The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is presenting “A Segment of Art,” an exhibit in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center, which will run through March 20. “A Segment of Art” features award-winning wood sculptures by Brookings-based artist Dan Gray.
The COVAS Showcase features artists from the Oregon coast, rotating through the coast’s seven coastal counties, and Gray will be representing Curry County. The COVAS Showcase will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., COVID-19 safety guidelines permitting, as well as online at www.coastarts.org.
Gray’s turned wood artworks, which he describes as “segmented sculptures,” have won multiple awards and have been displayed in numerous galleries on the West Coast. Many of his sculptures are inspired by his proximity to the Pacific Ocean, as well as his love of travel. One of his signature pieces, “Nautilus, Station 5,” was featured in Wood Magazine. Gray’s wood sculptures have been described as amazing in their intricate detail. Working with oak, alder, mahogany, purple heart, myrtle and other woods, his sculptures contain anywhere from several hundred to several thousand individual wood pieces.
Gray is a proudly self-proclaimed self-taught artist. “In truth, I never knew I was an artist until late in my life. That fact that I was always creating, I simply took that for granted as part of who I was,” he said. “My creativity was out of necessity — to repair something that was broken, to build something needed.”
Though Gray has always worked with wood, he did not always realize wood as an art medium. Fifteen years ago on a whim, he purchased a wood lathe. “From that first moment, when I turned a small piece of wood into a bowl, I was lost,” he said. “Nothing has ever captured me before in the way of that first small bowl.”
Gray has displayed his art in galleries in Vancouver, Wash., and in Brookings, and he is currently displaying in Juniper Sky Fine Art Gallery at the Kayenta Art Villiage in Ivins, Utah, and well as The Turquoise Turtle Gallery at the artist colony in Tubac, Ariz. In addition to creating his segmented wood sculptures, Gray is a writer and has published two novels and a collection of short stories.
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