Arts in Bloom opening reception

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

managing editor

A new art exhibit is on display at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA). The museum held an initial opening reception for the new Arts in Bloom exhibit, which features an array of quilts and floral designed inspired by the art work of Steffen Thomas, which is also on display. The celebration continued over the weekend with daily events that included demonstrations, art-making activities for children and families, and lectures by well-known designers and quilters add to the fun!

Over 100 people attended the opening reception last Thursday to see three dozen quilts and lush flower arrangements, some of which were designed by seven Morgan County High School students. The reception activities included Kristin Rodriquez, a fiber artist, who presented a trunk show and talk, sponsored by Gene and Karen Massey, followed by Laura Lorocci, of Faith Flowers who presented a lecture and demonstration, sponsored by Andy and Hathia Hayes.

The STMA will host more events surrounding the new exhibit throughout April. The second reception will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Exhibit will continue to be on display through May 25. 

The April 25 event will feature  Cindy Shultz Lutini of Cindy Lutini’s Catering of Lake Oconee, who will present a working demo on how to use edible florals and herbs in culinary creations.  On Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Susan Knapp will present “Thread Sketch It”, a digital slide of what thread sketching is, and trunk show. Susan Knapp will then present  “The Artist in You,” a slide show with focus on ways traditional quilters can be more creative, along with a trunk show at 11:30 a.m.,  both presentations sponsored by Twig and Blooms.

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