Westfield artisan to demonstrate skills


By Rick Morwick

Sylvia Gray is a full-time artist who is skilled in a variety of painting mediums. Oil on canvas is one specialty. Dye on silk is another.

“I enjoy creating and seeing what happens when the dye or paint flow on the silk or canvas,” said Gray, a Westfield resident and juried Indiana Artisan since 2012. “I find that part of (my) work very relaxing.”

Painting on silk is one of Indiana Artisan Sylvia Gray’s specialties. The Westfield resident will participate in a pair of free events this month at the Indiana Artisan gift shop in Carmel. (Submitted photo)

Gray will perform a live demonstration of silk painting during a pair of free events this month at the Indiana Artisan gift shop in Carmel, 22 N. Range Line Rd. The first, “4 Artists, 3 Brushes & 1 Harp,” will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 in the garden next to the store. The second, “Tie One On,” will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 inside the store.

A member of Indiana Plein Air Painters and Silk Painters International, Gray looks forward to plying her craft for an audience. The Oct. 12 event will include painters Sara Vanderkleed (Lafayette) and Kathy Blankenheim (Brownsburg), who will create to the accompaniment of harpist Molly Jones.

“The plan is to paint while the harpist is playing,” said Gray, who learned silk painting at the Indianapolis Art Center and later taught there for more than a decade. “I will be interpreting the experience through my painting.”

Gray, whose main studio is in her Westfield home, also will participate in the Oct. 13 “Tie One On” event, where five Indiana Artisan fiber artists will teach guests artful ways to wear scarves and tartans. The artists are weavers Nancy Sinnott (Mishawaka), Brenda Schori (Granger) and Sherry Studebaker (Geneva) and silk painters Carrie Wright (Muncie) and Gray. Carousel Winery will offer tastings and sell wine by the glass.

For more, visit IndianaArtisan.org. For more on Gray, visit sylviagrayart.com.