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5/1/2014 3:00:00 PM
Local artists highlight auction for 'A Flair for Wine' benefit
Sarah is contributing a Prismacolor pencil drawing of an English countryside titled ‘A Rare Sight’.
Sarah is contributing a Prismacolor pencil drawing of an English countryside titled ‘A Rare Sight’.
Sarah Thompson: artist
Imagine a very young girl growing up in Marlboro, New Jersey who had a love of horses from the time she can remember.

Living in suburbia on less that one acre there was no way she could own a horse and keep it on their property.

She now is quite well know in Vevay as she is often referred to as 'The Carriage Lady' as she and horse 'Sprocket' (a beautiful black Shire) gracefully take anyone that wants a ride a little tour around town in her Vis-à-Vis (meaning face to face in French) carriage.

The love story of Sarah Thompson and her horses and her keen eye for detail in everything she creates is more than likely why her art in whatever medium she chooses is exceptional.

"I grew up in a family of artists and I loved to draw horses so I knew if I could draw better, I would draw better horses," she said.

At age 11, Sarah and her mother, Meredith Luhrs moved to Austria for a year where her mother could study sculpture and Sarah would attend the American International School in Vienna.

This is where she would take her very first carriage ride.

She recalled using public transportation via a subway, trolley, and then bus before walking the final distance to school. Not only did she receive academics while in Vienna, she was afforded the opportunity to attend dressage school while there.

A self described, "horse crazy kid" may not have had the luxury to keep a horse at her home in New Jersey, but nothing would keep her from having a relationship with horses. She would take riding lessons in New Jersey and got to ride her best friend's horse.

Sarah would finish her undergraduate education at a boarding school in Massachusetts founded by Dwight Lyman Moody; and the education included being a part of a working farm. While it may have taken years of begging, Sarah finally got her wish and moved up from the daily chores of cleaning to assignment to care for the draft horses that were used to collect maple syrup.

The family instilled much of her informal art career, (mother: sculptor; maternal grandmother and maternal grandfather: both artists in oil; and a brother who is an architect); but it was completed when Sarah attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she majored in sculpture and received extensive training in drawing and two-dimension and three-dimension.

After marrying at the Kentucky Horse Park and deciding where she and husband John would settle, in 1995 they chose Switzerland County due to the fact that they could buy a farm, raise a family and Sarah could realize her dream of moving her first draft horse, 'Tyler', from a boarding facility in Northern Kentucky to her own home.

Now the artist within appears in another medium of her daily life. Whether it is baking and decorating birthday cakes for her four children, designing and sewing their Halloween costumes or her current design idea of turning her girl's room into a replica of an English town complete with a Gypsy Caravan bunk bed.


Sarah is contributing a Prismacolor pencil drawing of an English countryside titled 'A Rare Sight' and partially inspired by a weekend tutoring lesson she recently had with world-renowned coachman John Parker, President of the British Driving Society.

"The piece is child-friendly and full of my favorite things," said Sarah.

A detailed and whimsical work of detail that is full or ornamentation and that includes a gypsy caravan reading wagon being gracefully pulled by a Gypsy Vanner horse with the English fields of grazing Scottish highlander cattle, Scottish thistle, yellow and orange Cleopatra butterflies, an English oak tree, barn swallows and a wave cloud, which is a rare sight.

The flowers of the English cottage garden were included as a tribute to Ron Hocker and his love of flowers and dedication to the Vevay Main Street program; and a wave cloud as a tribute in memory of Bud Acton, a friend and photographer.

This work would bring sweet dreams in any children's room.

- Teresa Bovard Lyons

Vevay Main Street, Inc., has announced that it will hold its annual fundraiser, "A Flair for Wine".

The event will be held at the Ogle Haus Inn, and will be on Friday, May 9th.

As a part of the event each year, there is an art auction.

The locally-produced art will be on display at the Community Art Center at the corner of Main and Ferry streets in Vevay.

Found here on the front page, and also on page B-8, are profiles of the five local artists who have donated their time and talents to help raise funding for Vevay Main Street and its programs.

The event, which raises money for Vevay Main Street to support preservation and enhancement activities in the commercial district of the Town of Vevay, will again feature "The Doctors Band".

Those wanting to order tickets may do so online at: http://flairforwine.eventbrite.com; or they may be purchased at the Vevay Main Street office, 105 West Pike Street.

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