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Shray has just been commissioned to create a 3/4 life-size version of AS ONE.

See photos of the work in progress.

Location and further information will soon be forthcoming.


Shray's works are being featured at The Art Foundry, Inc., Sacramento, California along with Peter Voulkus, Bruce Beasley and Nathan Oliveira.



Sculpting the Emotions of Life: Shray
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SHRAYThe story most people know about how Shray became a sculptor involves her first visit to the Louvre at age 15 with her mother. As the story goes, the moment she walked in and gazed upon “Winged Victory of Samothrace,” she turned to her mother and announced that she would be a sculptor.

What most people don’t know is what sealed the deal and nearly got her thrown out of the Louvre a few minutes later.

“I went up and touched the sculpture, ”Shray says. “A guard yelled at me, but at the moment I touched it my fingers became instantly connected with my mind in a three dimensional way. Even today, I still believe that until you touch a sculpture, you don’t really know the piece.” In the time since, Shray (her name means “Morning Star” in Iroquois) has made the study of sculpture a lifelong pursuit. Read the article (.pdf)

Click on image above for larger view. View more photos of Shray's visit to the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco.

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Arts & Antiques Magazine

Sculptor Shray reaches out to collectors through her fluid bronze renditions of human emotion. This summer, that reach extends beyond these borders when her sculpture, “Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions” (left), embarks on a worldwide tour beginning in Beijing to represent the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Invited to submit a sculpture for the games’ 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest, Shray was one of eight Americans extended this honor, and just one of two given the “excellent works” distinction—the competition’s highest rating. (Other honored artists include Asherah Cinnamon and Scott Fuller, Edward Eyth, Mark and Diane Weisbeck, Carole Turner and Ralf Gschwend.) “My piece honors parents worldwide who nurture the Olympic dream,” she explains. “I’m so grateful the committee reached across the ocean to invite American artists to participate in such an auspicious event, especially since art knows no borders or boundaries.

Author Tara Wilfong, copyrighted and reprint courtesy of Arts and Antiques




The career of Subtractionist sculptor Shray, a name that means Rising Star, is reaching a new level as her sculpture, Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions, received the status of Excellent Works, out of eight American pieces selected for China’s Beijing Landscape Sculptures of the 2008 Olympic Games.

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Harmony' 2-Person Show: Olympic Sculptor Shray and Artist Matthew Higginbotham
Presented by Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Olympic Bronze Sculptor, Shray, reveals the same grace and empathy in human forms that landscape painter, Matthew Higginbotham, finds in earth and sky.

Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) August 22, 2006 -- Waxlander Gallery is honored to present a 2-person show with these accomplished artists: Olympic Sculptor Shray and artist Matthew Higginbotham.

Exhibition: Harmony — Sculptures by Shray and landscape paintings by Matthew Higginbotham.

Show Dates: August 29-September 11, 2006

Artists’ Reception: Friday, September 1, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Location: Waxlander Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 622 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe. phone: 505.984.2202 -- 800.342.2202

In music there are certain chords that resonate with the human ear, allowing the listener to surrender to rhythm, melody and harmony. For the sensitive visual artist, nature offers similar rhythms, melodies and harmonies that compel them to surrender to emotions that resonate in the human soul.

In her elegant figural bronzes, Shray draws upon organic forms for melodic lines and harmonic highlights and shadows that capture the rhythms of life. As the California Bay area sculptor has written, “When I feel nature’s breath and hear her laugh, I am free to sculpt without conforming to the pretensions of those who would mock her beauty as passe. I lean on nature, my old friend, and watch her changing. I hope to grow and change with her.”
Part Native American, Shray received her great grandmother’s name, which translates to “rising star” or “morning star.” Born in Virginia, she was educated at San Francisco’s Academy of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute and with Piero Mussi, founder of Artworks Foundry. A recipient of numerous honors, in March 2006 Shray became a finalist in an international sculpture competition held in conjunction with the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Her sculpture titled “Raising Tomorrow's Olympic Champions” was chosen from a field of more than 2,600 entries. She is one of only two American artists to garner the competition's highest rating in this touring exhibition. The tour will be overseen by General Secretary Zou Wen and Director Yuan XiKun.

