THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Calendar

Apr
25
Sat
Studio 51: Foam Printmaking
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

In this inventive class, we will explore the process of printmaking using pens, ink and foam. Students will choose their favorite subject and create multiple prints that they will be able to take home to share with family and friends.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)

Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate. 

No other discounts apply

Register HERE.

Studio 51 is every Saturday, 11 – 12:30 pm at THELMA!

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join HERE!

 

Apr
30
Thu
Amy Jarvis: The Mythics: A Visual Story of Women Around the World
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – Jun 13 @ 3:00 pm

The Mythics: A visual story of women around the world

Exhibition will be on display from April 30 – June 13, 2020

This series of large scale paintings presents women across the continents and across the centuries. These paintings are meant to express inspiration by the shared journey of women everywhere. Offered as a tribute; a statement of love and an expression of fascination. The artist becomes both student and guide as she investigates various countries, looking for appealing or historical patterns, possibly artifacts or vegetation, maybe of past, maybe of future, and perhaps a little mythic imagery to invite the viewer to share the journey.

The spirits of women are portrayed in their elements, in their worlds, in their situations, and in their beauty. They are fair and they are strong, they are leaders and they are nurturers. They are the mothers of children and of cultures, bringers of values and of learning. They tell the story to help us find our way and guide us to our rightful place – where we are one.

Amy Jarvis is a Wisconsin visual artist and a 500 hour registered Vinyasa yoga instructor currently living in Thiensville, Wisconsin.  Amy resided in Fond du Lac for many years and she has remained active in that community teaching yoga events and is a former Executive Board Member at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. She has participated in THELMA’s membership shows several times and has twice won the Viewer’s Choice Award prize.

Amy obtained a degree in Illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) and spent years working for Milwaukee agencies and photographers as a digital retouching artist before coming back to painting. She credits her yoga journey for bringing her back to art.

For the past four years, Amy’s art has focused primarily on custom animal portraits. Her belief that animals make the world a better place is apparent in her art as she captures the spark in the eye, the animation and emotion displayed by her clients pets.

Galleries are free to view Monday through Friday 10 am – 5 pm. Open Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm. Closed on Sundays.

Joan Lobis Brown: Women of an UNcertain age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 13 @ 3:00 pm

“Women of an UNcertain age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms”
Photographs and Text by Joan Lobis Brown

Exhibition will be on display from April 30 – June 13, 2020

Galleries are free to view Monday through Friday 10 am – 5 pm. Open Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm. Closed on Sundays.


Her Artist Talk has been postponed due to travel restrictions because of the Coronavirus. Joan is from New York and we are hoping to have her at a later date. Thank you for your consideration.

Artist Statement
How long does it take for a denied class to achieve parity? It took over 130 years after the Constitution was written for women to gain the right to vote on a national level. This year, 127 women are serving in Congress—more than any other time in our history.

There is no better moment than the present one to showcase the lives of ordinary/extraordinary baby boomer women. Baby boomer women have shown all of us how never to give up and forge ahead, how to lead inspiring lives and how to be truly free and capitalize on our talents and strengths and assume our rightful place in history.

“Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms” is a portraiture series— accompanied by text culled from interviews—that focuses on American baby boomer women of diverse races, religions, sexual identities, professions and socioeconomic backgrounds.

American baby boomer women—– women born between 1945 and 1964 were the first generation to expect that they could “have it all”: equality, family, careers, health and prosperity. Now, they face challenges brought on by the demands of growing older while continuing to enjoy those same meaningful and evolved lives.

Women have been, and still are, the targets of sexism and ageism. Older women are often invisible, remaining largely unseen by members of a youth-oriented society and underrepresented in popular culture and imagery. When they are visible, they are often and euphemistically described as being “of a certain age,” as though an acknowledgement of maturity might be taken as an
offense. Even worse, older women are sometimes thought of and depicted as crones or witches.

Since 2015, I have photographed and interviewed 39 unknown yet outstanding baby boomer women who have shattered stigma, dismantling stereotypes to become extraordinary women launching new careers, achieving physical goals, overcoming adversity and making society a better place for all of us.

