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 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.
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.
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.
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.
See a FREE screening of the Award-Winning documentary The Frozen Chosen.
Thursday, February 11
Cash Bar opens and 6 pm. Popcorn available.
Each winter a monstrous beast lures men and women to the ice of Lake Winnebago. It is the only place on the planet where this occurs. "The Frozen Chosen" introduces you to the obsessed men and women who are willing to wait days, years, even decades to propel their spears and bring you face-to-face with the prize below.
It's "The Deadliest Catch" meets "Ice Road Truckers," says filmmaker Steve Boettcher, who spent two years on the ice capturing the dangers and ultimate thrills of sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago. When you purchase this one-hour documentary, a portion of the proceeds go to support "Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Inc.," a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and propagation of lake sturgeon. So thank you, and enjoy the film.
Wisconsin Documentarian and Producer of "The Frozen Chosen" Steve Boettcher is a five-time, Emmy-winning filmmaker. His current work includes producing and directing PBS's national series Pioneers of Television, now in its fourth season. His other television projects include productions for History Channel, Discovery Channel, BBC, CBS and NBC. He has lived in Wisconsin his entire life and prides himself as an advocate for our state.
Part of the Sturgeon Spectacular!
Beer, a little bit of polka, more beer and Kiss the Sturgeon for Good Luck! Kickoff of the Sturgeon Spectacular!
One of the hottest bands around that gives you a taste of Americana roots music, southern soul, originality, quality musicianship and ‘good, old fashion fun, that is sure to lift your spirit!
Sturgeon Spectacular Kick Off!
Cash bar available.
Danny Jerabek (accordion, keys, vocals, cornet, sousaphone, etc.) and his wife, Michelle (Thull) Jerabek (bari saxophone, vocals, guitar, washboard, etc.) got their start performing in their family's polka bands and met at a polka dance. After they were married, they started their own band with fellow musicians, Kevin Junemann (bass, ukelele) and Jason Van Ryzin (drums).
Danny Jerabek was given an accordion from his grandfather at age 9 and taught himself how to play it. Inspired by Steve (Esteban) Jordan, “the Jimi Hendrix of Tejano Accordion” he began to “rock out” and improvise –thinking a little more, “outside the box.” He has been featured at the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX and the National Accordion Festival in Houston, TX and the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA, and has been featured on national TV.
For over 11 years the band has been pushing to keep this band on the road with the help of family, friends and fans. Copper Box has performed small, intimate shows in a 150 seat theaters and small clubs to large, main stage festivals nationwide with artist such as: The Little River Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Little Feat, Little Big Town, Peter Frampton, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lou Gramm, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier, Brave Combo, Terrance Simien, W.C. Clark, The Doobie Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, and REO Speedwagon.
Copper Box has received the following awards:
-Americana Artist of the Year 2012, 2009 (WAMI)
-Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year 2011 & 2010 (Danny Jerabek) (WAMI)
-People’s Choice 2009 (WAMI)
-Band of the Year 2002 (WPHF)
Wisconsin Blues Society describes Copper Box as “…one of the favorites of the Fox Valley Blues Festival 2004. This hot Zydeco Swamp/Blues Rock outfit with a great baritone and tenor sax gal and a hot accordion man. This group cooks and swings with some of the best Zydeco-influenced groups I’ve seen anywhere in the country.”
You have seen them on PBS, now catch this Celtic Americana band's return to THELMA!
For over two decades, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, have entertained crowds with their unique American Roots ~ Celtic Soul blend of music With an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass. Their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and Simon and Garfunkel.
Their Celtic music is authentically Irish, drawing praise from such traditional players as Matt Malloy of the group the Chieftains. Ireland has taken Switchback to her heart, with performances at art centers throughout the country and appearances on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). At the same time, their music is modern Celtic, with songs capturing the Irish of today as accurately as the Pogues and singer-songwriters like Christy Moore.
But to pay attention only to the Celtic side of Switchback would be a disservice to the unique American roots music crafted by FitzGerald and McCormack. None other than the Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines chose to work with Switchback in producing three of their albums and considers the duo one of the most important acts playing Americana music today. Their latest collaboration has resulted in Switchback’s 13th album "Kanoka.” With the soaring pedal steel of Maines along with the boxcar-hopping harmonica of Chicago's own Howard Levy, Switchback has created a musical journey that will make every Midwesterner proud of the heartland and every non-Midwesterner longing for it.
Switchback television specials “The Americana Sessions” and “The Celtic Sessions” have aired on PBS stations around the U.S. The band has also been working with Paul Mertens (who arranged the music for “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin”) on orchestral scores for “Kanoka: A Postcard from the Heartland” and “Bolinree: A Celtic Journey” suitable for a 50-chair orchestra.
Friday, February 26
THELMA Members receive 40% off!
The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin’ band, and that’s exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does...Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places.
