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 ([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

Download the Registration Form

Big Ten Championship Watch Party
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Watch the game on the BIG SCREEN this Saturday night! Everyone is invited to come watch the game in our Great Hall! Stop down after the KFIZ Christmas Parade of Lights, we will have the bar open!
Wisconsin and Ohio State will play in the 2019 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 7! The ninth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm.
Bar opens after the Christmas parade at 5 pm. Popcorn available for purchase. Feel free to bring own food or order food to be delivered at THELMA. (Sorry, homemade food not allowed. Must have original food packaging.)

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Charmingly soft-spoken and yet powerfully incisive expressing his profound ideals, Fred Rogers was a unique presence on television for generations. Through interviews of his family and colleagues, the life of this would-be pastor is explored as a man who found a more important calling to provide an oasis for children in a video sea of violent bombardment. That proved to be his landmark series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968), a show that could gently delve into important subjects no other children’s show would have dared for that time. In doing so, Rogers experienced a career where his sweet-tempered idealism charmed and influenced the world whether it be scores of children on TV or recalcitrant authorities in government. However, that beloved personality also hid Rogers’ deep self-doubts about himself and occasional misjudgments even as he proved a rock of understanding in times of tragedy for a world that did not always comprehend a man of such noble character.

| Documentary, Biography | 2018

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language 
Bar opens at 6 pm. Popcorn available for purchase. Wear your favorite cardigan to the film and receive a FREE bag of popcorn to enjoy! 

Tickets are $5 ($4 for THELMA members). Tickets HERE.

Silent Film Screenings: “Safety Last!” & “Felix in Hollywood” featuring Live Organist
Feb 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Experience the magic of silent cinema with a live accompaniment by Chicago’s foremost photoplay organist, Jay Warren. See the short cartoon “Felix in Hollywood” before the movie “Safety Last!” begins!

Felix in Hollywood:

A starving actor, reduced to trying his luck in the movies, travels to Hollywood. His cat, Felix, poses as a travel bag and comes along.

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy | 1923


Safety Last!:

A boy leaves his small country town and heads to the big city to get a job. As soon as he makes it big his sweetheart will join him and marry him. His enthusiasm to get ahead leads to some interesting adventures.

1h 10 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller | 1923


Jay Warren – Chicago’s foremost photoplay organist – brings all the color, excitement, and glamour of the silent film era back to life with his original scores for the silver screen. As a regularly featured photoplay organist for the Silent Film Society of Chicago, he has accompanied most of the great silent films throughout his forty year career in his famous rousing style. He has been featured annually for the society’s highly regarded Silent Summer Film Festival since its inception in 2000. Jay has appeared 14 times playing the huge E.M. Skinner pipe organ for silent films at the University of Chicago’s famed Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. He also performs film accompaniment on the beautiful Letourneau pipe organ in the Crimi Auditorium of Aurora University. Jay has also made several silent film photoplay appearances on the incredible 5 manual Wurlitzer located at the Sanfilippo Foundation’s Place de la Musique in Barrington, Illinois.

Bar opens at 6 pm. Popcorn available for purchase.  February 29 is Leap Day! Anyone born February 29 and can show proof will receive a FREE bag of popcorn to enjoy! 

Tickets are $5 ($4 for THELMA members). Tickets HERE.

Lora Vahlsing Artist Q&A Exchange
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from January 28, 2021 – March 13, 2021

What the Paper Reveals by Lora Vahlsing

An artist exchange talk will begin at 6 pm on Thursday, January 28 with a Q&A about her exhibition: What the Paper Reveals.

Lora is a local artist living in Wisconsin. We will meet with her in-person and for those who wish to participate virtual, you may via Microsoft Teams.

Reserve your spot: In-person or via Microsoft Teams.
A mask or face covering is required in the building.
If you choose to watch the Q&A talk at home, we will email you to connect with us on January 28.

Free admission and open to the public. Cash bar available.

Please RSVP HERE. 

As a visual artist, I create sensorial experiences that  invite contemplation. I use familiar materials and shapes, seeing them in new ways. In my current series What the Paper Reveals, the pieces are both open-ended and precise. My vision focuses on slow art, objects that need precision over a sustained period. My origins are in poetry, drawing, and movement. I invite viewers to re-conceive the world around them, referencing the natural world through intricate forms and light.

I sculpt paper because I enjoy the challenge of transforming a familiar material. Paper holds the recorded light of trees and I’m interested in this history, the origins of a material. I’m driven to discover and explore subjects of place, memory, and time. It’s an insistence of expressing personal narratives in their complexity: beauty and pain, light and shadow, private and public. I sculpt paper in two and three-dimensional forms to heighten spatial perception. My pieces are largely monochromatic because I’m drawn to the subtleties of shape; an often muted or limited color palette heightens visual sensitivity. 

The physicality of sewing by hand is essential, even if the stitches aren’t visible. I’m creating my own webs, intricate stitches barely perceptible from a distance. I’m fascinated with the texture of stitches, and how they hold materials together. The scarring is important, to memorialize places of healing and acknowledge their beauty.

A mask or face covering is required in the building. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Galleries are free to view during normal business hours:

Monday: 10 – 5 pm

Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm

Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm

Thursday: 10 – 7 pm

Friday: 10 – 5 pm

Saturday: 10 – 3 pm

Closed on Sundays



Allison Roberts: Trace
Mar 18 – May 1 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from March 18, 2021 – May 1, 2021

An artist exchange talk will begin at 6 pm on Thursday, April 1 with a Q&A about her exhibition: Trace. You’ll have the chance to meet the artist and learn about her work and ask questions. You may attend at home via Zoom. Reserve your spot via Zoom HERE and we will email you the Meeting ID and Password on April 1.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Roberts’ lens-based work approaches temporality, place, and identity during transitional periods. Exploring the performative relationship between image and surface, Roberts addresses change, uncertainty, and resiliency. Her artwork takes the form of still photography as well as moving image, both in video work and as part of immersive, site-specific installations. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recipient of several awards and grants including a University of Wisconsin Arts Institute Award for her MFA work in 2017, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2014, and a Fiber Artist Project Grant through the Textile Center of Minnesota in 2014. Roberts received an MFA in Photography and Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017, an MA in Visual Art from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2013, and a BA in Fine Arts and Journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1988.


Nishiki Sugawara-Beda: I’ll Be There
Mar 18 – May 1 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from March 18, 2021 – May 1, 2021

An artist exchange talk will begin at 3 pm on Thursday, March 18 with a Q&A about her exhibition: I’ll Be There. You’ll have the chance to meet the artist and learn about her work and ask questions. You may attend at home via Zoom. Reserve your spot via Zoom HERE and we will email you the Meeting ID and Password on March 18.

Born and raised in Japan, Nishiki primarily works on 2D surface while continuing her experimentations with other visual languages, such as 3D expression and video. With her multicultural background and her experience in immigration, she continues to seek the connections among cultures both from the past and present, and she focuses on tracing traditional Japanese activities back to their origins through her research. She exhibits nationally and internationally, and gives an artist talk at various places including universities and art centers. She graduated from Portland State University with BA in Fine Art in 2005 and earned her MFA from Indiana University in Painting in 2010. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA.

I’ll Be There invites viewers to explore their own spiritual worlds. This series, KuroKuroShiro (meaning black-black-white in Japanese), attempts to offer spaces where viewers can privately immerse themselves in their own psychological and spiritual world. Painted with Sumi, an ink traditionally used in East Asia, and made of soot and animal glue, offers a wide range of tones and depths in black. With the subtle shifts of blacks, the spiritual and imaginative worlds emerge.