THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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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.

Sep
30
Thu
Joan Lobis Brown: Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms
Sep 30 – Nov 13 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from September 30, 2021 –  November 13, 2021

Joan Lobis Brown is a visual activist whose portrait and landscape photographs have been widely shown in group and solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. She had seven solo exhibitions scheduled for 2019–2020. In the last six years, she has been selected for more than 100 international juried competitions. Her work has been published online and in print magazines such as The Huffington Post, ZekeMic.com, Hyperallergic.com, The International Photo Review, Featureshoot, POZ and others.

 “Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms” is a portraiture series— accompanied by text culled from interviews with the subjects— that focuses on American baby boomer women of diverse ethnicities, races, religions, sexual identities, professions and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

American baby boomer women—– women born between 1945 and 1964—were the first generation to expect that they could “have it all”: equality, family, careers, fitness, health and prosperity.  Now, as these women enter their mid-50s, 60s, and 70s, they face a unique set of challenges brought on by the demands of growing older while continuing to enjoy those same meaningful and evolved lives.

Women have been, and still are, the targets of sexism and ageism. Older women are often invisible, remaining largely unseen by members of a youth-oriented society and underrepresented in popular culture and imagery. When they are visible, they are often and euphemistically described as being “of a certain age,” as though an acknowledgement of maturity might be taken as an offense. Even worse, older women are sometimes thought of and depicted as crones or witches. As a child, I believed these depictions to be true; as an adult, and a baby boomer woman, I now know them to be false.

Since 2015, I have photographed and interviewed 39 unknown yet outstanding baby boomer women who have shattered stigma, dismantling stereotypes to become extraordinary women launching new careers, achieving physical goals, overcoming adversity and making society a better place for all of us. Their stories cover a wide variety of accomplishments. They are athletes, scholars, activists, businesswomen, artists, immigrants and sur­vivors. They are role models all. These amazing women are a testament to the character, courage, vitality and spunk of American baby boomer women. –Joan Lobis Brown

For more information on the artist click HERE!

 

Notes from Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Curator

Joan Lobis Brown’s exhibition “Women of an UNcertain age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms” is a poignant survey of women’s personal stories of challenges, growth, and achievement. We are allowed into their private experiences while tackling very public issues for women. Viewers can visually connect with these individuals through Brown’s photographs as they read their stories.

The women represent a wide array of races, religions, and backgrounds that have significant influence on their experiences. You will read stories about illness, body image, immigration, and homosexuality (to name a few). You will be reminded of the struggle and significance of women achieving positions of power, authority, and expertise in a world that consistently resists it. Brown also includes elements from her series “Women’s Postcard Project: ‘I am Speaking!’” in which she asks women of all ages what they would tell their younger self. Brown’s exhibition is culturally and emotionally significant for all in the community to experience.

 

 

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.

THELMA Member Spotlight
Sep 30 – Nov 13 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from September 30 – November 13, 2021

 

Notes from Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Curator

THELMA is proud to present the 2021 Member Spotlight exhibit, featuring the varied artwork from our own members! This exhibition welcomes art from all experience levels and brings them together into one diverse and unique show. With an opening reception on Thursday, September 30th from 6pm-8pm, members of the public can view the art and meet the artists behind it. The Member Spotlight allows us to show off the many talents of our THELMA members and provide a glimpse into the creativity that exists in Fond du Lac. THELMA’s mission is to enrich the community through the arts, and it is a special occasion when we can do so with artwork from within the community itself!  

 

2021 Call for THELMA Member Artwork

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts welcomes artwork submissions for the 2021 Member exhibition. Artists must have an active membership with THELMA at the time of submission and art must remain on display throughout the exhibition period. Works in all media will be considered.

  • Deadline to submit: August 21, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: by September 1, 2021
  • Exhibition dates: September 30 – November 13, 2021

How to Apply

To apply, please email the following to Shannon Kupfer, Curator and Arts Education Coordinator, at [email protected] with the subject line “Member Submission”:

  1. Artist’s name, phone number, and preferred email
  2. 1-10 high-quality photos of proposed artwork. If sending photos individually, label as follows: lastname_01, with the numbers coordinating with the image list.
  3. An image list with the artist’s name, title, media, size, and date

Note: More than one artwork may be accepted. Artwork with individual components forming a whole (such as a triptych) can be considered one artwork submission.

