Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Trial by Fire II"

"Make That Kitty Meow!"

"The Garden"

















































November 1-30, 2013
Opening Reception
First Friday Gallery Walk: November 1, 2013
6-10pm

Artspace
Upfront Gallery
201 E. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC

Artspace Phone: 919.821.2787
http://artspacenc.org/exhibitions/current/upfront/

McRay Studios Phone: 919-614-2174
mcraystudios.com

For the month of November, new collage works by Artspace Artists Association member Eric McRay will be on display in the Upfront Gallery.

McRay has had a vital presence in the Artspace building for over fourteen years. About the collage technique, he says "collage, one of the major innovations of modern art, is an artist inserting pieces of the real world into a constructed one." McRay injects impromptu invention in the construction of his collages, which include such materials as painted papers, photographic reproductions, snippets of photographs, scraps of fabric, elements from magazines, cut & torn paper, water-media & acrylic paints. The different materials of everyday existence are edited, sliced and reassembled into new images on paper, board or canvas.

These constructed worlds pull the viewer into a new reality. Collage empowers McRay to push the boundaries that allow the real world to infiltrate a painting, dissolve the conventions that separate art and life, high art and popular culture.

Artist Bio
Eric McRay received a BFA degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he earned a four-year scholarship for his artistic talent. He has been exhibiting in NC since 1987, and McRay was juried into Artspace in 1998. McRay has been featured on TV and radio shows, and in multiple newspapers and magazines. McRay's work can be found in numerous corporate collections.

Monday, September 30, 2013

"24 Hour Special Offer at McRay Studios"



















The following takes place between 6 p.m. and 6 p.m.

From 6 p.m., Friday October 4 through Saturday October 5 at 6 pm, a selection of original landscape and coastal paintings by Eric McRay will be offered at a special price for this limited time.

The following original acrylic paintings on canvas are available...

1."Palm Crazy" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000. http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/179.htm

2."Field with Shadows" retail price $1600, Special Price. $1000. http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/232.htm

3."Garden Beauties" retail price $1200, Special Price $1000. http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/148.htm

4."Red Barn with Cottonfield" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000. http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/229.htm

5."Looking Pass the Foreground" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000. http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/224.htm

6."Coastal Traditions" retail price $1800, Special Price $1000. http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/225.htm

7."Impression Sunset" retail price $1800, Special Price $1000. http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/227.htm

8."New Beginning" retail price $1200, Special Price $1000.
 http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/222.htm

9."Cottonfield" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000.
 http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/231.htm

10."House with Two Flags" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000. http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/228.htm

11."Field of Cotton" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000.
http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/230.htm

12."Sunlit Summer" retail price $1600. Special Price $1000.
http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/219.htm

13."Wrightsville Beach from Jonnie Mercer's Pier" retail price $2800. Special Price $1000. http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/127.htm

14."Shadow & Palms" retail price $1200. Special Price $1000. http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/188.htm

15."Pier at Atlantic Beach" retail price $1200. Special Price $1000. http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/207.htm

Feel free to email, text, call, contact me through Facebook or visit the studio during this 24-hour window of opportunity to lock in your special price.  http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/default.htm

Saturday Studio Hours: 11am - 6pm

Eric McRay
McRay Studios
201 E. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC

919-614-2174
mcraystudios.com

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"24 Hour Special Offer at McRay Studios."



















The following takes place between 6 p.m. and 6 p.m.

From 6 p.m., Friday September 6 through Saturday September 7 at 6 pm, a selection of original landscape and coastal paintings by Eric McRay will be offered at a special price for this limited time.

The following original acrylic paintings on canvas are available...

1."Palm Crazy" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000.
http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/179.htm

2."Field with Shadows" retail price $1600, Special Price. $1000.http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/232.htm

3."Garden Beauties" retail price $1200, Special Price $1000.http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/148.htm

4."Red Barn with Cottonfield" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000.http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/229.htm

5."Looking Pass the Foreground" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000.http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/224.htm

6."Coastal Traditions" retail price $1800, Special Price $1000.http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/225.htm

7."Impression Sunset" retail price $1800, Special Price $1000.http://www.mcraystudios.com/coastal/227.htm

8."New Beginning" retail price $1200, Special Price $1000.
http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/222.htm

9."Cottonfield" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000.
http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/231.htm

