THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Jan
12
Thu
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

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

VALLEY JAZZ INSTITUTE PRESENTS “STUDENTS’ JAM”
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 

Feb
11
Sat
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
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets: FREE ADMISSION
Feb
18
Sat
Dueling Pianos | Great Hall Concert Series
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

With our headquarters in Chicagoland, Felix And Fingers has offices all across the states, with local players ready to perform in your area! Felix and Fingers has also performed for international events.  Simply put, you provide the venue, and we bring the fun! Felix And Fingers is the highest reviewed dueling pianos company in the world!

Introducing our newest entertainment option: Dinner and a Show at THELMA! If you would like to add an extra experience to your Great Hall ticket, you may now opt to have dinner prior to the music! Courtesy of Cellar District, you will dine in THELMA’s Fountain City room at 6 PM. This is a wonderful package to make your date or night out with friends easy and fun! Don’t worry about trudging through the cold Wisconsin weather, everything you need is in one place! Cellar District is known for revolutionizing the way people experience dining out. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with them to to bring this experience to our community.

DINNER MENU: Honey Soy Glazed Chicken, Sesame Green Beans over Cilantro Lime Rice

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, February 18
Concert Time:
8 PM
Dinner Served: 6 PM
Bar Opens: 5:30 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission $25 for Non-Members | $20 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $30 for Non-Members | $24 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $35 for Non-Members | $28 for Members (Per Person)

Tables can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!

Mar
2
Thu
Wisconsin Visual Artists | PERSPECTIVES 2023
Mar 2 – Apr 15 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from March 2, 2023- April 15, 2023.

What: A juried, statewide exhibition for WVA Members

Important Dates:
SUBMISSION ENTRY OPENS: November 1, 2022
SUBMISSION ENTRY CLOSES: Midnight January 7, 2023
NOTIFICATION TO ARTISTS: January 30, 2023
DROP-OFF DATES: Monday, February 20 – Saturday, February 25 | 11 am to 5 pm
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 4th
PICK-UP DATES of unsold artwork: April 17 – 21

For more information about the artist click HERE!

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

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

VALLEY JAZZ INSTITUTE PRESENTS “STUDENTS’ JAM”
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, March 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 

Mar
3
Fri
Davina and the Vagabonds | Great Hall Concert Series
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Davina and the Vagabonds is a jazz blues band based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and formed in 2006. The band consists of Davina Lozier (formerly Sowers), Zack Lozier (trumpet), Steve Rogness (trombone), Connor McRae Hammergren (drums), and Andrew Foreman (upright bass). Their 2014 release titled Sunshine charted at #13 on the Billboard Blues Chart. One of the singles from Sunshine, “I Would Rather Drink Muddy Water” peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Blues Digital Songs. The earlier album Black Cloud, released in 2011, was named by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune as one of the ten best releases of the year. Davina and the Vagabonds have traveled extensively throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, March 3
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets: 
General Admission $40 for Non-Members | $32 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $45 for Non-Members | $36 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $50 for Non-Members | $40 for Members (Per Person)
Tables can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!
Mar
10
Fri
Tae & the Neighborly | Great Hall Concert Series
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tae & The Neighborly, aWisconsin based Soul-pop R&B group, found themselves playing music together in a very unconventional way. They were all neighbors, each one living alone on one floor of a five-story flat. Cake baking is a shared passion of the five member group, but in the sugar shortages early in the 2020 pandemic, they found themselves so continually knocking on each other’s doors asking for a single cup of sugar that a group decision was made to all move in together and share cake-baking resources. And since everyone knows all good rhythms begin in the kitchen, it wasn’t before long that the group began to write and perform together  across the nation. Critics hail the group as “having more kick than a bagged-up mule” (Rotary Times)  and their live show “…going down smoother than a can of [beans] warmed on the campfire” (Cowboy Gazette). All in all, if you are looking for a dense show that will give you more inspiration fuel for self lovin’, world changin’, and consideration havin’ meet them where the music is made to be shared.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission $15 for Non-Members | $12 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $20 for Non-Members | $16 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $25 for Non-Members | $20 for Members (Per Person)
Tables can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410! 
Mar
24
Fri
Pegasis | Great Hall Concert Series
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PEGASIS is a vocal trio of Dominican sisters (Marvelis, Rissel, and Yaina Peguero) and jazz guitarist Matt Hillman. Currently based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the four members write, produce, and perform their original music. Their lyrics speak of the struggles and triumphs of everyday life, on being kind to our minds and bodies, on finding love and happiness, first and foremost within ourselves, and accepting each other as a part of the global collective we call humanity.
From an early age, music was an integral part of the trio’s lives. Their parents, also musicians, spent much of their time traveling to different places to sing. This would become the beginning of Marvelis, Rissel, and Yaina’s love of music and performing.
PEGASIS came about when Matt Hillman joined the trio bringing his extensive experience in jazz guitar. Matt studied at The McNally School of Music and would finish his jazz studies undergrad at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay where he would meet Rissel, his future wife and music partner. The two formed a Jazz Duo called ‘M.a.R’ and released two albums (‘The Fourth Mode’ and ‘Reflections’) in which Marvelis and Yaina would provide background vocals. The two groups spent the better part of two years performing at each other’s shows before making the decision to morph the two groups into one, thus creating PEGASIS. 

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, March 24
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission $25 for Non-Members | $20 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $30 for Non-Members | $24 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $35 for Non-Members | $28 for Members (Per Person)
Tickets can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!