– Guitar Edge Magazine
Friday, March 11
Ticket: $20 ($12 for Friends of THELMA)
Friends of THELMA receive 40% off
Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410 or stopping at the THELMA Box Office, 51 Sheboygan St., Downtown Fond du Lac
Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy. Taken with Albert’s fire and passion bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton, of the band Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section, volunteered to play on and produce his solo debut recording, 2003’s self-released From the Heart. B.B. King dubbed Cummings “a great guitarist.”
A barrage of guitar pyrotechnics that calls to mind a grand mix of the styles of past masters like Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Hendrix. – Bluesprint Magazine
Cummings’ soulful and explosive approach to blues and rock caught the attention of Blind Pig Records, which signed him to a multi-album deal.
Someone Like You, the latest album from master guitarist, master builder, and fan favorite Albert Cummings, marks his return to noted roots label Blind Pig Records.
The Massachusetts native learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father, but then switched to playing banjo at age 12 and became a fan of bluegrass music. In his late teens he encountered the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan and was floored by the virtuosity. While in college in 1987 he saw Vaughan perform and he returned to the guitar with a new outlook and resolve.
The whiz-kid carpenter began his ascent to masterful blues rock guitarist at age 27, with his first public performance on guitar. Soon he was on the Northeast blues circuit with his band, Swamp Yankee. In 1998 he walked into a Northeast Blues Society open jam, which led to Cummings’ winning the right to compete in the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge. The following year Albert released his debut recording, The Long Way. Bluesprint magazine said it was “a barrage of guitar pyrotechnics that calls to mind a grand mix of the styles of past masters like Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Hendrix.”
That in turn opened up an opportunity for him to work with Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section. So taken with Albert’s fire and passion were bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton that they volunteered to play on and produce his solo debut recording, 2003’s self-released From the Heart. Recorded in Austin, Texas, it featured Cummings fronting Double Trouble (including Reese Winans) in their first recording project since Stevie Ray’s passing. No less a giant of the blues than B.B. King dubbed Cummings “a great guitarist.”
Cummings’ soulful and explosive approach to blues and rock caught the attention of Blind Pig Records, which signed him to a multi-album deal. On his label debut, True to Yourself, released in 2004, Cummings was again joined by bassist Tommy Shannon. Recorded by producer extraordinaire Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray, Buddy Guy), the album rocks hard from start to finish. The all-original release showcased Albert’s rapidly developing songwriting chops and deeply emotional vocals as well as stunning guitar pyrotechnics, leading Guitar One to exclaim, “He attacks his axe with unbridled ferocity and deep soulfulness… his depth and expression are matched only by his terrifying technique and tone.”
Soon tours and shows with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and others brought Albert’s music to a much larger audience.
His second release, Working Man (2006), also produced by Jim Gaines, betrays a growing focus and maturity both in Albert’s stinging, incisive guitar work as well as in his fluently idiomatic songwriting. From the punchy, stomping cover of Merle Haggard’s blue collar standard “Working Man Blues” to the deeply emotive ballad “Last Dance” that closes the disc, Albert’s songs are always concise and direct, driven by his uniquely muscular yet polished guitar wizardry. Billboard said, “This recording is the calling card of a blues star who has arrived. Cummings’ guitar work is sizzling. This is one of the top blues albums of 2006.”
In 2008 Albert recorded his first live album, Feel So Good, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts at the historic Colonial Theatre, a 95-year-old “little jewel box” – that’s what James Taylor calls it – that’s hosted everyone from Will Rogers to Al Jolson. The audience was so enthralled and supportive they became part of the performance in a way that’s rarely heard. As AllMusic put it, “It sounds like it was one hell of a party that night.”
Albert and his band responded with a blistering set of great originals and killer covers of Zeppelin, Little Feat and Muddy Waters tunes. With producer Jim Gaines again at the controls and Albert’s incredible display of guitar virtuosity and deep emotion, this is one live performance that is bound to become a blues rock classic.
Guitar Edge magazine said, “The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin’ band, and that’s exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does on his new Feel So Good. Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places.”
Music Connection called it “one of the best live albums recorded in a long time” and Blurt added, “Cummings’ first live album provides the perfect showcase for the fiery guitarist’s axe-handling skills and enormous onstage charisma.”
In 2011 Albert released an instructional DVD for the Hal Leonard Corporation entitled Working Man Blues Guitar. Cummings’ next CD, No Regrets, was self-released in 2012. It was a return to his true musical roots for the six-string virtuoso, poignantly capturing the core of his influences, displaying the impact that R&B, Rock, Soul, Country and the Blues have had on both his playing and writing. It debuted at #1 on iTunes music charts in the USA, Canada and France.
For his newest recording, Someone Like You, Albert chose to record in Southern California with Grammy-winning producer David Z. (Buddy Guy, Prince, Jonny Lang, Gov’t Mule) at the helm. Said Z, “Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. What a blast to watch him jell in the studio with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles.” One of those musicians was Blind Pig label mate and leader of The Basic Cable Band on the Conan TV show, Jimmy Vivino, who performs on three cuts. Cummings said, “I’m tremendously excited about this CD and the team of people that will be working this record. It was such a pleasure to also work with David Z and Jimmy Vivino and so exciting to share their excitement about the potential this record has.”