“True red” art on display through December at downtown gallery

“Strawberry Reflections” by Zola-Jean Sherwood (Courtesy/Zola-Jean Sherwood)

A downtown Salem gallery through December will feature a variety of artwork with one thing in common – red.

Salem nonprofit Artists in Action will host its 19th annual Something Red Art Exhibit and Sale, where the focal point or dominant color in every piece will have “true red,” according to a news release. They will include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, pastels, photography, ceramics, wood and fiber.

The exhibit opened Dec. 3 and will be available through Dec. 31, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery at 444 Ferry Street S.E.

The exhibit is free for viewing, and original artwork will be available to buy.

“This is a popular juried exhibit that is open to artists throughout Oregon, showing work from emerging to professional artists,” the news release said.

This year’s judge is Jenny Armitage, an award-winning artist and member of The Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

She will award the Best Use of the Color Red, Best Original Concept, Best Use of Unconventional Materials, Best Botanical Composition, and Something Red Best of Show. Ballots and a ballot box will be available at the gallery to select a People’s Choice award.

“Red Tulip” by Cynthia Herron (Courtesy/Cynthia Herron)

-Ardeshir Tabrizian