I researched and networked to identify women to feature in my project who were born during this period and are living in the United States and leading inspiring lives. The women we meet in this project are strong, resilient, tenacious, courageous and unstoppable. Their stories cover a wide variety of accomplishments. They are athletes, scholars, activists, businesswomen, artists, migrants and survivors. They are role models all. These amazing women are a testament to the character, courage, vitality and spunk of American baby boomer women.

Each portrait in the series represents a collaboration between me and the particular woman being photographed. The women have been photographed in settings—whether at home or at their  workplace—that are meaningful to them and convey a sense of who they are. Additionally, together we made choices about their hair, makeup, clothing and even what objects would surround them. They are not only making sure that they are seen—they have taken charge of how they will be seen.

These photographs and stories bear witness to a generation that never gave up. As a bonus, the images and stories of these ordinary/extraordinary women will serve as a blueprint for younger generations, guiding them in how to live their truest lives as well as offering them encouragement and freedom to face the unique challenges that lie ahead of them. I learned a lifetime of lessons from listening to these women and wish I’d had them as role models as a young woman.

The large collages in this exhibition are made from postcards that have been collected at previous iterations of my traveling exhibition. In effect, these collages reflect the wisdom that comes with age.

I provide postcards, with an image that I took at the January 2017 Women’s March, asking women viewers to answer to the question “What would I tell my younger self?” (please see postcard uploaded as image #18).

I would like to add postcards from women who participate at the Thelma Sadoff Center for The Arts, as well as the greater Fond du Lac area and Wisconsin in general, to the collage part of this exhibition. Yet-to-be completed postcards would be on a small table in front of existing collages and will invite viewers of this particular incarnation of the exhibition to answer the same question and impart their own wisdom.

After completing them, viewers will drop the cards into a box to be collected at the end of the exhibition. These will then become part of a new collage to be included in my next exhibition of this project. In this way, everyone who views this exhibition is invited to become a part of it as it travels and grows.

To guide viewers through the exhibition, spiral bound notebooks will contain a page featuring a thumbnail image and story for every woman in the exhibition (please see image #19).

There will also be a mirror among the images. In this way, I hope to have viewers literally see themselves among these women and, figuratively, imagine their place among them.

Also featured is what I am referring to as a networking image, showing how I came to be connected to the subjects in my portraits, underscoring my own place among them (please see image #20).

There is also the possibility of having framed images. All prints are archival pigment prints.

May
2
Sat
Studio 51: Animal Painting
May 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Enjoy painting animals from pictures and seeing what you create come to life in color. We will explore painting techniques while having fun creating portraits of our favorite animals.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)
Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)
Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate.

No other discounts apply

Register HERE.

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join HERE!

May
9
Sat
Studio 51: Comic Book Creation – Story Building
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Learn how to develop stories and build story boards for your favorite comic book characters. Students will focus on layouts and designs that will make their stories come to life.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages to enjoy with the whole family. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)

Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate.

No other discounts apply

Register HERE.

Studio 51 is every Saturday, 11 – 12:30 pm at THELMA!

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join HERE!

May
21
Thu
Cassie Marie Edwards
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from May 21 – July 11, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 21, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6:30 pm exploring the current art exhibitions.

Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view her work. Cash bar and snacks available.

Artist’s Exchange: Stay tuned for time and date!

Free admission and exclusive for THELMA members, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about her process, inspiration, and execution of her work. Cash bar and snacks available.

One of my earliest memories was in my great-Grandmother’s house. She had an entire wall filled with shelves of figurines. I was fascinated by these tiny porcelain objects that were strange and exaggerated versions of the animals they represented. When we visited I’d always spend time looking at them, while being instructed to keep my hands behind my back (of course). Even then, as a very young child, I remember finding such quiet joy in looking closely and carefully at these small mesmerizing forms.

My family moved often throughout my childhood and my possessions became a much needed source of stability in my constantly shifting world. I began collecting small porcelain horses and unicorns from garage sales and secondhand shops that I frequented in Milwaukee with my grandmother. I have always been interested in the past lives of the objects in these places – and enjoyed scouring the remnants of peoples’ possessions for these mass-produced treasures.

In recent years, my desire to collect figurines was rekindled, which led me to begin using them as subjects for this series of paintings. I was interested in playing with the boundaries between the genres of still life and portraiture, and high and low art. I am also interested in exploring the limits of representation. Making this work is like a visual telephone game – they are paintings of painted porcelain objects. Many of the figurines are so distorted and exaggerated that sometimes it becomes hard to determine the animals they originally reference. I am intrigued by our ability to discern what these abstracted forms represent.

