Oct 082014


Mix-n-Mash 2014 kicks off Thursday, October 9 at Ignite Salem 6. Fourteen speakers share their passion in exactly 5 minutes. The Valleylicious Style Show  brings high fashion to the runway at the Grand Theater on Friday, October 10 and we’re celebrating in the alley during Hopsmash on Saturday, October 11.

Join Salem Creative Network for 3 days of innovation featuring art, music, fashion, film and performance by local artists. Free admission.

 Posted by at 8:42 am
Jul 142012

Solarize Salem and Solarize Mid-Valley

Time to capture free energy from the sun during the third year of Solarize Salem. And this year it will be even more pocketbook-friendly because we’re bringing you the lowest install price in the country, again. You can join the sixty homeowners that have installed more than 186 kW of solar pv over the past two years, now for the low price of $4.15 per watt installed. Unable to buy? Learn about the 20-year SunRun lease program that requires a one-time payment that you can take as a tax credit.

Our first workshop occurs 6:30, Tuesday, July 17 at Loucks Auditorium, where we’ll hear about the benefits renewable energy and solar water heating from Energy Trust’s Rob DelMar. You’ll also have a chance to meet our contractors form Benton Electric and Sunlight Solar, who will be offering their services in our expanded service area that includes Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Benton and Linn counties.

Pop Up art gallery hires our first employee

We’re excited to welcome Cristina Sanchez to Pop Up art gallery as Salem Creative Network’s first employee! She’ll be staffing the gallery in the Salem Center Mall Thursday-Sunday from noon to close, coordinating volunteers and generally adding a breath of fresh air to all of our programming. Stop by and say hi to Cristina next time you’re downtown.

In addition to the mall gallery and the storefront installations at 260 and 280 Liberty St., we’re adding locations outside of Salem in neighboring towns. It’s great to see other organizations realize the benefit of art in our community and using storefront installations to fill vacant property. Want your art seen by thousands? Complete the form at Pop Up Art World.

Cash Mob – Parade of Nations Pub Crawl

You can’t keep a good idea down. After 24 months of pub crawls dumping money downtown, we decided to spread the love to other businesses with a cash mob. Last month, we visited Downtown Market and Deli and gave the owner Tony hundreds of dollars worth of business. This month, we’ll choose another deserving downtown business to shower with $10 bills before our Parade of Nations pub crawl, in honor of the 2012 Olympics. wear your track suit and meet us at Pop Up art gallery, 6:00 p.m., Friday, July 27. Show your support of downtown and participate in the economic recovery.

 Posted by at 2:05 pm
Feb 142012

Do you remember your first encounter with the pub crawl downtown? It seems like a lifetime ago that we started this simple idea of dressing funny and getting special treatment from enthusiastic barkeeps. Hundreds of crawlers and thousands of chance encounters later, people are still demanding fun in the heart of the city. Keep the spirit alive downtown and join the Mardi Gras pub crawl 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 17 at Pop up art gallery. Free wristband with ID. Here’s the full schedule:
6p Pop Up art gallery 7p Copperjohn’s 8p Magoo’s 9p Governor’s Cup (live music) 10p Papa G’s Black Light Bar (karaoke) 11p FlipSide!

9th Mid-Valley Video Festival
Shout out to indie filmmaker creativity at its finest in the mid-valley. The 9th Mid-valley Video Festival occurs February 23-25, 2012 at Northern Lights Theatre Pub, ƒ/stop Fitzgerald’s, Pop Up art gallery and Capital Community TV.
Our picks:
Backyard Brewing and Star Wars Uncut Directors Cut 7p Thursday night at ƒ/stop. Meet local homebrewers, sample and prepare yourself for the world’s first crowd sourced film. Fans re-created Star Wars 15 seconds at a time. Animation, stop motion and live action provide two hours of nonstop creativity.
Scent of a Sasquatch world premiere
Bloodsucking Redneck Vampire’s Joe Sherlock returns with with a tale of runaway pheromones 8:30p Friday at Northern Lights. $3
Spanish Shorts
Two hours of Spanish-language shorts from PROMOFEST in Madrid run the gamut from hilarious to tearjerker. English subtitles. 6:30p Saturday at Northern Lights. $3
Full schedule at http://mvvfest.org

Citizen Journalism classes

Salem Creative Network undertakes its largest effort yet – citizen journalism training. Learn how to use your smart phone to gather and produce news 2p to 4p every Saturday in February at Pop Up art gallery in the Salem center mall. Free.

