Art Theme Tablescape and “Georgia” Book Club Lunch

Earlier this summer, I hosted my Book Club for our discussion of the book, Georgia by author Dawn Tripp.  Georgia is a historical fiction book about iconic American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe.  In keeping with the theme of the book, I created an “Art Theme Tablescape”.  I had a great time putting it together.

Here’s a look back at it.

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Gathering together artwork and art supplies was my starting point…

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I took some old cans (various sizes), painted them and filled them with items an artist may use such as brushes, pencils (both lead and colored), and paint sticks…

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I hung an old paint canvas as a backdrop…

book club ideas for Georgia


Georgia O’Keeffe was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers.  I inserted pictures of flowers as part of my tablescape to symbolize this…

book club and tablescape about Georgia O'Keefe

In 1928, Georgia O’Keeffe painted her masterpiece, Oriental Poppies –  A vase of poppies on the table symbolized this…

Artist Georgia O'Keefe inspired table

Between 1918 and 1925, O’Keeffe served as a muse for famous photographer and art promoter, Alfred Stieglitz.  Despite Stieglitz being 23 years older, the two fell deeply in love and eventually married after Stieglitz’s divorce became final.  I added a camera, a couple of books about Alfred Stieglitz’s photography, and a framed photo taken by a photographer to represent him…

"Georgia" book club ideas

I included several art books including books about Georgia O’Keeffe and her artwork (from my local library) – the Georgia O’Keeffe books also served as references during our discussion of the book

book club ideas about Georgia O'Keefe

Between 1929 and 1949, O’Keeffe spent almost every year in New Mexico.  She collected rocks and bones in the desert.  Skulls became a feature in many of her paintings – I placed a small skull on the table…

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Artists’ Materials (Details)…

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artist theme table ideas

art theme ideas


To create the idea of an art gallery, I gathered various pieces of artwork and displayed them around the room…

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art gallery ideas

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art inspired ideas

I also hung up a poster displaying photographs taken by Alfred Stieglitz…

Source of all photos: Google

Source of all photos: Google


I kept place settings plain.  I wanted the focus of the table to be on the art details…


I served a simple chicken salad with celery, grapes, and hard-boiled eggs.


Fresh berries with vanilla yogurt & rolls…book club lunch

Carrot cake for dessert….


We all enjoyed this book. We had a good discussion about O’Keeffe’s intense personality, her relationship with her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz, other characters/people in the book O’Keeffe seemed to be close with, and about her provocative artwork.

Special note:  To my dear friend who wrote her very hard-earned doctoral dissertation relating to Georgia O’Keeffe (& a couple of other key figures) – I thank you for piquing my interest about wanting to know more about artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and ultimately reading this book.  You inspire me!

Oriental Poppies, 1928 Photo source:

Oriental Poppies, 1928
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