Event Calendar

Robert Knipschild: Retrospective
Jan 12 – Feb 25 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from January 12, 2023- February 25, 2023.

Courtesy of his daughter, Amy Flores, THELMA will be displaying a retrospective of several of Robert Knipschild’s artworks. On display will be oil and gauche paintings, wood block prints, and encaustic works. Knipschild’s art exhibits a mastery of abstraction and impressionistic mark making. His encaustic oils have an array of textures and depth that keep the eye moving through the painting. His subtle transitions of color create an almost meditative composition on the canvas. This retrospective exhibition is a must-see this winter.  

Born in Freeport, Illinois, Robert Knipschild studied art under Zoltan Sepeshy at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1950, at the age of twenty-three, his work was selected for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s widely acclaimed exhibition “American Painting Today.” Knipschild’s work has been exhibited in the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others. In 1977, five of his paintings were acquisitioned by the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirschhorn Museum. After a brief illness, Robert Knipschild passed away on November 20, 2004. 

Gallery Hours:
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday–Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm

Shannon Lee: Multisensory Mold
Jan 12 – Feb 25 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from January 12, 2023- February 25, 2023.

At any given time, we are surrounded by microscopic fungi. Our cohabitation with these invisible molds and yeasts is quite normal, regardless of where we live or how clean we keep our spaces. This exhibition exemplifies this reality by making the invisible visible and presenting a variety of fungi sampled from homes around the world. The visual component of the exhibition, fungal cultures within glass terrariums, are accompanied by sonic and tactile interpretations of the cultures as well. By means of a multi-sensory approach, this exhibition not only intends to demonstrate our entanglement with microscopic fungi, but also to counter unwarranted apprehensions and misconceptions. The mixed media tactile pieces and cross-modal Sonifications invite the public to engage with and think about fungi in entirely new and non-threatening ways. This accessible, multi-sensory unveiling of our fungal roommates conveys just one microscopic example of the many interspecies entanglements that humans take part in.

Shannon Lee was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from UW-Milwaukee and her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. Shannon is a practicing artist, educator, and curator of art. With a history of studying science as well as art, Shannon fuses the two disciplines in her art practice. Shannon is also interested in providing non-visual experiences of art in order to make galleries and museums accessible to the visually impaired.


Gallery Hours:
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday–Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm

Homeschool Art
Feb 1 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

In collaboration with the FDL Public Library, we are excited to present a new program, Homeschool Art! At this new monthly program just for homeschoolers, join us the first Wednesday each month to learn about a new artist and create a project in their style. Projects will be adaptable for all ages.

Students will start at the FDL Public Library (McLane Meeting Room) and make their way to THELMA halfway through the program.

Valley Jazz Institute: Jam Session
Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A Jazz Jam Session For Students
featuring the rhythm section of the WAMI Award winning Jazz Orgy

Jam session: an often impromptu performance by a group especially of jazz musicians that is characterized by improvisation (2022 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated)

Jazz is a music born of spontaneous composition (improvisation) and the exchange of musical ideas in these impromptu sessions. Older musicians would share their ideas with younger players, helping them to learn the music (rarely written in those days,) how to create  a solo, to know what is expected at these learning sessions, and to encourage them, not only verbally, but especially through the inspiration of their playing.

Jazz Education is our mission as we seek to provide highly motivated young musicians the unique opportunity to perform in a “real world” situation with professional-caliber jazz musicians

These  JAM SESSIONS  are geared towards that opportunity of sharing ideas in a real world situation. Area high school players, as well as other local musicians of all ages, are invited to join the members of the award winning Jazz Orgy (all educators as well as players) and noted jazz educator/performer Brad Curran in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for an authentic jazz jam session. The creativity will begin at 6:30pm, to encourage participation by school age musicians. The session will continue until 9:00pm to allow for additional participants. Come out, bring an instrument to “jam” or just listen, support and experience spontaneous composition – jazz education before your eyes.

Date: Thursday, February 2
Time: 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Price/Tickets: Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club
The Lighthouse Big Band, a 20+ year mainstay in the music scene, is now also honored to be a resident ensemble at Thelma.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety
of genres in the big band style. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, contemporary big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state backing such jazz stalwarts as Tom “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev.

“The Lighthouse Big Band is honored to be a part of the area arts community, presenting listening opportunities, promoting learning opportunities and preserving this great art form,” says Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band.

