Soiree "Le Chat Noir"
June 13 - July 11, 2008
Gallery 444, San Francisco, California
Shray's work at the Chat Noir Exhibition
"THE CAT SPEAKS"
Mixed Media,handmade Japanese paper,
polymer, gold leaf, black pumice,
handmade silk paper, etc.
Edition 1 of 1; size: 4' tall (approx)
TWO MEN, ONE CENTURY - At the Governor's office at the State Capital in Sacramento, California WW II vet, Ken Mecham, and Olympic sculptor Shray presented Shray's sculpture, Forevermore, to the Director of the California Arts Council, Muriel Johnson who, in turn, gifted it to Professor Yuan, Chairman 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Competition, for the Yunnan Government. read more
The Art Foundry, Inc. "Sculpture On View"
The Art Foundry, Inc., Sacramento, California with Shray, Peter Voulkus, Bruce Beasley and Nathan Oliveira. June 30th thru August 11th, 2007.
Shray’s Sculpture Garners Olympic Praise
Bronze to travel China as part of Olympic Celebration
SAN FRANCISCO - The Organizing Committee for the Sculpture Competition for the 2008 Olympics recently announced that a bronze sculpture by Shray has been selected as a finalist. The Games will be held in Beijing, China and feature a sculpture exhibition that will travel to select cities throughout the country. Read More
The International Sculpture Exhibition is Feb 8th - 28th in London, England.
Breaking News - The Reductions are Done!
“I'm thrilled with these new pieces! ”
Please take a look at the Artist Nostalgia page for photos and complete information.
The Muse in the Desert
Like many outstanding artists, Shray draws her inspiration from nature’s beauty. But, unlike many artists, she does not recreate the landscape. She allows nature to speak to her, whisper and sing, to dazzle her eyes and dance with her spirit.
All that she captures with her senses, she translates with her hands as she manipulates and carves wet clay — a gift from the earth. The line and form, the sound and feel, the visual feast of the landscape slowly becomes graceful human forms, echoing that natural environment.
Shray’s muse lives in the Painted Desert. There, the palette of colors and the wind-worn rock formations speak to the spirit. The illusive ‘emptiness’ of the desert becomes a canvas for creativity, for sculptures that will one day capture that pristine landscape and embrace it in bronze.
“I come here to be inspired, to quiet the noise of my life in the city, and to simply look, listen and be,” says Shray. “When I leave the desert, I am filled with a spirit that I can’t really explain. I think my sculpture is a way to express that experience when words fail.”
MOMENTS CAPTURED ...
Sculptures Again to Adorn the Waxlander
AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 11, 2006
RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2006
Shray is pleased to be once again invited to show her work at the Waxlander Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The gallery, which is housed in a 150 year-old historic adobe, enjoys an international reputation for showing the finest in paintings, pastels and sculpture.
“I feel very privileged to be a part of the Waxlander’s tradition,” said Shray. “It is a wonderful venue to present my new work.”
Shray’s work will be shown within the gallery, as well as in the Sculpture Garden where art is surrounded by colorful blossoms in a natural setting that was lovingly designed by gallery owner and artist Phyllis Kapp.
“East Meets West in Harmony”
Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, California
JULY 2006 RECEPTION - VIEW MORE IMAGES FROM THE SHOW
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“Sculpture in the Park”
Juried exhibition, Loveland, Colorado
AUGUST 11, 12 & 13 2006
Shray is particularly proud because, this year, she has already been invited back for the summer of 2006. “I am so pleased to have this opportunity,” she says. “It’s like completing the full circle and coming back home."
Loveland Colorado Show
Summer of 2005, Shray returned to her home state, Colorado, to show her work at what has been called “one of the finest outdoor juried exhibitions of three-dimensional work in the United States.” Sculpture in the Park attracts the nation’s top sculptors and thousands of art lovers each year to Loveland’s Benson Sculpture Garden — between Denver and the mountains of Colorado.
Shray is fond of this show for a number of reasons. Along with being flattered to be part of the prestigious show, she gets a chance to visit family and friends. “I remember as a child, driving from Denver to our ranch up on the mountain and stopping in Loveland for a pop or a milkshake,” she says. “Now, most of my family lives in wonderful Denver.”
And, they have helped bring Shray’s sculpture to life — her sister and cousin's children were inspiration for many of the figures lovingly entwined in Shray’s work.
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