THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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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.

Jul
31
Sat
The Best Day Ever with The Jimmys – Honoring Dan Gilgenbach
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm

“The Best Day Ever” benefit concert tribute to his legacy!

A true zest for life, knowing that each day was a gift, Dan could often be heard saying, “today is the best day ever.” The city’s beloved “music man” and previous owner of Mike’s Music and Sound, Dan Gilgenbach passed away in 2019 from complications of cancer and will be celebrated July 31, 2021 at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts for a concert tribute hosted by Dan’s family with one of Dan’s favorite bands: The Jimmys.

THE JIMMYS music combines the seasoned keyboard and Hammond B-3 organ talents of Jimmy Voegeli, the legendary blues guitarist Perry Weber on six-strings and vocals, drummer Chris Sandoval – veteran of the Tommy Castro band, the expertise of southern Wisconsin’s finest bass guitar, and rounded out by an amazing horn section!

  • A seven piece award winning blues and R&B band!
July 31
Bar opens at 6 pm
The Jimmys perform at 7 pm
Food from Yummy Bones BBQ
Outdoor concert

Benefit concert! Donations raised will go to the Dan Gilgenbach Music Scholarship of the Fond du Lac Area Foundation.

Aug
2
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading The Huntress by Kate Quinn.
 
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. 

Free to attend! ***We will meet in person at THELMA***

About the book:

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive. – Good Reads

“The Huntress” is sure to be a hit with fans of commercial World War II fiction. Nina’s and Jordan’s narratives truly sing in this powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity. – Washington Post

Aug
5
Thu
Maple Road
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm
Enjoy music, drinks, and the performing arts with friends! The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St.
Maple Road is a high energy, four piece band out of the Washington County area that has been delivering a unique blend of blues and rock for over ten years. Along with classic favorites, we add originals to the mix. The diversity, originality, and “homegrown” feel of Maple Road appeals to a wide range audience and keeps fans coming back for more. Dually fronted on guitar and vocals by Jenny Abbott and Randy Panas, and backed by Russ Wheeler on bass and Max Jones on drums, Maple Road delivers an unexpected and intriguing musical mix of power and soul that demands attention. The band released their second album entitled, Ain’t Lookin’ Back.

 

Thursday, August 5
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.
Aug
12
Thu
Emily Joy Zeller: Permutations
Aug 12 – Sep 25 all-day
Art opening reception: August 12 – You’ll have the chance to meet the artist and learn about her work and ask questions. Art opening from 6 – 8 pm.

Exhibition will be on display from August 12, 2021 –  September 25, 2021

An artistic experimenter and educator from Ohio, Emily Joy Zeller is interested in new technologies and the near-future. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art and the Studio Arts Technology Specialist at Kenyon College, where she teaches classes in web media, photography, digital imaging, and creative coding. She also oversees digital fabrication within the department, and makes all of the technology behave. Her work has been exhibited at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia, and as part of The Wrong Biennale in Valencia, Spain. Her artistic pursuits range from photography to microcontrollers, joining digital and analog, and exploring the uncanny valley. Zeller received her MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

“In Permutations I explore and exploit the ability of a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) to become something of a virtual scientist. The network is trained on archetypal photographs of specific objects to learn how they’re supposed to look, and then I use it to create images with calculated amounts of many different objects. The results meld together to form something that doesn’t exist, but at first glance seems like it could in a near-future environment. Aspects within the image may be familiar, but still inherently alien to what we interpret as a “real” space or object. From a distance the images may evoke deep-sea creatures, plant life, and insects, but up close they become painterly and abstract. Characteristics of the source images may or may not be readily apparent, depending on the number of “genes” in the piece, and the ratio between them. The GAN and I collaborate, determining what of the physical world can be joined, and how those hybrids might appear based on what it’s learned. Through this, I play with the idea of what makes us interpret photographic representations as authentic, mixing the real and the fantastic.” Emily Joy Zeller

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

Notes from Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Curator

Emily Joy Zeller’s prints utilize a unique artform that appears to exist between the realms of SciFi and SciArt. Zeller creates other-worldly amalgamations of objects using a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN). GAN is essentially a computer network that is trained to learn the photographs that Zeller feeds it, and it melds them together into something that does not exist yet is eerily believable. She curates the objects that go into the GAN, creating an interesting partnership between artist and computer. Zeller also includes animated videos of some of her creations that truly bring the experience to another level. You can watch the forms morph, move, and change before your eyes. The videos are reminiscent of time-lapses of biological processes like cellular mitosis under a microscope or a caterpillar becoming a pupa and emerging as a butterfly. The artwork in “Permutations” is intriguing, bizarre, and disturbs the definition of what is real.

 

 

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.

Tai Lipan: Architecture of Light
Aug 12 – Sep 25 all-day

Art opening from 6 – 8 pm on August 12.
Exhibition will be on display from August 12, 2021 –  September 25, 2021

Tai Lipan is an Indianapolis based artist working as a painter, Director of University Galleries, Co-director of the Jeeninga Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology and Associate Professor of Art at Anderson University. She received her MFA in painting from Western Carolina University in 2006. Lipan actively exhibits her work with latest exhibitions including the Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, and solo exhibits at the Bubbler in WI, Skyes gallery in PA, and Marion University in Indiana.