Band Information HERE 

The Farm Dinner | Family Style Farm-to-Table Dinner
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Farm Dinner was dreamt up so members of our community could sit down and share a meal with the farmer who grew the food that made their meal; to have a delicious, welcoming way for people to know and care about where their food comes from and what nourishes us as a community.

In collaboration with the acclaimed Cellar District, join us for this unique event and enjoy a cocktail hour from 6-7 PM and get to know your famers and community before a family style dinner is served from 7-9 PM! Our farmers and vendors will not only be sharing their delicious ingredients but their stories and ways you can find or support them after you part for the evening.

Cellar District is known for revolutionizing the way people experience dining out. They take pride in their ability to discover some unique ways to combine local, fresh ingredients and the dining experience as a whole. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with them to to bring this experience to our community.

Limited tickets available. $60 per seat. Includes family style meal & live music!

Braised Brisket
Mashed Potatoes
Winter Root Vegetables

Curry Meatballs
Salmon Spread
Featured Winter Vegetable
and more

Please contact us if you wish to have our vegetarian option – by request only​!

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THELMA Book Club
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club on Monday, February 6  at 5:30 pm! The book for this month’s meeting will be The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. You do not need to have the book read. Books are available at the front desk of THELMA.
Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public!


About the Book:

“In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaëtan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.” – Good Reads

Sturgeon Spectacular
Feb 10 – Feb 12 all-day

We have the cure for those winter blues. Check out The Premier Winter Festival in the Midwest, the Sturgeon Spectacular. Whether you join the always popular Outdoor Curling Funspiel, Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition, and Snow Land family activities, or come out to see the awesome snow & ice sculptures and enjoy one of many great restaurants or shops in downtown Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, this festival has something for everyone… See what we have in store this year!

THELMA Schedule of Events:
| Friday, February 10 |
1:00 – 10:00 PM:
WI Snow Sculpting Championship
7:00 – 9:30 PM: FREE Sam Luna and Friends Kick-off Concert in Great Hall (Bar opens at 6 PM, Music starts at 7 PM)

| Saturday, February 11 |
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM:
WI Snow Sculpting Championship continues
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Curling Lounge (Drinks, tables, and seating available)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: FREE Carnival Style Sturgeon Mini Games
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: FREE Kid Craft & Cookie Decorating
12:00 – 2:00 PM: FREE Meet the Princesses
2:00 – 4:00 PM: FREE Frozen Movie Showing
4:00 – 5:00 PM: FREE Kids Craft
6:00 – 7:30 PM: Adult Sip n’ Paint Class (Pre-registration required)
7:00 – 9:30 PM: FREE Copper Box Concert in Great Hall (Bar opens at 6 PM, Music starts at 7 PM

| Sunday, February 12 |
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM: WI Snow Sculpting Championship continues
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM:
Curling Lounge (Drinks, tables, and seating available)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Brunch and a Band featuring Erin Krebs and food by Cellar District (Specialty drinks available such as Bloody Marys, mimosas, and more.)
1:00 PM: WI Snow Sculpting Championship judging begins
2:00 PM: Spectacular Finale: Winners of WI Snow Sculpting Championship, Chili Crawl, Downtown Ice Sculpting, and more announced on Plaza.

Stay tuned for updates on the events and activities surrounding this awesome winter festival. For more information, visit

Copper Box | Sturgeon Spectacular
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Copper Box, a meaning that derived from copper (being a great conductor of energy) and a box, (in this case a button box/accordion) transferring energy from the stage to the audience with their multi-instrumental talent, unique arrangements, songwriting, and unforgettable stage show that is never faked, has put Copper Box in the hearts of many….not to mention that they are just plain fun!! With Copper Box, playing music is filled with sweat, tears and joy….and it shows every time they make music. This is not a cookie-cutter band! Copper Box is a one-of-a-kind band that delivers something special and is definitely worth a listen.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, February 11
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Women’s Art History Lecture | O’Keefes
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thelma’s Women’s Art History Lecture Series aims to highlight influential women in art history. Georgia and Ida O’Keefe were prolific and powerful artist… and sisters! Discover their life and work in this exciting and engaging lecture.

Thank you!

Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
For Ages: All Ages Welcome!
Price/Tickets: FREE Admission

Singles Social | Meet, Talk, Mingle
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Grab your friends and come to THELMA for our first ever singles social art night on Friday, February 17 from 7 PM – 9 PM. Mingle with singles while creating art. Guests will rotate around the room and add their touch of art to each canvas and make connections along the way. All supplies will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase. For anyone flying solo that wants to meet and connect with others, this is the event for you!