THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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Oct
1
Mon
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 (info@thelmaarts.org) 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

Download the Registration Form

Jan
31
Thu
Member Spotlight 2019
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – Apr 29 @ 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 (info@thelmaarts.org) 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

Download the Registration Form

Apr
25
Thu
Kendall McMinimy: Cropping to Circles
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm

Cropping to Circles by Kendall McMinimy

Exhibition will be on view from April 25 – June 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 25, 6 – 8 pm

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

Artist’s Exchange: Thursday, May 9, 6 – 8 pm

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

Cropping to Circles 

“A mechanical marvel, Central Pivot Irrigation Systems deliver water to otherwise dry lands and food to an otherwise hungry planet. With outstretched steel arms, these wheeled giants twirl slow-motion pirouettes of simulated rainfall pumping atomized sprays from groundwater reserves far below the surface.

As an outgrowth of the “Green Revolution,” center pivot irrigation is a system that encircles multiple conflicting truths—a worldwide revolution in food production is also complicit in the depletion of groundwater; humanitarian aid aligns with hegemonic order; global market forces allow and deny local economies; a system simultaneously produces and diminishes.

These structures, chasing their own tails, morph into lumbering memento mori and echo our own existence rotating through the repetitive rhythms and cycles of life.  The images serve as reminders of a reality that is tethered to an ever-increasing detailed, ubiquitous, and immediate ease of technological and satellite surveillance.

Minimal signifiers amplify ambiguities, create associations, and stretch the legibility of representation. Vacillating between the familiar and the fictitious, the work reveals little of the subject’s true spatial immensity, nor the monumental investment represented.

Viewed through the particulars of place, this project is an inquiry into circular arguments, the fluidity of truths encircled by a framework, and the cyclical acceptance and rejection of those truths. It is also an invitation to consider the “in between,” the budding potential revealed in the voids and blanks of the prints. Shifting with time, these breaks from conformity illuminate the continual shifts in the topographies of possibilities.”

Kendall McMinimy

Kendall McMinimy uses photography, digital art, printmaking and sculpture to explore structure and ideology as filtered through place.

Stretching the legibility of representation, his work vacillates between the familiar and the fictitious, amplifying ambiguities and associations to allow for continual shifts in the topographies of possibilities.

Notable awards and exhibits include: “Critical Mass 50, ” GuatePhoto International Photography Festival, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2015); “Process,” Photo Center NW Gallery, Seattle (2014); The Print Center’s 88th Annual International Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia (2014); and Review/CENTER, Santa Fe. He has participated in numerous solo and group shows around the United States, and “Cropping to Circles” was published in Harpers Magazine (March 2014).

McMinimy holds an MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Born and raised in the High Plains of Kansas, he has resided in Wisconsin since 1998. He is a frequent guest lecturer and teaches Digital Arts at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, and Photography at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

 

Sharon Garrison: Friends & Family plus passing acquaintances and me
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – Jun 8 @ 3:00 pm

Exhibition will be on view from April 25 – June 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 25, 6 – 8 pm

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

Artist’s Exchange: Thursday, May 30, 6 – 8 pm

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

Sharon Garrison is an artist who specializes in portrait. She works intuitively as did Alice Neel and Lucien Freud, two of her sources of inspiration. A professor once compared her work to that of Soutine. She was not aware of Soutine at the time and headed straight to the library to look up the artist. She did not see a similarity but others have also made the comparison. Shape and value are of primary importance. Her colors tend to be realistic, even somewhat monochromatic in nature.

Although never one for drawing, her recent work is a series of portraits entitled “Friends & Family plus passing acquaintances and me”, made with Sharpie markers. These drawings are a combination of realism and caricature applied to images of acquaintances, family and friends. She often enhances memory of past relationships to create what she surmises a contemporary version of the past might look like and vice versa.

She is presently exploring cattle markers and cold wax and oil as mediums, using a trial and error approach. Her work in general is based upon trial and error methodology. Although the portraits seem to be classical in nature, there is often an edgy quality to them.

