New Melle, Missouri
Mr. Cray is a St Louis based studio artist / object maker. Working primarily with furnace blown glass since the late 1980's, Cray's detail driven aesthetic utilizes line, form, color, pattern, repetition, and texture... to create a sense of visual rhythm in his distinctly modern, classical inspired glass works. Intricate, meticulously detailed elements repeat, overlap, alternate..... balancing fragile differences - essential to the whole. He holds a BFA (studio art 1990) from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. In 1997, from the ground up, Cray built Snake Ranch, a full-time dream studio in the quiet, rocky, wooded hills of New Melle, MO. To this day, a work in progress. Having exhibited extensively over the past 28+ years in numerous gallery, group, and solo exhibitions, Cray's work is included in countless public and private collections.
Santa Monica, California
In May of 2016, Ms. Daut was selected to lead the Cultural Affairs Division for the City of Santa Monica, California, where she works to strengthen the role of the arts in serving the City and its communities. She was previously the Executive Director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), where she re-imagined and re-invigorated the leadership role the agency played in the policies of the state, from tourism and economic development to education and Alaska Native cultural advancement. Prior to moving to Alaska, Daut was Deputy Director of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), where she oversaw the organization's work in the areas of cultural policy and technology. Daut serves on the board of the National Performance Network/Visual Arts Network and has also served on the boards of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and WESTAF. Daut received her bachelor's degree in Communication Arts/Film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her graduate degree in Communication/Rhetoric from the University of Colorado-Denver.
Overland Park, Kansas
Mr. Evans has balanced careers as an artist and art educator. He holds degrees from Ottawa University (Craft Design and Retailing), and Emporia State University (MS in Curriculum and Instruction). He was also a contributing photographer to the 50th Missouri Photo Workshop in 1998. As a studio artist, he has pioneered original techniques in the creation of polychrome wood vessels, sculpture, and jewelry. His distinctive wood art has been featured in many publications and exhibitions, including most recently "Audacious: The Fine Art of Wood from the Montalto Bohlen Collection", an exhibition and accompanying publication featuring contemporary wood art at the Peabody and Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. in 2015. His work reflects over 45 years of experience exhibiting and selling at art fairs from coast to coast.
My first experience with art was in a ceramic studio that my mother managed. I was ten. I loved the smell of the slip and the feel of cold green ware. It was then that seed of art was planted. I have spent the majority of my adult life nurturing that seed. In Columbia MO, I owned and operated a contemporary craft gallery, a fine art gallery and an art consulting firm and served on many boards including the Museum of Art and Archaeology, The North Village Arts District and the CID board for downtown Columbia. I was very involved with the arts community in Columbia and helped created events such as Artrageous Fridays, Fiber Art Tour and Exhibits and Women with Wings. I have juried many shows across the country including The Missouri 50, Art in the Park and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. In 2013 my family and I re-located to Denver, Colorado where I run my business PS Art Consulting. I am married and have a 15 year old daughter, a puppy and very grumpy cat. I love to spend time outside and explore the vibrant art community.