Art at the Barn Benefits the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier
October 2nd was a chilly 55 degrees , there was a breeze and it had rained most of the previous week, but that didn’t keep the faithful supporters of TRF Montpelier from turning out for our 5th annual Art at the Barn. More than 200 people and 16 artists attended this year’s event which brought in more than $28,000 in tickets and auction bids. This year we had 24 items in our silent auction (skillfully managed by volunteer Sally Hamlin), and an equal number in the live auction. TRF Montpelier set a new record for highest price paid for a single item when a numbered, remarqued print of Ruffian by artist Richard Stone Reeves went for $3,000.
Our sincere gratitude goes to the 16 paticipating artists, several of whom have supported us since the inception of Art at the Barn in 2007. Special recognition goes to locally located but nationally recognized artist Kitty Dodd who had the original idea and lit the fire to start this fund raiser in 2007. Of course none of this would happen without the continued participation of Wat Ellerson who has given unstintingly of his auctioneering skills every year . Outstanding food provided by Sandy Motley catering and great music by the Duke Merrick band rounded things out to produce a warm and friendly atmosphere in spite of the dreary weather.
The support of the local community and the surrounding counties continues to grow each year. TRF is extremely fortunate to have a farm which has become a welcome and active neighbor to so many wonderful people.
A new program “Adopt a Field” was introduced at Art at the Barn this year in an effort to raise funds to lime our fields which are sorely in need of help.
If you are interested in supporting this program, please click on the appropriate icon on this web site.
The 73 rescued Thoroughbred horses who reside at TRF Montpelier are forever grateful to the wonderful artists, volunteers, committee members, and donors who have continued to support us over the years.