Christine Alfery: The Journey
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 14 @ 3:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: March 1 – April 14, 2018
Exhibit Reception Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6 – 8 pm

Christine Alfery has never been able to color in the lines, she’s not a fan of coloring books and has never made chocolate chip cookies the same way twice. So it makes sense that she has a hard time following the rules when it comes to making art.

Rules have a function. They establish a foundation from which an artist can expand, experiment and explore ideas in the pursuit of creativity, discovery, and art. If creativity and discovery are what art is, and she believes they are, then art needs to fall outside of established foundations, lines, rules and boundaries.

Alfery has no interest in creating something that does not make another think beyond their comfort zone. She has no interest in creating something that does not depart from today’s thinking and imaginings. Alfery believes that art is a journey. It allows us to travel on new pathways and it should be like water: fluid, indeterminate and distinctive. Art should be always changing and always moving.

Christine Alfery earned her Bachelors of Science degree, her Master’s degree in Education, her MFA degree and her Ph.D minor in Contemporary Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Christine is a signature member of numerous art organizations including the International Society of Acrylic Painters, the Western Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Societies of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri and Alabama. She annually has solo exhibitions throughout the United States.

Alfery is presently the curator at Howard Young Art Gallery in Minocqua, Wisconsin. She has received over 55 national awards and her work can be found in over sixty different publications.

Christine’s studio is located in northern Wisconsin.

Raymond Rowe: NRI Non-Resident Indian
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 14 @ 3:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: March 1 – April 14, 2018
Exhibit Reception Date: Friday, March 2, 2018, 6:30 – 8 pm

Raymond Rowe was born and raised in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia and is a cititzen of India. He moved to Wisconsin in 1994 and currently resides in Brownsville. Ray’s preferred medium is oil. Raymond Rowe received his Bachelors in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He works as an elementary art teacher in the Oshkosh Area School District, and currently resides with his wife Stacey and their cat Dusty in Brownsville, Wisconsin.

Artist Statement

India is a land of beautiful contradictions. I have rediscovered India as an adult and through my paintings try to share this experience with the rest of the world. My paintings are based on photographs I have taken over the years during my visits to India. My work is a counterpoint to Oriental-ism; an archaic and colonialist view of the “mysterious east”. I neither romanticize nor demonize, rather I try to show and celebrate the humdrum and the workaday person on the street.

I believe capturing these moments in paint allows the subject to come alive, more so than would be possible through the photographs from which I paint. By painting the subject I am sharing what I felt while I was there. Modern India is a multitude of contradictions. An archaic temple exists in tandem with a towering glass and steel office building. The glacial bureaucracy of the Indian government and the hectic pace of the everyday citizen run parallel. With brush strokes, color, and scale I can express the contradictions which are so inherent to the daily truth of modern India.

While India is half a world away and may seem exotic to most, the experiences of its people are not. By painting the ordinary and everyday Indian experience, a scene which is taking place half a world away, is far more accessible and familiar, intimately cinematic, mundanely beautiful.

-Raymond Rowe

Todd Mrozinski: From Ten Till Now: A 33 Year Retrospective
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – May 26 @ 3:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: April 19 – May 26, 2018

Artist’s Exchange Friday, April 27 at 5:30pm
Exhibit Reception Date: Friday, April 27 2018, 6:30 – 9 pm

Todd Mrozinski, a Fond du Lac native, painted the mural on the side of Mike’s Music. He acquired his BFA in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1997 and in 1996 attended The New York Studio Program. He has been in solo and group exhibitions nationwide and his work is in various public and private collections. The elements of earth, air, fire, water, and spirit, as well as his home and everyday objects are his subject matter. In 2012, after the death of his father, Todd became interested in and started working with cast shadows. His work is produced in series, each series relates symbolically to life experience and grows out of inspiration.

He and his wife, Renee Bebeau, have a studio in The Nut Factory, Milwaukee, WI. Todd was the 2015-16 Pfister Artist-in-Residence, curator of the Pfister Pop-Up Gallery and is currently represented by The Woodman/Shimko Gallery, Provincetown, MA and Palm Springs, CA.

Davina and the Vagabonds
May 18 @ 7:00 pm

So much more than just a blues act, Davina and the Vagabonds’ shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments and tender gospel passages.

Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, and Billie Holiday, but comparisons don’t suffice: she is a true original.

“One of the most distinctive and expressive vocalists to come around in a while, with tight backing from the Vagabonds,” – Phoenix Blues Society.

Concert begins at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

Tickets $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $135 ($81 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $80 ($48 for Members of THELMA)

Dean Dablow
May 31 @ 6:30 pm – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm

Some Assembly Required

Exhibition Dates: May 31 – July 14, 2018

Exhibit Reception Date: Friday, June 1, 2018, 6:30 – 8 pm

Dean Dablow Lives in Ruston, LA. Born in Superior, Wisconsin in 1946, he spent his early childhood in North Dakota before moving to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he graduated high school in 1964.  At 17, he worked several months in Washington, DC not knowing what his future path would be. Visits to The National Gallery of Art after work were pivotal in his decision to pursue the life of an artist. He began study at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point as a painter/sculptor but the camera became increasingly intriguing as a tool to make art. Upon graduation he began graduate studies in photography under John Schulze at the University of Iowa where he received his MFA in 1974 with a minor in sculpture under Julius Schmidt.

