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Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Ph: 920-921-5410

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 3pm

*Please check Visitor Information on web site home page for any changes to daily hours due to events.

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is a premier venue providing the community with unprecedented access to arts and entertainment, and a unique destination for weddings and corporate gatherings. Named for a woman with a classic style and an affinity for her community, this vital amenity is the cornerstone of the Arts and Entertainment District in downtown Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

A former Masonic Temple renovated and expanded in 2013 includes a new two-level art gallery that gives a nod to an exciting future and is the perfect backdrop for high-profile art exhibits. THELMA is an impressive feature in the heart of the city’s downtown with majestic pillars, a grand staircase, and the perfect blend of the historic and the modern. You will want to visit again and again whether it’s relaxing on the spacious outdoor plaza, watching a film, listening to an intimate concert in The Great Hall or attending a major concert in the street.

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www.thelmaarts.org
info@thelmaarts.org

Features:

  • Public Meeting Rooms are available at this location.
  • WiFi services are available at this location.


Upcoming Events:

August 23, 2017
Cool Jewels

9:00 am- 3:00 pm
$75 ($60 for members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Design and create your own unique jewelry using metals and found materials. Learn to manipulate metals by: cutting, etching, stamping, shaping and joining through a variety of cold connections. You will be working with copper and brass as well as interesting found materials and tools. Students should bring a sketchbook or paper for working up designs, pencil and eraser, any special small objects to incorporate into designs, and brown bag lunch.


August 24, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Marcell Guyton of the Rhythm Kings

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Marcell Guyton and the Rhythm Kings is a one-of-a-kind show featuring many styles of music, from Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye to Bruce Hornsby and The Eagles. Don’t miss the sweet, soulful performance, radiating from the center of the plaza this summer!


September 9, 2017
2017 Membership Exhibition ENDS

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

2017 Membership Exhibition Ends September 9th.


September 9, 2017
The Jimmys with Westside Andy, Fondue Fest Finale

5 - 8 pm
Free admission
THELMA

The Jimmys with Westside Andy will perform for the 2017 Fondue Fest Finale at THELMA.

The Jimmys have been tearing up stages with their blend of blues, soul, funk, and R&B for nearly 10 years. Award-winning keyboardist/singer/songwriter Jimmy Voegeli has assembled an all-star lineup: Perry Weber, veteran guitarist/singer/songwriter brings an authentic blues sound; Mauro Magellan, of the Georgia Satellites, drives the band with some mighty drumming; John Wartenweiler ties it up with powerful bass lines and a deep groove. The Amateur Horn Stars – Pete Ross, Saxophone; Darren Sterud, trombone; and Mike Boman, trumpet – combine 50 plus years’ experience touring the world, playing with Clyde Stubblefield, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Davina and the Vagabonds, Youngblood Brass Band, B.B. King and his All Stars, and many others. With multiple awards under their belts, and a growing legion of fans, the band will crush anyone in their path on their way toward absolute galactic domination.

Get yourself to the next performance and see what everyone’s hollerin’ about.


September 14, 2017
Shane McAdams Exhibition Reception

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

Shane Walsh makes paintings that reference digital and analog forms of representation (Photoshop, commercial printing) and combines these with the signs and symbols of 20th century abstraction.

He begins by making small-scale collages constructed from photocopied images. These images of shapes and marks are made in response to the history of abstract painting, some are expressive, others graphic or digital. This approach allows him to treat the history of abstraction as a storehouse of moments to copy, paste, and sample from. This cutting, copying and pasting owes as much to punk and hip-hop show posters from his youth as it does to modernist collage traditions.

The photocopy also serves as an important metaphor in his work. As images are reproduced over and over they become altered and their visual qualities degraded. The photocopying process echoes how he thinks about abstraction in the way that our understanding of abstract painting becomes altered as it gets transmitted and reproduced through time and culture. Akin to the children’s game “telephone”, where the original message often emerges drastically altered and distorted by the time it arrives at the last participant. Walsh sees these distortions as something to celebrate and these paintings are his opportunity to playfully re-construct an image of abstraction that feels appropriate to his time and place.

Walsh is a Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his BFA from MIAD and his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Shane McAdams Exhibition Ends November 4, 2017.