 

Sales
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts will retain a 35% commission on all sales.

Shipping
Artists are responsible for shipping to and from the gallery. Hand-delivery must be arranged with Shannon Kupfer.

Insurance
All artwork is insured by THELMA while on site.

Quality
Oil paintings must be dry at time of drop-off. Paper artworks must be framed. Unframed canvases must be gallery wrapped and have clean edges. All 2D artwork must come equipped with hanging hardware. Artwork that requires outlets or technology from THELMA must be labeled as such at the time of submission.

 

Oct
4
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Oct 4 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club on October 4 at 5:30 pm! The book for this month’s meeting is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. You do not need to have the book read. Members are responsible for getting the book.
 
Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public!
***We will meet in person at THELMA***


About the Book:

Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression.

– Good Reads

Oct
9
Sat
Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

SOLD OUT! No general admission seating or tables available.

 

Two blues performers in one night! Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro!

 

October 9, 2021
Concert at 7:30 pm
Bar opens at 6:30 pm
Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Bistro Table for Four $220 ($132 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $150 ($90 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.

 

Marcia Ball: 

“Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry…her songs ring with emotional depth.”
– Rolling Stone

“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says pianist, songwriter, and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career.  Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse party every time she takes the stage. Born in Orange, Texas and raised in Vinton, Louisiana, her deep Acadian heritage and a lifetime of absorbing Gulf Coast rhythm and blues is evident in her original songs and the classics she chooses to cover.  This has made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world.  With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs.

Tommy Castro:

“Castro is one of the brightest stars in the blues-soul genre. Voracious blues energy and ultimate soul power…impassioned vocals and pure inventiveness in his stellar guitar solos.” –Blues Music Magazine

“Sizzling, slow-burning, gritty blues and rock…shimmering, swampy, downright funky vibes drenched with Castro’s stinging, pure and crisp lead runs and fluid, jet-fueled solos.” –Living Blues

“Soul-baring, roadhouse-meets-church, Memphis guitar licks…gritty voice…Southern colors and rootsy textures.” –Washington Post

“The hardest thing to do,” says internationally beloved soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro, “is be yourself, take some chances and bring your fans along with you.” Throughout his long, constantly evolving career, guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Castro has always remained true to himself while exploring, growing and creating new music, and he has taken his thousands of devoted fans right along with him. Since his solo debut in 1994, he’s made 16 albums—the last seven for Alligator—each its own unique chapter in the book of Tommy Castro. Ranging from horn-fueled R&B to piping hot blues to fiery, stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll, each release is solidly built upon Castro’s unshakable musical foundation—a dynamic mix of 1960s-influenced guitar-fueled blues, testifying Memphis-soaked blue-eyed soul and Latin-tinged East San Jose funk, all driven by Castro’s grab-you-by-the-collar vocals and passionate guitar work. Blues Revue declared, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”

“I like to keep things fresh and interesting,” says Castro, “Tom and I have talked about making a record together for a long time. Collaborating with him was even better than I imagined. I had an outline for the story and then Tom and I talked it out and the songs just started to organically grow out of each other.” Castro continues, “A Bluesman Came To Town isn’t a story about me. It’s pulled from some of my friends’ and my experiences though. I’ve seen first-hand for a lot of years what it’s like out there on the road.”

The road has always been Castro’s home away from home. He’ll instantly ignite a crowd, turn them into loyal fans and then keep those fans coming back for more. He has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and performed thousands of gigs, leading his bands at clubs, concert halls, and festivals all over the world. Famed guitarist Joe Bonamassa says, “Tommy has always been top of the heap among blues guitar players. He always puts on a great show.”

 

 

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Oct
15
Fri
Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm
Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio will be performing at THELMA on October 15 starting at 8 pm. 