6th Cherry City Music Festival

Last year we hosted 105 bands in 13 venues. Salem’s underground music festival returns April 5, 6, 7 with new venues and bands. We are expanding outside of downtown in an effort to spread the love around. Bands and volunteers can sign up at http://cherrycitymusic.com

See you around town!

 Posted by at 10:34 pm
Dec 032011

Hi creatives!
Have you visited Pop Up art gallery yet? We are located near the Salem Center Mall food court. Our midnight Black Friday event featured a rock band, Office Diving, that entertained thousands of people and positively changed perceptions of shopping downtown. We now have 42 artists involved with the store and are looking for more. You can sign up to exhibit or volunteer at http://popupartworld.com and help grow the creative network.

First Wednesday Photo Hunt
Wednesday Dec 7
Pop Up artists will be shooting anything RED during the the First Wednesday event. 112 art pieces are in 22 venues downtown. The team with the most photos, wins a gift certificate and display for their photos at Pop Up. Get in on the fun and meet new artists. Meet up is 4p at Pop Up

Finissage – an art benefit for Partnerships in Community Living
Saturday, December 10
Partnerships in Community Living is a local not-for-profit, person centered, customer-focused provider of services to individuals with developmental disabilities and Pop Up is exhibiting art work from clients and staff from December 5-10. The final day, Saturday, December 10, is Finissage, the final day to buy art from the collection. Also, Pop Up will give 5% of ALL sales made on December 10 to PCL. We are excited to provide this opportunity and invite you to experience the show.

SnowBall Pub Crawl

Last pub crawl of 2011! Dress up and go out to 6 downtown venues for network development and socializing. New venue – Governor’s Cup! Gcup is recently received their liquor license and is serving most weekends after 9:00p.Let’s give them a pub crawl welcome!
6:00 Pop Up
7:00 Copperjohn’s
8:00 Magoo’s
9:00 Governor’s Cup (now with spirits!)
10:00 Cherry City Cafe
11:00 FlipSide!

Downtown Art Crawl
Saturday, Dec 17
Check out downtown’s burgeoning art scene with other creatives as we tour through any open gallery and meet some artists. here’s the list: Spiral Muse Arts and Music Pop Up art gallery Pheromone Gallery Salem Art Collective Gallery B Mary Lou Zeek Gallery Roger Yost Gallery World Beat Gallery Elsinore Framing and Fine Art Gallery Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Part of the event will be broadcast on Doug’s World LIVE starting at 4 pm.

After two years of advocating for increased creativity and social innovation, Salem Creative Network is proud to see results from our special projects. Almost 200 kW of residential solar have been installed through Solarize Salem. 45 kW of commercial solar were installed on two new West Salem schools through Megawatt Project. And of course, thousands of patrons have participated in other projects (Creative Pub Crawl, Willamette Valley Wine Walk, Bicycle Music Festival, Doug’s World, Cherry City Music Festival) through our Salem Downtown outreach program.

We predict that 2012 will be an even greater success for Salem-area creatives.

 Posted by at 1:19 pm
Nov 172011

We have plenty of local, one-of-a-kind art at Pop Up in the Salem Center Mall. In just a few weeks, 25 artists, writers, filmmakers, photographers and designers have been juried and their work is on exhibit at the 1500 sq ft gallery facing the food court. Our First Contact event, held Friday, November 11, drew 80 people to the gallery and we sold two paintings and lots of smaller merchandise. T-shirts, earrings, photocards and other affordable art are the fastest movers.
Our store hours vary daily but we are open Noon to 6. Want to get in on the fun? Sign up to exhibit, volunteer or perform at http://popupartworld.com.

Localize Black Friday
Join us at Pop Up for 20 hours of creative goodness. Live painting, music, poetry, cooking demonstrations await shoppers from Midnight to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25 at Pop Up. Office Diving is scheduled to kick off the madness with alcohol service until 2:00 a.m. when the open mic starts. We’ll offer hourly specials with featured artists and winter beer and wine tasting.

Nite Market
Do you have a creative service or product that you would like to share with others at Nite Market, an adventure in creativity from midnight to 4 a.m. Sign up for Nite Market at popupartworld.com.

Support local art at Pop Up!

 Posted by at 7:28 pm
Oct 212011

Downtown Salem will be haunted by zombie billionaires looking for drink specials and more BRAINS!
6:00 p.m. is a sneak peek at Pop Up Art Gallery in the Salem Center Mall. We have some art hanging and most of the hazards contained, so this will be exclusively for pub crawlers. Copperjohn’s offers Zombie drink special and happy hour prices around 7:00 p.m. and Magoo’s will be pouring zombies at 8:00 p.m. And then, karaoke and Bloody Brains will be served at Cherry City Cafe starting at 9:00 p.m. Dmitri added that there will be a surprise drink special for any zombies that stagger through the door. FlipSide at 10:00 p.m. Start planning for SnoBall pub crawl on Friday, Dec. 16!

