Gallery Collection of International Art. Thomas Nast Collection of 19th Century Christmas Art. Original Editions of “Harper’s Weekly” depict the First American Santa Claus. Nast also was a performance painter at the Reed Opera House in the late 1800’s. Wed thru Sun 1-4pm.  Gallery 107 in The Reed Opera House.

Dec 18
An artist statement is an important tool for all emerging and established visual artists. Learn how to write a statement with critical information about yourself and your artwork that curators, art dealers and collectors need and want to know. Tuesday, Dec 18, 5:30-6:30pm.  Free and open to the public.  This is the first installment of the three-part Artist Professional Development series generously funded by The Reser Family Foundation. Bush Barn Art Center.




Keizer Art Association
“Pacific Northwest Artists Show”
Entries Due: January 2nd

Cannon Beach Gallery
2013 Call for Work – theme “Chimera”
Submission Date:  January 3, 10am-4pm

River Gallery
Wild Women 2013: “In Your Wildest Dreams”
Entries Due: January 6

Salem Art Association
Salem Art Fair & Festival
Call for Artists
Deadline: February 11, 2013 5:00 pm

Red Raven Gallery
“Tick Tock” Functronal
Art Clock Show
Entries Due:  February 26, 27, 28, 11-5:30pm




Borland Gallery
303 Coolidge St, Silverton

Bush Barn Art Center
600 Mission St, Salem

Governor’s Cup Coffee Roasters
471 Court Street NE, Salem
(503) 581-9675

Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State Street, Salem
(503) 370-6855

Independence City Hall
555 South Main Street, Independence
(503) 838-1212

Keizer Art Association
980 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer

Lunaria Gallery
113 North Water Street, Silverton
(503) 873-7734

Mary Lou Zeek Gallery
335 State Street, Salem

Oregon State Fairgrounds
2330 17th Street NE, Salem
(503) 947-3247

Red Raven Gallery
440 Ferry St, Salem
(503) 798 9973

Reed Opera House
189 Liberty St NE, Salem

Something Red 2012
365 Ferry St, Salem

Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
1313 Mill St SE, Salem
(503) 585-7012