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“Goddess” is an oil on canvas by Jennifer Gimzewski, the featured artist for the month of February in the Camas Gallery’s Rental-Sales Program at Bush Barn Art Center.  Jennifer creates artworks as a means to explore the physical, emotional or intellectual distances between human beings.  Her work represents the tension that occurs when two or more forms exist within the same two-dimensional space by playing with the effects of line, space, color and value on the canvas.  Gimzewski’s “Goddess” is one of the fine art pieces featured in the live auction at Salem Art Association’s Clay Ball this year.

Platform shoes, fringed leather vests, bell bottoms, turquoise ruffle shirts, and macramé accessories – exactly what should come to mind when considering what to wear to one of Salem’s premier social events of the year.   Right?  Well, only if you’re planning to get your groove on at the 2013 Clay Ball.  This year, the theme of the Ball is “Groovin’ on Art,” a salute to the ‘70s with its’ cool cats, foxy mamas, and funky boogies.

Since 1999, Salem Art Association has brought us Clay Ball – an event that merges local artists, community, and creativity in a grand way.   On February 23rd, Ball attendees will enjoy fine wines, a three-course served dinner, and live music at the Salem Convention Center.  There they will have the opportunity to bid on silent and live auctions of fine art and exclusive experience packages.

One live auction item that caught my eye was a combination of both, fine art and experience. The package is entitled, “Go Big and Go Home with John Van Dreal.”  Van Dreal, who is no stranger to Clay Ball live auction events, is essentially putting himself on the auction block.  The highest bidder wins the opportunity to commission and create an original artwork with Van Dreal in his studio, while he plies them with excellent wines and local cheeses.  He will also visit the bidder’s house to check out the color scheme and walk them through the creative process.

A mixed media piece by Clackamas artist Tom Kunke, entitled “Sailboats near Hood River,” is one of the fine art pieces in the live auction.  Kunke received the Juror’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Merit at the 2010 Radius 25 exhibition sponsored by the Salem Art Association for his abstract oil, “River Town.”

Cameron Covey is a fiber arts and mixed media artist with a passion for felting wearable art. The Maroon & Black Shawl featured in this year’s live auction was felted with merino wool, and inlaid with silk flowers and vintage lace. Covey’s felted work was also featured in the live auction last year, she was juried into the Salem Art Fair & Festival last summer as an emerging artist, and recently won ‘Best of Show’ in Artist in Action’s “Something Red” Show.

In addition to Kunke, Covey, and Gimzewski (see our ‘About the Cover’) event goers will have the opportunity to bid on fine art pieces in the live auction by the following artists:  Cynthia Herron, Judy Phipps, James Southworth, Renee Hartig, Susan Trueblood Stuart, Carla Wright, Jodie Garrison, Ted Gaty, Totem Shriver, and Slate Wilson.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.SalemArt.org or call 503-581-2228.