VIRTUAL Clay Ball – 2021

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in Clay Ball 2022. As you know, the Clay Ball is an essential fundraiser for the Salem Art Association and a longstanding, popular event. 

As we continue to endure a pandemic that has been so hard for so many, we decided that a traditional fundraising evening this winter would not be safe for our community. 

So although there may not be a Clay Ball this February, there is good news to share. SAA is planning a full schedule of exhibitions, events and programs for 2022. While you may not see Clay Ball in its original format, we plan to bring people together for an outdoor event later this summer or fall. Please stay tuned for more information about these plans by signing up for our newsletters and emails.

Our heartfelt thank you goes out to our sponsors, artists, and donors for their continued support during this time of uncertainty. It helps us continue to provide the exhibitions and educational programs you’ve come to expect from us. If you’d like to make a donation to help support our work, you can do so here.

 – Salem Art Association

The Annual Clay Ball gala is going virtual! This year’s theme, Through the Looking Glass, is sure to generate an exciting atmosphere throughout the evening where, just like Alice, guests will join the party through the virtual mirror where they will find opportunities to engage in playful activities.

The fun starts with the online “silent” auction on Wednesday, March 17, and continues with the live stream event on Saturday, March 20, beginning at 7:00 pm. Both auctions will feature artwork from your favorite local artists and unique experience packages. Join us to celebrate the arts and artists that keep our community thriving while supporting Salem Art Association’s yearlong programs and services.

Online “silent” Auction

  • Opens Wednesday, March 17
  • Closes, Saturday, March 20

Livestream Program

  • Saturday, March 20
  • 5:30 pm pre-show
  • 7:00 pm Livestream Program Begins




  • Bottle of 2016 Bryn Mawr Vineyards, Estate Chardonnay
  • Bottle of 2015 Bryn Mawr Vineyards, Estate Pinot Noir
  • Guided virtual tasting with Bryn Mawr Vineyards
  • One Salem Convention Center Crème Brulee
  • One Salem Convention Center Huckleberry Chambord Pot du Crème
  • Pair of special edition SAA stemless wine glasses
  • Admission for 2 guests


  • Mixed six-pack of Gilgamesh Beer (The Terry Porter, Mamba, Pacific Crush IPA)
  • Two bottles of Wandering Aengus Cider (Dry Oaked & Wickson)
  • Assorted Kettle Chips
  • Guided virtual tasting with Gilgamesh Brewing 
  • Pair of special edition SAA Pint Glasses
  • Admission for 2

This year’s Clay Ball is made possible by our fabulous sponsors, including Bryn Mawr Vineyards, Capital Community MediaCollier LawEvans Batlan Getchel LLCGilgamesh BrewingHuggins InsuranceKettle BrandPioneer Trust BankSalem Printing & Blueprint, and Wandering Aengus Cider works.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, for information please contact Stephanie Patterson,

The Clay Ball is an annual fundraiser to support the Salem Art Association’s Program and Services. With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, SAA has transitioned our 22nd Clay Ball to a virtual event, including a silent auction, raffle, live auction, and streaming programming. The virtual event will be free to register, allowing SAA to reach a wider audience of art enthusiasts. Please join us for this fun interactive event. Stay tuned for more information and a link to register.