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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
Paint a Pack of Pets
March 15, 2014
Saturday, March 15- 10:00 AM till NOON The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art presents their Paint a Pack of Pets Family Workshop taught by Julie Noland. Julie will provide partially prepped pet-themed greeting cards for you to add the personalized touches of your favorite feline or pampered pooch! Cards can be used for birthdays, “pets who’ve gone to heaven,” and more. Julie is a magnificent teacher and all the kids love her so sign up fast for this one!
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!
Steffen Thomas in the Extreme
Now through February 14
Steffen Thomas in the Extreme: Works Large and Small. This temporary exhibit has been installed for the 2013 holiday season and will remain on view through Valentine’s Day, 2014. Ranging from very large to very small, this exhibit features many works that have never been displayed in public. Primarily figural in nature, these visual treasures range widely in medium and technique and demonstrate Steffen Thomas’s extreme virtuosity with a wide variety of materials, techniques, and expressions.
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.