Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Come Out Friday Evening and View My Additional Exhibition Space at the Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery"

Come out Friday evening and view my additional exhibition space at the
Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery

302 Colonades Way, Suite 209
Cary, Raleigh, North Carolina

Friday September 26th 6-9 pm.

Join us for an evening of original art, delicious food, live music and
friendship at the Waverly Artists Group Gallery, in Cary NC.

This event is open to the public.

For more information about Eric McRay & McRay Studios,
visit us at or call...

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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"I’m Seeking Paintings, Photography, Drawings, Sculpture, Prints, Collages, and Ceramics"

Hello Friends,

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 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. I'm open to your suggestions.

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

Sincerely, McRay

"Art Star of the Week: Eric McRay" (Interview by Star Sosa)

"Art Star of the Week: Eric McRay"
(Interview by Star Sosa from Vivid Magazine)

Star here: I first met Eric McRay at an Open Studio Event in Raleigh many years ago. As I recall, he was speaking on the phone as I admired his work. I was about to slip out of the studio, when he finished his call, looked up with a smile, and asked me: “So, what’s your favorite?” To paraphrase that line from Jerry Maguire: He had me at ‘So…’
A wonderful professional working relationship was born from that first conversation. As to choosing a favorite, that’s a tough thing to do. I admire Eric’s use of pure color and his splashy, playful style. Here’s a little more insight into the expressive Eric McRay:

Star: Describe yourself in three words.
Eric McRay: Ambitious, Passionate, and Independent

Star: What other jobs have you held besides artist?
Eric McRay: Personal Financial Analyst, Computer Salesman, and Housekeeping Supervisor.

Star: Who are your major influences? 
Eric McRay: Picasso, Andy Warhol, Matisse, Romare Bearden, Robert Motherwell, and Peter Max.

Star: In what other areas of your life do you let your artistry shine?
Eric McRay: Gardening.

Star: What’s your guilty pleasure?
Eric McRay: Reading comic books.

Star: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Eric McRay: A robot body so I would never have to sleep or eat. I could perpetually make art.

Star: What’s your personal motto?
Eric McRay: “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp”.

Star: Complete this sentence: My life is…
Eric McRay:…a dream come true.

Star: How about this one? Art is…
Eric McRay:… my life.

Star: What’s the best advice you could give to a new artist?
Eric McRay: Develop a thick skin, be disciplined, and never give up.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"24 Hour Special Offer at McRay Studios"

"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 5 through Saturday September 6 at 6 pm, a selection of original collage paintings by Eric McRay will be offered at a special price for this limited time.

The following original collage paintings are available...

1."Buddy's Pride and Joy" Special Price $1500.

2."Boomtown" Special Price. $1500.

3."Make That Kitty Meow!" Special Price $500.

4."Musiquarium" Special Price $500.

5."The Conversation" Special Price $150.

6."Starry Night" Special Price $150.

7."Sweet Temptation" Special Price $500.

8."Black Heritage" Special Price $150.

9."Eve's Paradise" Special Price $150.

10."Eve: Mother of Man" Special Price $150.

11."Moonbeams & Starlight" Special Price $500.

12."Fayetteville & Martin" Special Price $250.

13."The Garden" Special Price $500.

14."Waiting on my Butterfly" Special Price $150.

15."The Lovers" Special Price $150.

Feel free to email, text or call 919-614-2174, contact me through Facebook or visit the studio during this 24-hour window of opportunity to lock in your special price.