10."House with Two Flags" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000.http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/228.htm

11."Field of Cotton" retail price $1600, Special Price $1000.
http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/230.htm

12."Sunlit Summer" retail price $1600. Special Price $1000.
http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/219.htm

13,"Wrightsville Beach from Jonnie Mercer's Pier" retail price $2800. Special Price $1000. http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/127.htm

14."Shadow & Palms" retail price $1200. Special Price $1000.http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/188.htm

15."Sky Blue Reflections" retail price $1600. Special Price $1000.http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/203.htm

16."Pier at Atlantic Beach" retail price $1200. Special Price $1000.http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/207.htm

Feel free to email, text, call, contact me through Facebook or visit the studio during this 24-hour window of opportunity to lock in your special price.

Saturday Studio Hours: 11am - 6pm

Eric McRay
McRay Studios
201 E. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC

efmcray@aol.com
919-614-2174
http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/default.htm

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"My Impressionistic Coastal Sceneries and Landscape Paintings will be a Thing of the Past"





















Dear Friends & Patrons,


I have decided to move in a new artistic direction.  My well loved Impressionistic coastal sceneries and landscape paintings will be a thing of the past.

My portfolio of Impressionistic of acrylics on canvas and giclee prints are very limited. From here forward, any new coastal paintings, landscapes, and sceneries will be created only as commissioned works.  I will gladly capture and celebrate the beauty and warmth of what you love best; whether it is your home, Raleigh's Fayetteville Street, or coastal North Carolina.

Please visit mcraystudios.com to see my current portfolio of coastal and scenery paintings.

Regards, McRay


Friday, August 16, 2013

"New Art Trading and Investing Opportunities"















Dear Art Lovers,
 
Believe it or not, I collect art too.  I’m expanding my personal art collection and seeking art by nationally renowned artists, southeastern artists, African-American artists, and North Carolina artists. I’m looking for paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, prints, collages, and ceramics.
 
Did you get a deal at an art auction?  Did you have too much to drink at that auction and regret that final bid?  Or love the artist, but have too many of their pieces? It doesn’t match the couch anymore?  Are you downsizing?  Was it a gift, but you preferred something else? You ready for something new and exciting?
 
I’m willing to barter or trade my art for the right piece by the right artists.  Go to mcraystudios.com or come to my studio to view my paintings,drawings, and collages, then choose what you want to own.
 
Don’t be shy, let’s talk.
 
These are some of the artists I’m interested in collecting: Peter Max, Beverly McIver, Jason Craighead, Stephen Silverleaf, Bob Rankin, Kyle Highsmith, Sally Sutton, Gerry Lynch, Andre Leon Gray, Paul Friedrich, Shaun Richards, Thomas Sayre, Louis St. Lewis, Nancy Tuttle May, Stephen White, Clyde Jones, Vollis Simpson, Juan Logan, Willie Nash, Ruth Russell Williams, Charlotte Foust, Jacob Cooley, Jane Filer, Walter Piepke, Robert Irwin, Linda Ruth Dickenson. I also am open to your suggestions.
 
I’m so excited, can’t wait to hear from you.
 
Sincerely, McRay
919-614-2174

Monday, August 5, 2013

"Painting of the Week"


"Painting of the Week"



acrylic on canvas
30x40
 Originally $1600, available for a limited time at $900.






Feel free to contact Eric at efmcray@aol.com or 
919-614-2174. 


For more information about McRay Studios, visit us at www.facebook.com/mcraystudios.

McRay Studios at Artspace  |  201 East Davie Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601  |  919-614-2174 


   

"Lords Of Light - The Thundarr The Barbarian Story"

"Interview with Eric McRay of McRay Studios"

"PAINTING OF THE WEEK: "Looking Pass the Foreground"




PAINTING OF THE WEEK:
"Looking Pass the Foreground"
acrylic on canvas 30x40 is our Special Of The Week.
Originally $1600, available for a limited time at $900.

http://mcraystudios.com/coastal/224.htm
efmcray@aol.com
919-614-2174

Friday, August 2, 2013

"First Friday Painting Demonstrations at McRay Studios in Artspace"

McRay Studios: "First Friday Painting Demonstrations at McRay Stu...: "Live Painting Demonstrations Tonight at McRay Studios" First Friday Gallery Opening August 2, 6-10PM Studio 205, Artspace ...

