Rustin Gray

Rusty Gray is living her dream in Waxhaw, North Carolina with her husband, their dogs, chickens, a mini-horse, and a donkey. Her love of animals has spilled over into her sculpture and provides continuous inspiration.

After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Newcomb College in New Orleans, Rusty spent years following a business career. In 2002, she rediscovered her love for sculpture while taking classes from Cantey Kelleher, a successful portrait sculptor in Charlotte. Cantey is still a major influence and has taught Rusty how to actually “see” the subject she is sculpting. She has also been influenced during various workshops, including with noted wildlife artist, Sandy Scott, animal sculptor, Louise Peterson, and many sculpture sessions at Penland School of Crafts.

Rusty works in her small log cabin studio, right on their property. Whether working in traditional clay or the non-drying modeling materials known as “clean clay,” She interprets the subject using a large amount of detail, texture and often some exaggeration. Her finished work is typically foundry cast in bronze.

Racism is Trauma

Crossnore School & Children’s Home exists to be a sanctuary for children and their families and racism destroys sanctuary. Racism is trauma and is part of systemic community trauma that has long term negative impacts on people and communities of color. Crossnore believes that black lives matter, and we are committed to building an anti-racist organization and supporting the development of racial equity in our communities. 

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