Special to the Citizen
On Thursday, August 24, the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art celebrated its 20th Anniversary with an Annual Meeting, Founders’ Day Celebration, and Champagne Reception marking the opening of its newest exhibition, Steffen Thomas: A Legacy in Atlanta. The annual meeting was punctuated with awards given for Volunteer of the Year (Kate Roberts and Louise Lauderdale) and first officers of the Museum (Andrew Hayes, Hathia Hayes, and Mary Nell McLauchlin). To conclude the meeting, Lisa Thomas Conner, youngest daughter of master artist Steffen Thomas, delivered a heart-warming summary of how the Museum was begun by her mother, Sara Douglass Thomas, following the death of her father, and Ms. Conner was presented with a special gift from museum staff and board of directors. More than 100 supporters and art enthusiasts attended the champagne reception for the exhibition opening that followed the annual meeting. Steffen Thomas: A Legacy in Atlanta features works by 17 Georgia artists who inte preted Thomas’ large Trilon fountain, located in Atlanta at the corner of 15 th and Peachtree streets, in a plein air paint out on May 20. All works by these artists are for sale. Interspersed with the Trilon paintings are works by master artist Steffen Thomas. Steffen Thomas: A Legacy in Atlanta will remain at the Museum through September 30. Prior to Thursday’s opening at the Museum, this exhibition showed at Gallery 72 in downtown Atlanta where it opened June 8 to a large and enthusiastic crowd.
The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art was established by Thomas’ wife and children after his passing in 1990 in order to preserve Thomas’ artwork and legacy as an artist. Mrs. Thomas used the bulk of her life savings to build a 13,000 square foot facility in Buckhead on land donated by their son, Steffen Thomas, Jr. The Museum opened in 1997 and since 2001 has offered unique, in-depth arts programming to students and adults in a community that has grown to include seven counties. STMA is a 501(c)3 organization.
For more information about the exhibition or the Museum, please visit our Facebook page through the website, www.steffenthomas.org or call 706-342- 7557. The Museum is located at 4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, GA 30625 and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment.