Bronze sculptor, Shray, is one of the few working artists today who employs the subtractionist technique, where the artist finds the form in the clay as opposed to adding clay to an armature. Much like the technique of carving, Shray works with lines and shadows of the block, thoughtfully eliminating material from the block as she sculpts. Her simplicity of form has been compared to that of Henry Moore, Rodin and Brancusi.

“I see the emotion in the form, the hard lines, the curves, and allow them to carry the human condition through and around the negative and positive spaces. I am concerned with the fine line between the individual and humanity and how to achieve this without succumbing to sentimentality. This is one of the great puzzles figurative sculptors face. My approach is to let the form carry the emotion.” An intuitive artist, Shray’s sculptures never appear labored or forced. “While I work, I am able to see geometrically while recognizing a sense of humanity while pushing towards abstraction.” Shray balances the figurative and the abstract without losing human emotion.

Over the past 25 years, Shray’s work has received both national and international recognition in the form of awards and commissions. Shray’s bronze sculpture, Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions was juried to travel throughout China and the world as one of the top selections  of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Based on the success of this juried exhibition, Shray became the recipient of the 5 Rings Award at the Fourth Annual Beijing 2008 Cultural Festival.

Shray’s bronze sculpture is constantly evolving. “My objective as an artist is to create a piece that captures movement in stillness. The hard metal becomes the flesh and bone of humanity to reveal a strong sense of universality and invite a personal identification. I strive for a quality of pureness and allow the viewer inside the work, to identify each in their own way with the story.” Her dedication to her sculptor’s vision was recognized with the 2018 Award in Sculpture by the Allied Artists of America Association.

Awards

  • 2018: Allied Artists of America Associates Online Competition, Sculpture
  • 2008: Recipient of 5 Rings Award Beijing, 2008 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES, BEIJING, CHINA
  • 2008: Winner, Prize of Excellence, Olympic Landscape Sculpture, Competition, Beijing Organizing Committee, Olympic Games
  • 2007: As One commissioned for medical institution, Colorado
  • 2007: Selected as one of two Americans in the “Excellent Works” category for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Sculpture competition
  • 2006: Balance Winner of Industry Award, 3rd Annual Sculpture competition, Sculptural Pursuit Magazine
  • 2003: Forevermore, Life-size sculpture donated by Heart of Hearts (philanthropic organization) to the Littleton Hospital, Denver, Colorado
  • 2002: Balance, 1st Place, HERStory Art Exhibition, Manhattan Arts, New York, New York
  • 2001: International Sarah Faith Award, commission
  • 2001: Always, Commission, Lady Spencer Collection

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Exbibitions

2018                   Art New York, New York, NY

2018                   Naples Art, Antique, Jewelry Show, Naples, FL

2018                   Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, Antique Show, Palm Beach, FL

2018                   Mystical Forces, Group Show, Salomon Gallery, New York, NY

2017                   Blk Clök, Art Basel Week, Miami, FL

2017                   Holiday Miniatures Exhibition, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2017                   Holiday Show, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2017                   25th Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2017                   Featured Sculptor, Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA

2017                   Spring Arts Festival, Classic Arts Gallery, Carmel, CA

2016                   Sedona First Friday, Renée Taylor Gallery, Sedona, AZ

2016                   Group Exhibition, Pfister Hotel Pop-Up Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2016                   Juried Exhibition, X Contemporary Show, Miami, FL

2016                   Group Exhibition, S R Brennan Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2016                   Sculpture in the Park Invitational, Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA

2016                   24th Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Gallery, Carmel, CA

2016                   Group Show, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

2015                   23rd Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2015                   22nd Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA

2014                   Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Palm Desert, CA

2014                   Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

2014                   22nd Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2013                   21st Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2013                   Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2012                   Charity Invitational Auction, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2012                   Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2012                   Featured Artist, Sculpture, S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2011                   Annual Carmel Art Festival, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2011                   19th Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2010                   Featured Artist, Sculpture, S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2010                   Group Show, Waxlander, Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010                   Annual Carmel Arts Festival, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2010                   18th Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2009                   Featured Artist, Sculpture, S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2009                   Solo Exhibition, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2009                   Group Show, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009                   Annual Carmel Art Festival, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2009                   Group Show, “Bronze Then and Now,” Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2009                   Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Charity Invitational Auction, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA

2008                   Featured Artist, Sculpture, “Celebration of the Season,” S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2008                   Featured Artist, Sculpture, CATTOLOGE, Gallery 444, San Francisco, CA

2008                   Group Exhibition, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008                   “Le Chat Noir,” Group Exhibition, Gallery 444, San Francisco, CA

2008                   Recipient of 5 Rings Award Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing, China

2007                   “Sculpture on View” The Art Foundry, Inc., Sacramento, California with Shray, Peter Voulkus, Bruce Beasley and Nathan Oliveira

