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Athens Academy Student Art Exhibit Reception

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Grades 5 – 8

Sunday, April 13, 2014


The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and Athens Academy invite you to a reception for the 5th – 8th grade student art exhibition, Academy to Academy: The Inspiration of a Master.  The reception will be held at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 2 – 4 PM, light refreshments will be served.

This student art exhibition is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between the Museum and Athens Academy.  In 2012 the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art began a partnership with Athens Academy that began in November when Athens Academy 8th graders visited the Museum for A Day @ STMA.  This program offers the opportunity for area school children to participate in a field trip experience that includes a docent-led gallery tour and a hands-on art workshop in which each student creates a “make & take” work of art inspired by the art of Steffen Thomas.

From this initial introduction to the Museum and its extensive collection of dynamic works of art by Steffen Thomas, a plan developed for the Academy and the Museum to work together to expose the Middle School students to even more of Thomas’s work.  This partnership brought a significant collection of Steffen Thomas works as an on-going exhibit in the Foyer Gallery of the Harrison Center at Athens Academy from August 2013 through May 30, 2014.  The exhibit, entitled Steffen Thomas: A Retrospective, served as the inspiration for the student art exhibit which is now on display at the Museum through the end of April.

The student art exhibition, Academy to Academy: The Inspiration of a Master is the amazing result of the collaborative effort between the Art Department of Athens Academy, the 5th – 8th grade art students, and STMA. We believe you will agree that the students rose to the challenge of creating outstanding works of their own after having been immersed in and inspired by those of a master artist, Steffen Thomas.

The exhibit’s reception is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required.   Please email your response using the form below.



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Peace, Love & Rockin’ Art: A Spring Fundraiser

On Saturday, March 22, the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art was revamped into a retro style for its Far-out spring fundraiser – Peace, Love, & Rockin’ Art:  Steffen Thomas in the 60’s!  Bell-bottoms, platform shoes, and love beads were sported by those groovy guests crossing the hippest threshold in the county. Along with freshly picked afros and flower adorned braids, those who attended were certainly in “high” style!

Fab tunes from the 60’s and 70’s rocked their way into the hearts and souls of the attendees thanks to Rogers Entertainment and his fabulous psychedelic light show. The evening quickly turned into a night of dancing and karaoke singing to favorite hits. DanceFX from Athens rocked the house with demos including the twist, frug, and pony.

Save Room for Seconds outdid themselves again with their array of Mad Men inspired Munchies and who could forget the British Invasion Bar? And the most sought after prize was the white gold and diamond pendant donated by Whidby Jewelers. The$10K raised from the tickets, bar, silent auction, celebrity album cover contest and raffle all goes toward the Museum’s Arts Outreach Programs for kids.

The winners of the Parody Album Cover Contest, The Shangrila’s (Cathy Whitcomb, Patricia DuBose, and Nancy Vaughan) donated their prize, a custom painted guitar decorated with a painting inspired by Steffen Thomas’s “Dawning” back to the museum for a future on-line auction to benefit the programs.  The Age of Aquarius certainly smiled on all our rising young artists with whom we are privileged through these programs. We thank all our sponsors, volunteers, and guests.

Steffen Thomas Rediscovered: An Ogden Show

Bradley Sumrall, Chief Curator of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Lisa Conner, STMA Advisor at the entrance to the Steffen Thomas Rediscovered exhibit.  Sailboat (mixed media) by Steffen Thomas 


On the evening of the 16th, the doors of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans were opened to a select few. The VIP attendees excitedly climbed the stairs, becoming the first to view the new exhibit, Steffen Thomas: Rediscovered. Most of the fourth floor gallery of the museum was dedicated to the works of this talented Georgia artist. Each of the gallery spaces held a wide range of thematically organized collections ranging from landscapes, the woman, flowers, philosophy, and pure abstraction. As patrons absorbed the essence of the Thomas’s women, for instance, it was clear that whether the chosen material was wood, metal, stone, or paint the artist captured the innate beauty of the subject; his respect for women saturated the very air. The viewers could see that the wide variety of media, techniques, and styles Steffen Thomas used to depict his subjects was clearly essential to him and his work.

Incorporated in all good tales a moment of excitement adds to the flavor of the experience. And the element of excitement during the reception was the unexpected wail of a mistakenly triggered security alarm that sent the gallery’s protective doors sailing downward.  Some inside the gallery spaces chose to slip out a side entrance.  But the museum’s photographer stood his ground, snapping pictures of the expressions of those enjoying champagne when the doors rose again. The captured art lovers were released to be willingly captivated by the exhibit once again.

After the hour-long VIP reception concluded, the public poured through to listen to the jazz ensemble on the main floor or to wander expectantly to the fourth floor and the new installation. “Ooos and Ahhs” reverberated around corners and through archways as appreciative onlookers took in the mastery, variety and great depth of the works. The next morning donors and sponsors of the exhibit were invited to return for a special guided tour of the exhibit and to hear curators Drs. Andrew and Hathia Hayes discuss the works in the show. For those who could attend, this was something no one would soon forget. The great knowledge and insight into the works that the Hayes shared was a true gift.

For those who have the great fortune to travel down to the Big Easy through April 6, be sure to drop into the Ogden and see this show.  It is comprised of works that will never be seen together again after the completion of the Steffen Thomas Rediscovered tour.  The next stop for this exhibition is the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, and plans are in the works for further exhibition opportunities throughout the southeast.  At the conclusion of the two year tour the pieces will be sent back to their respective private collectors and STMA. If you are interested in viewing the works but can’t manage a trip to the Crescent City, several copies of the magnificent hardcover book Steffen Thomas Rediscovered will be sold in the STMA museum shop. Whether by visiting in person or through the pages of the book you’ll agree this exhibition is one for the record books!


Steffen Thomas Museum’s Family Workshop

Steffen Thomas Tile Works

April 12, 2014 

Saturday, April 12- 10:00 AM till NOON The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art presents their Steffen Thomas Tile Works Family workshop.  Join us as we create some unique clay tiles inspired by Steffen Thomas art work.  Clay worker Elizabeth Collins instructs us as we produce tiles for our Museum Shop as well as some for ourselves!  Everybody likes to “play in the mud” so be sure and sign up for this fun workshop early!

Design Your Dream Dress

May 17, 2014 

Saturday, May 17- 10:00 AM till NOON The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art presents their Design Your Dream Dress Family Workshop.  Rita Knight guides this one-of-a-kind workshop that pairs up Mother-Daughter teams to create a Dream Dress painted on canvas which can be used as a great décor item that is also a very personal fashion statement!  Express your fashion runway inner voice at this fun project for moms and their best “gal pals” to make together and keep as a memento of their special bond that lasts a lifetime!


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The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) is dedicated to providing art education programs and projects for children and families in rural Northeast and Middle Georgia communities. Using Georgia artist Steffen Thomas's work as examples of creative expression the museum provides opportunities for children to develop their own talents, a deeper understanding of themselves, of their connections to all living things and of their responsibility for preserving the environment.

The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art is located at 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, GA 30625; 706-342-7557. STMA is 60 miles east of Atlanta; 5 miles southeast of Madison. From I-20 take Exit 121, turn south to stop sign. Right on Bethany Road for 1 mile to museum.

The Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, owns and displays a large collection of Steffen Thomas's sculptures, paintings, mosaics, ceramics, furniture, works on paper as well as personal papers and artifacts documenting his life. The museum is also dedicated to exhibiting and preserving this collection for future generations.


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