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									STMA NEWS
                                                                                                       “This world is too small for less than brotherhood……
                                                                                                         Too dangerous for less than truth…..”

Steffen Thomas Museum of Art
                                                                  Summer/Fall 2009                                                   Vol 12, No. 2

                      NEW SCHOOL PROJECTS

                                                         Last fall, STMA’s Arts Outreach Program launched the first year of Op Art:
                                                         Opportunities for Employment and Empowerment through the Visual Arts, a three-
                                                         year project designed to introduce students in the tri-county Lake Oconee area to
                                                         careers in the visual arts and the importance of ecological responsibility. The program
                                                         began with a group of 9th through 12th grade art students from Greene County High
                                                         School. Working professionals, including an illustrator, textile and fashion designers,
                                                         a floral designer and fine artists, spoke to the students about careers in the visual arts.
                                                         Lee Glenn, a Georgia Power representative, discussed water conservation and the
                                                         importance of keeping Lake Oconee water and shores clean. Next, STMA conducted
                                                         16 weekly art workshops with the students. Taught by STMA Lead Artist Karen
                                                         Strelecki, and assisted by local artists Barbara Kimbrough and Joanna Ralston,
      Greene County High art students proudly display    students created small wire sculptures made from recycled wire and metal. Awards
       their wire sculpture diorama of a lakeside scene,
                                                         were then presented for the most outstanding
       now permanently installed at GA Power’s Parks
           Ferry Recreation Area at Lake Oconee.         pieces. Finally, a small group of students
                                                         worked with professional artists to
 construct a wire sculpture diorama depicting a lakeside scene. The end result is now
 permanently installed at the GA Power Parks Ferry Recreation Area. This project was
 sponsored by Georgia Power – A Southern Company; Georgia Power Foundation; Reynolds
 Plantation Foundation; David Crawford, CPA; DreamTeam Technologies; Frances Wood
 Wilson Foundation; Jim Boyd & Associates; Smith Communications; Madison Studios;
 Vanishing Rural Georgia Art; and Whidby Jewelers. Students in Putnam and Morgan
 counties will participate in the second and third years of the program, respectively.
   A variation of the program – Between a Rock and a Hard Place: the Winter/Spring                         STMA Lead Artist, Karen Strelecki, presents
 Garden – was presented to the Morgan County CrossRoads School. Students were                               award-winning CrossRoads students with
 assigned to two separate groups. Master gardeners Linda Thoman and Dick Whalen taught                            their prizes and certificates.
 the garden group how to design, plant and cultivate a garden on the school grounds. Bruce Morrill, owner of Old South Landscapes,
 served as consultant. Rocks and planting mix were donated by Lafarge Quarry and Haynes Farms. Under the guidance of STMA Lead
 Artist, Karen Strelecki, the art group constructed small wire sculptures made from recycled wire and metal depicting the vegetables
 and beneficial insects that might be found in the school garden. The students then combined their efforts to create a single large art
 piece, “Bob the Scarecrow,” now on display in the school garden. During a picnic luncheon held at the museum, each student received
 a certificate of participation, and awards were presented to the first, second and third place winners. In addition, working professionals
 spoke to the students about career opportunities in the visual arts. This program was sponsored by the Community Foundation for
 Greater Atlanta – the Morgan Fund, Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, C.R. Bard Foundation and Georgia Power Foundation.

                               DATE SET FOR 2009 ANNUAL MEETING
          The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art will hold its 2009 Annual Meeting of the Membership on Saturday, August
          29th from 5:00 to 5:30 PM The meeting will be followed by a special celebration to honor our numerous patrons,
          supporters and dedicated volunteers who make our programs and events possible. We are most grateful to them

          This year, the event will be held in conjunction with a special reception for the museum’s new temporary pottery
          exhibits: North Carolina Living Treasures 2009; Cynthia Bringle and Norm Schulman along with Steffen
          Thomas Ceramic Sculpture. Please see page 3 for details.
                                                            STMA NEWS

