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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

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

Jun
13
Thu
2019 THELMA Members Exhibition
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm

The 2019 THELMA Members Exhibition is a non-juried exhibition that includes submitted work by THELMA’s current members.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 6 pm – 8 pm.

A curator-led tour will begin at 6 pm exploring the current art exhibitions. Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view her work. Cash bar and snacks available.

Exhibition will be on view from June 13 – July 27, 2019.

Not a member? Join at thelmaarts.org or call us at 920-921-5410 to participate in our next member exhibition!

 

Liz Miller: Seismic Shifts, Structural Anomalies, and Impossible Dreams
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm

Seismic Shifts, Structural Anomalies, and Impossible Dreams by Liz Miller

Exhibition will be on display from June 13 – July 27, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 6 – 8 pm

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

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

Artist’s Exchange: Friday, June 14, 5:30 pm

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

Liz Miller received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Miller’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Her awards include a McKnight Professional Development Grant from Forecast Public Art, a McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, an MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and five Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Miller recently completed residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. She lives and works in Good Thunder, MN and is Professor of Installation and Drawing at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

My work explores the fallibility of infrastructure and the precariousness of perception, as seen through a materially-intensive, process-based lens. I utilize undulating planar forms in conjunction with fabric and rope as a metaphor for shifting landscapes, altered topographies, and imagined realities. References to the natural world and the built environment collide in interludes that are alternately beautiful, absurd, menacing, and poetic, alluding to the complexity of our world. Tensions between fact/fiction and dimensionality/flatness are endlessly intriguing to me, playing out in my work as a dialogue between reality and illusion.

I have become fascinated with ropes and knotting as byproducts of my process. In my large-scale installations, knotted ropes provide tension that gives volume to otherwise flat materials. This technique has revealed the possibilities of knotting as an autonomous aesthetic expression. The varied use of rope and knotting across cultures and history ranges from utilitarian to decorative, and even deadly. I create interdependent knotted topographies that allude to both structure and malleability. The repeated act of tying by hand integrates an emphatic sense of strength, while the flexibility and nuance of the textile material ensures structural permutations. The resulting works are only quasi-architectural, providing metaphorical insight laced with humor as related to a variety of structural and systemic behavior.

 

 

Jul
18
Thu
800 LB Gorilla
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
This FREE concert is held outside on THELMA’s Plaza. The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St. Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! Games are available! Who doesn’t love life-size Jenga or a great game of Corn-Hole? Food will also be available.
 

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! 800 lb. Gorilla is a rock/jam band based in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a rock and roll core, the band pulls together funk and jazz influences to create driving, catchy, danceable grooves. A five-piece band, 800 lb. Gorilla places rock-solid guitar, funky keyboards and sax on top of a drums-and-bass rhythm section. The band’s original music blends indie-esque songcraft with funky, jazzy improvisation.

Originally formed by brothers Mark (guitar) and Daniel (lead vox) Humphrey, the band has evolved from a hard-rock power trio into a funk and jazz style after adding Kwame Newton (keyboards/alto sax) and Connor Allen (bass) to the collaboration. 800 lb. Gorilla has enjoyed a warm welcome from music lovers as they have developed their show on stages across Indiana and Ohio. The band intends to take the musical interplay higher, and continue to reach music lovers far and wide.

 
Concert at 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm
Free admission
Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf
If rain, we move inside. The show will go on!
 
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

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.

 

 

Aug
30
Fri
Jacob Miller
Aug 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Jacob Miller attributes his enamoring sound to two brilliantly contradicting influences — formal performance and nomadic adventure. Miller is an accomplished player, having spent seven years leading a sextet, touring throughout North America and internationally to play for crowds of thousands. During that time, his relationship to music surpassed eccentric to border on fanaticism. He dedicated the entirety of his being to investigating, studying and dissecting American music, and his hard-earned understanding of sound is evident in the thoughtful arrangements and subtle production touches that make up his upcoming release.

However, Miller considers his professional stints and intense self-education no more important to the whole than time spent working as a farm hand in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina — which shaped his devotion to the finger-picking style of the region — or countless hours given to vintage recordings alongside aging locals in Appalachia — which culminated his profound appreciation for phonics timeless. Whether it’s resonating across Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall or quietly stirring a Midwestern living room, Jacob crafts music with care, sincerity and audible joy.

The singer/songwriter describes his eclectic sound as “world influences” with an “old-style, finger picking approach, with more contemporary song-writing and composition.”
  
Outdoor concert at 5 pm
Free admission
 
Sep
26
Thu
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

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
15
Tue
Lake Reading Series with Author Nickolas Butler
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meet an author! Nickolas Butler will read a selection of his work. There will be open mic before his reading.
 
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Nickolas Butler was raised in Eau Claire and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His first novel was the internationally best-selling and prize-winning Shotgun Lovesongs, which has been optioned for film development and translated into ten languages. Beneath the Bonfire, a collection of short stories, followed a year later. In 2017, The Hearts of Men was short-listed for two of France’s most prestigious literary prizes even before its American publishing. In 2019, his fourth book, Little Faith was published, and he is already at work on another novel set in the mountains of the American West. Prior to publishing Shotgun Lovesongs, Butler worked a long list of jobs including: coffee roaster, liquor store clerk, office manager, hot-dog vendor, author escort, meat-packer, bed-and-breakfast manager, telemarketer, and Burger King maintenance man. He is married and lives with his wife and two children on sixteen acres of land adjacent to a buffalo farm in rural Wisconsin.
 
Cash bar available.
 
Arrangements for the appearance of Nickolas Butler made through HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, NY, NY.
 
Part of THELMA’s Lake Reading Series. A free event focusing on visual arts, music, film and theatre. Cash bar. Bar opens at 6 pm.
 
Nov
8
Fri
Lex Allen with The SistaStrings
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An empowering and fun-loving singer with infectious danceable and lyrically relatable music, Milwaukee native Lex Allen shows a dramatic and theatrical stage presence that is sure to entertain audiences of all kinds. A Soul Pop singer/songwriter that connects all ages, genders, genres and races at his over the top emotional roller-coaster of a live show, Lex engages with his audience on a personal level. Allen’s music breathes love and liberation. Lex strives to grow this momentum to an international stage appealing to both pop & subcultures. See him Friday, November 8! Learn more about Lex Allen HERE.

The SistaStrings will perform with Lex Allen. The Milwaukee based sister duo combines their classical background with R&B with a touch of gospel influence that culminates in a good vibe, lush sound. With thick string harmonies between violin and cello and soulful voices, SistaStrings takes you on a journey. Learn more about The SistaStrings HERE.

Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm 
 
Standing Room Only $10 ($6 for THELMA members)
General Admission $20 ($12 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $120 ($72 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $75 ($45 for Members of THELMA)
Reservations required for tables. Please call 920.921.5410 to reserve your bistro table for four or your pub table for two. Limited number of tables available. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

View Great Hall room layout HERE.