Gail Gray Studios

Website of author and artist, Gail Gray, Studio Unknown, Greenville, SC

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Gail Gray - Greenville, SC

Welcome to my website. I am an artist and author, originally from Lowell, Mass, now living in Greenville, SC.  You'll find more info in my bio and plenty of paintings, drawings and mixed media pieces on my site. 

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September 9, 2015

During August, I moved into a new art studio in the heart of the arts district in the Village if West Greenville. The studio is located at Mason Street Studios, 2 Mason Street, Greenville, SC 29611. It is right off of Pendleton Street, behind the Flatiron building around the corner from Art & Light.
Upcycle artist, Joyce Reece and I are the current artists in residence and we were will be open on First Fridays for special events and by appt. We were open for September's First Friday with a show featuring the ocean. I hosted the shoe, "Savouring the Beach" as i prepared to paint in Greenville over the cooler months after enjoying three visits to Folly Island this year. I included oils, encaustics and watercolors of Hampton and North beach, and Boar's Head, NH, Tybee Island And Folly Island. Joyce included a number her acrylic lighthouses for which she includes some history. We had a grew turnout even though it turned out to be a stormy night. We are open every First Friday and some special events and have studio an gallery wall space available. For more info or to schedule an appointment call Gail at 864-401-4525 or email Gail at gaildgray@gmail.com     
 
April 14, 2015
I have now moved into my new studio at Studio Unknown, 914 Easley Bridge Rd., Greenville, SC 29611 and love it.  It has four studios, five artists at this time, Bruce Miller, Szag Randahl, Kevin Anderson, and Szag's apprentice, Kendall  Gray.
We are planning many events, openings, First Fridays, art movie nights, quick draw competitions (with prizes) just like in the Cafe in Montmarte with Picasso, Modigliani, Gueraldo Rivera, Utrillo, Sautine and so many more.   There will be beer, bacon and drawing classes, absinthe night, Studio Unknown style bingo (with art prizes or suppplies), young artist sales with art starting at $1.00 and many under $59.99.  We have a great seating, living area, chess board, and can serve food.  There will be outdoor events on our back seating area and side patio where art can be displayed.  Concert nights, poetry readings, and more are in the works so please stay tuned to our facebook page as details emerge.  Szag and Justin Brown will revive their "Through the Looking Glass" every Second Friday where anyone who attends can create in their own way, art, poetry, music, graffiti, whatever. some nights will be Beer, Bacon and Art, where we have art classes, art history talks, bacon finger foods and beer And lets not forget Absinthe Costume Ball and Tasting with juried art show and cmpetitions with prizes in timed themed drawings, blindfolded drawings, contour drawings, art auction and lots of prizes for best costume, best depiction of an artist who painted an absinthe painting, best green fairy, best nightmare and more.  Prizes for best poem, best song, best instrumental, best dance related to absinthe. And plans are on the table for art movie/documentary night and so many more.

February 28, 2015
I've now updated my website and have been focusing more on getting involved in the art scene.  I've donated one of my encaustics to the Fluor Golf Tournament gala's silent auction which benefits Safe Harbor, Goodwill and The Family Effect. I've also sent in four pieces, oil on wood, to a juried show in Columbia.
I'm researching more juried shows while continuing to paint everyday I have off.  My health is great and my energy returning and its great to be painting again.
February 19, 2015
I haven't been on the internet in a while since I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June 2014, but with the help of the wonderful cancer team at St. Francis Hospital, I went into remission in November of 2014. I started painting again in January of 2015 and have completed seven new pieces.  I hope to have them on this website within a week.  I've enjoyed meeting the new artists who have moved to the Village at the West End as well as seeing the new work of my friends during First Friday Art Crawls and Open Studios.  I am currently not showing my work in Les Beaux Arts Gallery but am preparing for a show in Columbia, SC March 2015.

April 2013
Please come join me at Les Beaux Arts Gallery. My paintings and drawings will be on display and for sale at one of the newest galleries in the Village.  Les Beaux Arts Gallery, features a vibrant, elegant atmosphere with a diverse group of more than 50 artists.
It's been five years since I Iived in my studio in the Village Studios and Gallery and I've missed the area all this time. The community of artists, with a strong camaraderie and interest in the neighborhoods of this part of Greenville was welcoming. They also serve as inspiration during First Friday Gallery Crawls, Open Studios, The Art Bomb shows, and street festivals. And the artistic life is always ever-changing, inspirational, and constantly offering influences and friendship. I'm incredibly excited especially since my long time friend, Szag Randahl and I will be sharing Section 31.  Szag is an incredible artist and a dedicated worker.  He was a tremendous amount of help to me on Shadow Archer Press.
Soon the Village will be livelier than before. Many plans have been made and new artists and businesses are moving into the area. 
Les Beaux Arts is not far from downtown Greenville, located in the Art Village at the West End, in the Pendleton Street Arts District, 1243 Pendleton Street, Greenville, SC, 29611.  Our hours are 11-6 Tues through Saturday.


Shaman Circus by Gail Gray - available from All Things That Matter Press, Amazon, US & UK and Barnes and Noble online

In New Orleans following Katrina all bets are of; all masks dissolved. "Don't forget the sham in shaman," Jacob Laguerre lies to his new apprentice, Alex Hampton. When Alex, a twenty-eight year-old anthropology professor goes on field-study to post-Katrina New Orleans, he enters a chaotic and altered landscape where he's psychologically, physically and spiritually challenged by the sarcastic mentoring of the mulatto, Laguerre, a current day voudou shaman. Both Laquerre's and Alex's psyches struggle through stages of transition and rebirth as their lives are enmeshed with a group of quirky fringe-dwellers, as colorful and eccentric as the New Orleans itself. Lily Hampton, a sculptor, torn between her love for both men; Mavis, an artist who spent nights in her attic, but survived the floods; Perry Laguerre, Jacob's hermaphroditic twin, and Bad Jacqui, lesbian owner of a French Quarter bar: are pulled together to form the cynical but ultimately idealistic team who vow to stay in post-Katrina New Orleans. They all follow a taut path between madness and redemption in the no man's land of Refrigerator Town as they assist in the aftermath and healing of both the city and those who remain.      

Review by Steven Lindahl, Author of Motherless Soul

"An excellent story set in a devastated city
Shaman Circus is a story of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The writing has great detail and provides an understanding of what life was like in that city with clarity that wasn't in either the news media statistics or the graphic pictures provided at the time of the storm. I was especially affected by a section where an artist was cleaning her studio. When she discovered that one of her works was only half destroyed from water damage, she ripped off the ruined part and kept the rest hoping she could recreate the painting someday. Gray's images of huge out of control trash fires and colorful Louisiana Voodoo rituals performed in half destroyed warehouses, pulled me into her story and held me there. There was also a fascinating love triangle between Alex, Jacob, and Lilly. Their relationships swirled around with almost as much destructive force as the hurricane. Shaman Circus is the type of book that makes its readers want to slow down to carefully pull in every word. It is more than a good read. It is a wonderful journey. (Steve Lindahl, author of Motherless Soul)"

Review by Abe March 
"The Katrina disaster brings kindred spirits together in a story steeped in occult mysticism. In an environment shattered by natural disasters, the fractured lives of people search for meaning. Their struggle is not only with the physical, but spiritual. A mix of educated personalities and people of the street participate in thought provoking occult rituals. Personal relationships are altered as they seek understanding of who they are. Is shamanism the answer? Can relationships survive personal change?
Gail Gray has proven herself as a good author. For readers who are interested in the paranormal, they will enjoy this book."