Dablow retired from Louisiana Tech University after 31 years of service, first as head of the Photography Program and then taking the reins of the School of Art (renamed The School of Design) as the Director. During his tenure as Director, Dablow was instrumental in establishing the School of Art’s study abroad program in Paris. Presently he holds the rank of Professor Emeritus at Louisiana Tech.

He kept his interest in other media alive throughout his career also working in drawing and sculpture. Since his retirement he has returned to painting as his medium of choice.

Mollie Oblinger
Jul 19 @ 12:00 am – Sep 1 @ 12:00 am

drought starved us out

Exhibition Dates: July 19 – September 1, 2018

Artist’s Exchange: Friday, August 17, 6 – 8 pm

Mollie Oblinger’s work explores the environment often focusing in on water issues.  She will feature some new works in collaboration with writer C. Kubasta.  Extracted words and lines of poetry from Kubasta’s book Of Covenants, weave their way into sculptures.

The overlooked, whether teeming underfoot or concealed by modern society, is at the center of Oblinger’s work. In the creation of beguiling landscapes, she plucks imagery from her interest in animal tunnels, cellular anatomy and vulnerabilty. Using wholly artificial and man-made materials, she forms a kind of composite environment. Shifting between the micro and the macro, Oblinger seeks to bring out the hidden.

Oblinger’s recent exhibitions include solo shows at Miami University in Ohio, MacRostie Art Center in Minnesota, and Furman University in South Carolina.  She was an artist in residence at Playa in Oregon, the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary in Michigan, and in New Mexico at the Roswell Artist in Residence.  Oblinger received an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Davis and a BFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University.  She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

C. Kubasta is a poet & writer whose work explores place (the Midwest), the body (our imperfect perfect flesh), and language (its slippages). She teaches writing, literature & cultural studies at Marian University. Her most recent books are Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press, 2017) and the novella Girling (Brain Mill Press, 2017).

Trina May Smith
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm


Exhibition Dates: September 6 – October 27, 2018

Reception: Thursday, September 20, 6 – 8 pm
A free event for all to attend.

Trina May Smith grew up in the Pacific Northwest but came to UW-Madison for Graduate school in 2009 and has been in Wisconsin ever since.  She has an active studio practice in painting and shows regularly.  Trina has been in many group and solo shows across the United States from Central Washington University, to Maine College of the Arts, Brooklyn NY, Chicago, and Seattle.  She is represented by the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee WI and is an Assistant Professor in Painting at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Member Spotlight 2019
Oct 1 2018 @ 10:00 am – Jan 31 2019 @ 3:00 pm

The Member Spotlight program will feature a new work of art every quarter, created by members of THELMA, which will be displayed alongside pieces from the permanent collection.

Submissions will be juried by our THELMA curator, with submissions accepted quarterly.

THELMA welcomes and encourages its members to show off their talents for the Member Spotlight regardless of artistic experience. Artists and non-artists are invited to submit work in various forms of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, glasswork, jewelry and more. Artists must be age 16 and up.

Submissions for the fourth quarter of 2018 will be accepted via email ([email protected]) or mail. Registration form and display protocols can be found in the documents below.


Current Member Spotlight:


Chris Dolan – Beanfield in Autumn

Medium: Oil on canvas







Laura Schneider – Medieval Paris

Medium: Giclee








Nancy Donohue – Hard Edge

Medium: Acrylic on canvas







Download the Protocols Form

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Sheboygan Visual Artists
Nov 1 2018 @ 10:00 am – Jan 5 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Sheboygan Visual Artists

Exhibition Dates: November 1 – January 5, 2018

Sheboygan Visual Artists (SVA) is a growing and active network of over 100 professional and amateur artists and patrons in the Sheboygan area who believe that artistic expression increases artistic and personal growth and enriches communities.

SVA’s mission is threefold:

  • Empower visual artists through professional development and collaboration,
  • Promote member artists and their work, and
  • Create opportunities for the community to experience and enjoy visual arts.

Sheboygan Visual Artists are capable of showing a huge body of work that includes painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, glass, wood, fiber, jewelry and digital art.

Ten times a year the SVA presents a new show with opening night on the last Fridays of the month. All these events, known as Final Fridays, happen at EBCO ArtWorks, the home base of SVA on 12th and Erie in Sheboygan, and are open and free to the public.

SVA artists are active in the wider community as well. Presently, the Kaleidoscope program conducts art workshops for under-served youth and their mothers. Collaborations with Mead Library, City of Sheboygan and offsite exhibits in surrounding art centers are imbedded in the SVA program.

SVA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, completely run by volunteers who invest thousands of hours each year to do what they love….


Ancient Survivors
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm

Ancient Survivors

Featuring sturgeon artwork, artifacts, and history. The exhibit also includes decoys, audio and articles related to the culture and science surrounding sturgeon. These elements have been collected from across Wisconsin and the Midwest and will be the first time these will all be together in one place for display. This exhibition comes to THELMA in collaboration with The UW Sea Grant Institute, UW Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Minnesota Duluth Fine Art Department, Oshkosh Public Museum and Sturgeon for Tomorrow.

Exhibition Dates: January 10 – March 2