On View: Nov. 19, 2020 – Jan. 21, 2021
Twenty years of showcasing Steffen Thomas’ art and yet hundreds of art pieces have never been seen by the public. The exhibit, “Unveiled,” showcases works donated by Dr. Barry Jones and his wife Beth. The collection, mostly created in the mid to late 1960s through the early 1970s contains a generous cross section of works on paper in an array of mediums including charcoal, watercolor, conté, pen and ink, block print, and mixed media. A variety of Thomas’ favored subjects are represented including mothers, children, and animals as well as mystical figures.
Additional pieces have been contributed by Charles (Thomas’ grandson) and Pam Burnett. These works offer a sampling of welded copper sculpture, bronze relief, was/pastel drawing, and wood carved frames of the period. Although not ideal by today’s standards, all works on paper are being presented undisturbed in their original frames to illustrate the styles, materials, and framing techniques of the period. Viewing this collection is like a glimpse back in time to the mid 1960s at Thomas’ Stone Mountain studio.
“Sifting through the collection and learning about each piece has given me great joy, just as Steffen Thomas proclaimed for us to all do when he said, ‘Come in and Joy in Art!’ Whether you visit in person or virtually, I hope you find the same sense of pleasure when you discover ‘Unveiled’,” says Pam Burnett, curator of the exhibit.