THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Calendar

May
6
Thu
Carol Rode-Curley: Baggage
May 6 – Jun 19 all-day

Carol Rode-Curley’s exhibition Baggage will be on display from May 6 – June 19, 2021.

Carol Rode-Curley is a Milwaukee-based artist. Without forethought she’s inspired late at night by music, sips of beer and a lot of heart. She creates with pastel, occasional splatters of paint, and subtle applications of random items. Carol’s personality and artwork intermingle as twin masks of humor and darkness. With speed of execution, she looks to find the mystery of corvid presence and fleeting shows of human emotion.

 

 

Galleries are free to view:
Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 7 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Open Saturdays 11 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays.

Jaymee Harvey Willms: Souvenirs
May 6 – Jun 19 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from May 6 – June 19, 2021

Jaymee Harvey Willms is an artist living and working in Milwaukee. She was born and raised in Maplewood, Minnesota. From there she moved to South Dakota where she received her BFA in painting and art history from the University of South Dakota. In 2015 she went on to graduate from SUNY Albany with her MFA in sculpture. She has had international residencies, shows her work across the United States, and continues to make work in her studio in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point.

“As a project based artist I use a variety of materials, modalities and conceptual stimuli to create work that is both two and three-dimensional. Ideas are investigated through material and display. The work combines moments of narrative into sculptures and paintings that represent a devastation of self-dom within love, fear, feminism, politics, freedom, poverty, fantasy and survival.

Color, texture and material are used in both painting and sculpture to create the conceptual underpinning of the work. These concepts are
knitted together visually through patterning and highly chromatic colors from children’s stories and objects that hold memory from the collective consciousness. Slapstick assemblage charges the work, allowing the viewer to connect with the absurdity of each piece. To this

end, quotidian objects are painted, used, and collaged in the work in a way that questions their original purpose. This questioning digs into my own personal ambivalence towards power (death/patriarchy) and commodified desire (capitalism/gravity and love of objects). Ultimately the works build new narratives of my own hopes and fears; rescue, lifelong love, new children, dependence, abandonment, poverty, meaningless violence and eternal damnation.”

 

Learn more about the artist on her website HERE.

 

Galleries are free to view:
Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 7 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Open Saturdays 11 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays.

Jun
22
Tue
Rocky Horror Show Open Auditions
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presenting Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show (LIVE!) directed by Bekki Fishelson Kuber.

 

Auditions will be held at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts Tuesday and Thursday June 22 & 24 from 6 – 8 pm and Saturday June 26 from 2 – 4 pm.  These are open auditions so you may arrive at anytime within the window. You may bring a headshot and theater resume if you have one prepared however it is not required and does not influence the director’s decision. A song and lines from the production will be provided for you. Must be 21+ to audition.

 

Auditions:
June 22: 6 – 8 pm
June 24: 6 – 8 pm
June 26: 2 – 4 pm

 

Callbacks:
June 29: 6:30 pm

 

The director is currently not able to accommodate sharing cast members with other production rehearsals. If you have any questions please message the event or email [email protected].

 

The show will be put on at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts October 27 – October 30.
Jun
24
Thu
Cassie Marie Edwards: Objects of Affection
Jun 24 – Aug 7 all-day

Exhibition Objects of Affection will be on display from June 24, 2021 –  August 7, 2021

“One of my earliest memories was in my great-Grandmother’s house. She had an entire wall filled with shelves of figurines. I was fascinated by these tiny porcelain objects that were strange and exaggerated versions of the animals they represented. My family moved often throughout my childhood and my possessions became a much needed source of stability in my constantly shifting world. I began collecting small porcelain horses and unicorns from garage sales and secondhand shops that I frequented in Milwaukee with my grandmother. I have always been interested in the past lives of the objects in these places – and enjoyed scouring the remnants of peoples’ possessions for these mass-produced treasures.

In recent years, my desire to collect figurines was rekindled, which led me to begin using them as subjects for this series of paintings. I was interested in playing with the boundaries between the genres of still life and portraiture, and high and low art. I am also interested in exploring the limits of representation. Making this work is like a visual telephone game – they are paintings of painted porcelain objects. Many of the figurines
are so distorted and exaggerated that sometimes it becomes hard to determine the animals they originally reference. I am intrigued by our ability to discern what these abstracted forms represent.