"First Friday Painting Demonstrations at McRay Studios"

"Live Painting Demonstrations Tonight at McRay Studios"

First Friday Gallery Opening
August 2, 6-10PM
Studio 205, Artspace
Downtown Raleigh

Stop by McRay Studios this Friday to see Eric McRay working on his newest paintings. Come watch him paint and ask him questions about his paintings and/or technique.

If you can't make it out to the studio, be sure to check out this short video to learn more about the artist, his philosophy, and the process that goes into the making of a McRay original painting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JbTFBd8CxY

Monday, July 29, 2013

"PAINTING OF THE WEEK: "Number 1 (abstract)"

PAINTING OF THE WEEK: "Number 1 (abstract)" acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 is our
Special Of The Week. Originally $600, it is available for a limited time at $300. 

mcraystudios.com/abstract/75.htm
efmcray@aol.com
919-614-2174

Monday, July 15, 2013

'I’m Expanding My Personal Art Collection"

Hi,

Believe it or not, I collect art too.  I’m expanding my personal art collection.  I’m seeking art by nationally renowned artists, southeastern artists, African-American artists, and North Carolina artists. I’m seeking paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, prints, collages, and ceramics.

Did you get a deal at an art auction?  Did you have too much to drink at that auction and regret that final bid?  Love the artist, but have too many of their pieces. It doesn’t match the couch anymore?  Are you downsizing?  Was it a gift, but you preferred something else? You ready for something new and exciting?

Well, you have you always wanted to collector, own, purchase, or invest in my art.  Well, I’m willing to barter/trade my art for the right piece by the right artists.  Go to mcraystudios.com or come to my studio and view my paintings, drawings, and collages, then choose what you want to own.

Don’t be shy, let’s talk.

These are some of the artists I’m interested in collecting… Wayne Trapp, Peter Max, Beverly McIver, Jason Craighead, Stephen Silverleaf, Bob Rankin, Kyle Highsmith, Sally Sutton, Gerry Lynch, Andre Leon Gray, Paul Friedrich, Shaun Richards, Thomas Sayre, Louis St. Lewis, Nancy Tuttle May, Stephen White, Clyde Jones, Vollis Simpson, Juan Logan, Willie Nash, Ruth Russell Williams, Charlotte Foust, Jacob Cooley, Jane Filer, Walter Piepke, Robert Irwin, Linda Ruth Dickerson, and open to your suggestions.

I’m so excited, can’t wait to hear from you.

Sincerely, McRay

mcraystudios.com
efmcray@aol.com
919-614-2174

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"Registering Students for New Session of "Collage Creations" Collage Workshops"


















New "COLLAGE CREATIONS" collage workshops
Registering students for Saturday sessions.


Instructor: Eric McRay
Ages: 18 years and over. 
Tuition: $100 per session
Phone: 919-614-2174 
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (break for lunch from 12:30 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.)
Location: McRay Studios Artspace Studio 205
201 E. Davie Street Raleigh, NC 27601

Join expert collage artist, Eric McRay for a dynamic learning experience. Come learn or expand your knowledge of collage/papier collé (French: pasted paper or paper cut outs). This collage workshop is open to the beginner, intermediate or advanced artist. In this workshop you will create your own unique collage artwork, utilizing painted papers, photographic reproductions, photos, scraps of fabric, and elements from magazines, paint, and more. Through collage techniques you will experience a truly unique way of approaching your art, whether creating representational or non-representational works.


Testimonial from a "Collage Creations" Attendee:

Dear Eric,

I hope this finds all well with you. I want to take a moment and thank you so much for offering the collage class I recently attended. You really opened my artistic eye. Being surrounded by your artwork was inspiring and motivational. Thank you for being so patient and encouraging as I bumped up against my own barriers.

I can now look forward to creating collage with a totally refreshed point of view!

Warmly, Sarah M.
 



You can feel free to call 919-614-2174, email, or text Eric to ask questions and reserve your spot.

Accepting a limited number of students per session.


