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.
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.