Carolyn Gray / Connie Thomas
exhibit December, 2007

                   Carolyn Gray is among the better-known artists living nearby in Superior and draws inspiration from the magnificent Superstition Mountain landscape which surrounds the Arboretum. Her works are heavily influenced by ancient tribal traditions of the Sonoran Desert, but a more important source of inspiration is her mother. In 2002, Gray and Connie Thomas (her Talking Rock, Georgia, sister) united their works in a show dedicated to their mother. Five years later they are together again, exhibiting new work and a show titled, "This Beautiful Hoop," celebrating the continuity of life, family and community.

         "The common element from early childhood for both of us was the development of a love for color with crayons, yarn, fiber and other media passed down from our mother," said Gray. "Connie works with fiber; she grew dissatisfied with commercial fabrics and learned to create her own unique fabrics to give her artworks a more personal statement. For the past 25 years, Connie has exclusively worked on pictorial quilts."

        "As they are both sisters' personal experiences and emotions, they have gathered inspiration from mythology, symbolism and dreams. The natural environment where they live not only inspires, but energizes their works with unique expression for personal mythology and vision," said Gray. "Their work influenced by nature and also personal visions and dreams."

          Arizona's tribal traditions figure prominently in Carolyn Gray's painting; her art was featured in a solo exhibition here in November, 2005. "I was honored at being able to attend a traditional Sun Dance that summer," said Gray. "The drumming and dancing continued in my head and eventually, these dancers appeared on my canvas. It was my wish to share the impressions of this loving experience. Music, dreams, visions and ceremony are some of the influences for my work."

          Gray has a Bachelors of Visual Arts degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona. Her drawing, painting, weaving and quilting have been exhibited throughout Arizona and nationally. Gray has taught in Sedona at the Art Barn and Yavapai College; in Tucson at the University of Arizona, Pima College and the Tucson Association for the Blind. She retired from the public school system, but continues to teach Art and English part-time this year in Superior. To see more of her work, visit the web site , call 520-6895098 or correspond with the artist via email

      Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost #223, just three miles west of the town of Superior - a drive of about one hour east of Phoenix or two hours from Tucson (take Oracle Road North to Highway 79 past Florence to Highway 60, then East for another 12 miles). Monthly exhibits may be seen at our Visitor Center gallery daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (summer hours 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from May-through-August). The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit. To review other recent gallery shows from...

Jean Sullivan November, 2007
Sue Cullumber October, 2007
Adriane Grimaldi September, 2007
Pima College print-making students July-August, 2007
Mesa Arts League June-July, 2007
Fred Charlton May, 2007
Paul Mudersbach March-April, 2007
Linda Kaiser February, 2007
Edith Kreueger-Nye December, 2006 - January, 2007
Cindy Carrillo October-November, 2006
Bob Rice September, 2006
Bud Heiss July-August, 2006
Mesa Arts League June-July, 2006
Sandy Tracey April-May, 2006
CJ Rider March, 2006
Jessica Green February, 2006
Steve Davidson January, 2006
Don & Carole Schupp December, 2005
Carolyn Gray November, 2005
Martha Burgess October, 2005
Boeing Photographers September, 2005
Lightning Lady Susan Strom July/August, 2005
Mesa Arts League June/July, 2005
Jeanette Bronson May, 2005
Tom Stanley April, 2005
Kathy McClure February-March, 2005
Pam Smyth January, 2005
Tina Faust December, 2004