News and Events
Modern Mud: Potters on the Edge
May 22, 2014
The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and the Madison Artists Guild have partnered once again to mount an exhibit molded by 5 masters of clay entitled, Modern Mud: Potters on the Edge. Works by Elizabeth Collins, Diane Davies, Rosemary Griggs, Chuck Hanes, and Carolyn Simmons are featured in this “out of the box” show. The pottery pieces created by these five MAG talents are a little wacky, sometimes humorous, and always unique; sure to tickle your fancy.
The creative spirit of the exhibit is positively infectious. Join in the fun with these edgy artists who play with clay at the free wine and cheese reception on Thursday, May 22nd from 7-9 PM at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art.
Steffen Thomas Museum’s Family Workshop
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!
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!
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.