 Posted by at 2:01 pm
Sep 282011

Pop Up, a new art gallery in the Salem Center Mall

Pop Up

The big news from Salem Creative Network is the opening of a community art gallery and event space at the Salem Center Mall. The soft opening is Wednesday, Oct 5 with the grand opening in November. Watch the video HERE . The license agreement with the mall is for October through December, with an option for extension upon evaluation. The focus of the gallery is mid-valley artists, crafters, musicians, fashion designers, performers, filmmakers, authors and poets. We are administering the store for exhibition only.

We need volunteers! Sign up HERE and help make downtown more livable. We have requested that city council support more pop-up stores and need to provide a successful model. That will only be possible with volunteers. Give back to your community and help it grow.

Pronto Pups

The Salem Creative Network supports the Salem Boys and Girls Club. We are planning a large event for January. Until then, you can support them at the Pronto Pup and beer fundraiser 1p-4p THIS SATURDAY, October 1 at Magoo’s. Original Oregon-made Pronto Pups will be available for consumption and the proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club. See you there!

Zombie Billionaires Pub Crawl

Mark your calendars for the follow up to last year’s Dead Celebrities Halloween pub crawl. Zombie Billionaires will be roaming downtown on Friday October 21 for our bi-monthly Creative Pub Crawl. Meet at 6 p.m. at Pop Up, at the Salem Center Mall Food Court.

New EID administrator

Nothing is constant but change, The City of Salem selected Salem Downtown Partnership as the new administrator for the Economic Improvement District after Go Downtown Salem filed an incomplete application. Now the city will initiate the remonstrance process, where district property owners will vote on being taxed. While unlikely, if 33% vote no, the city must start the selection process again.

We’re looking forward to fresh eyes and ideas for downtown. Salem Downtown Partnership has done the work to organize property and business owners and deserves a shot at expanding on their vision. Now, they should make an effort to include all downtown businesses that have applied for membership to their organization to demonstrate their openness and transparency. Ignoring those that want to share a vision for downtown was the main criticism of the past administrator. Let’s hope that Salem Downtown Partnership allows all businesses a voice.

Doug’s World

Check out the new episodes on dougsworld.tv from August and September. Featured segments include Michael Taylor, Robes, Pickpocket Eloquence, Axolotl Daydream, Pop Up, Spiral Muse Art Gallery, and French winemaker Florian.


 Posted by at 10:16 am
Aug 152011

Flash Busk!
Musicians will be busking on the newly-installed bulb-outs for the broadcast of Doug’s World LIVE this Saturday August 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bring some spare change for the buskers and support the downtown hospitality zone.
Buskers meet at CCTV studio 2 at 3:00 p.m on Saturday.

Sidewalk Sale
Downtown merchants are encouraged to join the back-to-school sidewalk sale August 19-21. Sidewalk Sale permits are available online:
Three day permit
Two day permit

Pub Crawl!
We’re crawling on Friday this month! Pub crawl starts at 7:00 p.m. Copperjohn’s on Friday, August 19. Bring your best lei for the luau!

 Posted by at 2:50 pm
Aug 042011

For decades, one thing downtown was always certain, a back-to-school sidewalk sale. This year, there is no organized event. After polling the downtown merchants this week, the Salem Creative Network found great interest in participation if other merchants were also involved. Permitting for three days, August 19-21, costs $37.50 per business. Click here to register for more information.

The Back-to-School Sidewalk Sale will be part of this month’s Third Saturday event, featuring a tasting tour, live television broadcast and outdoor music. Volunteer!

 Posted by at 1:49 pm
Jul 152011

Meet Salemite and Seven Brides brewer Phill Knol 6 pm tomorrow at Pete’s. They’re pouring Frankenlou IPA.

You can try a whole flight of IPAs during the Meet the Brewer pub crawl. Gilgamesh will provide something special at Copperjohn’s starting at 4:00 pm. Carlton brewer Henry Gorgas from Fire Mountain will have a Bad Henry IPA pouring at Magoo’s starting at 5:00 p.m., with Matt Dickason from Calapooia in Albany offering the Riparian IPA and a Chili beer. Seven Brides will also have Lil’s Pils at Pete’s.

$10 wristband for samples from each brewer.
Proceeds go to Salem Creative Network, a local non-profit.
Look for us live on channel 22 and dougsworld.tv.

 Posted by at 12:30 pm