Duke Tumatoe, born William “Bill” Severen Fiorio in 1947, is an American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has gigged with Muddy WatersBo DiddleyB.B. KingWillie DixonBuddy GuyJohn Fogerty and George Thorogood.  He was a founding member of arena-rock giants REO Speedwagon. He has released fifteen albums as the bandleader of Duke Tumatoe & The All-Star Frogs and Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio. His 1988 live album I Like My Job was produced by John Fogerty. He typically plays more than 100 dates per year.

“The first time I heard Duke it gave me chills,” said Fogerty. “I hadn’t experienced energy like that in a long time. It was like walking in on Jimmy Swaggart in his heyday. Everybody in the audience was shouting and screaming and having a good time. I mean the crowd was just eating out of this guy’s hand. Immediately the light went on in my head–somebody ought to record these guys.”

Tumatoe is a self-taught guitarist who learned to play by watching Chicago’s blues legends. His guitar playing has been described as “B.B. King played through Jimi Hendrix (with a touch of Andy Gill).”

Tumatoe’s songs are noted for their humor, something he explains as, “There are two elements of the blues. There’s the general intensity of the music…and an element of humor, some twist in the lyrics. It’s like a comedian turning something sad into something funny.”

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

October 15, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

 

General Seating $20 ($12 for Members of THELMA)
Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table

 

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.

No other discounts apply

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Oct
26
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band Tribute to Count Basie through the Decades
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Lighthouse Big Band Tribute to Count Basie through the Decades October 26 at 7 pm! Bar opens at 6:30 pm.

THELMA’s Fountain City room. Free admission to the public.

“The Lighthouse Big Band is one of Fond du Lac’s best-kept secrets,” Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band says.

 

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety of genres in the big band style. The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state over the past 18+ years backing such jazz stalwarts as Tom “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, and the more modern big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

More information about the band HERE!

 

About Count Basie:

One of jazz music’s all-time greats, bandleader-pianist Count Basie was a primary shaper of the big-band sound that characterized mid-20th century popular music. A pianist, Count Basie played vaudeville before eventually forming his own big band and helping to define the era of swing with hits like “One O’Clock Jump” and “Blue Skies.” In 1958, Basie became the first African American male recipient of a Grammy Award. One of jazz music’s all-time greats, he won many other Grammys throughout his career and worked with a plethora of artists, including Joe Williams and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

 

 

Oct
27
Wed
SOLD OUT! 2nd Annual ~ The Rocky Horror Show! LIVE!
Oct 27 all-day
Presenting Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show (LIVE!) directed by Bekki Fishelson Kuber.

 

In this cult classic musical, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and a houseful of insane characters.

 

Wear your costumes for a costume contest at intermission during each show. Prop bags available for purchase before each show. (Audience props will be available for $10 at the door, props included with $79 seating package.) Use your props and shout your lines during this audience immersive, rock and roll experience. For audiences 21+

The show will be LIVE at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts!

Ticket prices start at $40. One ticket = two seats. (ex: A1 & A2 is $40 for both chairs). Seats share a table.

 

Show dates: October 27 – October 30

 

October 27 at 7 pm ~ SOLD OUT!

October 28 at 7 pm ~ SOLD OUT!

October 29 at 7 pm ~ SOLD OUT!

October 30 at 7 pm ~ SOLD OUT!

October 30 at 11 pm ~ SOLD OUT!

 

Oct
28
Thu
SOLD OUT! 2nd Annual ~ The Rocky Horror Show! LIVE!
Oct 28 all-day
Presenting Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show (LIVE!) directed by Bekki Fishelson Kuber.

 

In this cult classic musical, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and a houseful of insane characters.

 

Wear your costumes for a costume contest at intermission during each show. Prop bags available for purchase before each show. (Audience props will be available for $10 at the door, props included with $79 seating package.) Use your props and shout your lines during this audience immersive, rock and roll experience. For audiences 21+

The show will be LIVE at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts!

Ticket prices start at $40. One ticket = two seats. (ex: A1 & A2 is $40 for both chairs). Seats share a table.

 

Show dates: October 27 – October 30

 

October 27 at 7 pm ~ SOLD OUT!

October 28 at 7 pm ~ SOLD OUT!

October 29 at 7 pm ~ SOLD OUT!

October 30 at 7 pm ~ SOLD OUT!

October 30 at 11 pm ~ SOLD OUT!