Vendor Spotlight: Sally Pray
Sally Pray happens to be one of our vendors in Camano Island Marketplace, but she is also one of the most community-minded people you will ever meet. She is part of the Art Guild of Camano Island, and is the head organizer of Art by the Bay. I had the pleasure of interviewing her this month and I am excited to share it with you.
What do you do?
I fuse glass in a kiln. What makes me different from everybody is I decorate the fronts and the backs of each piece. My motto is, “You have to look good whether you are coming or going.” I’ve been doing about 14 years now.
Your also involved in the Art Guild in the area, correct?
The Stanwood Camano Arts Guild, and I am the new chairman for Art by the Bay.
And what does that entail?
It’s getting the community involved. It is the main reason I do this is to bring the community together and support the merchants. As well as giving back to the art scholarships in the schools.
How long have you been creating art?
I’ve been fusing art for the last 14 years now.
What lead you to glass?
When I was little, my mom and my sister were artists, and they went to school and had degrees. They would do any sort of art that there was. I remember growing up and she would make stained glass. I always wanted to do that, and my children both left home at the same time, so I took a stained glass class. I did a few projects, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be.
Then I heard about fusing, so I bought a kiln. Started fusing, and it took off from there. It is a passion. My head just keeps coming up with all of these designs.I wake up at night and I’ll think of a design. It just comes flowing out of me.
What is your favorite thing to do in the area?
I love gardening, and I love the people and the area. I love talking with people. I’m the 9th of 10 children. I had to be “I’m here” to be noticed. But I always tell people in the area that Camano Island Marketplace and Camano Island Coffee Roasters is my happy place.
What is something most people do not know about you?
Well, my husband calls me Rita because we used to sing in a band and my husband thought I sounded like Rita Coolidge when I sang. Also, my dad bought an old Wells Fargo Express Hotel and turned it into a horse farm for us in Hudson, Wisconsin. Being the 9th born of 10 children, we needed the room. It was a cool way to grow up 🙂
I had a great time interviewing Sally Pray, and tell her hello if you can catch her in the Marketplace!