ABOUT

 

I have been a professional artist for 25 years after graduating from Portland School of Art with a B.F.A. in Ceramics. I have explored many different media over the years, including 12 years designing polymer clay jewelry. I have furthered my education through the continuing studies program at MECA taking classes in bookmaking,  printmaking, silkscreen design, encaustic painting and more. In 2002, I started making books, began teaching bookmaking throughout the state, as well exhibiting my books in galleries.

 

In 2011, I was ordained an Interfaith Minister and have pursued, along with the continuation of my art, a path of ministry that includes being a celebrant, giving UU sermons, bereavement support and now as a faculty member of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine.

 

Artistically, I devote much of my time currently to printmaking using Geli Plates. I continue to take personal commissions for my books and occasionally teach bookmaking and printmaking throughout the state. People are welcome to visit me in my studio to either purchase work or to receive studio time with tutorials and access to materials.

 

Since 2016 Sarah has been studying Spanish in an effort to better teach and serve the needs of Ecuadorian students. In 2015 Sarah officiated a marriage ceremony in Spanish and has continued to spend time studying and preparing the curriculum for her teaching in South America. Aside from volunteering in the orphanage, Sarah has plans to be a teacher in residence for the Arte Intercultural Vilcabamba in Southern Ecuador, as well as teaching through a small catholic school in Otavalo ( northern Ecuador).

 

SARAH SHEPLEY