Upcoming Workshops Schedule:


Saturday August 3rd, 2013
Saturday August 17th, 2013
Saturday August 31st, 2013


Supply list provided at time of registration. We look forward to sharing the collage experience with you.
http://mcraystudios.com/colle%27/default.htm


Friday, June 7, 2013

"Live Painting Demonstrations Tonight at McRay Studios"

First Friday Gallery Opening
June 7, 6-10PM
Studio 205, Artspace
Downtown Raleigh

Stop by McRay Studios this Friday to see Eric McRay working on his newest paintings.  Come watch him paint and ask him questions about his paintings and/or technique.

If you can't make it out to the studio, be sure to check out this short video to learn more about the artist, his philosophy, and the process that goes into the making of a McRay original painting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JbTFBd8CxY

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"Testimonial by a "Collage Creations" collage workshop Student"

Dear Eric,

I hope this finds all well with you. I want to take a moment and thank you so much for offering the collage class I recently attended. You really opened my artistic eye. Being surrounded by your artwork was inspiring and motivational. Thank you for being so patient and encouraging as I bumped up against my own barriers.

I can now look forward to creating collage with a totally refreshed point of view!

Warmly, Sarah M.

(Testimonial by a "Collage Creations" collage workshop student)

"New "COLLAGE CREATIONS" Collage Workshop - Registering Students for this Saturday's Session"


























New "COLLAGE CREATIONS" collage workshop
Registering students for this Saturday's session.

Instructor: Eric McRay
Ages: 18 years and over.
Tuition: $100 per session
Phone: 919-614-2174
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (break for lunch from 12:30 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.)
Location: McRay Studios
Artspace Studio 205
201 E. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Join expert collage artist, Eric McRay for a dynamic learning experience. Come learn or expand your knowledge of collage/papier collé (French: pasted paper or paper cut outs). This collage workshop is open to the beginner, intermediate or advanced artist. In this workshop you will create your own unique collage artwork, utilizing painted papers, photographic reproductions, photos, scraps of fabric, and elements from magazines, paint, and more. Through collage techniques you will experience a truly unique way of approaching your art, whether creating representational or non-representational works.

Feel free to call 919-614-2174, email, or text Eric to ask questions and reserve your spot.

Accepting a limited number of students per session.

Upcoming Workshops Schedule:

Saturday April 27, 2013

Supply list provided at time of registration. We look forward to sharing the collage experience with you.

http://mcraystudios.com/colle%27/default.htm

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Final April Collage Workshop April 27th, Register Now"


"COLLAGE CREATIONS" collage workshop

Instructor: Eric McRay
Ages: 18 years and over.
Tuition: $100 per session
Phone: 919-614-2174
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (break for lunch from 12:30 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.)
Location: McRay Studios
Artspace Studio 205
201 E. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Join expert collage artist, Eric McRay for a dynamic learning experience. Come learn or expand your knowledge of collage/papier collé (French: pasted paper or paper cut outs). This collage workshop is open to the beginner, intermediate or advanced artist. In this workshop you will create your own unique collage artwork, utilizing painted papers, photographic reproductions, photos, scraps of fabric, and elements from magazines, paint, and more. Through collage techniques you will experience a truly unique way of approaching your art, whether creating representational or non-representational works.

Feel free to call 919-614-2174, email, or text Eric to ask questions and reserve your spot.

Accepting a limited number of students per session.

Upcoming Workshops Schedule:
Saturday April 27, 2013

Supply list provided at time of registration. We look forward to sharing the collage experience with you.

http://mcraystudios.com/colle%27/default.htm


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Remainging McRay Sceneries & Coastals"

Dear Friends & Patrons,

I have decided to move in a new artistic direction.  My well loved Impressionistic coastal sceneries and landscape paintings will be a thing of the past.

My portfolio of Impressionistic paintings only consist of 17 canvases and eight giclee prints.  From here forward, any new coastal paintings, landscapes, and sceneries will be created only as commissioned works.  I will gladly capture and celebrate the beauty and warmth of what you love best; whether it is your home, Raleigh's Fayetteville Street, or coastal North Carolina.

Please visit mcraystudios.com to see my current portfolio of coastal and scenery paintings.

