PUBLIC SCULPTURE & COMMISSIONS
Shray, Going Public
Throughout her successful career, Shray has been very busy producing pieces for many of the nation's finest galleries. The demand for her work has risen steadily as art critics and experts recognize something exceptional in the way Shray approaches and produces her sculptures. Over the past two decades, Shray has had little time to focus on much besides her gallery commissions.
(AS ONE in clay - at left)
However, Shray is now at the point in her career where she sees an opportunity to reach people from all walks of life by producing works of public art.
“I want to share my work with people who may not have opportunities to experience the power of art,” says Shray. “It is so encouraging to see that many local governments are making art part of their building process. It is a great gift to the people they serve.”
Among Shray’s public sculptures is the particularly touching “Forevermore,” (at right) installed at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, CO. The life-size piece vividly portrays the love between a mother and her child.
The warm golden bronze, the fluid lines and polished surface evoke feelings of warmth, protection and affection. “Forevermore” speaks of the eternal and everlasting bond formed between mother and child.
The piece ehoes the mission of Littleton Hospital to lift the burdens of others by lovingly offering care to people regardless of who they are, what they believe or where they’re from.” “Forevermore” imparts a sense of warmth, safety and well being to the hospital’s patients, staff and visitors. The piece was generously donated by Littleton Hospital Foundation Board members and friends of the Littleton Hospital Foundation.
Shray’s work has also been a centerpiece for other charitable and nonprofit organizations. She was commissioned to sculpt the 2001 Sara Faith Award – a program that recognizes the desperate need for health care in the poorest corners of the world. The organization funds worthy projects and presents the recipients with Shray’s bronze.
NEWLY COMMISSIONED WORK - AS ONE
Shray has just been commissioned to create a 3/4 life-size version of AS ONE.
Location and further information will soon be forthcoming.
View photos of work in progress.
Littleton Adventist Hospital
Appropriately exhibited in Littleton Adventist Hospital’s Women and Newborn Care unit, artisan Shray’s sculpture “Forevermore,” vividly portrays the love between a mother and her child. Shray’s distinct choice of sculpture materials - the warm golden color, the fluid lines and even texture – all serve to evoke feelings of warmth, protection and affection, and symbolize the eternal and everlasting bond formed between mother and child.
Littleton Adventist Hospital is proud to display this original work by Shray. “Forevermore” has provided a sense of warmth, safety and well being to the hospital’s patients and staff and is a welcome addition to the Women’s Services department.
“Forevermore” was generously donated by Littleton Hospital Foundation Board members Pat Wassik, Betsy Martin and Carl Fitch and friends of the Littleton Hospital Foundation.
— Dennis Hansen, Chief Operating Officer of the Littleton Adventist Hospital.
The Art Foundry in Sacramento, California, has been the creative hub for production of major public art pieces. Along with casting Shray’s commission and gallery pieces, the Foundry specializes in monumental art that graces public places from Northern California to Baltimore, Maryland, and beyond to Japan and Samoa.
Owner Alan Osborne is known as a contemporary bronze master and patineur. “We are very excited about our partnership with Shray and bringing her art to public venues,” he said, “Her work speaks to people in so many different ways, it is ideal for pubic appreciation.”