[click "Play" to hear Susan's interview with Sally Simpson]
Born and raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon, Sally Simpson holds a BA in secondary art education and a masters degree in education from the University of Oregon. She taught art at the middle and high school level in the Oregon public school system for 12 years.
After she and husband Lary, an entertainment attorney, settled in town full time 5 1/2 years ago, Sally volunteered at the Telluride Historical Museum and Ah Haa. After a few seasons on Ah Haa’s auction committee, Sally was asked to join the board. She accepted because of her life-long interest in the arts, her background in teaching, and to more deeply support the school’s exceptional programming, teachers, and staff.
Beyond the board work, Sally is also a devoted Ah Haa student. Her first class ever was John Sir Jesse’s Wild Mushroom Foraging. Today, mushrooming is one of Sally’s favorite excuses for an outing. After learning metalsmithing, Sally now spends hours in a corner of her garage soldering, polishing and constructing jewelry. This fall, she plans to study fine box making at the Ah Haa’s sister school, the American Academy of Bookbinding.
Sally and Lary Simpson donated the Electric Car to this year’s auction, Friday, July 24, 300 South Townsend, starting at 5 p.m. The specs on the car are as follows: 2007 GEM e4 with graphics designed by the Ah Haa Staff. Value: $5000