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THELMA set to hold Annual Meeting for its members

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) will hold its Annual Meeting, Wednesday February 24.

All current members of THELMA may attend. A reception will be held in the Great Hall Lounge at 6:30 pm followed by the program in the Great Hall at 7 pm.

“Members will learn about exciting things to come,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director. “The evening will also be a time for members to celebrate our achievements and embrace our challenges.”

There will be live music and a cash bar. Please RSVP by calling 920.921.5410 or email Christine Bischoff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

 

Students to learn movement and rhythm in African drumming and dancing class at THELMA

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that master drummer dancer, singer and composer Edi Gbordzi of Fond du Lac will conduct drumming and dancing classes at THELMA.

The class is Timbukale! Traditional Music and Dance Lessons from Ghana, West Africa. Gbordzi is originally from Ghana. 

“This is an incredible opportunity to experience a global art form in Fond du Lac,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director.

Students will learn movement and rhythm as they study the traditions of drumming and dancing with Ghanaian songs.

Two 45-minute classes will be offered Thursdays from March 3 to April 7. The 5 pm class will be held for children and their parents or guardians. The 6 pm class will be for adults only. The fee for all six classes is $60 ($48 for Friends of THELMA) per person.

Gbordzi said he has never strayed far from his roots

 “The powerful rhythmic language I acquired as a young child is still the driving force behind all of my creative projects,” he said.

Gbordzi has performed since he was a child, leading a youth choir as a teen before embarking on his professional career. As a member of Ghana’s National Music and Dance Ensemble at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana he was able to bring his  talents to a broader audience, performing across West Africa, Europe and the United States.

As visiting faculty, he worked at Howard University in Washington D.C., Temple University in Philadelphia, and the A & T University Greensboro, NC. He later accepted a permanent adjunct faculty position with the University of Wisconsin - Madison and taught for three years. During this time he continued performing, teaching 

workshops, leading residencies for K-12 schools, libraries, community centers, festivals, other events and founded Atimevu Drum and Dance Ensemble which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. 

His current and most exciting creation is the versatile and multi-talented band, Edi Gbordzi & Timbukale, featuring his original compositions, traditional Ghanaian songs with fresh new arrangements and the traditional drumming and dancing of Ghana.

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.

 

 

Fond du Lac native, New York artist open exhibits January 14

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced that it will host a free reception for artists Nick Lamia and Tom Berenz Thursday, January 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Berenz’s exhibit, Three Feet Under, features paintings that represent Berenz’s relationship to the world around him; cerebral, physical, intellectual and visceral.  

“Fond du Lac is my hometown and THELMA is an extraordinary place,” Berenz said. “I am honored and grateful to have an exhibition at THELMA."

Berenz uses the disaster motif as a metaphor to discuss personal, sociopolitical, environmental and ideological issues. Through the motif of disaster, he explores the existential self and examines personal narratives, with some being more literal and others more enigmatic. 

Berenz earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his Master’s in Fine Arts at the UW-Madison. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at UW-Parkside. He lives and works in Milwaukee.

Lamia’s exhibit, Threads, is a show of works on paper that will allow audiences to see a range of his styles and how they interweave and fit together. 

“I am thrilled at the prospect of an exhibition in Fond du Lac, for, although I've spent a great deal of my life outdoors, I have no experience with the Midwest in deep winter,” Lamia said. “I am excited to experience, in person, the landscape and weather associated with that time and place, and to see, going forward, how the experience might affect my work.”

Lamia is an award-winning artist whose work includes drawing, painting, printmaking, installation, and sculpture. He received a Bachelor's degree in environmental science from U.C. Berkeley, a Master’s in Fine Arts in painting from Boston University, and also attended the New York Studio School for painting. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship as well as residencies at Wave Hill, The MacDowell Colony, the Robert Blackburn Print Workshop and the Triangle Artists Association where he is now a member of the board of directors.

Both exhibits will be open through February 28.

THELMA’s Contemporary Wing is free to the public, thanks to the generosity of Horicon Bank and the Wisconsin Arts Board. 

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 receives U.S. Bank grant for Arts Education for Children

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is proud to announce they are the recipient of a $5,000 grant from U.S. Bank.

The grant will be used to fund THELMA Arts Education for children, including scholarships for middle-income and under-privileged children. 

“Our mission is to provide access to the arts for the entire community,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director. “This generous support from U.S. Bank allows us to provide affordable arts education, opening doors to students who want to participate.”

Each year, U.S. Bank Foundation and Corporate Giving provides cash contributions to nonprofit organizations in areas of education, economic opportunity, and artistic and cultural enrichment. In 2014, the foundation provided more than $23.5 million in grant funding.

“U.S. Bank has a long tradition of supporting the arts and we are very pleased to play a part in offering children the opportunities provided by THELMA,” said Kim Schmitz, Vice President- District Manager of U.S. Bank.

THELMA has many opportunities for children and the list is growing. The Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale is a resident ensemble at THELMA. The group rehearses weekly and performs a Holiday and a Spring concert at THELMA. 

Last summer, THELMA provided On Stage@THELMA, the first Arts Day Camp. Children in one week learned Robin Hood, performing the musical at the end of the week. 

This fall, THELMA hosted a six-week session on African drumming and dancing for children. 

Donors have come forward providing scholarships for children from the Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac. Six students have been the recipients of these scholarships to THELMA Arts Education.

If other community members wish to help fund the arts scholarship program at THELMA please contact Kevin Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

 

2015 -2016 Reading Series announced

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today an exciting lineup for the 2015-2016 Foot of the Lake Reading Series.

The Reading Series will be held the first Tuesday of the month, except for the first one which is Thursday, October 8. In partnership with Marian University, the recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, Jean Valentine, opens the season.

“This is exciting for Fond du Lac to have such a prestigious writer open what is turning out to be an extraordinary season lineup,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director.

In 1965 Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, and in 2004 she won the National Book Award for Door in the Mountain: New & Collected Poems. Valentine lives in New York City.

This free event begins with a reading by Valentine at 7 pm in THELMA’s Great Hall. The doors open at 6:30 pm. A cash bar will be available. 

The following day, Valentine will conduct a hands-on workshop with 10 Marian University students at THELMA. Her visit is made possible by the generous support of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.

The 2015-2016 season includes: Nick Demske – the poet laureate of your face - November 3; Favorite Poem Readings – a traditionally fun event featuring community members - will be held December 1; Alison Townsend – first poet to receive the UW-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award - February 2; Dasha Kelly – founder of Still Waters Collective, a Milwaukee-based outreach for writers - March 1, and the ever popular Student Invitational April 5. The guest on May 3 will be announced soon.

The Reading Series includes readings by the guest writer, then open mic and then the guest closes the event. It is always free. Foot of the Lake has the longest running poetry collective in Wisconsin.

For more information about any of the writers, visit thelmaarts.org.

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, outstanding 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.

 

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