Bush Barn Art Center

Venue  |  Exhibitions
© Courtesy of Salem Art Asso­ci­a­tion
Bush Barn Art Center
600 Mission Street Southeast
Portland, OR 97302
Venue Type: Gallery

Open hours
Tue-Fri, 10:00–5:00 Sat-Sun, Noon-5:00
(503) 581-2228
Gallery type

The Salem Art Asso­ci­a­tion (SAA), located in Salem Ore­gon,  is a non­profit cul­tural orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to art edu­ca­tion, art appre­ci­a­tion, and his­toric preser­va­tion in Salem and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties and is one of the largest com­mu­nity arts orga­ni­za­tions in Oregon.

SAA’s Com­mu­nity Arts Edu­ca­tion pro­gram (CAE) engages over 11,000 stu­dents each year in arts activ­i­ties such as artist-in-residence pro­grams, Fam­ily Arts Nights at schools, and an annual Schools Show that dis­plays art­work by local stu­dents in SAA’s gal­leries. CAE also pro­vides regional artists with pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment opportunities.

SAA dis­plays pro­fes­sional art­work in three gal­leries housed in the Bush Barn Art Cen­ter, located in the his­toric Bush’s Pas­ture Park. The A.N. Bush Gallery shows regional, national, and inter­na­tional artists; the Focus Gallery show­cases work by Ore­gon artists; and the sales-focused Camas Gallery sells work by over 150 regional artists.

SAA also oper­ates the his­toric Bush House Museum, located adja­cent to the Bush Barn. Built in 1878, the Museum was once the home of Asa­hel Bush II and his fam­ily. Today the Museum offers tours to the pub­lic, con­serves and dis­plays his­tor­i­cal mate­ri­als relat­ing to the Bush fam­ily, and in Sep­tem­ber 2011 will host the first annual Her­itage Art & Craft Festival.

SAA con­ducts sev­eral annual fundrais­ing events to sup­port these three core pro­grams, includ­ing the Salem Art Fair & Fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing the work of over 200 artists; the Clay Ball, a for­mal din­ner and art auc­tion; and the Hol­i­day Show­case & Gala, an oppor­tu­nity to pur­chase hand-crafted hol­i­day gifts and pre­view SAA’s upcom­ing art exhi­bi­tions.

Located in the pic­turesque set­ting of Bush’s Pas­ture Park in Salem Ore­gon, the Bush Barn Art Cen­ter is a vibrant cul­tural hub offer­ing stim­u­lat­ing admission-free exhi­bi­tions as well as a sales gallery and gift shop offer­ing works of art by tal­ented Pacific North­west artists and craftspeople.

The A.N. Bush Gallery presents major inter­pre­tive exhi­bi­tions of regional, national, and inter­na­tional artists. It is the Art Center’s largest exhibit space.

The Focus Gallery is a more inti­mate set­ting show­cas­ing the finest con­tem­po­rary work by North­west artists as well as exhibits high­light­ing com­mu­nity part­ner­ships with other cul­tural and her­itage organizations.

The Camas Gallery & Gift Shop fea­ture hand­crafted jew­elry, glass­ware, fiber art, ceram­ics, met­al­work, and sculp­ture as well as paint­ings, draw­ings, and orig­i­nal prints by dozens of regional artists. Pur­chases in the Camas Gallery sup­port regional artists and SAA’s edu­ca­tional pro­grams. SAA mem­bers receive a 10% dis­count on pur­chases in the Camas Gallery and are eli­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in our rent-to-buy pro­gram.