September 14, 2017
Shane Walsh Artist's Reception

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

Shane Walsh makes paintings that reference digital and analog forms of representation (Photoshop, commercial printing) and combines these with the signs and symbols of 20th century abstraction.
He begins by making small-scale collages constructed from photocopied images. These images of shapes and marks are made in response to the history of abstract painting, some are expressive, others graphic or digital. This approach allows him to treat the history of abstraction as a storehouse of moments to copy, paste, and sample from. This cutting, copying and pasting owes as much to punk and hip-hop show posters from his youth as it does to modernist collage traditions.
The photocopy also serves as an important metaphor in his work. As images are reproduced over and over they become altered and their visual qualities degraded. The photocopying process echoes how he thinks about abstraction in the way that our understanding of abstract painting becomes altered as it gets transmitted and reproduced through time and culture. Akin to the children’s game “telephone”, where the original message often emerges drastically altered and distorted by the time it arrives at the last participant. Walsh sees these distortions as something to celebrate and these paintings are his opportunity to playfully re-construct an image of abstraction that feels appropriate to his time and place.
Walsh is a Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his BFA from MIAD and his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.


November 4, 2017
Shane McAdams Exhibition ENDS

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

Shane Walsh makes paintings that reference digital and analog forms of representation (Photoshop, commercial printing) and combines these with the signs and symbols of 20th century abstraction.

He begins by making small-scale collages constructed from photocopied images. These images of shapes and marks are made in response to the history of abstract painting, some are expressive, others graphic or digital. This approach allows him to treat the history of abstraction as a storehouse of moments to copy, paste, and sample from. This cutting, copying and pasting owes as much to punk and hip-hop show posters from his youth as it does to modernist collage traditions.

The photocopy also serves as an important metaphor in his work. As images are reproduced over and over they become altered and their visual qualities degraded. The photocopying process echoes how he thinks about abstraction in the way that our understanding of abstract painting becomes altered as it gets transmitted and reproduced through time and culture. Akin to the children’s game “telephone”, where the original message often emerges drastically altered and distorted by the time it arrives at the last participant. Walsh sees these distortions as something to celebrate and these paintings are his opportunity to playfully re-construct an image of abstraction that feels appropriate to his time and place.

Walsh is a Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his BFA from MIAD and his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Shane McAdams Exhibition Ends November 4, 2017.


November 9, 2017
Don & Eileen Urness Exhibit Reception

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Free
Contemporary Wing

Don Urness is a papermaking artist from southeastern Wisconsin. Because of his interest in the environment, Urness began making paper from trash in the 1980s. He uses recycled paper pulp for his art projects which also reflect his interest in light and how it affects nature and objects. Urness has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education from UW-Eau Claire, and a Master’s degree in visual studies from Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee.

Although mostly a self-taught artist, Eileen Urness has been surrounded by art and artists most of her adult life. She has explored many areas of art including jewelry, ceramics and painting. Eileen has experimented with epoxy paintings. She found in epoxy a vehicle to represent the kind of depth, layering and color she was in search of. Her technique incorporates elements of collage, paint and raw pigment. Lately Eileen has been experimenting with Millifiori Polymer Eggs. Her technique is largely experimental and self-developed incorporating elements of the millifiori glass technique with polymer clay on eggshells. She has received several awards for her innovative techniques and attention to detail.


November 9, 2017
Don & Eileen Urness Exhibition Reception

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

Don Urness is a papermaking artist from southeastern Wisconsin. Because of his interest in the environment, Urness began making paper from trash in the 1980s. He uses recycled paper pulp for his art projects which also reflect his interest in light and how it affects nature and objects. Urness has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education from UW-Eau Claire, and a Master’s degree in visual studies from Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee.

Although mostly a self-taught artist, Eileen Urness has been surrounded by art and artists most of her adult life. She has explored many areas of art including jewelry, ceramics and painting. Eileen has experimented with epoxy paintings. She found in epoxy a vehicle to represent the kind of depth, layering and color she was in search of. Her technique incorporates elements of collage, paint and raw pigment. Lately Eileen has been experimenting with Millifiori Polymer Eggs. Her technique is largely experimental and self-developed incorporating elements of the millifiori glass technique with polymer clay on eggshells. She has received several awards for her innovative techniques and attention to detail.

Don & Eileen Urness Exhibition Ends January 6, 2018.