Darrell Gray, Lael Gray and Julie Wulf will show their recent works in a self-titled show, “Metal, Silk, Canvas and Beyond.” The show will be hanging in the main gallery from August 10 – September 29, 2012. An artists’ reception will be held Friday, August 10th from 5 p.m. – 7p.m. The public is welcome, and encouraged to attend.
Darrell Gray spent 35 years in creative employment. Much of that time was spent designing and building luxury homes in Sun Valley. In the early 1980s he spent four years working in Miami for a company that converted large jets into flying palaces. Darrell also worked refurbishing the interiors of cruise ships. “In 2000,” says Darrell, “my wife talked me into taking a bronze casting class.” He was completely hooked on sculpting, and soon expanded into other mediums. “My work experiences gave me many of the skills I needed and gave me the fundamentals for learning new ones.” Darrell’s sculptures often combine four or five different mediums. He works with copper, brass, forged and welded steel, stone, glass and other materials. He also incorporates light and movements into his projects. He loves the challenge of one-of-a-kind, unique pieces, and he often incorporates mythological, archetypal, fanciful and nature thems in his work.
Lael Gray has always been interested in art. Art was encouraged from an early age; her mother nurtured the freedom of self-expression with children’s art. Lael received a Bachelor’s of Science in Design with a Minor in Art from the University of California at Davis. After college, Lael went into commercial art. A few years later she opened her own business designing and silk-screening t-shirts. While running the business she started studying painting with local artist Joe Abbresscia. That led to more workshops at the Scottsdale Artist School and with other local teachers. “Painting gives me the opportunity to express and share on canvas what inspires me in my life. I love many aspects of planet earth, such as the mountains, animals, flowers, rivers and oceans, as well as people. I have spent the last 35 years in Montana, where nature surrounds me. Living in such a beautiful natural area gives me an endless amount of inspiration and subject matter for my paintings.”
Julie Wulf is a fourth-generation Montanan. Her work in watercolor, batik and silk painting is colorful and awe-inspiring. “Growing up in Montana showed me a world wide open and richly colorful. I was always delighted by color, whether it was the orange and purple streaks of rust on an old truck or in the sky at sunset. Those vivid colors are what spoke to me of the magical spirit of nature and excited me to paint. So today, whether mixing dyes for batik and silk painting, or glazing with pigment on a watercolor, I am always attempting to convey that brilliant interplay of color and light I see around me. Happily, my paintings allow me to share what I see and feel with my friends and fellow art enthusiasts.”