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February 20, 2004
The Bush Barn Art Center & Gallery sits to the rear of Bush House. It occupies what was once the farm’s barn, or rather, it occupies a rebuilt version of the barn on the exact location of the original, which burnt in 1963.
Bush Barn consists of three galleries upstairs, a gallery for featured artists, salesroom, and gift shop downstairs. The concept behind the whole is to provide a venue for Northwest and in particular local artists to display their creations. The Salem Art Association, which manages the galleries was founded in 1918.
--A.N. Bush (named for Asahel Bush III) Gallery: Exhibits are original to the gallery having been presented nowhere else.
--Focus Gallery: A space for solo-exhibitions of Oregon artists, often experimental or non-traditional. The focus is on originality.
--Corner Library Gallery: A non-juried venue for local artists, including amateur artists.
--Featured Artist Gallery: Artists that have been featured in previous exhibitions include Dale Chihuly’s glass pieces in what was the very first presentation of this Washington State artist’s artworks in Oregon.
Next show: Radius 25
Dates: February 24 - March 26, 2004
A juried exhibition featuring 27 artists (both established and emerging) artists living and working within a 25-mile radius of Salem. Could be your chance to see the next big influential artists‘ work.
--Sales Gallery: Features artworks for sale in a multiplicity of media.
If you are or will be in the area for an extended time they offer an art rental program that allows one to lease an art piece for a period of three months. This building is also the headquarters for the Arts in Education Program, which provides hands-on art experiences; demonstrations and artists in residence, for the Marion/Yamhill/Polk County area.
During the Salem Art Fair, held the third weekend in July, there are special events at the center: hands-on art ,via pottery and painting.
Open: Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm. Saturday/Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Contact: 503-581-2228, (fax) 503-371-3342, firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Parking: Accessed via a drive running east off High Street a half block south of Mission Street. The lot is between Bush Barn and the Greenhouse of Bush House.
From journal Bush's Pasture Park: (A)sahel to Ga(Z)ebos
Inside there’s what seems, at first glance, an ordinary floral drawing, actually made entirely of human hair braided and woven into intricate designs making up leaves, stems, and petals, like embroidery; a decorative handiwork to pass the time. This donated piece is entirely in keeping with the way this house presents itself. Things just aren’t that simple here, nor were the people who lived here.
Extravagances and Modern Conveniences at Construction:
--10 elaborately carved working marble fireplaces and a central heating system.
--Hot/cold running water in the basins of each bedroom. The box-like tower to the rear of the house is a water tank for the house.
--The first (1882) greenhouse west of the Mississippi.
A family of high profile lives heavily involved in the community and with politics; both local and State:
--Asahel Bush II (1824-1913) was a drafter of Oregon’s constitution (pdf), founded the influential Oregon Statesman newspaper, and later (1867) the Ladd & Bush Bank, the first bank in Oregon.
--Sally, a vegetarian, ran the house after graduating college, kept 27 cats, and was renowned for her kindness, consuming slightly burnt toast for years after telling a new servant she preferred this to spare her feelings.
Widower Asahel built the house on 90.5-acres as a working farm. A family home of more than 75 years before ownership passed to the city, as per their wishes, the land becoming a park (joining the 57 acres donated in 1917) and the house a museum. The family had very carefully furnished their home and most of the original furnishings, including many wallpapers, remained. All can be seen on the house tours where the history of house and family are revealed.
On the last two days of the annual Salem Arts Festival, the third weekend in July, there are living history re-enactments of events from Bush Family history.
Tours: Tues-Sun (Oct-Apr) 2pm-5pm, (May-Sept) 12pm-5pm.
--30-40 minutes on average no set schedule exists, they‘ll fit you into a tour as soon as possible. Avoid waiting by arriving at the earliest stated time.
--No tours begin later than 4.30pm
Admission: Adults $4, seniors/students $3, children (6-12) $2
Contact: 503-363-4714, email@example.com
Free Parking: Turn left east off High Street a half block south of Mission Street.
The barn behind the house is now the Bush Barn Art Center