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October 16, 2019

The Claire McCardell Project Film by John M. Woody is live!

October 2, 2019

Women's World Daily picked up our story about the Claire McCardell Statue in their online e-zine! 

(Photo credit: John M. Woody)

"Sculptor Sarah Hempel Irani plans to present a scale model for what will be a bronze statue at the Oct. 11 launch party in her studio. The sc...

August 18, 2019


Thursdays | 9/19-10/24 | 12:00noon -3:00pm
$360.00 Materials and model fee included!
Join us as we learn to sculpt an 18" figure in clay! In this six- week class, we will study the rhythm and movement of the human form, with a focus on ana...

March 4, 2019

 The Frederick Arts Club has invited me to create a large bronze sculpture celebrating the life and work of Claire McCardell. The more I learn about Claire, the more excited I get about this project! She was a revolutionary American designer. 

February 13, 2019

For more information and to register, visit the CLASSES page!

January 29, 2019

There has been so much going on at Hempel Studios, that it's almost impossible to catch you up. But, here is a start: if you are local, come to First Saturday Downtown Frederick THIS WEEKEND!

My studio is a part of the Griffin Art Center, which is the place for the arts...

October 8, 2018

While, I have one foot rooted in reality and I know that Parisians are not any happier than Marylanders, I do think they get a few things right. My other foot is dipping it's toes in the realm of fantasy and "what-ifs." It's a deep well of creativity, though often it l...

September 14, 2018

"Yes, this is my day job." I always shock people when I tell them that I am an artist. It's my day job, but I'm also

a mother, and a very tired cancer survivor. So I probably don't work the hours one would expect from a day job. And I'm not the one paying our mortgage....

July 2, 2018

We returned home last night. The house was nearly 90 degrees and stuffy, but everything was exactly as we left it. I went from room to room, opening windows and letting in the warm, humid summer air. We had hired a cleaning service to scrub down our house top to bottom...

June 6, 2018

Je vais aller à Paris la semaine prochaine.

I have been waiting for this my whole life. When I was about four years old, my favorite playmate was a French boy. We played dolls: Madame et Monsieur et les enfants. Once I found out that this magical, beautiful city called...

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