   With the museum’s gallery decked out as                                                               A silent auction included handcrafted
  the main dining room of a cruise ship,                                                                 items, jewelry, local services and works
  STMA celebrated its fifth annual Spring
  Gala on Saturday, May 30th. The theme of
                                                                               00                        of art. Ginger Beverly won this year’s
                                                                                                         raffle prize: a magnificent 14-karat gold
  this year’s event was “Caribbean Cruise:                                                               diamond ring donated by Whidby
  Sail into Summer,” and seaworthy guests,                                                               Jewelers.
  many sporting cruise wear, made the                                                                     The event earned approximately $7,000
  evening an “all hands on deck” celebration.                                                            for our “Georgia Master” visual arts
  “Passengers” enjoyed local cuisine featuring                                                           museum and our award-winning Arts
  the luscious flavors of the islands along with                                                         Outreach Program serving Morgan,
  live music provided by the mellow sounds of                                                            Greene and Putnam Counties.
  RhythmTrail and their steel drums.                             Guests enjoy the flavors of the
                                                               Caribbean at STMA’s Spring Gala.

            We offer our sincere thanks to the following who made Caribbean Cruise: Sail into Summer possible:
      *David Crawford, CPA; *DreamTeam Technologies; *Georgia Power – A Southern Company; *HouseSmart; *Jim
      Boyd and Associates; *Morgan County Citizen; *Madison Studios; *Nu-Art Printers; *Smith Communications;
      *Vanishing Rural Georgia Art, and *Whidby Jewelers.

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                             Sail into Summer “passengers” celebrate while listening to RhythmTrail and their steel drum band.

                                               Upcoming Family Workshops
 STMA’s Art Outreach Program continues to offer intergenerational family workshops to our tri-county community. The sessions , all
taught by local, professional artists, take place at the museum form 10 AM to noon, one Saturday a month. Please join us for one or all of
the following future classes. Admission is $8 adults, $6 children; STMA members receive a $2 discount. Those in financial need may
attend free of charge.
                                                                        October 10: Heads Up – Create paper hats inspired by Tyrolean
September 12: Pottery Workshop – Discover how pottery
                                                                        doll paintings by Steffen Thomas. Taught by practicing Georgia
can be used as an expressive art form. Taught by local
                                                                        artists, Barbara Kimbrough and Joanna Ralston.
creative artist, Elizabeth Collins.
November 14: Turn, Turn, Turn - Use the fine art of woodturning with a lathe to create your own unique hand-crafted and painted
wooden Christmas ornament. Pre-crafted, unpainted wood ornaments will be available for children and those who chose not to use the
                lathe. Taught by well-known wood turner and artist, Dan Thoman and local artist, Linda Thoman
                                                  STMA NEWS

 We are delighted to announce the installation of a new, exciting temporary exhibit: North Carolina Living Treasures 2009: Cynthia
                       Bringle and Norm Schulman. Founded in 1987 by Dr. Gerald Shinn, Professor
                       Emeritus from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the North Carolina Living
                       Treasures award is presented biannually to celebrate the talents of professional North
                       Carolina artists. This year’s recipients boast distinguished careers in the art of pottery.
                       Cynthia Bringle, who holds a BFA from the Memphis Academy of Art and a MFA from
                       Alfred University in New York, lives in Penland, N.C., where she conducts workshops
                       and classes at the Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmount, Haystack and other
                       institutions. The recipient of numerous awards, including the NC Award for Fine Art and
                       Fellow of the American Craft Council, her work is included in private and public
                       collections throughout the world.
                                                                                STMA        received the current
                     Norm has worked as a master                                traveling    exhibit   from     the
                     ceramist and teacher for over                              Fayetteville Museum of Art in
      Tall Yellow    five decades. He earned a BS in                            July. Curators Hathia and Andrew         Shaman and the
    Carved Bottle by Art from New York University,                              Hayes installed the display at          Mystics by Norm
    Cynthia Bringle  and an MFA from NY                                         STMA, which also features                  Schulman
                     University. He served as                                   ceramic sculpture by Steffen
                     Professor and Head of                                      Thomas. The exhibit opened July 28th, and continues through
Ceramics and Glass at Rhode Island School of Design                             Saturday, September 12th. The schedule for the STMA show
and Head of Ceramics at Ohio State University. His                              coincides with the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s (OCAF)
works are featured in many private and public                Large Jug with
                                                                                seventh annual Perspectives Exhibit and Sale, August 28th
collections including the Smithsonian, American Craft Handles. Ceramic          through September 16th, at the OCAF complex in Watkinsville.
Museum and Museum of Art and Design in New York. by Steffen Thomas              For more information, please visit

                                                  SAVE THE DATES

        SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th , 5:30 pm: A special celebratory reception for the North Carolina Living Treasures Exhibit
                  will be held at the museum in conjunction with the STMA Annual Meeting. Please join us!

        THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22ND, 6:00 to 9:30 PM: STMA’s annual fall fund raiser, Artoberfest 2009. Please see below:

     STMA celebrates the end of this long, hot summer with Artoberfest, the museum’s annual Fall Fund-Raiser, on Thursday,
     October 22 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM.

     This year’s event features a German Beer Garden theme with plenty of great music, dancing and hearty German food. We
     guarantee a festive, memorable evening in a setting featuring the work of the renowned German-American artist, Steffen

     Admission is $35 per person. All proceeds benefit STMA’s Arts Outreach Program. Reservations are available at STMA,
     4200 Bethany Road, Buckhead, GA; 706-342-7557. For more information and directions, please call the museum or visit
                                                           STMA NEWS

                                                        FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT
     Dear Friends:
        As summer comes to an end, we’re looking forward to several exciting events at the museum. STMA is thrilled to present two new ceramic
     exhibits – North Carolina Living Treasures: Cynthia Bringle and Norm Schulman and Steffen Thomas Ceramic Sculptures [see page 3 for details].
     These beautiful projects not only enhance our permanent collection; they also gave us a fabulous opportunity to reconfigure and refresh the museum.
     You’ll just love the results! Come and see for yourself.
        Please join me in offering a warm welcome to our latest members. Reaching art enthusiasts new to Steffen Thomas’s prodigious body of work is
     one of our major goals and certainly provides “the bounce in our step.” Also, what a joy to see so many new faces at our spring Sail into Summer
     fundraiser. Hope you all had a fabulous time!
        Speaking of fun, be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday, October 22nd, the date of our Artoberfest fall fundraiser, this year with a German
     beer garden theme. I promise you much gemütlichkeit.
        With warmest greetings from the Board,

     Marguerite Copelan

                                              New Look for STMA Museum Shop & Web Site
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                                                                                                                               Many thanks!
                                      STMA thanks the following businesses for their in-kind donations:
      Web Site Design:                         Peter Muzyka                                   Technical Support:            Cleaning Services provided by:
Chris Cook * Madison Studios            Vanishing Rural Georgia Art                    DreamTeam Technologies, Inc.         Services by House Smart, Inc.,
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     Board of Directors                 STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART
     President                                                                                                                             US POSTAGE
                                         4200 Bethany Road Buckhead GA 30625                                                               PAID
     Marguertie Copelan      -                                                       NON-PROFIT
                                                    Tel: 706-342-7557                                                                      STANDARD MAIL
     Vice-President                                                                                                                        MADISON, GA
     Lee B. Glenn                                                                                                                          PERMIT No. 42
                                             I-20 60 miles east of Atlanta
     Secretary/Treasurer                                                         Exit 121
     Todd Bearden                                                                2 Miles
     Ginger Beverly                                      STMA
     Ira Block
     Paul Bourgeois
     Dr. Jannie Broadnax                            4200 Bethany Road 1 Mile
     Anne Gilleland                     Hours:
     Jane Hogan                         Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM
     Herbie Johnson                     Admission: Adults $5, Seniors (65+) & Students $3
     Chris Lambert                      Children 6 and under: Free
     Wade Moore                         STMA Members: Free
     Joanna Ralston
     Nancy Seagraves
     Mark Smith
     Sherry Terrell-Alexander
     Nancy Vaughan
     Acting Museum Director
     Lisa Conner
     Office Administrator
     P. Thomany
     Amelia Schwartz
     Visitor Services Associates
     Sadie Carter
     Fern Williams
     D. Thomany

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