Within my paintings, I focus on subtly shifting color, composition, scale, and light within the still lives I paint directly from until I am content with how they impact the personality of the figurines. The figurines I am most drawn to are strange, comical, and sometimes slightly discomforting. In some of these works I intend to heighten the personalities of the figurines, and at other times I’m looking to completely alter the inherent qualities of these inanimate objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heidi Jensen
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from May 21 – July 11, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 21, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6:30 pm exploring the current art exhibitions.

Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view her work. Cash bar and snacks available.

Artist’s Exchange: Stay tuned for time and date!

Free admission and exclusive for THELMA members, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about her process, inspiration, and execution of her work. Cash bar and snacks available.

In Claude Cahun’s monologue “Helen the Rebel”, the narrative of Helen of Troy is reimagined and retold. Rather than existing as a passive object of desire, Cahun’s Helen collaborates with her husband Menelaus to orchestrate the Trojan War. Her renowned beauty is the result of a training process. Helen relates instructions from Menelaus on how to become beautiful: “. . . sit comfortably in a darkened room and think of nothing. Just that, every day, for a few minutes – gradually and indefinitely increasing the time”. This project casts an oblique eye at subjects homely and humble, extravagant and decorative, and to the biological forces that create transformation in organic life forms.

A thread running throughout my work is confusion of the animate and inanimate, an approach to form leading back to the Surrealists. This work is influenced by readings including the diaries of Charles Darwin, the work of philosopher Elizabeth Grosz, who seeks to link Darwin’s research on sexual selection with Luce Irigarary’s theories on sexual difference, and Jane Bennett’s writing on new materialism. Their work informs my own interest in how biological and cultural life evolves, changes and develops in unpredictable directions, always in a state of flux. We seek to establish order by creating taxonomies and groupings, fixing things in place. Yet, forces such as desire can destabilize and upend systems and classifications, resulting in new configurations.

The subjects in many of these drawings are brushes and neck ruffs. They are designed to fit or complement the body, as tool or as adornment. They carry references to territories of the feminine, the decorative and the domestic. The neck ruffs and brushes share a degree of ambiguity. The elaborate neck ruffs may be perceived as feminine, though they were worn historically by both women and men. They are a display of excess and unrepentant ornamentation. In contrast, the brushes and dusters are consigned to a role of service, and they wallow in the dust. These anthropomorphic forms hover between the male and female, they contain tongue-in-cheek references to physical anatomy. There is an attempt, in my work, that seems to submerge and emerge, to wrestle with and stretch the boundaries of the feminine into a new shape.

Other drawings in the Small Animals and Tumblers series feature simple life forms, drawn in response to Darwin’s theories of sexual selection. These little organisms take on increasingly saturated colors and grow extensions, transforming beyond their original basic shapes and coloration to become more complex and vivid. In reading Darwin’s journals, I felt an affinity with Darwin’s curiosity, close observation and deep appreciation of his subjects. I also sensed a fissure between Darwin’s methods of study (capture, collection and dissection), and my own impulse to preserve and protect. The medium of gouache does not allow for extensive revision, so every decision must be lived with. This results in compositions that grow and sprawl organically from one form to another.

 

 

 

 

Jun
10
Wed
Studio 51: Comic Book Creation – Characters in Motion
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Learn about drawing comic book characters in various action poses.  We will start with simple poses and build into more complex ones to give life to all of the amazing characters created in class.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages to enjoy with the whole family. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)

Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate. 

No other discounts apply

Register HERE.

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join HERE!

 

Jun
17
Wed
Studio 51: Creature Painting
Jun 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Let your imagination go!  In this entertaining class, students will learn how to paint different creature from their imagination. We will study different poses and features while creating amazing new fantasy creatures.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages to enjoy with the whole family. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)

Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate. 

No other discounts apply

Register HERE.

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join HERE!

 

Jun
24
Wed
Studio 51: Cardboard Sculpture
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

In this sculpture class, students of all ages will cut, glue, tape, assemble and paint cardboard to create unique sculptures.  Students will discover a new world when they use their hands to build and combine materials together to create fun objects from everyday materials.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)

Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate. 

No other discounts apply

Register HERE.