By Nick Nunn staff writer
If these album covers don’t initially look exactly like you remember them looking back in the 60s, don’t bother rubbing your mind’s eye to get a clearer picture: they feature Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) supporters, who have taken a trip back to the love generation to stand in the shoes of that decade’s greatest musical artists, all to raise money for the STMA’s Peace, Love, and Rockin’ Art fundraiser.
The Peace, Love, and Rockin’ Art fundraiser, which will take place on Saturday, March 22, at the STMA, will be preceded by the month-long Parody Album Cover Contest, for which the album mockup photos were taken. Online voting for the Parody Album Cover Contest began at the STMA’s website, www.steffenthomas.org, on Feb. 26 and will stay open until March 21 at 5 p.m. All votes for the winner of the contest must be placed on the STMA’s website and will require a minimum donation of $3.
The winner of the contest will be announced on March 22 at the Peace, Love, and Rockin’ Art fundraiser.
“There was a lot of work that went into this project to create believable parodies of iconic covers from the 60s and 70s,” said Karen Strelecki, STMA museum director.
“There are 14 contestants from the Madison-Morgan County area who are fans of the museum and its programs. Tickets for the Peace, Love, and Rockin’ Art fundraiser can be purchased online or by calling the museum at 706-342-7557 and are $35 per person.
At the event, there will be a food, a cash bar, a silent auction, raffles, door prizes, and – naturally – dancing. While 60s and 70s attire is only optional, it is encouraged.
Whidby Jewelers has donated a sparkling diamond and white gold pendant for the jewelry raffle.
Tickets for this item may be purchased ahead of time on the STMA’s website for $10 a piece or $25 for three. The fundraiser will benefit the STMA’s Arts Outreach Programs.
According to Strelecki, the museum has hosted these programs, which are almost completely funded by grants, donations, sponsors, and fundraisers, for the past 13 years.
“Without community support through participation in our fundraisers and generous donors, we could not continue these important arts programs that reach kids of all ages, demographics, and financial strata,” said Strelecki.
“We are especially interested and involved in reaching kids who are in need or at risk.” For more information on these and other programs hosted by the STMA, visit their website at www.steffenthomas.org.