Dec 062014


After a two-year hiatus, Pop Up art gallery returns to Salem Center during Holiday Cheer Pop Up, a five-day celebration featuring art, music, food and drink in a spirited atmosphere, Dec. 10-14. Similar to recent First Wednesday alley events, the holiday market offers apparel, cosmetics, toys, ceramics, art, crafts, food products, forest products, jewelry and gifts. The hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday. The free event allows minors.

Adding to the cheer, the event serves beer, wine, cider, spirits and food. Santiam Brewing, Salem Ale Works, Vivacity Spirits, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Honeywood Winery, Lewman Vineyard and Willametta’s will bring new seasonal products daily. Event programming includes live music Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Winter Cheer Pub Crawl starts at the event from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Festivus is celebrated on Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Fashion designer Oscar Lopez created a spectacular holiday window display at 260 Liberty NE. Showcasing evening wear, the festive installation includes ornaments, mirrors, dramatic lighting and an homage to Oscar’s favorite designers. The display is one of 8 nominations for the best holiday window display contest held by downtown merchants. Please mark your ballot for Pop Up and drop it by the storefront by December 24!

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Jul 162014

Art, music food and drink are scheduled to fill this back alley during the First Wednesday Pop Up, August 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event is part of Mid-Valley Makers on First Wednesday, a monthly program showcasing local producers, downtown businesses and cultural heritage in Salem. In addition to dozens of artists, brewers, distillers, food truckers and performers, a historical dog-walking tour will be offered.

Artist booths are $25 for a 5ft x 5ft for Pop Up Art Gallery artists.

Makers wanting to participate can submit info at Salem Creative Network.

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Dec 182013

More than 50 original and etchings by artist Salvador Dali are the subject of Surrealist Escape to Bellevue, a motoring tour with Salem Creative Network to the Lawrence Gallery near Sheridan.  Salvador Dali the Argillet Collection, features etchings from original copper plates created during the 1960s for publisher Pierre Argillet. The motoring tour will leave UpSalem Social Innovation Center, 365 Ferry St SE at 11:00 a.m. and return by 2:00 p.m. Cost is free with arranged carpool.

Salvador Dali was an important figure in the surrealist movement, which started in Paris during the 1920s. In addition to etchings, the exhibition includes original watercolors, Aubusson tapestries and the “Victory of Samothrace” bronze sculpture.

Dec 042013

ponderAn aerial performance  kicks off Outside/Inside 2.0, on First Wednesday tonight at 6:00, as sixteen artists start over, covering the last generation with $2000 in paint and Salem style. Sixteen atrtists, including Eric Tautkus, Chris Casarez, Matt Kenitzer, Mario Rosales, Leo Neal, Brett Kango, Timmy Austin, Drew Son, James Burns, Marcel Creer added some color to UpSalem at 365 Ferry St.

Jill Summers, from Defy is performing on the silk and we’re screening Georges Méliès films until eight. See you downtown.

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Oct 212013
UpSalem Social Innovation Center

UpSalem Social Innovation Center

It’s tough to keep a good thing down. Pop Up art gallery returns for the holidays starting Friday, November 15th at UpSalem Social Innovation Center, located at 365 Ferry St SE in downtown Salem. After a four month breather, Salem Creative Network will once again open the doors for local artists, musicians and performers. For the 125 artists already involved with Pop Up, we’re offering studio space during November and December in the 3000 sq ft space below Liberty Parkade (easy parking!) Reply for the details.

For artists wanting to participate, sign up here and we’ll get you going. Sign up for the newsletter to keep updated on the next events.

Buy local art locally (really!)

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Aug 092013

Teetotallers like to show restraint around certain indulgences. When it comes to visual art, most go overboard with video and film screentime and show restraint “with a capital T” when it comes to other art hanging around the house. Once the comfort level is achieved, it takes a while to change up the scenery. That’s why these doors are practical art in addition to being fun. They all function as doors! Closet sliders, accordians, 28″, 32″, there’s a door for every room. This letter T would look awesome on the pantry closet. It will be released into the wild on August 31 and a mere $75 donation to Salem Creative Network would steer it in your direction. A toast to a nip of local creativity!