Within my paintings, I focus on subtly shifting color, composition, scale, and light within the still lives I paint directly from until I am content with how they impact the personality of the figurines. The figurines I am most drawn to are strange, comical, and sometimes slightly discomforting. In some of these works I intend to heighten the personalities of the figurines, and at other times I’m looking to completely alter the inherent qualities of these inanimate objects.”Cassie Marie Edwards

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

Notes from Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Curator

Cassie Marie Edwards’ oil paintings evoke a range of emotions, from humor to uncomfortable awe, all the while filling you with misplaced nostalgia. Edwards’ inspiration, her grandmother’s collection of porcelain figurines, has been harnessed and reimagined as she thrifts her own collection of bizarre and charming figurines. Teetering between the conventions of “high” and “low” art, Edwards elevates the status of the figurines as she paints their likeness and brings them into the gallery space. She amplifies their unique personalities as she paints, further altering the interaction between object and viewer. Edwards achieves a beautiful realism that conveys depth and light reflection flawlessly. Coupled with stark, colored backgrounds, she maintains a feeling of the uncanny.

“Objects of Affection” will leave you smiling, intrigued, and walking down a familiarly unfamiliar memory lane.

 

 

Galleries are free to view:
Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 7 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Open Saturdays 11 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays.

 

Heidi Jensen: Everything Is For You Until You Discover You Are For It
Jun 24 – Aug 7 all-day
Everything Is For You Until You Discover You Are For It by Heidi Jensen

Exhibition will be on display from June 24 –  August 7, 2021

Heidi Jensen has a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has won numerous awards for her unique artistic style.

A thread running throughout my work is confusion of the animate and inanimate, an approach to form leading back to the Surrealists. We seek to establish order by creating taxonomies and groupings, fixing things in place. Yet, forces such as desire can destabilize and upend systems and classifications, resulting in new configurations. Circulating in this work are meditations on states of transformation and the gendered nature of material culture. The drawings begin with a compelling object, like André Breton’s slipper spoon, chosen from an array of objects at a Paris flea market.

Buddhist teachings on desire and anger inform these drawings; there is tension between these ideas and the beauty of the object, whether it is a 17th century linen millstone ruff from the collection of the Rijksmuseum or an inexpensive plastic and microfiber duster found at a local grocery store. These anthropomorphic forms hover between the male and female, they contain tongue-in-cheek references to physical anatomy. The brushes and dusters fight off constricting, beautifying ruffles and mingle with the dust and grime of this world.

Narrative is at play throughout this work, in the transformation of objects or in their actions. They burst into flames, scatter bones, extrude other forms, molt. The title of the exhibition is taken from Don Marquis’ the robin and the worm, in which a worm is eaten by a robin and changes form, mingling with the being that consumed it. Objects may appear inert to our swiftly roving eyes, but they act on and provoke us. They are in slow states of change, acquiring patinas and eroding, casting off parts and gathering dust, becoming lost and found.

For more information about the artist visit her website HERE!

 

Notes from Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Curator

Heidi Jensen’s work exists in a space between cheeky humor, observation of life, and flipping expectations upside down. Her gouache paintings engage viewers with rich colors and lively forms. When I say lively, I mean household dusters dancing on the page lively! Jensen anthropomorphizes banal domestic objects as well as extravagant ones. She juxtaposes them on the page, confusing their roles and meanings as we expect them. Interested in the unpredictable flux of life and culture, Jensen plays with the boundaries of animate/inanimate, humble/decorative, and traditional gender roles.

“Everything Is For You Until You Discover You Are For It” is a thoughtful and creative reimaging of objects, processes, and how we fit into it all.

 

 

 

Galleries are free to view:
Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 7 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Open Saturdays 11 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays.

Barbaro
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm
⛈ We are moving the concert inside to our Great Hall tonight. Because Barbaro is traveling from Minnesota, we decided to have the concert tonight rather than postpone. Bar still opens at 6 pm and show starts at 7 pm!
Carribean Taste food truck has cancelled for tonight, so be sure to grab dinner before you come.
Barbaro’s musical vision explores their collective life experiences through intricate instrumentation, creatively bending traditional music into a style that is all their own. The Minneapolis-Winona based rising stars have created their eclectic sound through original songwriting craft, with inspiration derived from bluegrass, jazz and chamber music. Their new album, Dressed in Roses, released January 2020, “Stands as a true testament to their musical identity and the sound that has launched one of the Midwest’s most in-demand acoustic acts.”

 

Bar opens at 6 pm.
Barbaro starts at 7 pm.

 

Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf

View more concerts during 11 Thursdays of Summer HERE.

 

 

Jun
25
Fri
Artist Exchange: Cassie Marie Edwards
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

An artist exchange talk will begin at 6 pm on Friday, June 25 with a Q&A about her exhibition: Objects of Affection.  You’ll have the chance to meet the artist and learn about her work and ask questions. You may attend in-person or via Zoom.

