Little did they know
This ugly little girl is very beautiful inside.
The messy hair, the big nose, and the ragged clothes,
are her divine grace in disguise.
They must have been in the dark,
as heavy disappointment invaded the room
at the moment of her birth:
A girl ? Not a boy!
And so homely... not a beautiful one!
Who will want her ...who will marry her?
Sad, so sad for them ...They lowered their heads!
No need to announce, and to celebrate.
It is what it is, and they had only one hope.
The next pregnancy, the next child.
May God be willing will a boy.
This mighty, beautiful little girl always lived
Deep in my heart .
Strong like a rock filled with divine wit.
Traveled the world of wonder, to humbly grow and learn .
Settled among mountains, trees, and birds
Often she speaks their language, feels their heartbeats.
Dances in their delight, sings their songs.
She inhales beauty, exhales freedom.
And then she creates!
She rambles in this rhythm, embracing the wind.
People ask who is she ? and how does she do it ?
No one knows, not even she...
The divine’s instrument
As the songs of the Gods play me
I walk in the rhythm of nature
I write the words to remember
Sculpt and carve in stone
I engrave the messages
Locate and reveal the beauty
I surrender, get out of the way
Allow but not stand still
I must be aware, awake
Listen and trust
Love not fear
Brings forth the glory,
The excellence that lays in us all
Live love and be loved.
This must be heard
With utmost gratitude
Undivided one with Source
I am, you are, all
Sara shai/ 2020
Sara is an artist, author, fashion designer, teacher and a business owner.
Above all her commitment is to inspire through her creativity, and
to spread her love for beauty.
She worked as a journalist and teacher in Israel and California, and continues to teach to this day. She is the founder and producer of the annual "Honoring Life Event" following the release of her book
'Beautiful in Black" a novel based on her life experience.
The book is available on Amazon and as an audible under the title
"One Marriage in Tel-Aviv"
Sara was raised in Israel and grew up during the struggle for freedom and independence. Those events left a deep impression on the artist, molding her personality and shaping her dreams. Her biography reveals her challenge to persevere as a little girl, growing up in a dysfunctional household , to become resilient and whole woman.
Her art work offers a fresh look at the human figure. For her, the raw stone and the still words are frozen moments waiting to come to life.
She carves in alabaster and marble, paint in oil, acrylic and multi-media. She is a firm believer in in the remarkable ability of art and creativity to renew and regenerate the human spirit.
Sara’s art is poetic and lyrical, and her engagement with the material is strong yet innocent. It is often rich with emotional metaphor.
In the early 1990s, Sara began her training with the multi-media artist Manny Kremaer,and studied figure molding and shaping .
With Harriet Hachberg and the historian Bernice Schachter she began stone carving .
She worked in Pietrasanta, Italy, in 1999, where she carved in marble . Pietrasanta is recognized by sculptors around the world for its exquisite marble and artistic legacy.
In 1978, Sara launched her fashion business in LA. She expressed her love for fashion, creativity and business by opening her first boutique, 'Sara’s Fashion' in Beverly Hills.
In 1985, she spent a year in Europe learning about multi-media and absorbing the influence of the great masters of art and fashion.
In 1986 once again flexed her business muscles opened
'Sara’s Designers Outlet' Located in central San Fernando Valley, and 'Sara’s Designers' – in Toluca Lake and Woodland Hills.
The Los Angeles Times wrote, “The proprietor’s flare for fashion…emanates from her artistic talents.”
Exhibits and Awards
1978 Certificate of Appreciation for LACC Cooperative Education program, Los Angeles City College – Los Angeles, CA
1993 “Every Woman’s Village” – Van Nuys, CA
1995 Artist Exhibits – Jupiter, FA
Sculptor Symposium – Seattle, WA
1995 "sculptures creative day - Oregon
1996 Golden State Sculptors Association exhibit–Thousand Oaks,CA 1997 Marble work in Pietresanta – Italy
1998 Golden State Sculptors’ Association award for “Merging Love” – Jocelyn Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Sephardim Art, A Search for Identity exhibit, Sproul Hall Library, UCLA – Los Angeles, CA
1999 Viva 3D at the Viva Gallery Northridge , LA
1999 Israeli Independence Day Festival Art Exhibit – Los Angeles, CA
2000 Moments in Time Exhibit – Los Angeles, CA
2002 Art Axhibit -Benefit for the Susan G. Koman Foundation, Sebastian Corporate Head Quarter – Woodland Hills, CA
2002 Pierce College Theater and Art Show – Woodland Hills, CA
2002 The Vagina Monologues theater and arts Development-A
2003 Art Exhibit – Topanga Gallery - LA
“Figurative Expressions” exhibit, Topanga Canyon Gallery–
2003 Soho Gallery exhibit – Studio City, CA
2003 Benefit for Susan G Koman - Santa Monica CA
2004 Art show, The California Market Center – Los Angeles, CA
2005 Book Publishing workshop with Dan Poynter -Santa Barbara
2005 CrisNet- Report Writner
2006 Publishing ‘Beautiful in Black” Book Release
2006 Guest speaker and book signing at the
Nova Southeastern University - Forth Lauderdale , Florida
2006 Art exhibit, Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA
Art exhibit, USA Today Hollywood Hero award show.
Beverly Hills, CA
2006 First annual “Honoring Life Event,” The Art House Gallery – Santa Monica, CA
2006 Founding the annual event “Honoring Life”
2009 Publishing the e-book “The Little Girl on The Sand Hill
2011 Publishing the e- book ‘Cinderella’s Secret Diary 1659”
2012 Art Exhibit “Dream on Canvas” at the Four Seasons Hotel’ Thousand Oaks California
2014 Topanga Canyon Art Exhibit
2016 Publishing Kindle -Audible book -"One Marriage in Tel Aviv"
2018 Art Exhibit - San Fernando Valley Art and Cultural Center
2019 Book Reading - She-lon. Women's Autumn Artist' Salon.
2022 Art Exhibit - Blue Sky Chateau - Woodland Hill, Ca
2023 Art Exhibit - McGroarty Art Center - Tujunga , Ca
2023 Art Exhibit - Las Laguna Gallery - Laguna Beach