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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:

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.


November 16, 2017
Max Garland Presents at Thelma

7:00-8:30 p.m.
Free
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac

Max Garland is a professor of English literature at UW-Eau Claire. Max Garland is going to be presenting his poetry at Thelma, along with Susan Firer, and audiences will have a great time listening to Max's poetry.


November 16, 2017
Susan Firer Presents at Thelma

7:00-8:30 p.m.
Free
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac

Susan has written 6 books and her sixth book was published in 2016. Susan Firer is going to be reciting her poetry, along with Max Garland at Thelma.


November 17, 2017
800 lb Gorilla Performs at Thelma

8:00 p.m.
Starts at $10 ($6 for Members of Thelma)
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI

800 lb Gorilla is a band that plays college-rock jams and also has the enjoyment of playing with a saxophone, keyboards and a tight rhythm section, and it will wow the audience when they perform.


November 18, 2017
The Art of the Cocktail

2:00 pm till 5:00 pm
$50
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Plan your holiday drink specials, or just enjoy the afternoon with friends at this premier event for the novice or experienced fan of the cocktail.

Must be at least 21 to attend. Two drinks, food and entertainment by Eva and the Swizzle Sticks as well as brief engagement opportunities to learn from the experts.

Try a whiskey in Cafe 1906, a wine in Fountain City and a martini in the Great Hall Lounge.

Enjoy hand-passed hors d’oeuvres and music during this afternoon of fun.


January 6, 2018
Don & Eileen Urness Exhibition ENDS

11:00 am - 3:00 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.


January 11, 2018
Gina Litherland Exhibition Reception

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

Gina Litherland has been active in the visual arts since the mid-1970s, exploring photography, performance, drawing and painting. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her paintings, drawings, and articles have been published worldwide in journals and periodicals.

Litherland has always been interested in the interplay between myth, the natural world, and the domain of dreams and memory. As a child she spent many hours exploring natural wooded areas and empty lots inhabited by multitudes of insects and wildlife. This, along with a fervent interest in reading, particularly fairy tales, laid the foundation for her current investigations as an artist. Much of her work is inspired by folklore, myth, and literature reflected in her own personal preoccupations, specifically themes of desire, femaleness, the natural world, the human/animal boundary, children's games, ritual, intuition, and memory. The painting techniques that she uses, traditional indirect oil painting techniques similar to those used by fifteenth-century Sienese painters, combined with textural effects created by using various tools other than the paint brush, allow her to create a detailed, layered, and complex surface of images recreating the experience of looking at the forest floor with its rich blanket of diverse matter in various stages of decay. Suddenly, an object emerges and comes sharply into focus.

While some of her paintings begin with an idea that she has been ruminating over for some time, or are inspired by a particularly compelling book or folktale, others occur quite spontaneously, beginning with a decalcomania underpainting which suggests forms that emerge and develop into a personal narrative. The act of painting becomes a complete process of revelation. A mysterious narrative emerges, Rorschach-like, from a turbulent, chaotic ground of color and texture. Myths, dreams, memories, and phantoms of pigment suspended in medium are in continuous dialogue with one another. Dormant images ignite slowly, as our eyes adjust to their dark submerged brilliance.

Litherland is represented in the Chicago area by Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery.

Gina Litherland Exhibition Ends February 24, 2018.


January 11, 2018
Todd Mrozinski Exhibition Reception

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

Todd Mrozinski Exhibition Ends February 24, 2018.