20th Annual Clay Ball: Pop of Color!


On February 23, 2019, the Clay Ball auction and dinner is going POP! Come to the Salem Convention Center dressed in bright 1960s Pop Art colors, or simply add accents to your formal attire. Those who want to go all out can put together a costume inspired by Lichtenstein, Warhol, and their contemporaries.

At the event, start off by perusing a wide array of silent auction packages while enjoying complimentary wine from Bryn Mawr Vineyards, beer from Gilgamesh Brewing, and scrumptious hors-d’oeuvres. Afterward, you will be treated to a gourmet three-course dinner, followed by an exhilarating live auction featuring original art, and exciting experience packages. Once the bidding ends, stick around to cut loose and dance.

Your tickets and auction purchases help the Salem Art Association (SAA) provide arts opportunities to everyone from underserved students to established artists. Buy your tickets today at 503-581-2228.

2019 Live Auction Preview

Jan Gassner, “Topsy Turvey”

Trail Blazers Game and Hotel in Portland

You and two guests will cheer on the Trail Blazers as they play the Dallas Mavericks on March 20, 2019. This package includes three Premium seats three rows directly behind the Blazers bench (section 122 – row A), plus exclusive garden garage parking. After the game you can enjoy the rest of the evening in your suite at the Inn @ Northrup Station, one of Portland’s top ranked boutique hotels. This package also includes a Blazers memorabilia basket and a bottle of Halley’s Hero’s Foundation Wine.Trail Blazers package was generously donated by Haley’s Hero’s Foundation which exists to find a cure for Batten Disease.

Therese Misner, “Elegant Sky”

Therese Misner, “Elegant Sky” | Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 48” | Crabtree, OR

George Essaides, “Myrtlewood Side Table”

George Essaides, “Myrtlewood Side Table” Myrtlewood 30” x 27” x 20” | Salem, OR

Dinner with the Mayor at tableFIVE08

Spend the evening with Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett while enjoying a delectable meal at tableFIVE08 in your own private dining room. You’ll experience the culinary talents of executive Chef Jason Freeburg, offering dishes with bold, global flavors using local ingredients. The restaurant prides itself on creating food that satisfies the palates of those who enjoy fresh local food with dynamic flavor. This package has been generously donated by tableFIVE08.

Portland Bridges River Cruise on Yacht Rapture

Join Howard and Dayna Collins for a five hour river cruise on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in Portland. The yacht will comfortably accommodate 12 people for this afternoon adventure. Your hosts will provide lunch, and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages (guests are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages with them). The cruise will begin from Northeast Portland on the Columbia River, then leisurely cruise to the Willamette River for the trip to downtown Portland. Depending on time, the cruise will pass under the following bridges: Interstate, St. John’s, Fremont, Broadway, Steel, Burnside, Morrison, Hawthorne, Marquam, and the new Tilikum Crossing, before turning around and returning to port on the Columbia River. This package has been generously donated by Howard and Dayna Collins.

Susan Trueblood Stuart, “Crimson Clover”

Susan Trueblood Stuart, “Crimson Clover” | Acrylic 30” x 37” | Salem, OR

Casa Verde al Mare – Beach House Getaway

Stay five nights and six days at “Casa Verde al Mare,” a four plus bedroom 1930’s Cape Cod beach house in Lincoln City, Oregon. This spacious house is located on the right of way 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, reunite with family or any other gathering. While in Lincoln City enjoy a fabulous meal and magnificent view with a $100 gift certificate to the award winning Bay House Cafe. This package has been generously donated by Jim and Carol Green.

James Southworth, “Mont St-Michel”

James Southworth, “Mont St-Michel” | Pastel 53 ½” x 38 ¾” | Salem, OR

John Oberdorf, “Broken Top Mountain”

John Oberdorf, “Broken Top Mountain” | Oil on canvas 30” x 40” | Salem, OR

Shari Lord, “Columbia Gorge Hike”

Shari Lord, “Columbia Gorge Hike” | Oil & Wax on panel 32” x 32” | Silverton, OR

Jon Colburn, “Night”

Jon Colburn, “Night” | Acrylic on Canvas 30” x 40” | Salem, OR

Tim Knight, “Timmy Does Andy”

Tim Knight, “Timmy Does Andy” | Collage | Salem, OR

Willamette Valley Vineyard Suites

Spoil yourself in the luxury of the Willamette Valley Vineyard Suites. These exclusive suites overlook the estate vineyard, and include an outdoor patio with fireplace, a master bath with soaking tub and living area; the package includes a two night stay for two plus a private winery tour & tasting. This package has been generously donated by Willamette Valley Vineyard.

Slate Wilson, “Wood End Table”

Slate Wilson, “Wood End Table” | Bolivian Rose Wood & Maple Burl 26” x 18” x 18” | Portland, OR

Tom Kunke, “Distilled Spirits”

Tom Kunke, “Distilled Spirits” Oil on canvas 36” x 36” | Dallas, OR

Eric Wuest, “Sage & Three Sisters”

Eric Wuest, “Sage & Three Sisters” | Acrylic on Canvas 44” x 36” | Salem, OR

John Van Dreal, “Farm Pond Mid Valley”

John Van Dreal, “Farm Pond Mid Valley” | Oil on Panel 18” x 24” | Salem, OR

Holland America Line Cruise

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.

Barton DeGraaf, “Dog Days”

Barton DeGraaf, “Dog Days” | Acrylic on Panel 40” x 28” | Bend, OR

Portugal Wine Country Villa for Six

Get away from it all and explore the beauty and tranquility of Portugal’s wine country. You and five guests will stay for five nights at the three bedroom, three bath, Villa Santa Winery in Estremoz, Portugal. This package includes the winemaker for a day experience with Joao Portugal Ramos Wines, cooking class with lunch at the winery for six, and wine tasting of five premium selection wines from different regions.


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