Sharon feels that the artist’s work is complete when she deems the piece finished. It is then time for a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork. With this sequence of events the work takes on a new life with each different onlooker, creating an expanded continuum.  For this reason, she does not attempt to explain her work. If the work is successful, there should be no need for explanation. However, the life experiences of the viewer melding with the art work facilitates a fresh dialogue between the viewer and artist, often resulting in a mutually beneficial understanding of the piece.

She earned an Associate Degree from UW Fond du Lac and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

She has shown in many venues around the state:

2018 Wisconsin Visual Artists Biennial, Mowa

Neville Public Museum

Union at the University of Wisconsin Madison

Gail Steinhilber Gallery, UWO

Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan

1996 Faculty Alumni Show, Priebe Gallery UWO

Two person show UW Fond du Lac

Solo show Langdon Divers Gallery, Fond du Lac

Solo show Riverwalk Art Center Fond du Lac

Many Alive in the Arts juried shows, Plymouth Art Center

Invitational show Trista Holz Studios, Fond du Lac

THELMA member shows

Mowa member shows

Ecological Show, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire art gallery

Signage for Prairie Theater, UW Fond du Lac

Awards:

Mowa Members Show Director’s Award 2017

Merit Award Plymouth Alive in the Arts 2018

First place Plymouth Members show 2018

Three meritorious designations and inclusion the the gallery books for Jack Richeson International Art Competitions

A featured artist in three Frank Juarez Artdose Guides

1994 Designer of the Year, UWO

Many Wisconsin Regional Artists awards

Aug
1
Thu
Lester O. Schwartz: A Retrospective
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from August 1 – September 21, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 1, 5 – 7 pm

A tour led by Lester’s daughter Tanya Schwartz-Roeper will begin at 6 pm exploring the exhibition. Reception is free admission and open to the public. Cash bar and snacks available.

Lester O. Schwartz: A Retrospective

An exhibition of work by Lester O. Schwartz that spans his 8-decade career as a painter and sculptor

Artist Statement by daughter, Tanya Schwartz-Roeper

More than 80 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and memorabilia come together to trace the eight-decade long career of Lester O. Schwartz. This exhibit reflects the chronology of Schwartz’s life as he moved from his birthplace of Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Chicago, to traveling the world, and finally settling in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1944 as artist-in-residence at Ripon College. The exhibit begins with Schwartz’s childhood, continues through young adulthood, his career at Ripon College, the years following the untimely death of his wife and how he found his strength and energy to cope with the loss through the pursuit of art, and the last decade of his life after his stroke. Born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1912 to Russian-Jewish immigrants and educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Schwartz was part of a flourishing art community in the 1930’s. Schwartz’s work evolved over time and this exhibit showcases his innovative exploration and experimentation over a range of media throughout his lifetime.

Artist Bio
Lester O. Schwartz studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Imperial Art School in Tokyo, the Colarossi Academy in Paris, and the American Academy in Rome. He spent two years of study and travel around the world as the winner of the Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship in the late 1930’s. While a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Schwartz worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in both Wisconsin and Illinois as a commissioned artist creating murals, lithographs and paintings. In the 1940s he served in the United States Army at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri where he was assigned the task of creating paintings for the chapel. Schwartz worked briefly as an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee. In 1944 Schwartz founded the art department at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin and served as Artist in Residence and professor until his retirement in 1977.

In 1991 Schwartz turned his Green Lake, Wisconsin home and land into an art gallery and sculpture garden open to the public during the summer. He used the terrain as a living canvas upon which he created and placed his steel sculptures. His winters were spent traveling and painting all over the world including Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Mediterranean locales.

After suffering a debilitating stroke in 1996, Schwartz’s daughter, Tanya, assisted her father in maintaining the art gallery and leading tours until his death in 2006 at the age of 93. Recipient of numerous awards in the 1930’s-1960’s, his work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum in New York, the Carnegie in Pittsburg, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Salon d’Automne in Paris. His paintings have been included in many one-man and group shows and in public and private collections around the world.