Hard at Work

I have had a lot of new projects going on at the studio and expect a visit to the bronze foundry soon. (HT To Doc Stone Studios for the great shots.)



Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Malala Yousafzai, by Sarah Hempel Irani

I am tired of living in a world where we built monument to war after war. How about some monuments to the peacemakers? So, I made this portrait of Malala Yousafzai. 



Making Progress

Since we moved to Maryland, last summer, it has taken a great deal of energy to unpack, settle in, help my daughter with her new school, and figure a few things out. I have a great new studio downtown Frederick that I love! I've been working on a lot of things this year and this is my latest effort. It's a 3/4 lifesize figure that I'm building in plastiline. I've been taking progress pictures every few hours to show how it all comes together!

As you can see, I'm quite far from finished, but this represents about 24 hours of work, spread out over a few weeks. 



Clay, Casts, and Chisels

The Wendell August Gallery at Grove City ArtWorks presents an exhibition of large, figurative sculpture

 Sarah Hempel Irani: Clay, Casts, and Chisels

Grove City, PA — “"I spend a lot of time in the studio coaxing the clay into telling me what it wants to become," said Sarah Hempel Irani, sculptor. The Wendell August Gallery at Grove City Artworks presents an exhibition of her artwork that opens on Friday, February 6th from 7:00-9:00pm and will run the entire month of February. During the month, the gallery will host an artist talk, a panel discussion, and times to view the sculptor at work. The Wendell August Gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from noon-6:00pm and Saturdays from noon-4:00pm, as well as during special events.

“I have been working in Grove City for the past six years and am eager to share my sculptures with everyone,” said Sarah Hempel Irani. Sarah specializes in sacred art and portraiture and works in clay, plaster, bronze, and marble. She takes her inspiration from Classical Greek and Roman art as well as from Renaissance masters, such as Michelangelo. Most of her figures represent religious or mythological figures. Sarah serves as a founding member and Chairperson of the Grove City Arts Council, which operates the downtown art center, Grove City ArtWorks, where she has a studio.

Related Events

In addition to the exhibition, Sarah Hempel Irani will present a talk, "Clay, Casts, and Chisels: the process of creating a large-scale marble sculpture" on Tuesday, February 17th from 7:00-9:00pm. She will share stories of working in the studio, getting stone from Carrara, Italy, and all of the interesting people involved in creating and installing a large work of sculpture. The talk is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, February 24th from 7:00-9:00pm, there will be a Panel Discussion: "Nude vs. Naked: the unclothed form in art." The panel will be moderated by Dr. Marianne DiQuattro, founder and director of Paper Sky Theatre. She said, “"You don't want to miss a conversation between these four individuals on nudes vs. nudity in art and culture. This promises to be a funny and intensely theological and thoughtful discussion." The panel will include: Sarah Hempel Irani, sculptor, Dr. T. David Gordon, theologian, Dr. David DiQuattro, philosopher, and Grace Ellis Barber, positive sexuality advocate. “From nudes in art to a Victoria's Secret catalog, it's almost impossible to avoid seeing depictions of the unclothed form. The question is: do all of these images have the same impact on us and on our culture?” said Grace Ellis Barber. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your questions!

Sarah Hempel Irani will be working in the gallery on new sculptures during the month of February and invites everyone to stop in, talk with her, and ask questions. Times will be listed on the web, www.GroveCityArts, and social media.  Keep connected with the arts community in Grove City by following Grove City Arts on Facebook.

About Grove City ArtWorks

Founded in 2014, The Wendell August Gallery at Grove City ArtWorks features a new exhibition the First Friday in each month with a gallery opening from 7:00pm-9:00pm. In addition to the Wendell August Gallery, Grove City ArtWorks rents studios to artists, hosts musical events, writing groups, poetry readings, and other performances. Grove City ArtWorks is an endeavor of the Grove City Arts Council, whose mission is nurturing and supporting the arts to enrich the lives of all citizens. Grove City ArtWorks is located at 222 South Broad Street, near the Guthrie Theater downtown Grove City.





Women in Art at geniune.feminine

What an honor it has been to have spent the weekend with such delightful young women and get to know a really extraordinary panel of speakers at Ave Maria University. I am so grateful that the women of genuine.feminine invited me to be a part of it.


"Sacred art brings us to a place of contemplation: a slow inhale-exhale for our souls. It reaches us in our dark places and whispers the one thing we most long to hear, 'You are known.'"




A Voice in Ramah

Amber Dawn McCall has created a Go Fund me page for "A Voice in Ramah." I invite you to read what she has to say.


Sarah's sculpture, A Voice in Ramah, has haunted me for years. It calls to me. As she has told me, "I made the work because I had to, even though it cost me a lot."

I understand the feeling. You see, I do a work that I must, even though it costs me a lot. 

How does my work mesh so well with Sarah's?

I'm here to set the captives free.

To get more specific, I'm a founding member of the LISTENconspiracy, I'm a board member of Aslan Christian Academy. We're building a 64-bed boarding school for girls ages 11-17, rescued from sex trafficking.

I'm also a community educator and activist fighting human trafficking, and a full-time pastor who facilitates healing individually and in group settings for survivors of abuse and assault.

I'm also a community educator and activist fighting human trafficking, and a full-time pastor who facilitates healing individually and in group settings for survivors of abuse and assault.

I'm currently a full-time seminary student, working on my MA in counseling, and a mother of 6.

You can find links to some of what I do, here:

This anguish has to be addressed. These mourners must be comforted. These captives must be set free.

You can find the scripture references for this sculpture in Jeremiah 31:15 and Matthew 2:16-18. 

You can find the real-life anguish all around you. You can probably find it in your own heart.

This anguish needs permission to come out. Sarah has created a work of art that evokes the deep pain of those who have lost someone or something so precious that they are undone. 

Sarah needs to sell this piece. The women who come to me need to see this piece. They need permission to open up and wail. They need to know that their grief is welcome, here.

I am asking for your help. I do my work for free, and purchasing this incredible piece of art is outside of my abilities. Sarah has worked hard creating an inspired piece of art, and she deserves not only to be reimbursed for her materials, but paid for her labor. 
The total price of the sculpture, with shipping is $7100. Together, we can make sure that Rachel's voice is heard by those who need to hear it most.

Every donation is welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”




Mother Artist/ Artist Mother

I was honored to be  a guest speaker and visiting artist at Covenant College for the exhibition entitled, "Mother Artist/ Artist Mother." This beautiful photo was taken at Covenant College by Lynae Rockwell of the Mother Artist/ Artist Mother exhibit curated by Kayb Joseph.


Mother Artist/ Artist Mother

October 8 through November 21, 2014 
Kresege Gallery 
Covenant College 
14049 Scenic Hwy 
Lookout Mtn, GA