Arts in Bloom 2019

Floral Arrangements and Art Quilts

Interpreting the Art of Steffen Thomas from the permanent collection of the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art

April 11 – May 25, 2019

Please join us for a very special exhibition celebrating springtime with floral arrangements, art quilts, and fine art.  Art quilts will be displayed at the Museum alongside the inspirational piece of Steffen Thomas art for the duration of the exhibition.  Floral designs will be displayed over two long weekends – April 11 – 13 and April 25 – 27.

Quilting lectures and trunk shows, floral demonstrations, and a presentation on cooking with edible flowers are all part of the related programming.  Guest speakers are Susan Knapp (Blue Moon River), Laura IaRocci (Faith Flowers), Kristin Rodrigeuz (Fiber on a Whim), and Cindy Lutini.  Special combination tickets are available for those who are attending more than one event per weekend!

We are still accepting entries for Floral Designers through Friday, March 15, 2019. If you are interested in applying, please click here.


First Weekend: April 11 – April 13, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. 

Public reception to enjoy floral designs and quilts interpreting Steffen Thomas art.

Friday, April 12, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  

Kristin Rodriguez of Fiber on a Whim will present a trunk show and talk on floral quilting techniques and designs. Kristin and her mother, Jan Girod, are fiber artists with a purpose: “Our mission is to inspire you to use new surface design and embellishing techniques. We believe if it’s not bolted down or already attached to something else, it can be used to create dimension.” Ticket cost is $20 per person. Purchase here.

Friday, April 12, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

Laura Iarocci, owner of Faith Flowers in Virginia Highlands, is a nationally recognized floral design speaker and teacher who has chaired the Flower Guild at the Cathedral of St. Philip for seventeen years. She will present a lecture/demonstration titled A Taste of European Floral Design that explores floral design and influence from Belgium, France, Ireland, England, and the Netherlands. Laura Iarocci’s  book Faith Flowers will be available for purchase in the Museum’s gift shop, and Laura will sign copies post-lecture. Ticket cost is $20 per person. Purchase here.

Save with a Special Combo Tickets! Register for both Kristin Rodriguez and Laura Iarocci lectures for only $35 per person.

 Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM 

Children and Family Workshop – Paper Flowers for Mother’s Day.  Led by professional educator and STMA Arts Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Collins.  Class size is limited to 20. Pre-registration required.  Ticket cost is $5 per person. Purchase here.

Second Weekend: April 25 – April 27, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  

Public reception to enjoy floral designs (different from April 11) and quilts interpreting Steffen Thomas art.

Friday, April 26, 2019 from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM 

Cindy Shultz, founder and principal of Cindy Lutini’s Catering at Lake Oconee, will present a talk and working demonstration on how to use edible florals and herbs in culinary creations. Tasting and wine reception to follow – sample five creative floral finger foods. Ticket includes cost of lecture, tasting, and reception. $20 per person. Purchase here.

 Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Susan Brubaker Knapp, an internationally known fiber artist, designer, author, and teacher, will present “Thread Sketch It!”, a one-hour digital slide show and trunk show.  Topics covered are what thread sketching is (and isn’t!), how to prepare your piece for thread sketching, stabilizers, types of threads and thread weights. She will also discuss sewing machine considerations, great tools, and how to add wonderful detail to your piece with thread, including color, line, pattern, texture, dimension, and movement.   Fearful of trying free-motion stitching? Ms.Knapp will also address how to overcome this fear. Ticket cost is $25 per person.  Purchase here. 

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 11:30 AM -12:30 PM

Susan Brubaker Knapp (see above for information about Ms. Knapp) will present “The Artist in You”, a one-hour digital slide show and trunk show. Susan describes her personal journey from that of a traditional quilter to an artist who makes both traditional quilts and art quilts. The focus is on ways for traditional quilters to become more creative by embracing their own “inner artist.” A question-and-answer session with Susan follows. Ticket cost is $25 per person. Purchase here.

Save with a Special Combo Tickets!  Register for both of Susan Brubaker Knapp’s lectures for only $45 per person.  

Please note: All events are at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, located at 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, GA  30625. For more information please call 706-342-7557.