Mardi Gras Gala 2019


Diamond Masquerade: Steffen Thomas Museum of Art

Mardi Gras Gala 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 6:30 -10:00 PM

1290 Pennington Road @ Empire Mills

Madison, Georgia  30650

A Formal Masked Ball (Black Tie Optional)

*The Atlanta Seventeen Big Band
* Signature Cocktail, Wine & Beer
* Dancing
* Dinner

Catering by Hallie Jane’s Catering

Gala Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor: Infinite Warrior Yoga

Purple Sponsor: Fierman Law Firm

Green Sponsor: Roman Consulting, LLC

Raffle Prizes

Tickets are 3/$25.00 or 10/$75.00.
Winner need not be present to win! The drawing will be held on February 23, 2019 at the Mardi Gras Gala

Donated by Roman Consulting LLC

$500 Gift Voucher for the Porsche Driving Experience at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, GA!

Donated by Whidby Jewelers

Lady’s Rosé 14Kt Pendant with 1.12Tw Pear Cut Morganite and 0.32Tw Round Brilliant Cut H/I I1 Diamonds. The retail price is $1,000.00.

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.


Faces In Time Opening Reception

Faces in Time Opening Reception

Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Join us for the opening reception of the new Faces In Time exhibition on Thursday, January 31, 2019. The event is free and open to the public.

About the exhibition:

Works-on-paper, sculptures, mosaics, and fiber art portraits of renowned individuals who have influenced the world: Jazz Musicians, Civil Rights Activists, Poets, Writers, Politicians, even a Queen . . . immortalized through art by Master Artist Steffen Thomas, needle-point portrait artist Leanna Leithauser Lesley, and southern expressionist painter Chris Cook.

About the reception:

Be one of the first to view our latest exhibition. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while mingling with the artists! Chris Cook and Leanna Leithauser Lesley will both be present and discussing their work in the West Gallery. Some art work in the exhibition will be offered for sale. In addition to the exhibition, guests will have the opportunity to view all Steffen Thomas work on view in the main galleries. The Museum Gift Shop will also be open featuring pottery, jewelry, art work, notecards, calendars, and folk art and more for sale.

Faces In Time: 01/31/2019 – 03/30/2019

Great Folk Art Parade: Sara’s Salon Talk & Closing Reception

Great Folk Art Parade Sara’s Salon Talk and Closing Reception

Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM

The final event of the exhibition!

Join us and the illustrious Peter Loose for a FREE reception and Sara’s Salon Talk as we say farewell to The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to STMA.

Loose will lead the final “parade” through the exhibition as he discusses the history of folk art, tells stories about the artists themselves, and provides insight into the popularity of this exciting art movement.

Ornament Workshop

Led by professional artists Elizabeth Collins and Peter Loose. Create an original ornament using recycled materials, including wood bits, paint, and upcycled trash.

Cost is $5 per person with a maximum family cost (parents with children) of $15.

Please pre-register by calling 706-342-7557, sending via paypal at, or by mailing a check to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead GA 30625.

All proceeds go to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art.

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth at

Great Folk Art Parade Collectors’ Forum: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

For the curious and the enthusiast!

The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art invites the public to the Reception and Folk Art Collectors’ Forum on Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 PM.  Popular folk artist Peter Loose will lead an informal discussion about the folk art movement and answer questions about the Museum’s current exhibition, The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to STMA.  This free event is a unique opportunity to learn directly from the experts about this movement in which the story behind the art is at least as important as the art itself.  Guests are encouraged to bring up to two pieces of their own folk art to the forum for Loose to evaluate. There is no fee for an evaluation but donations to the Museum will be greatly appreciated.  

Forum Schedule of Events:

6 PM Doors Open and Reception Begins

6:20 PM Gallery Tour of The Great Folk Art Parade by Peter Loose

6:45 PM Panel Discussion with Loose and other Serious Collectors

7:15 PM Evaluation of Folk Art Brought to Forum

More than two hundred and fifty pieces of work created by approximately one hundred folk artists are included in The Great Folk Art Parade.  Curated by Peter Loose, the exhibition draws upon the collections of nine serious collectors, providing a rare opportunity to see important works from Howard Finster, Lanier Meadors, St. EOM, Annie Wellborn, RA Miller, and others.  Many pieces are for sale. The exhibition is presented in the Museum’s West Gallery and will be open for viewing at the Forum.

Face Mug Workshop: Oct. 20, 2018


Face Mug Workshop

Intrigued with Southern folk art face jugs? Come and create your own customized face mug in this two-hour workshop.

Steffen Thomas Museum Art Education instructors Chuck Hanes and Elizabeth Collins lead this fun and informative workshop suitable even for beginners. In addition to being on staff, Chuck and Elizabeth are experienced studio potters and two of the featured artists in our current exhibition “The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to STMA.”

Register by emailing or calling 706-342-7557. There is a $50 registration fee.

The Perfect Pairing: Wine & Art Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

Join us for The Perfect Pairing on Thursday, October 4 at 6 PM!


Food, Wine and Art . . .  expertly paired in an evening to enjoy and remember! Spanish wines from Ole Imports paired with the perfect cheeses and tapas will be presented while wine experts discuss each wine.  The Wine Wall and a select silent auction of artful items return to add fun and intrigue to the evening.  Last year’s event sold out so get your tickets early – only $75 per person.

Get your tickets now!

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

The Wine Wall

  • Sell Ethics
  • Diane and Will Pharr

Tapas and Cheese

  • Karen and Gene Massey


  • Albariño …….Charlie Bonner
  • Rosado . . . Barkin’ Dogs Shoe Co.
  • Garnacha . . . .  Betsy and Steve Briley
  • Tempranillo . . . . Sharon and William Ross
  • Magana Dignus  . . . . Art Associates Atlanta

Signature Cocktail (43 Begonias)

  • Alice Lee and Rob Andreottola


  • Classic Wines & Richard’s Wine Bar
  • Olé Imports
  • Prime Wine and Spirits


Please come for an evening of artisanal discoveries from Spain – unique terroir-driven wines of exceptional value from viticultural regions throughout the Spanish peninsula paired with tapas and cheese.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM At the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art

The Evening’s Schedule

6:00 PM Signature Cocktails
6:15 PM Wine Wall Opens
6:20 – 8:00 PM Presentation and Discussion of Wines

Five Spanish wines will be paired with Tapas and Cheese, with the wines presented and discussed by these wine experts:

David Kammerer,  Olé Imports
Deserie Shockley, Prime Wine and Spirits
Richard Matthews, Classic Wines & Richard’s Wine Bar

The Wine Wall returns along with a Select Silent Auction of artful items, including:

  • Cellared Wine
  • Golf at Cuscowilla
  • Aurum Art Jewelry
  • Beauty and Beast Pottery
  • Original art from Suzita (Susie) George
  • Folk Art
  • Steffen Thomas artwork
  • . . . and more!

Check back on this page for more information on the silent auction items!

Get your tickets now! Visit  WWW.TICKETS.STMAGA.ORG or call 705-342-7557.

Steffen Thomas Image:  Flamenco Dancers of Old Madrid, Steffen Thomas, 1972, Watercolor ©STAR, LP of Georgia