Click HERE to connect with us on Zoom.
You’ll need to enter the following on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 869 9617 0539

Passcode: 535912

Exhibition will be on display from June 24 – August 7, 2021.

“I began collecting small porcelain horses and unicorns from garage sales and secondhand shops that I frequented in Milwaukee with my grandmother. I have always been interested in the past lives of the objects in these places – and enjoyed scouring the remnants of peoples’ possessions for these mass-produced treasures.

In recent years, my desire to collect figurines was rekindled, which led me to begin using them as subjects for this series of paintings. I was interested in playing with the boundaries between the genres of still life and portraiture, and high and low art. I am also interested in exploring the limits of representation. Making this work is like a visual telephone game – they are paintings of painted porcelain objects. Many of the figurines are so distorted and exaggerated that sometimes it becomes hard to determine the animals they originally reference. I am intrigued by our ability to discern what these abstracted forms represent.

Within my paintings, I focus on subtly shifting color, composition, scale, and light within the still lives I paint directly from until I am content with how they impact the personality of the figurines. The figurines I am most drawn to are strange, comical, and sometimes slightly discomforting. In some of these works I intend to heighten the personalities of the figurines, and at other times I’m looking to completely alter the inherent qualities of these inanimate objects.” – Cassie Marie Edwards

 

Galleries are free to view:
Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 7 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Open Saturdays 11 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays.

Artist Exchange: Heidi Jensen
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

An artist exchange talk will begin at 7:30 pm on Friday, June 25 with a Q&A about her exhibition: Everything Is For You Until You Are For It.  You’ll have the chance to meet the artist and learn about her work and ask questions. You may attend in-person or via Zoom.

Click HERE to connect with us on Zoom.
You’ll need to enter the following on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 857 8649 4343

Passcode: 016964

Exhibition will be on display from June 24 – August 7, 2021.

Heidi Jensen has a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has won numerous awards for her unique artistic style.

“A thread running throughout my work is confusion of the animate and inanimate, an approach to form leading back to the Surrealists. We seek to establish order by creating taxonomies and groupings, fixing things in place. Yet, forces such as desire can destabilize and upend systems and classifications, resulting in new configurations. Circulating in this work are meditations on states of transformation and the gendered nature of material culture. The drawings begin with a compelling object, like André Breton’s slipper spoon, chosen from an array of objects at a Paris flea market.

Buddhist teachings on desire and anger inform these drawings; there is tension between these ideas and the beauty of the object, whether it is a 17th century linen millstone ruff from the collection of the Rijksmuseum or an inexpensive plastic and microfiber duster found at a local grocery store. These anthropomorphic forms hover between the male and female, they contain tongue-in-cheek references to physical anatomy. The brushes and dusters fight off constricting, beautifying ruffles and mingle with the dust and grime of this world.

Narrative is at play throughout this work, in the transformation of objects or in their actions. They burst into flames, scatter bones, extrude other forms, molt. The title of the exhibition is taken from Don Marquis’ the robin and the worm, in which a worm is eaten by a robin and changes form, mingling with the being that consumed it. Objects may appear inert to our swiftly roving eyes, but they act on and provoke us. They are in slow states of change, acquiring patinas and eroding, casting off parts and gathering dust, becoming lost and found.” -Heidi Jensen

 

Galleries are free to view:
Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 7 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Open Saturdays 11 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays.

Jul
1
Thu
Radio Radio
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm
Great danceable music with a punchy rock and roll edge. That’s New Wave. That’s Radio Radio. You will see and hear a band of top musicians playing songs no other band is covering, and in a way that makes you feel you are seeing and hearing the real thing live for the first time. This unique and specific genre draws fans from an amazingly wide range, from twenty-somethings discovering new wave for the first time (thanks to video games, commercials and movies) to forty and fifty-somethings with old cassette collections filled with these bands.

 

Concert at 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm 

Food from Bob’s Pizza  will be available for purchase during the concert.

 

Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf

 

View more concerts during 11 Thursdays of Summer HERE.
Jul
8
Thu
Tweed
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm

Part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues!

 

2019 WAMI nominee for R&B/Soul Artist, Tweed has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast. In 2018, Tweed successfully toured Europe performing shows in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Austria, and Slovakia. Another tour of Europe is currently being assembled for fall of 2019.

 

The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St. Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! 

 

Thursday, July 8
Bar opens at 6 pm
Concert at 7 pm

Food from Bob’s Pizza will be available for purchase during the concert.

Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf

 

View more concerts during 11 Thursdays of Summer HERE.