Gallery at Somes Sound | Rebekah Raye
Rebekah Raye loves animals and their relationship to us and to each other. The images she paints and sculpts come from experiences she’s had right in her backyard and in many areas of Maine. She is surrounded by woods and lives beside an old granite quarry. A sheltered cove and the head of Blue Hill Bay is at their doorstep. She is visited regularly by deer, fox, crows, raccoons, and occasionally a bobcat, bear, hawk and owls and birds of all varied species. It doesn’t seem to matter where she is, the sight of an animal, near or far calls her attention. They are consistently in her dreams and daily thoughts. It is a celebration of their lives with us that Rebekah wishes to interpret and share. She is compelled to paint them, sculpt them and love them.
Rebekah is originally from Tennessee and moved to Maine in 1976. As a young child Rebekah loved watching her father, Ray Bradley, an artist and art director create beautiful drawings and paintings on paper. She decided at that young age she wanted to be an artist too. Rebekah also enjoyed going to the laboratory with her mother, Frankie Bradley, a bacteriologist, to see what she saw under the microscope. Science and Art became Rebekah’s favorite things.
In 1982 Rebekah Raye graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with BA in Art Education. From 1982 – 1983 she privately studied with Leonard Baskin, Deer Isle, Maine. In 1989 was a Student monitor to landscape artist Alan Bray, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine and in 1992 studied with George Grenameyer, Bronze Foundry, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine.
In addition to becoming a successful artist/sculptor, Rebekah is a writer and illustrator of children Books. She has won many awards for her books including the Maine Literary Award from the Maine Publishers alliance, winner of the 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and winner of the Riverby award from the John Burroughs Association for excellent natural history books for young readers.
Rebekah’s work is included in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
More images of Rebekah Raye's sculptures will be available for viewing in Spring, 2021 ... stay tuned!