Salem Art Galleries

(Salem, Oregon - OR, USA)

There are certainly a number of very memorable galleries spread around Salem, suiting art lovers and collectors alike. Located within the heart of the downtown district, the historic Reed Opera House is a good place to start and comes with a small gallery, along with various other distractions, such as shops and eateries.

The highly regarded Hallie Ford Museum of Art first opened its doors to the general public in the year 1998 and continues to draw the crowds, gaining much stature, size and credibility over the years. This is actually now the third-biggest of all the art museums within the state of Oregon and being so close to the State Capitol, it is certainly easy to find.

Located just a block away from the Riverfront City Park, the downtown Zeek Gallery changes its exhibitions each month. The Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery is another venue of note, as is the Ike Box and the Bush Barn Art Center. If you are looking to purchase something to take back home with you at the Bush Barn, as a memory of your time in Salem, then as well as paintings and sculptures, you can also buy handmade jewelry, ceramics, metal ornaments, sketches, prints and glassware.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Address: 700 State Street, Salem, Oregon (OR), 97301, USA
Tel: +1 503 370 6855
This gallery is actually a part of the Willamette University campus and stands just down the road from its Japanese Zen Garden, the Collins Science Center and the Civic Justice Center. In total, there are no less than six galleries on site, four of which are used to display art from its expanding permanent collection, while the other two are used solely for traveling exhibitions. The paintings cover various periods in history and range from original Native American Indian art, right up to modern American canvasses. Also on exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art are photographs by Edward Steichen (1879 to 1973), sculptures, student pieces and some detailed examples of basketry, created by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 13:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors and students, children 12 years old and under are free, free admission on Tuesdays

Roger Yost Gallery of Fine Art

Address: 388 State Street, Salem, Oregon (OR), 97301, USA
Tel: +1 503 370 9951
The Roger Yost Gallery of Fine Art is to be found within an attractive Art Deco tower, which dates from the late 1920s and enjoys a central setting in downtown Salem. This venue is regularly used for receptions and private viewings, and these can be easily arranged by phoning in advance. Many people come here for the original Walt Disney and Pixar themed paintings and limited-edition prints alone.
Open hours: by appointment
Admission: free

Mary Lou Zeek Gallery

Address: 335 State Street, Salem, Oregon (OR), 97301, USA
Tel: +1 503 581 3229
Northwest artists of all caliber are showcased here, with their works being created in various mediums, such as oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, as well as contemporary sculptures, pottery and even handmade silver jewelry. The gallery itself opened at the turn of the new millennium and continues to support the local community, provide affordable art and offer a leading exhibition space with lots of unique pieces worth snapping up.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 12:00 to 17:30, Saturday - 12:00 to 17:00
Admission: free

Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery

Address: 444 Ferry Street, Salem, Oregon (OR), 97301, USA
Tel: +1 503 581 4642
Established in the mid-1980s, the Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery is a reliable source for sensibly priced art works, limited-edition prints and picture framing. Regular monthly exhibitions are staged here by local Northwest artists, while there are always at least 300 framed paintings and a similar combined number of prints, posters, photos and sketches. Watercolors, wildlife paintings, landscapes and golf art are all often to be found on display here. Of note, both the Elsinore Theater and the Salem Convention Center are within comfortable walking distance.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 18:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: free

Ike Box Gallery

Address: 299 Cottage Street Northeast, Salem, Oregon (OR), 97301, USA
Tel: +1 503 581 6154
The Ike Box occupies the corner of Cottage Street Northeast and Chemeketa Street Northeast, where it is a cross between a coffee shop and an art gallery. Many local artists hang their paintings here, to be enjoyed and possibly purchased by anyone stopping by for refreshments. The main portion of the cafe resides in a historic ballroom, on the ground floor of an old building dating back to the latter years of the 19th century, meaning that there is plenty of space.
Open hours: Monday to Thursday - 06:30 to 22:00, Friday - 06:30 to 21:00, Saturday - 07:00 to 18:00, Sunday - 08:00 to 18:00
Admission: free

Bush Barn Art Center

Address: 600 Mission Street Southeast, Salem, Oregon (OR), 97302, USA
Tel: +1 503 581 2228
Sited on the corner of the John Lewis Field and close to its McCulloch Stadium is the Bush Barn Art Center, which is part of the Bush House Museum and comprises four individual gallery spaces - namely the A. N. Bush, Focus, Canvas and Gift galleries. These showcase the works of both 20th-century and 21st-century artists, many of which are based around Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 10:00 to 17:00, Saturday and Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Admission: free