2007                   Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions on view in Hong Kong as part of the Olympic Sculpture tour

2007                   Featured Sculptor, Opening Gala, Ed Chasen Fine Art Gallery, Georgetown, Wash, D.C.

2007                   Accepted submission Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions tours internationally as part of 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China

2007                   Opening, Meyer Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2006                   Special Event exhibition, La Posada Hotel, Santa Fe, NM

2006                   East Meets West in Harmony, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2006                   Special Demonstration/Lecturer, Borsini-Burr Gallery

2006                   Accepted submission for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China on exhibit, Beijing JinTai Museum, Chaoyang Park. Among the dignitaries viewing the design        Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions, was Antonio Samaranch, Chairman of the International Olympic Committee, along with Chinese government, cultural and arts officials.

2006                   “Sculpture in The Park” Invitational juried exhibition, Loveland, CO

2006                   “Harmony” Exhibit, Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006                   “From Earth to Metal” Lecture and Demonstration, Half Moon Bay, CA

2005                   “Holiday Show,” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2005                   Eskelporter Art Exhibition, Juried exhibition, Featured sculptor, Benefit for Sierra Adoption Services, Sacramento, CA

2005                             Gala Opening, Featured Artist, Post Gallery, Houston, TX

2005                   “Sculpting the Emotions of Life” Solo Exhibition, Borsini-Burr Galleries, Half Moon Bay, CA

2005                             “New Beginnings” Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2005                             “From Earth to Metal: Creation of Bronze,” Lecture, Borsini-Burr Galleries, CA

2004                   “Three Women Sculptors” Rice Gallery, Denver, CO

2004                             “Sculpture in The Park” Juried Exhibition, Loveland, CO

2004                             “Balance of the Soul” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2004                             Sculpture Exhibition, Rice Gallery, Denver, CO

2003                   Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2003                             Christmas Show, Rice Gallery, Denver, CO

2003                   “Heart of Hearts Gala,” Guest Sculptor & Speaker, Denver, CO

2002                   “Two-Person Show/Featured Sculptor” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2002                             HERStory, 1st Place, Juried competition, Manhattan Arts, New York, NY

2002                             10th Anniversary Group Show, Exclusive Sculptor, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

2002                             Associate Member Show, Downtown Art Works, San Rafael, CA

2001                   “Time and Space” Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2001                   Associate Member Show, Downtown Art Works, San Rafael, CA

2000                   “The Work of Shray,” Solo Exhibition, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

2000                             “Two-Person Exhibition,” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2000                             “Invitational Bronze Sculpture,” Bank One Cover Invitation, Featured Artist,

San Francisco, CA

1999                   “Beauty That Surrounds Us,” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1999                             “Finding Form” Lecture/Demonstration, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1998                   Solo Show, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1998                   “Subtractionist Method,” Lecture/Demonstration Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1998                             “The Forms in Clay,” Lecture/Demonstration, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1997                   Group Exhibition, May Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

1996                   Featured Sculptor, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1996                             “Miguel Domingues Show,” Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1995                   Featured Sculptor: Jacques Dunoyer Show, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1995                   Open House Gala, Exclusive Exhibit, NFL Players Assoc., San Francisco, CA

1994                   Solo Exhibition, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA

1994                             “Sculptor” Exclusive Sculptor, Juried Show, Out of Bounds Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994                             Juried Group Show, Ludwa Gallery, Carmel, CA

1993                   “Women in Bronze” Invitational, Artworks Foundry & Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1993                             “Exclusive Sculptor,” Juried Show, Ludwa Gallery, Carmel, CA

1993                             Annual Membership Show, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

1993                             Juried Exhibition, Bay Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA, provided feature piece Arise Fountain

1992                   Solo Show, Juried Exhibition, Azido Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1986                   Featured piece for Juried Group Show, San Francisco Art School, San Francisco, CA

1984                   Solo Show, “Color & Form,” Putnam Associates, San Francisco, CA

1982                   Juried Group Exhibition, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA

1979                   Group Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1978                   Winner, “Juried Scholarship Competition”, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA

1978                             Group Show, Acrylic paintings, San Francisco Academy of Arts, San Francisco, CA

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January 25, 2018 – All Day

Mystical Forces

Emillions Art, in association with Salomon Arts presents six artists who delve into the space between hesitation and effect, giving this moment form. French Neo-Cubist Alain Beraud, abstractionist MM Ciciovan, illusionist Barbara Rachko, sculptor and painter Shray, minimalist Lynn Charveriat and humorist Christopher Charveriat share their vision of the mystical forces that compel us to motion.

November 30, 2016 –7pm to 9pm

X-Contemporary At Nobu

Emillions Art will be showing at X-Contemporary (Hotel Nobu at the Eden Roc) during Art Basel from November 30- December 4, 2016

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