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Aug 082013

“So, what’s the story?”, asked another lookey-loo, peering through the darkened storefront of Pop Up on First Wednesday. “This is an exhibition-only space for local artists.” I explained patiently, expecting the usual response of confusion toward the concept.

“That’s great, the art is wonderful and these doors are awesome! I wish I could have one,” she exclaimed, noting that there’s nothing like this in her home town. “Oh, where are you visiting from?,” I asked, finally realizing that she had yet to succumb the effects of Salem blasé.

“Corvallis. I commute daily and think downtown Salem is beautiful.” Her manfriend agreed and they happily donated $75 to Salem Creative Network for their choice of a door to drag home to Corvallis. They selected the letter P and plan to put it in their kids room.

So today’s door is the letter P, for patronage, the lifeblood of any creative endeavor. Salem Creative Network actively seeks new patrons, especially within Salem. One of our most challenging goals is reducing blasé attitudes about Salem that only exist in the minds of Salemites themselves. The world outside the city limits is puzzled by our So-lame self-fulfilling prophecy, especially when they explore heritage and culture downtown.

Are you concerned about the ever-increasing lack of creative opportunities downtown? Donate to Salem Creative Network and support four more years of social innovation education provided by programming like Pop Up Art Gallery, Solarize Salem, Creative Pub Crawl, Willamette Valley Wine Walks, Ignite Salem, Cherry City Music Festival, Megawatt Project, Hospitality Zone Assessment and many more to come. We welcome the patronage.

Feb 212013

reclining figure by Sue Svoboda
The Creative Arts Community, which operates the Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett, curates a group show of artwork this March at Squib created by participants of the residential workshop.  The program, started in 1966,  offers 120 creatives a two-week immersion experience focused on primarily visual arts, including fine and applied arts. Volunteer board members selected the artwork to represent  finished pieces by typical campers, some of which are exhibiting for the first time. Ceramic, collage,  metalsmithing and assemblages will be on display.
An artist reception for all March exhibitors happens during Art Spree 6p First Friday, March 1st at Pop Up art gallery in the Salem Center Mall.

Feb 192013

Among the Forest Floor, 48 x 36, acrylic on wood, 2012
Former Willamette adjunct Kendra Larsen returns to Salem with large format landscape paintings in a March exhibition at Squib in downtown Salem. Larson,  a Portland-based artist, works within the grand tradition of representational landscape painting, while adding contemporary use of colors and materials to the reveal chaos, awe and fear of Pacific Northwest subjects. Larson’s use of watercolor, acrylic, oil graphite and charcoal create  stunning contrasts that draw viewers into the artwork. 4. Among the Forest Floor, a large format acrylic on wood painting, captures the emergence of springtime on the floor of Portland’s Forest Park.
She presently curates the the Vestible at disjecta in Portland, is the exhibition director at Orlo and a Regional Arts & Culture Council Public Art Murals Committee Member.

An artist reception for new exhibitors will be held on Friday, March 1 at 6 pm during Art Spree at Pop Up art gallery in the Salem Center Mall with refreshments provided. Imbued Landscapes will be on exhibit throughout March.

Squib is a 60 ft.  exhibition area in the front windows of the former Grant Department Store downtown and may be viewed 24 hours a day. The area opened in May 2012 and offers exposure for area creatives while reducing blight. The space is administered through Pop Up art gallery in the Salem Center Mall, where private tours can be arranged.  

Jan 132013

Pop Up art gallery is shifting gears to offer more programming and opportunities for creatives, volunteers and anyone interested in Salem placemaking. We have the gallery space for at least another year and two exhibition spaces on Liberty St. that need curating. We need volunteers for staffing, event planning and production. We also need help with the 10th Mid-Valley Video Festival in February and 6th Cherry City Music Festival in April.

Wanna volunteer? Drop into the gallery between 6p-8p on Thursday, January 17 for more info or contact us. We’re located upstairs next to Made in Oregon in the Salem Center Mall.

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