Complementing Shray’s bronzes are Matthew Higginbotham’s landscapes, which are inspired by a similar oneness with nature. “I reach for the peace I sense when viewing moments of grandeur or stillness in the landscape,” he says, “It is like a moment suspended in time that produces an emotional response.”
Born in Colorado, Higginbotham was raised in Oklahoma and educated at the Philbrook Art Institute, Tulsa. He built his first career in fine art ceramics, but by the early 1990s he was experimenting with oils, a medium he committed to in 1995. “When I look at a poplar, for instance, I see it as an entity full of energy and life,” he explains. “Light and atmosphere define it, but for me a poplar represents an emotion that takes reality to a deeper place.”   





View photos of my visit to the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco to sketch the works of Rodin. The museum houses one of the largest collections of Rodin works outside of Paris.

This was a photoshoot for an article soon to be published in "Luxury Living" magazine.


JULY 2006

Olympic Bronze Sculptor Shray Garners Highest Rating for
2008 Beijing Olympics Sculpture Contest

The organizing committee of the Bejing 2008 Olympic Landscape Design Contest, chaired by Mr. Yuan XiKun, invited bronze sculptor Shray to participate in the contest. Her sculpture has garnered the prestigious “Excellent Works” distinction.


JUNE 2006


Excerpts of article in July issue of Arts and Antiques magazine by Tara N. Wilfong.

"SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - Sculptor Shray reaches out to collectors through her fluid bronze renditions of human emotion. This summer, that reach extends beyond these borders when her sculpture, "Raising Tomorrow's Olympic Champions", embarks on a worldwide tour beginning in Beijing China to represent to 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. ARTS AND ANTIQUESInvited to submit a sculpture for the games' 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest, Shray was one of eight Americans extended this honor, and just one of two give the "excellent works" distinction - the competition's highest rating." Click on thumbnail to read the entire article. (pdf)

Photo above, from left to right: Arts and Antiques Magazine publisher, William Besch, Shray and her friends.


OLYMPICS BEIJINGShray’s Sculpture Garners Olympic Praise — Bronze to travel China as part of Olympic Celebration

The Organizing Committee for the Sculpture Competition for the 2008 Olympics recently announced that a piece by bronze sculptor 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 Olympics News



ARTS AND ANTIQUES MAGAZINEArts and Antiques Magazine

Excerpts of article in June issue of Arts and Antiques magazine by Tara N. Wilfong.

"Bronze sculptor Shray has always been fascinated by the complexity of human emotions. Her works celebrate the beauty, kindness and gentleness of humanity, while embracing life and movement in her chosen medium. Read More




Arts and Antiques Magazine - Shray announces the Cast of her 2008 Olympic Team in the current issue of Arts and Antiques Magazine.

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Carmel Gallery Guide -
Shray was chosen as the cover artist by the owner of the magazine, Craig Miller.

“Shray's new bronze, Balance, exemplifies the simplification of human form with soft curves and sinuous lines. Her scuptures are about relationships - physical, emotional and spiritual.” — Craig Miller


Focus Santa Fe - Balance of the Soul - "Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) once noted 'In art one does not aim for simplicity; one achieves it unintentionally as one gets closer to the real meaning of things.' The real meaning of things is a phrase that cuts to the chase of Shray's figural sculptures." — Written by Susan Hallsten McGarry


Sunday Herald Magazine - A Sculptor Who Does Things her Own Way - "Shray creates vital sculpture with strong emotional impact. her styles range from contemporary to traditional with each piece stirring feelings of deep sensitivity." — Written by Lisa Crawford


Focus Santa Fe - Depth of Feeling - "Shray's sculptures have a direct line to the heart. Standing before one of her works the viewer is connected not only with a beautiful object but with an experience." — Written by Charlotte Berney


New Mexican - Finding form is almost a magic process ”Having worked to capture the essence of the body and the movement in nature, Shray feels more comfortable taking liberties with the human form.” — Written by Ruth Lopez


Half Moon Bay Review - Sculptor Shray comes to Half Moon Bay - Half Moon Bay, California The bronze work of sculptor, Shray, - smooth, flowing human figures. — Written by Stacy Trevenon


A heartfelt thanks to Selene Sinclair, publisher of Focus Santa Fe, for her permission
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