She used light as a metaphor for vulnerability, inevitability, commemoration, and celebration. Many of the paintings symbolically depict the dramatic collisions of weather, light and the landscape. Beams of light illuminate vulnerable trees and fields, while impregnated clouds loom closely, threatening or spilling over in tear-like drops.

In other works, light rains down in celebration as manmade explosions illuminate the night sky. The fireworks commemorate freedom while triggering smoke reminiscent of war and loss.

The painterly play between the drawing lines of the horizon and the compression of the symbolic elements, in all of the work, is strengthened through the relief process. Color, light and form dance between illusionistic and literal layers enhancing the dynamic.

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

Notes from Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Curator

Tai Lipan’s work is a creative synthesis of wood sculpture and painting. Using light as the common thread that weaves the different pieces together, Lipan represents a wide variety of light-infused phenomena. The layers of wood physically reach out from the two-dimensional wall space, simultaneously animating and abstracting the images. Atop the wood, Lipan’s painterly brushstrokes further enhance light, shadow, and forms. Many of her pieces remind me of the historical triptychs commonly found in Medieval and Renaissance Art. Traditionally used on altars, these triptych-like works seem to elevate and revere light. An in-person experience of Lipan’s exhibition “Architecture of Light” is a captivating and dynamic fusion of sculpture and painting. 

 

 

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.

Art Opening for Emily Joy Zeller and Tai Lipan
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Art Opening Reception: August 12 from 6 – 8 pm

Grab your friends and a glass of wine and view the new art displayed in our galleries. Meet the artist and see her work for the first time on display here. After viewing the art listen to music by Cathy Grier and The Troublemakers

Bar opens at 5:30 pm
Art Opening from 6 – 8 pm
Music starts at 7 pm

 

Exhibitions will be on display from August 12 – September 25
Emily Joy Zeller: Permutations
Tai Lipan: Architechture of Light

 

 

MEET THE ARTIST!
You’ll have the chance to meet the artist Emily Joy Zeller and learn about her work in her exhibition Permutations. Ask her questions about the inspiration behind her exhibition.

More about her exhibition HERE!

 

 

For more information about the concert happening during the concert click HERE!

 

Sep
3
Fri
Children’s Chorale Auditions
Sep 3 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Upcoming audition dates are available by appointment only. Choose a 15-minute slot in the timeframe below and please call THELMA at 920-921-5410 or email us at [email protected] to schedule your audition.

September 3 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm

 

The Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale is a community chorus comprised of fourth through eighth-grade students, from Fond du Lac and the surrounding communities, interested in performing and studying high-quality choral music.

The Children’s Chorale is an organization where children are encouraged to express themselves. Members build relationships with peers who are serious about music making. The rehearsal environment is creative, nurturing, educational, enjoyable, and supportive. Members regularly move into leadership roles in their chosen high schools, successfully performing in their choirs, bands, on stage, as soloists, and in ensembles.

Eva Thelen-Dunphy is the new artistic director and is a Fond du Lac native, a soprano, violinist, and choral conductor with a passion for promoting the arts in our community.

The Chorale rehearses Monday evenings, September through May. The first semester runs September through December concluding with a holiday concert. The second semester runs January through May concluding with a spring concert.

Tuition Prices:

$300 per student for both semesters
$200 per student for one semester
$225 per additional sibling for both semesters
$150 per additional sibling for one semester

 

Sep
10
Fri
Judy Stevenson Memorial Art Sale
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A memorial event and art sale for Fond du Lac artist, Judy Stevenson will be held on Friday, September 10 from 12 – 5 pm and will take place in THELMA’s Fountain City room.

The artwork will be for sale throughout the duration of the evening and all proceeds will go to the John and Judy Stevenson Memorial Fund of the Fond du Lac Area Foundation which funds the arts. 

 

Stevenson was named Fond du Lac Artist of the Year in 2013. Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Art Curator says, “Her paintings are beaming with character. With a combination of vibrant hues and delicate brushwork, her paintings are of flowers, forest and sea life, abstractions, and more.”

Judy was a long-time art student and mentor to the Fond du Lac Senior Center artist groups. “Judy was filled with contagious positive energy and when in her company everyone laughed and giggled. There isn’t or wasn’t a more prolific watercolorist as far as I knew in Fond du Lac. She excelled in everything she tried and always strived to learn more and try new techniques. There was no end to her art passion,” fellow artist and friend of Judy’s, Faye Barber Schmuhl says. Another artist and friend, Pat Reiher, shares, “I knew Judy as a tennis teammate as well as an artist. We played on a ‘Volvo league’ tennis team for many years, even going to State! While a fierce competitor, Judy always had a big smile and infectious laugh to go along with her powerful serve! As an artist, Judy never stopped learning and trying new things. She was a prolific artist, bringing energy and freshness into her work, and every situation she encountered.”

Stevenson often strayed from traditional painting techniques, incorporating mixed media materials and printing using actual spiderwebs. “The results are truly extraordinary and unique. The vivid colors and forms immediately draw you in, while these special details and techniques keep you looking,” Shannon Kupfer says. Stevenson was also an avid photographer and gardener, continuously creating beauty wherever she went.

For more information on this memorial art sale please call Shannon Kupfer at 920.921.5410.