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Free admission to galleries to celebrate local arts

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that admission to the two-level Contemporary Wing will be free for all through June 22.

“Admission is always free for THELMA members, but to celebrate local arts currently exhibited in the galleries, we decided to open it up to everyone,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. 

THELMA also announced new summer hours that begin May 1. The Contemporary Wing will be open 11 am to 4 pm, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 11 am to 8 pm Thursdays.

There are three exhibits featuring local artists at THELMA.

1. 2014 Congressional Art Competition features high school students in the 6th Congressional District and is sponsored by Congressman Tom Petri. This is a nationwide art program in which the local winner is permitted to display his or her work in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit is open through May 4. A free reception is set for Saturday, April 26 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

2. Anthropology of Spirit by Hillary Quella, assistant professor of art at Marian University, is at THELMA through May 11. Quella uses film to produce her dream-like photos taken at night.  

3. 2014 Membership Exhibition, a juried exhibit featuring members of the THELMA, Fond du Lac Visual Artists, Fond du Lac Artists’ Association and Sheboygan Visual Artists, will be at THELMA from May 8 through June 22. A free reception is scheduled for May 8 from 5 to 8 pm. 

The Contemporary Wing is open 10:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Wednesday and Friday, and open until 8 pm Thursdays. The galleries are also open during events.   

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, 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.

 

THELMA to offer drop-in yoga classes Thursdays

A drop-in yoga class will be held at 9 am, Thursdays in the Contemporary Wing of Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA). 

Amy Jarvis, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, will head the class. A strengthening, flow-style yoga, Vinyasa Flow links breath with movement. Participants should be physically healthy, and options are offered for many poses to meet you where you are today in your practice. 

Participants will experience calmness, inner-strength and self-acceptance in this one-hour class in a beautiful gallery setting at THELMA. 

Each session is $15 ($12 for THELMA members). You may pay when you arrive or register for as many classes as you would like at thelmaarts.org. Find tickets at the top of the website, open the “Buy Tickets” link and register for the next date and click “other dates” to select future sessions. Click here for the link.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. Plan to arrive by 8:45 am to check in at the front desk. Bring your own mat, a towel and bottle of water. 

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts is a beautiful and historic destination creating outstanding arts experiences not readily available in the area.  

 

Children's Chorale Spring Concert is May 4

The Fond du Lac Children's Chorale will perform their Spring Concert, Sunday, May 4th at 2 pm and 4 pm at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. Under the direction of David Hein, artistic director, this year's concert is titled "Break Free: Songs of Escape." The program explores a range of music that has been significant to protest and emancipation movements around the world -- South African freedom songs, the music of Pete Seeger, African-American spirituals -- as well as music that simply helps us find a sense of escape, such as "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins and John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders." For tickets or information call 920-322-8943.

In it's 15th season, the Fond du Lac Children's Chorale serves children throughout Fond du Lac county drawing from public and parochial schools. It is a resident ensemble of Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. Membership is open to all fourth through eighth grade children, by audition. Auditions are scheduled at intervals throughout the school year, to learn more, visit the Children's Chorale at www.fdlchildrenschorale.org, or like us on Facebook.

 

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.

THELMA recognized as economic catalyst for downtowns

Two Wisconsin cities, officials in Madison and the state's tourism industry are paying attention to what was accomplished in Fond du Lac – specifically the expansion and renovation of its downtown arts center.

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is on the map as a regional arts center and being touted as an example of how a thriving arts center can be a catalyst for economic development in downtowns, said THELMA Executive Director Kevin Miller.

Miller has given presentations recently in Sheboygan and Eau Claire. Representatives from both cities requested Miller speak about the privately funded renovation and expansion of THELMA and the process to develop an Arts and Entertainment District in downtown Fond du Lac. 

“This is extremely gratifying because we have long felt that the expansion and renovation of THELMA and the creation of the arts and entertainment district is a game changer for the area,” Miller said.

Miller shared THELMA's story in a presentation at the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism held in Lake Geneva in March. He also represented THELMA and the Wisconsin Arts Board, of which he is a Governor Scott Walker appointee, in Madison as he advocates for the Creative Economy Development Initiative. Miller recently testified before the Senate Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism Committee, and the Assembly Tourism Committee. Both committees have since passed the initiative. 

The Creative Economy Development Initiative is a public/private partnership to leverage and grow assets and resources throughout Wisconsin. The Arts Board would administer the initiative in a 2:1 matching grant program. 

The Initiative must go to the Joint Finance Committee and both the Senate and Assembly prior to being signed into law by Governor Walker.

“The bottom line is that an arts center means so much more to a community than the paintings on the walls,” Miller said. “Yes, it is a quality of life amenity but it also means economic development, tourism and jobs for the community.”

“This is a great gift for Fond du Lac,” Miller added.

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 Link

 

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51 Sheboygan Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920.921.5410
info@thelmaarts.org

May through December

Open Daily
10:30am – 5pm
Thursday
10:30am – 8pm

January through April
Closed Weekends except during THELMA events

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