Sarah Ann Smith is the September Artist of the Month at Camden Public Library. There will be a reception for her and her exhibit, “C3: Color, Cloth, Collage,” Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Picker Room of the downtown library. All are welcome.

“After living all over the world and moving way too many times, I finally found home when we arrived in Maine. Its every day beauty in all seasons inspire my work, as do my family and our animals,” she said.

Her subject matter varies; after making portraits for a time, she said she is feeling a pull to return to landscape and nature. Whatever she tackles, playing with color, cloth, dye, paint, line, shape, form, light and shadow is “simply pure joy.” Smith’s technique includes dyeing, painting, hand and machine quilting, embroidery, embellishment with beads, yarns, and any suitable object, piecing and appliqué.

Before Smith found her avocation in art quilting, she spent years working in Washington, D.C., and then around the world, volunteering in Guinea-Bissau with Operation Crossroads Africa and eventually becoming a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. While assigned to the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, she came across someone’s discarded Keepsake Quilting catalog, which opened up the doors to the quilting world.

After returning to the states and retiring from the Foreign Service to raise a family, she and her husband lived on San Juan Island, 20 miles off the coast of Washington State. While there, Smith began her own custom sewing business. A quest for better schooling for the boys led the family to Camden, in 2004; in 2011, the family moved to Hope.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.