THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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Sep
26
Thu
David Criner: Living Proof
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from September 26 – November 9, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6 pm exploring the current art exhibition.

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

“If I think about the universe, and what science tells us, life as we conceive of it appears almost infinitely rare. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t meditate on what I see as the utter scarcity of this human condition, or if I am to speak more inclusively, this life condition. I am unable to take for granted, at least for very long, that we are beings complete with consciousness, an ability to sense beyond ourselves, and to communicate our impressions and feelings. If we distinguish ourselves from the inanimate, we as conscious entities form but mere micro-specks within the vast milieu of non-living material and empty space. What are the odds?”

“Painting, while it covers much ground in terms of the various energies that drive the process, ultimately brings me back to this phenomenon, and with cause for celebration. While working, I often see myself operating as both creator and observer, somehow in charge, but never more than a step ahead of the painting itself. The work bears a life of its own, and I feel like only a catalyst at key moments of development. When I am satisfied with a piece and consider it complete, I find myself more witness than owner, as though the spirit of the image continues to pulse just beyond grasp.”

David Criner is an artist working in Chicago. In his recent work, he transforms material in pursuit of an image which celebrates the present moment of life and consciousness. He received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois in 1991, an MFA in Painting from the University of Kansas in 1995, and has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe. David teaches in the Art Department at Northeastern Illinois University.

Vitus Shell: Now We Here: The Path to Unconditional Self-Acceptance
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm

Now We Here: The Path to Unconditional Self-Acceptance by Vitus Shell

Exhibition will be on display from September 26 – November 9, 2019

Artist’s Exchange: Wednesday, September 25, 6 pm.

Free admission and open to the public, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about his process, inspiration, and execution of his work. Cash bar and snacks available.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6 pm exploring the current art exhibition.

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

My large scale paintings are geared toward the black experience, giving agency to people from this community through powerful images deconstructing, sampling, and remixing identity, civil rights, and contemporary black culture. In my work, I strive to bridge the gap between the older and younger generations by exploring and uncovering factors that contributed to the unfortunate relationship breakdown between the two.

Moreover, my layered, mixed media painting examines parallels between present day behaviors and attitudes that date back to African roots. With my current work, I continue experimenting with portraiture, acrylic paint, over-sized photocopies of early 20th century vintage advertisements and the incorporation of a foam-cut printing technique. My artistic goal is to exude the hip hop lifestyle with a southern vernacular. Through the use of the vintage advertisements allows me to create narrative based environments, which comment on stereotyping, bigotry, and oppression. The foamcut printing method provides me with the added layers to include text and icons, such as the minstrel images. Having spent much time researching graffiti art, I incorporate a variation of its characteristics, techniques, and unique aesthetics into my work such as paste-ups, stamps, and stencils. Using graffiti techniques allows me to challenge the viewer’s perceptions of what is considered low art or high art, which also addresses classism.

 

Oct
5
Sat
Portrait Drawing
Oct 5 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Explore formal drawing techniques and portraiture. You will work from a photograph and learn about form, shape and value while developing skills that enhance your ability to interpret what you see into a drawing.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Ages 12 – adult . Instructor lead.

12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

$20 ($16 for THELMA members) 

($15 for THELMA Visual Artist (TVA Members)
TVA Members: You must call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in at THELMA’s front desk to receive your extra discount.
 

Register HERE or call us at 920.921.5410.

 

Oct
12
Sat
Abstract Painting
Oct 12 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

In this experimental class, you will learn to about various approaches to painting with acrylics, discover new techniques and learn about the formal elements of abstract painting.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

$20 ($16 for THELMA members) 

($15 for THELMA Visual Artist (TVA Members)
TVA Members: You must call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in at THELMA’s front desk to receive your extra discount.
 

Register HERE or call us at 920.921.5410.

 

Oct
19
Sat
Mixed Media
Oct 19 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

The mixed media class is a group of artistic experiences rooted in one fundamental creative principle –providing you with a foundation that will inform and inspire your vision and imagination. We will explore line, color, texture, shape and pattern through a unique project utilizing a wide variety of techniques and materials.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

$20 ($16 for THELMA members) 

($15 for THELMA Visual Artist (TVA Members)
TVA Members: You must call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in at THELMA’s front desk to receive your extra discount.
 

Register HERE or call us at 920.921.5410.

 

Oct
26
Sat
Watercolor Painting
Oct 26 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Through this traditional painting class, you will learn to about various approaches to painting with watercolor, explore new techniques and learn about painting what you see as we work from a colorful still life.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead. Large groups welcome. Invite friends and spend the afternoon creating your own piece of artwork!

$20 ($16 for THELMA members) 

($15 for THELMA Visual Artist (TVA) Members)
TVA Members: You must call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in to receive your extra discount.
 

Register HERE or call us at 920.921.5410.