Regards, McRay


"Wrightsville  Beach from Jonnie Mercers Pier"

"Sunlit Summer"

"Sky Blue Reflections"

"Shadow & Palms"

"Safe & Secure"

"Red Barn with Cottonfield"

"Pier at Atlantic Beach"

"New Beginnings"

"Looking Pass the Foreground"

"Impression Sunset"

"House with Two Flags"

"Field with Shadow"

"Field of Cotton"

"Cottonfield"

"Coastal Traditions"


Sunday, March 24, 2013

"Collage Creations: collage workshops - Register Now"
























"COLLAGE CREATIONS" collage workshop

Instructor: Eric McRay
Ages: 18years and over.
Tuition: $100 per session
Phone: 919-614-2174
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (break for lunch from 12:30 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.)
Location: McRay Studios
Artspace Studio 205
201 E. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Join expert collage artist, Eric McRay for a dynamic learning experience. Come learn or expand your knowledge of collage/papier collé (French: pasted paper or paper cut outs). This collage workshop is open to the beginner, intermediate or advanced artist. In this workshop you will create your own unique collage artwork, utilizing painted papers, photographic reproductions, photos, scraps of fabric, and elements from magazines, paint, and more. Through collage techniques you will experience a truly unique way of approaching your art, whether creating representational or non-representational works.

Feel free to call 919-614-2174, email, or text Eric to ask questions and reserve your spot.

Accepting a limited number of students per session.

Upcoming Workshops Schedule:
Saturday April 6, 2013
Saturday April 13, 2013
Saturday April 27, 2013

Supply list provided at time of registration. We look forward to sharing the collage experience with you.

http://mcraystudios.com/colle%27/default.htm

Monday, February 4, 2013

"McRay Studios: "McRay Answers Twenty Questions"

McRay Studios: "McRay Answers Twenty Questions": 1)   Q:  Where were you born and where were you raised?   A:   I was born and raised in N. W. Washington DC. in an area between Howard...

"New Workshops: Collage Creations"

























"COLLAGE CREATIONS" collage workshop

Instructor: Eric McRay
Ages: 18 years and over.
Tuition: $100 per session
Phone: 919-614-2174
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (break for lunch from 12:30 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.)
Location: McRay Studios
Artspace Studio 205
201 E. Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Join expert collage artist, Eric McRay for a dynamic learning experience. Come learn or expand your knowledge of collage/papier collé (French: pasted paper or paper cut outs). This collage workshop is open to the beginner, intermediate or advanced artist. In this workshop you will create your own unique collage artwork, utilizing painted papers, photographic reproductions, photos, scraps of fabric, and elements from magazines, paint, and more. Through collage techniques you will experience a truly unique way of approaching your art, whether creating representational or non-representational works. Feel free to call 919-614-2174, email, or text Eric to ask questions and reserve your spot.

Upcoming Workshops Schedule:
Saturday February 9, 2013
Saturday February 16, 2013
Saturday February 23, 2013

Supply list provided at time of registration. We look forward to sharing the collage experience with you.

http://mcraystudios.com/colle%27/default.htm

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

“COLLAGE CREATIONS collage workshop"


“COLLAGE CREATIONS” collage workshop

Instructor: Eric McRay
Ages: 18 years and over.
Tuition: $100 per session
Location: McRay Studios - Artspace Studio 205 
Phone: 919-614-2174
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (break for lunch from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Join expert collage artist, Eric McRay for a dynamic learning experience. Come learn or expand your knowledge of collage/papier collé (French: pasted paper or paper cut outs). This collage workshop is open to the beginner, intermediate or advanced artist. In this workshop you will create your own unique collage artwork, utilizing painted papers, photographic reproductions, photos, scraps of fabric, and elements from magazines, paint, and more. Through collage techniques you will experience a truly unique way of approaching your art, whether creating representational or non-representational works. Feel free to call 919-614-2174, email, or text Eric to ask questions and reserve your spot.

Upcoming Workshops Schedule:
Saturday February 2, 2013
Saturday February 9, 2013
Saturday February 16, 2013
Saturday February 23, 2013

Supply list provided at time of registration. We look forward to sharing the collage experience with you.

http://mcraystudios.com/colle%27/default.htm




Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"McRay Featured in "Blues" Exhibition at "FRANK"

Three of my collage paintings will be featured in the upcoming exhibition "Blues" at "FRANK" located at 190 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC. Phone: 919-636-4135.

Opening Reception: January 11, 2013 from 6-9pm.

Exhibition runs from January 8 - March 3, 2013

www.frankisart.com

info@frankisart.com

"Fayetteville Street"


"Fire Magic"
"Fayetteville & Martin"