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Fond du Lac native has ties to filmmaker Wes Anderson

When Fond du Lac screens The Grand Budapest Hotel Friday, there will be a direct connection to Fond du Lac –  Deborah Wettstein.

Wettstein is the CFO for Indian Paintbrush, a privately owned California-based production company most recently working with filmmaker Wes Anderson. The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson’s latest film will be screened at THELMA Friday at 7:30 pm.

Movie goers can expect some giveaways from Wettstein during the movie.

A St. Mary’s Springs graduate, Wettstein moved to California and worked in the insurance industry before getting her graduate degree from USC. 

“I used my graduate work as an opportunity to transition into the film industry,” Wettstein said. She worked for various independent companies before coming to Indian Paintbrush, where she has been for eight years.

Wettstein has always loved film and is inspired by the stories told through film. 

“It’s an exciting place to be,” she said. “Working on the financial side, I appreciate being around creative people. And it’s fun to be part of supporting the process.”

On Wes Anderson, Wettstein said “there is no detail that he does not pay attention to.”

When she returns to Fond du Lac this week, not only will she be attending the film at THELMA Friday but she does plan on going to a good fish fry.

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 experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts, 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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Exhibit features 18 of Wisconsin's most exciting artists

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is the venue for an exciting new group exhibit featuring some of Wisconsin’s most prominent artists.

45 North: THELMA Summer Invitational opens Thursday, August 21 with a free reception from 6 to 8 pm. The two-level exhibit, curated by Shane McAdams, features 45 pieces from 18 different artists. McAdams, an adjunct professor at Marian University, has a studio in New York.

“This thrilling new exhibit will bridge the gap between the Fond du Lac art scene and those in Milwaukee and other areas of the state,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA’s executive director.  

The artists in the exhibit are Peter Barrickman, Kimberly Benson, Tom Berenz, Derrick Buisch, Willy Carpenter, Michael Davidson, Breehan James, Frank Juarez, Greg Klassen, Kay Knight, Keith Nelson, James Pederson, Andrew Redington, Rafael Salas, Lynn Tomaszewski, Jason Vaughn, Shane Walsh, and Scott Zieher. 

The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 21. 

THELMA members and students always have free access to the Contemporary Wing. For adults who are not members, admission is $5.

The Contemporary Wing is open 11 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday with extended hours Thursdays until 8 pm. 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 experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts, 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.

 

Let THELMA Shine!

Key visionaries built Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) for everyone and now THELMA needs your help to shine!

Helping THELMA shine enriches Fond du Lac’s quality of life and creates an attractive community for tourism and economic development. Helping THELMA shine provides for a variety of arts programming that rises to the level of this wonderful building.

“Only through community support can we shine,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Inc. today has announced the “Let THELMA Shine: We’re More than the Arts” Fundraising Campaign. The not-for-profit intends to raise $2 million by December 31. 

 “This public appeal is aimed at supporters of tourism, economic development, the downtown, and of course, the arts. It is our hope that you realize that THELMA means a great deal to our community and that this is not just THELMA’S time, but Fond du Lac’s time,” Miller added. 

THELMA as a regional destination

THELMA has already been touted as a regional destination around the state as Miller has been sharing the “THELMA story” in Madison, Eau Claire and Sheboygan. Thousands of people have already experienced THELMA through the numerous events at the downtown arts center. 

The unprecedented generosity of the Fond du Lac area is proudly on display at THELMA. THELMA has been the venue for numerous community fundraisers boasting record attendance and donations, Miller said. In the first four months of operations, THELMA has assisted non-profits in raising over $138,000. 

Now, the community has the opportunity to make a real difference in the future of Fond du Lac, the region, and the state by contributing to the “Let THELMA Shine: We’re More than the Arts” Fundraising Campaign. Help THELMA shine.

If you haven’t had the chance to see the entire facility, tours of THELMA may be scheduled by contacting us at 920.921.5410 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Click here if you would like to donate now.

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 experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor and outdoor 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.

Free admission for students with ID

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is now offering free admission for high school and college students when they present their student ID.

Simply present your ID when you arrive at THELMA and you will have access to the Contemporary Wing.

The Contemporary Wing is open 10:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and until 8 pm on Thursdays. Admission is always free for THELMA members, and children under 13. Admission is $5 for nonmembers.

 

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Fond du Lac, WI 54935
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Thursday
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