THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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Nov
14
Thu
Derrick Burbul: Diary of a Mad World
Nov 14 2019 @ 10:00 am – Jan 4 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from November 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Artist’s Exchange: Friday, January 3, 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.

Diary of a Mad World

“My desire to mix word and image has led me to create my Diary of a Mad World portfolio. Here, I create images that appear to be grainy modernist styled black and white photographs. However, what the viewer sees as “grain” from a distance,become words as the viewer is drawn in closer to the image. The viewer is left to reconcile the connotation of the image and denotation of the words.

“The relationship between images and words can be traced back all the way to fourth century B.C. Greece to the Poet Simmias of Rhoades, who wrote his writings in the forms of images, much like the Futurist poets of the early 20th Century. The relationship between images and words in the visual arts is often tumultuous, and sometimes harmonious, but is undoubtedly a very rich part of the contemporary art dialogue.

“I use dynamic asymmetrical compositions to capture the viewer’s attention, and I use large-scale images for the space they allow for me to add minute details in the form of text. What the viewer sees as “grain” from a distance, become words as the viewer is drawn in closer to the image through the variety of styles in how the “grain” is arranged to create texture. The texture is sometimes more organic and chaotic, and other times will be more formally structured to create pattern. Sometimes the words are more visually obscure and other times they are more visually overt. The words themselves are original poems, stories, and critical writings on art and photography I have written. In the end, the text may challenge, distort, or complement the context the photograph creates, but whatever they do, the text adds an abstract quality both visually and conceptually.”

Wayne Bertola: Vernacular Relics
Nov 14 2019 @ 10:00 am – Jan 4 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from November 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020

“In response to questions concerning my training and schooling etc., I am, for lack of a better term, self-taught. It is my hope that the work in question speaks for itself, in its own voice, without being burdened with autobiographical and or didactic references. If the work in question has any meaning in the accepted sense it is in its ability to combine found objects and images – the discarded debris of the once-functional and the most humble of materials – in such a manner as to demonstrate their capacity for transformation into objects that by the response they generate engage the viewer in a creative dialogue of association, allusion, and reverie beyond the limitations of the utilitarian and preconceived notions of what is worthy of “notice” and what constitutes ‘value.'”

Jan
3
Fri
Derrick Burbul Artist’s Exchange
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from November 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Artist’s Exchange: Friday, January 3, 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.

Diary of a Mad World

“My desire to mix word and image has led me to create my Diary of a Mad World portfolio. Here, I create images that appear to be grainy modernist styled black and white photographs. However, what the viewer sees as “grain” from a distance,become words as the viewer is drawn in closer to the image. The viewer is left to reconcile the connotation of the image and denotation of the words.

“The relationship between images and words can be traced back all the way to fourth century B.C. Greece to the Poet Simmias of Rhoades, who wrote his writings in the forms of images, much like the Futurist poets of the early 20th Century. The relationship between images and words in the visual arts is often tumultuous, and sometimes harmonious, but is undoubtedly a very rich part of the contemporary art dialogue.

“I use dynamic asymmetrical compositions to capture the viewer’s attention, and I use large-scale images for the space they allow for me to add minute details in the form of text. What the viewer sees as “grain” from a distance, become words as the viewer is drawn in closer to the image through the variety of styles in how the “grain” is arranged to create texture. The texture is sometimes more organic and chaotic, and other times will be more formally structured to create pattern. Sometimes the words are more visually obscure and other times they are more visually overt. The words themselves are original poems, stories, and critical writings on art and photography I have written. In the end, the text may challenge, distort, or complement the context the photograph creates, but whatever they do, the text adds an abstract quality both visually and conceptually.”

Jan
9
Thu
Christopher Dowell: 20 Below
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from January 9 – February 15, 2020.

“In the pursuit of sturgeon, we found ourselves standing on the ice in a landscape devoid of any visible horizon. The snow blew past in ribbons, and the wind burned any exposed skin. We moved the shack over the hole cut in the ice, and now, sheltered from the wind, we took our first look into the abyss below my feet.

The exhibition 20 Below explores the tradition and dedication to sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago. How vital this mysterious and ancient fish is to the way of life, and how critical this community is to the lake sturgeons’ sustainability. There is still much work ahead for those involved with ensuring the future of the fish in Lake Winnebago. There is a collective will, to ensure that future generations can continue to participate in a tradition, securing the lake sturgeons’ population for future generations. Thanks to the community’s respect and understanding of its history and its passion for protecting and conserving the fish there is hope that we could be witnessing a renaissance, a return to the heyday of lake sturgeon.”

Fish of Legends
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from January 9 – February 15, 2020.

