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Out of the Velvet
The Green Lion Gallery will be starting off an exciting new year with a show of prints and sculpture by Russell Wray. Russell is an unusually versatile artist from Hancock, Maine who works in a variety of printmaking media as well as producing exquisite sculpture in wood, bronze, and terra cotta. He delves deeply into his subjects, often developing a theme in many similar forms in different artistic media.

Russell Wray was born in Rhode Island in 1955 to a mother who inspired his love of the arts. Encouraging him to experiment with clay, he spent many hours as a young boy sculpting clay animals that she would later fire in their kiln. This early introduction to sculpture, and clay in particular, has stayed with him throughout his artistic expression. Graduating from the Massachusetts college of Art with a BFA in sculpture, he continued to explore three-dimensional art. It wasn’t until he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the late 80’s that he found another medium, printmaking. He has since flourished as both a two and three-dimensional artist, carrying many of the same themes from his etchings and dry points to his wood and terra cotta sculptures. During his last year in New Mexico, Russell met his wife, Akemi, who was visiting from Japan. They later moved back to the East coast and now make their home, and their art, near the shores of Frenchman’s Bay in Hancock, Maine.

Showing both his framed artwork and his sculptures, this is a show unlike any the Green Lion has put on before. Opening reception will be on February 3 from 4-7pm. Not to be missed!