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 info@steffenthomas.org, 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 elizabeth@steffenthomas.org.

Mardi Gras Gala 2019

Save the date!

Diamond Masquerade: Steffen Thomas Museum of Art

Mardi Gras Gala 2019

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

Empire Mills, Madison, Georgia
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

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.

The Great Folk Art Parade: Down the Lane to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art

Exhibition runs through Jan. 12, 2019. 

Past and current folk artists take center stage in this exhibition featuring works from Howard Finster, George Andrews, RA Miller, Annie Wellborn, St. EOM (Eddie Martin), Peter Loose, Tex Crawford, Kip Ramey, Randy Tobias and other favorites.  Curated by Peter Loose, this exhibition includes works from Loose’s private collection of well-known folk artists as well as those of numerous contemporary artists.  Many works will be for sale from the exhibition as well as through the Museum’s gift shop.  

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, Sept. 23 11:oo AM – 5 PM.  Opening Festival!  Join us as we host Peter Loose and other contemporary folk artists on the lawn with their art for sale, food vendors, live music, art cars, and a 3:00 PM gallery talk by Peter Loose.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 – 8 PM. Collector’s Forum for the inquisitive.  Whether you are a collector of folk art, an admirer, or just curious about this movement, this is an opportunity to learn from the experts – Peter Loose and others – as they discuss works in the exhibition. Bring up to two pieces of your folk art in for a free evaluation (donations to the Museum will be appreciated).

Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 AM – Noon. Ornament Workshop.  Led by professional artists Elizabeth Collins and Peter Loose, this workshop provides the perfect opportunity for you and your family to create an original ornament using recycled materials.  Pre-register for this event by calling 706-342-7557 or emailing elizabeth@steffenthomas.org. $5 per person with a maximum family cost of $15.

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, 3:00 PM. Sara’s Salon Talk and Exhibition Closing.  Join us for the last event of this exciting exhibition as Peter Loose delivers a Sara’s Salon Talk on the history of folk art,  its popularity and current resurgence, works in the show, and stories about the artists themselves.

Image: Birds and Snake by Peter Loose.



Arts In Bloom: April 11-May 25, 2019

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 elizabeth@steffenthomas.org 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

Steffen Thomas: Casting the Net of Brotherhood

Steffen Thomas: Casting the Net of Brotherhood  

Exhibition runs through September 1, 2018

Reception, Annual Meeting of the Membership and Sara’s Salon Talk on Thursday, August 23 at 6:00 PM

Join us for our Annual Meeting of the Membership followed immediately by a reception and informative Sara’s Salon Talk on the current exhibition Steffen Thomas: Casting the Net of Brotherhood.  The Talk will provide more insight into Thomas’ welcoming beliefs and philosophies that are the heart of the rarely-seen works in the exhibition.  Included are archival materials heralding the artist’s belief that “This world is too small for less than brotherhood, too dangerous for less than truth.”   The exhibition runs through September 1.

Museum hours: Tues. – Sat. 11 AM – 4 PM. Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, GA. 706- 342-7557. www.steffenthomas.org. Small admission fee for non-members.

Morgan County Crossroads Art Students’ Public Art Project

Steffen Thomas Museum of Art celebrates Morgan County Crossroads Students and their public art gift to Farmview Market in Madison, GA.  Under the direction of STMA Arts Outreach Assistant and Lead Instructor Elizabeth Collins, these students have worked collaboratively this Spring semester to produce a large weaving depicting a pastoral scene reminiscent of the trusted farming communities that are a part of the Farmview experience.  Please join us for a reception and unveiling of the weaving Wednesday, May 16 at 1:00 PM at Farmview Market, 2610 Eatonton Road, Madison, GA  30650.

Creative Teens Earning Green (CTEG) – the title of the Crossroads program – is the first and longest-running module of our three-pronged Art$mart Arts Outreach Program for students in Middle and Northeast Georgia. Since 2002, STMA has funded and delivered weekly arts programming throughout the academic year for at-risk students at the Morgan County Crossroads Alternative School.  At no cost to the students or the school, STMA-trained teachers deliver the only arts education offered at the Crossroads School, with more than 40 middle and high school students participating this year.  Steffen Thomas’ 70-year-long history of earth stewardship and creative re-sourcing and re-cycling of art materials is central to the CTEG curriculum. Such an innovative and relevant approach is an essential part of classes that include pottery, painting, sculpture, collage, mosaics, and graphic design. Each year, a visiting mentor artist works with the Crossroads students to introduce a new medium. An additional component of the program is a year-long service project and community partnership where the teachers and students design, create and install a large-scale public art piece to be donated to a nonprofit within the community. These donated creations feature re-used “art supplies” such as scrap metal, broken pottery, discarded lumber and plastic, and even roadside litter. Past installations include a mixed-media mural for the Morgan County Senior Center, a welded metal sculpture presented to the Morgan County Humane Society, a tile mosaic donated to the Georgia Safari Conservation Park, and a kinetic outdoor sculpture designed for the garden of the local food bank.

STMA is grateful for the support the following community leaders have provided for the Crossroads School arts outreach program:

Jim Boyd & Associates, Bank of Madison, Longview Wealth Management, Conrads Family Fund, CR Bard Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation, HouseSmart, Madison Studios, Morgan County Citizen, Smith Communications, Inc., The Creative Brain, Inc.

Art Speaks: College Connections 2018

Sunday, April 15 from 3:00pm-5:00pm the public is invited to join graduating seniors from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia along with fellow students, friends, family and members of the community at The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art to celebrate the fourth annual COLLEGE CONNECTIONS exhibit: Placing the Capstone ART SPEAKS.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS is an integral part of the Museum’s wide-ranging educational outreach programs, and features ongoing creative collaboration between the Museum and seniors from area colleges and universities. This year’s program, under the guidance of Dr. Leara Rhodes, Associate Professor of Journalism at The University of Georgia, and STMA’s Lisa Thomas Conner, is the culmination of a three-month long project-based literary arts publication of student essays inspired by the life and art of Steffen Thomas. The Art Speaks exhibit runs through May 19th.