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Co-chairs announced for 2016 Windy Dinner THELMA Style

Justin and Alexandra Smith and Grant and Katie Grinstead have been named as co-chairs of the 16th annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style, the largest fundraising event for Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA).

Windy Dinner THELMA Style is set for Thursday, October 6. Reservations may be made at thelmaarts.org.

Justin Smith is the President and CEO of C.D. Smith Construction Services, In addition to the THELMA Board, Justin Smith is a member of the Marian University Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Wisconsin. 

Alexandra Smith is a member of the Charity Club of Fond du Lac and the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund. She recently was a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac.

Grant Grinstead, of Vir-Clar Farms, is a member of the THELMA Board of Directors. Katie Grinstead, also of Vir-Clar Farms, is the president of the Fond du Lac County Fair Board and the Charity Club of Fond du Lac. She was named to Farm Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class in 2015.

Co-chairs set the fundraising goal, pick the theme of the evening which includes the caterer, as well as decide on the flow of the evening. 

“Sasha and I are honored to be this year’s co-chairs and realize we have big shoes to fill,” said Justin Smith. “Last year’s co-chairs Pat and Rick Miller and Terri and Ron Emanuel set the bar incredibly high with the most successful Windy Dinner THELMA Style ever.”

Katie and Grant Grinstead echo those sentiments. “We are looking forward to adding a few new elements making the event even more fun to attend,” Katie Grinstead said.

The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, auctions, and entertainment. The recipient of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award will also be honored.

“THELMA is fortunate to have great support from our board and community as represented by the Smiths and the Grinsteads,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA’s executive director. “Both couples have dedicated themselves to bettering the community, and they bring that passion to THELMA and this major fundraising event.” 

You may register for Windy Dinner THELMA Style by visiting thelmaarts.org and click tickets.   

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. 

THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to creating experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

THELMA joins national stage in celebrating 50 years of NEA

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) helps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in a video celebrating the Wisconsin arts scene. 

THELMA is one of four organizations chosen to share their story. 

The video, entitled United States of Arts in Wisconsin, premiered March 9 at Wisconsin Arts Day. You may view the video here and on the NEA’s website. 

The video gives power and value of Wisconsin arts focusing on four elements: Diversity, access, rural arts, and economic development. Telling these stories are four exemplary Wisconsin arts leaders including Kevin Miller, THELMA’s Executive Director and Chairman of the Wisconsin Arts Board.

“I am proud to be included with the other arts leaders and to be able to share THELMA’s Fond du lac story with our state and nation,” Miller said. “I also feel a sense of gratitude to the Wisconsin Arts Board and the NEA when you consider the effect of the seed grant our organization received back in 1995. Fast forward to the present and see how that small investment has benefited the Fond du Lac community.”

Also in the video are Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker-Bronson, Founder and Artistic/Executive Director, Ko-Thi Dance Company in Milwaukee; Donna Neuwirth, Executive Director, Wormfarm Institute, Reedsburg; and Ruth Kohler, Director of Strategic Initiatives, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan.

“Our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts is crucial to the Arts Board’s work,” said George Tzougros, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board. “Their support takes many forms: funding, ideas, counsel, information, which we in turn share with artists, arts organizations, and communities all over Wisconsin.”

In 2015, the NEA has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities. 

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Learn more

The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.  Since 1973, the Arts Board has supported artists and arts organizations with funds from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information on the Wisconsin Arts Board, please visit here. For information on Wisconsin arts and cultural events, please visit here.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing arts experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Exhibit the plays with light and color ends Saturday

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced that it will host a reception for artist Chris Natrop Friday, March 11 from 5 to 7pm.

The Milwaukee native’s exhibit, Between Light and Half Light, is an installation of cut paper drawings that plays with light and color.

“Coming back home to Wisconsin to exhibit at THELMA is a wonderful opportunity,” Natrop said. “I look forward to creating a unique art-viewing experience by transforming their exquisite gallery into a site-specific, immersive environment.” 

Natrop’s studio practice has centered on the act of cutting paper. Executed free form and exclusively with a knife, it has evolved into a stream-of-consciousness drawing technique, a meditation of repetition and reduction. 

Natrop was born in 1967 in Milwaukee. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 with an emphasis in painting. He was an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts, and was a resident at Vermont Studio School. 

Natrop’s solo exhibitions include Taylor De Cordoba, MOCA Jacksonville, Chapman University, Sonoma County Museum, BANK and Overtones Gallery. His work has been published in Art in America, Tema Celeste, Los Angeles Times, THE Magazine, New Yorker magazine and twice in New American Painters. 

Natrop was the 2007 recipient of the Pulse Prize from the Pulse Art Fair, New York. And has recently completed commissioned projects for U.S. Consulate in Dubai, Los Angeles International Airport and Harry Winston Jewelers.

The exhibit will run through May 7. 

THELMA’s Contemporary Wing is free to the public, thanks to the generosity of Horicon Bank. Horicon Bank has a tradition steeped in art and shares the belief that art should be accessible to all.  

The gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 3 pm Saturdays and during events. Check THELMA’s website for any changes in the hours due to private events. 

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

 

 

 

THELMA Volunteers may sign up, select shifts online

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that volunteers may now sign up to volunteer at THELMA online. 

THELMA is looking to expand its volunteer program and now offers shifts including front desk attendant, art docent, ticket scanner, and event setup. Volunteers may complete an application, update their profile, sign up for shifts, and track their own volunteer hours online.  

“As a non-profit with over 200 events a year, a box office that is open regularly, and two levels of art exhibits, volunteers are key to THELMA’s success,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. “THELMA is not only an important asset to the downtown and Fond du Lac area, but also a fun and exciting environment that is always changing making it a great place to be.”

Philip Shepherd, a downtown attorney, is serving in a volunteer capacity as THELMA’s volunteer coordinator. William Zierdt, retired from Marian University, and Grant Grinstead, of Vir Clar Farms, serve on the THELMA Board of Directors and are co-chairs of THELMA’s Volunteer Committee.

“Volunteers give their valuable time to THELMA, so the process of signing up as a volunteer and selecting the time you can give needs to be simple,” Shepherd said. 

The software also allows THELMA to track how many volunteer hours are provided to the organization. To sign up, click here.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. The Contemporary Wing has free admission and is open to all. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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