Road trip: Salem's annual art fair — and fantastic food
Details: There will be 240 mainly local and regional artists showing and selling works in a wide range of media.
- Some may be familiar from past festivals, like jewelry maker Elisa Saucy.
- Others are new, including Reeve Carter, whose wooden bowls and cutting boards show off elaborate geometric designs.
- Over half the artists are female or nonbinary, coordinator Anna Davis tells Axios, and twice as many artists of color are showing compared to last year.
Context: The Salem Art Association has joined an effort by museums around the country to address underrepresentation of artists who are female, nonbinary and people of color.
- This includes a new look at the legacy of pioneer Asahel Bush, whose former home is now the museum and his former farm the park around it.
- Bush founded a newspaper and bank, and was politically influential. He also supported Oregon's exclusion laws that forbade Black people from living in the state.
- "Some folks in the Oregon Black Pioneers came to us and said, 'Listen, you're basically telling a half-truth about this guy,'" Salem Art Association executive director Matthew Boulay told Axios. "'Tell the full story.' And so that's what we've begun to do."
Pro tip: The Bush House Museum is open and free during the festival.
- Duck in to see the commissioned collection of large-scale portraits of Black Oregonians by Jeremy Okai Davis.
😋 Emily here, with a bonus tip on Salem sustenance. The fair has food and drink vendors on site, including local Gilgamesh Brewing, a family business that started in a woodworking shop and Gracie's hot pink food truck, serving ice cream nachos and bubble waffles.
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