18th Annual Clay Ball: Masterpieces

february_clay-ballSaturday, February 25, 2017 | 5:30-10 pm
Salem Convention Center
Advance Tickets (by February 19): $80
Regular Tickets (February 20-24): $95
Call 503-581-2228 to Purchase Tickets

The Clay Ball auction and dinner is one of Salem’s premier social events. This annual fundraiser attracts 500 guests to raise money for the Salem Art Association’s community-enriching programs. Clay Ball includes both silent and live auctions featuring original works of art from some our community’s most talented, and generous, artists. Exclusive experience packages are also available; everything from tastings at local distilleries to exotic vacations are there for the taking (stay tuned for a complete list of Live Auction art and experience packages).

Your ticket also includes appetizers, a catered dinner and dessert, complimentary wine from Bryn Mawr Vineyards, and craft beer from Gilgamesh Brewing. Entrée options are filet mignon, grilled prawns, or a butternut ravioli. After the dinner and live auction parts of the evening, the dance floor opens up and DJ Steve Springer from Only The Best Sound will keep you dancing through the night.

For this year’s Masterpieces theme, guests are encouraged to transform into an iconic work of art, take cues from an artistic movement, channel their favorite artist’s wardrobe, or simply dress to impress. Click here to view a list of ideas inspired by art and artists.

Tickets purchased by February 19 are $80, and are $95 afterward. Your ticket purchase, along with any purchases made in the auctions, benefits the Salem Art Association’s three core programs: the Bush Barn Art Center, the Bush House Museum, and Community Arts Education. The Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization which has been serving the mid-Willamette Valley since 1919.

Don’t miss this premier social event, purchase tickets now by clicking the link at the top of this page or by calling 503-581-2228.

A list of Live Auction art and experience packages can be found just beyond our sponsor recognition below.

Presented by

with support from


Silverton Health | Santiam Hospital | Salem Convention Center | Saalfeld Griggs PC | Pioneer Trust Bank | Optic ’49 | Huggins Insurance Services & Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors | Heltzel Williams PC | Grove, Mueller & Swank, P.C. | Evans Batlan Getchell LLC | CB Two Architects | Salem Electric | Only the Best Sound | Allied Video | Salem Printing & Blueprint | Salem Health | Paula Kanarek | Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate | A-Z Party Rentals


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Julie Jeanseau
My Northwest Home
Oil & mixed media
Salem, Oregon



California Dreaming

Release your inner child at The Happiest Place on Earth, then unwind in your luxury room at Hotel Irvine, and spend a day enjoying the sun and sand of breathtaking SoCal beaches.  For this experience package, you’ll get airfare for two aboard jetBlue, three nights accommodation at Hotel Irvine, and four Park Hopper tickets so you can enjoy access to both Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park for a day. Hotel Irvine presents a memorable sense of style and local culture. The stylish and comfortable accommodations include plush pillow-top mattresses, down duvets, high-end bath amenities, and high-tech conveniences. The independent lifestyle hotel presents guests with three dining venues, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a heated outdoor pool, and is just minutes away from famous attractions, fantastic shopping, and awe-inspiring beaches.

Tom Kunke
Nowhere Land
Oil on canvas
Dallas, Oregon




George Essaides
Wine Rack
Salem, Oregon

This item includes a mixed case of wine from Bethel Heights Vineyard.



Glassmaking Workshop with Janet Neuburg

Salem glass artist Janet Neuburg will host you and three of your friends for a fused glass workshop in her own private studio. At this day-long workshop each participant will learn glass cutting skills, and will create four dessert bowls, two small dishes and two salad plates to keep. A catered lunch will also be served.



James Southworth
Fall Silhouette at Minto Brown
Salem, Oregon




Susan Trueblood Stuart
Wind Over Maui
Salem, Oregon




BMW X1 xDrive28i Lease from BMW of Salem

The BMW X1 does it all, except drive itself. This is where you come in. Up for grabs is a 24 month/20,000 mile lease on a brand new, 2016 X1 xDrive28i donated by BMW of Salem. Featuring the popular crossover body type, the X1 is the ideal melding of performance and practicality. And you’ll be getting xDrive, BMW’s all-time All-Wheel-Drive, to get you safely through Oregon’s slick fall and winter seasons. Performance doesn’t come at the cost of fuel economy, either: the X1 averages 22 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Open the door to luxury, and get ready for the driving experience you’ve always dreamed of in the Ultimate Driving Machine.

Slate Wilson
Canary Wood End Tables
Canary and wenge wood inlay
Portland, Oregon




John Van Dreal
Pair of Pears
Oil on Canvas
Salem, Oregon




Seven Days & Six Nights for Two in Amsterdam

Wander along the maze of canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and enjoy accommodations at Swissôtel for two. This trip also includes a Heineken experience, a cruise through the picturesque canals, exclusive access to the Van Gogh Museum, and a Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour. Amsterdam boasts numerous charms, from its beautiful canals flanked by elegant 17th century merchant houses, to its collection of fascinating and world-famous museums, and the hundreds of festivals that mark space on the calendars of locals and visitors alike.


Ted Gaty
A Celebration of All Things Natural
Figured maple and mahogany wood, copper and paper
Salem, Oregon




Nancy Eng
Silent Marshland
Acrylic on wood panel
Salem, Oregon




6 Days & 5 Nights at Casa Verde al Mare

Stay five nights and six days at “Casa Verde al Mare,” a four-bedroom 1930s Cape Cod beach house in Lincoln City, Oregon. This spacious house is located next to beautiful Siletz Bay and features a large common living area with fireplace, cable TV, DVD player, large dining room which seats ten, huge deck with play area for kids and a big side lawn. Casa Verde is a great place to get away from it all during spring break, reunite with family or any other gathering. This package has been generously donated by Jim and Carol Green.


Cynthia Herron
Lake & Sunrise
Oil and cold wax on panel
Salem, Oregon




Seven Day Holland America Line Cruise for Two

Get ready to set sail toward your choice of four fabulous locations: Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada/New England. This package includes a romantic seven night Holland America Line cruise with an unobstructed ocean view stateroom (upgrades can be purchased at cost by the winning bidder). In addition to cozy, private rooms, Holland America Line cruises also have excellent dining and entertainment options. Hone your video-editing skills, treat yourself at the spa, attend engaging lectures, take a cooking class, do a wine tasting, or simply relax and unwind. Enjoy the journey on board the Holland America Line.

Shari Lord
Summer Song
Acrylic on canvas
Silverton, Oregon




Molly Reeves
Summer Moon
Oil painting
Lake Oswego, Oregon




Portland Bridges River Yacht Cruise for 12

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Totem Shriver
Indonesian recycled wood




Dinner & Art Evening for 10 at Bush House Museum 

The furnished Victorian home of Asahel Bush II (1824-1913) becomes your private retreat for an evening of
gracious dining and fine art. Enjoy appetizers, Oregon wines and live music in front of the marble fireplace in the Sitting Room. Then savor warm conversation and a multi-course dinner, served on vintage china, in the historic Dining Room.

Following dessert Ross Sutherland, the Bush House Museum Director, will guide you and your guests on a treasure hunt of the Bush Family’s personal art collection. Acquired from the 1860s to the 1920s, the commanding family portraits and majestic landscape paintings can be viewed in their original setting. This memorable evening is a “masterpiece” you and your guests will remember for years to come.

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