Stories have existed long before recorded history, and the telling of stories has changed forms drastically throughout the ages. Although the methods have changed, the desire to tell and hear stories has remained unchanged, and still greatly impacts the way we look at life. From generation to generation, fishing stories have served as a source of fascination, humor and pride. Many of these stories have been retold and embellished upon to the point they become legendary. The work in this exhibition focuses on such legendary stories of the sturgeon. The stories on display have been gathered and reinterpreted by local artists through painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic media and sculpture. Each of these artists uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths to form a connection with this celebrated ancient fish.

Jan
10
Fri
Driveway Thriftdwellers & Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Driveway Thriftdwellers have emerged as a top original act in Wisconsin’s Country and Americana music scenes. They will perform with the Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers with original songs doing a refreshing brand-new take on old-time country. Their music recalls classic hillbilly music, while bringing a distinctly modern and lively touch to the Americana genre.
Friday, January 10
Concert begins at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
 
Tickets
Standing Room Only $5
General Seating $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.

Jan
22
Wed
Fish of Legends Reception and Panel Discussion
Jan 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from January 9 – February 15, 2020.

Opening Reception: January 22, 5 – 6 pm

Free admission and open to the public, view the work and meet the artists, biologists and sturgeon advocates who played a major role in the exhibition. Cash bar and snacks available.

Panel Discussion: January 22, 6 – 7 pm

Free admission and open to the public, this event features discussing the culture around sturgeon. The panel will feature artists, biologists and other sturgeon experts. Cash bar and snacks available.

  • Each panelist will have about 15 minutes to present their topic along with a short Q&A
    • Ryan Koenigs, DNR Sturgeon Biologist and Dr. Ron Bruch, Fisheries Scientist, UW Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences (representing the DNR)
    • Anne Moser, Senior Special Librarian and Education Coordinator, UW Madison, Aquatic Sciences Center (representing the Wisconsin Sea Grant)
    • Jim Patt, Sturgeon for Tomorrow Southwest Chapter President (representing Sturgeon for Tomorrow)
    • Christopher Dowell, Documentary Photographer (discussing his work on display in the 1st floor gallery)
  • A longer Q&A will occur at the end with a social hour afterwards from 7 – 8 pm

Stories have existed long before recorded history, and the telling of stories has changed forms drastically throughout the ages. Although the methods have changed, the desire to tell and hear stories has remained unchanged, and still greatly impacts the way we look at life. From generation to generation, fishing stories have served as a source of fascination, humor and pride. Many of these stories have been retold and embellished upon to the point they become legendary. The work in this exhibition focuses on such legendary stories of the sturgeon. The stories on display have been gathered and reinterpreted by local artists through painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic media and sculpture. Each of these artists uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths to form a connection with this celebrated ancient fish.

Jan
24
Fri
“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.

Feb
15
Sat
Nikki Hill
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment.
 
With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, she delivers a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past, steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section, to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.
 
Her enthusiasm for music is simply contagious! One club advertisement called Nikki “The Southern Fireball”, “the New Soul Sensation”, “amazing R&B Shouter”, and even “the new Queen of Rock n’ Roll”.
 
If you haven’t heard of her yet, prepare for your ‘whiplash moment’—you have been warned.
 
Saturday, February 15
Concert 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm
 
Tickets
Standing Room Only $10
General Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $145 ($87 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $85 ($51 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.

No other discounts apply

 

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Feb
20
Thu
Laura Schneider and Juliane Troicki: Illuminating Women
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – Mar 28 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from February 20, 2020 – March 28, 2020

Illuminating Women: An art collaboration by Laura Schneider and Juliane Troicki

Illuminating Women is a collaboration of journalism and documentary photography. The project combines portraits of 30 inspiring women from the Fond du Lac community represented through black and white photography and biographical narratives. Laura and Juliane created this project to shine a light on exceptional women and their gifts to the community. Laura and Juliane hope that the Illuminating Women Project will move the Fond du Lac community to be inspired by their stories.

Juliane and Laura are very grateful to Agnesian Healthcare, a member of SSM Health for their generous sponsorship and for making this project possible.

 

Laura Schneider was born in Wisconsin.. At an early age, Laura recognized she had something different to offer the world. But, it wasn’t until recently that she realized what’s possible.

Laura is a Midwest-based artist who colors outside the lines of life. While earning her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her passion for photography was ignited in the darkroom.

For nearly two decades, Laura has been capturing subtleties that go overlooked by the casual observer. Her perceptive nature gives her work character and revealing depth. She leverages her senses and the natural qualities of her environment to leave inspired, relatable creations in her wake.

 

Juliane Troicki is a native of Berlin, Germany.

She has made Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, her home for the last six years. Juliane is a mother of four children. She cares deeply about her environment and has been a long-term community advocate and volunteer. Juliane holds a Ph.D. in political science and teaches classes at local colleges, currently at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. As an educator, she is passionate about teaching and learning, especially about women’s experiences and their role in the world. Juliane is excited to share what she has learned about the inspiring women in her community.