Sarah & Joe

Among the Finest of Ohio Amish Folk

By Artist Frank M. Thomas

Original Acrylic Art Canvas, 15 sq. ft. (40" x 54") Artist's Collection

 Historical Background:
The Amish first migrated to the New World's Pennsylvania Colony in the late 1720's. They trace their origins back to the Anabaptist movement in the Zurich, Switzerland, region of Europe. They came to take advantage of the opportunity for religious freedom, and to avoid persecution by Swiss state and church authorities. There is no "Amish religion" (as such), for they are Anabaptists, follow the teachings of the Bible (the "Ordnung") and worship Jesus Christ. The newly arrived Pennsylvania Dutch speaking emigrants had spread into "the Ohio" area by the early 1800's. Today, Holmes County, Ohio, and Geauga County, Ohio, are home to the largest and third largest communities of Amish. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has the second largest group, the Old Order Amish.

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This painting shows Sarah and Joe returning home from having traveled to visit relative's elsewhere in the church district. Their route takes them by a neighboring farm field, replete with shocks of bound oats...ready for thrashing. The distant clothesline (to the top of the barn) is distinctive of the Amish and of our Englisher ancestors of a century or more ago The couple have eight married children and 50 grandchildren. Sarah & Joe know all 50 names, and speak glowingly of their youngest generation. They quite often travel up to 20 miles from home to socialize with friends or their close-knit family. They make use of their horse-pulled, steel tired, open buggy for transportation on short trips in warmer weather, reserving their enclosed buggy for protection from the elements on longer journeys. Their simple slower-paced Amish lifestyle does not include electricity, television, computer or home telephone, as found in Englisher neighbors' homes. Sarah & Joe truly, certainly are among the finest of Ohio Amish folk, and have earned their distinctive place in the heritage we call "Americana."

NOTE: Models used were artist Frank Thomas' good Amish friends, sarah & Joe Miller. Being in a 'Thomas' painting was not deemed offensive to them, since they are of the slightly more liberal New Order Amish group, allowing a somewhat tolerant lifestyle. However, still devoted to their religious beliefs and daily way of life (including beards, hair and clothing styles), they feel that posing for photographs will promote self-pride and violate biblical teachings based on Exodus 20:4.

Frank Thomas and his wife, Patreecia, came to know, respect and love the Amish while on an LDS Church mission to the Kirtland Historic Sites in northeastern Ohio.
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