The Piedmont Virginian staff had a wonderful time at the “Art at the Races” tent at Montpelier Hunt Races on Nov. 7; we handed out some magazines and chatted with the artists and visitors, and just in general had a great time, although it was a bit cold and damp. Many thanks to Nancy Lowey for her hospitality!
The “Art at the Races” gathering at the races is the cumulation of a week’s plein-air workshop for 8 local and regional artists, who spend the week capturing the heritage and scenery at Montpelier. Those paintings-and other works by the artists-were on sale at the Races, with 30% of the proceeds to be donated to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier, which is the largest equine sanctuary in the world dedicated to the retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack. This year’s “Art at the Races” resulted in $1000 donated to the TRF.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier opened its doors at James Madison’s Montpelier Estate in November of 2003. As soon as the fencing and barn renovations had been completed, the first shipment of rescued-off-the-track Thoroughbreds arrived. The initial group numbered only 14 but more soon followed. Today our herd numbers up to seventy-three. Although part of our job is to rehabilitate as many of the Thoroughbreds as we can into second careers off the track, most are unable to do this because of the severity of their racetrack injuries. Our facility has become a safe haven for these horses where they can live out their lives in this sanctuary, and we continue to raise funds for their daily care and feeding. Some of the original 14 still dwell in the lush, green, and historic pastures here.
Below is a list of participating artists and their websites-please visit them and enjoy their beautiful work!
Pam Kamphuis is a transplant from New England who has come to appreciate and love the Piedmont area of Virginia in the 25 years she’s been living here, largely through working for the Piedmont Virginian. She is the Editor and a graphic designer for the magazine. She lives in Warrenton with her husband Jan, daughter Sarah, two dogs and a cat while also keeping an eye out for sons Pete and Jani (Sergeant Jan W. Kamphuis, USMC, deployed on a MEU on the USS Kearsarge), and daughter-in-law Clarissa on Topsail Island, NC.