THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Nov
18
Thu
Denise Presnell: The Sweet Spot Between Chaos and Control
Nov 18 2021 – Jan 22 2022 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from November 18, 2021 –  January 22, 2022

“I am a painter/mixed media/pastel artist living and working in western Wisconsin. My work is driven by an intuitive desire to explore a personal archeology. Shapes and marks unite to display a map of my creative process. The tools and mediums I use to explore this imagery are also intuitively chosen for their unique effect on the composition. The range of mediums I use is vast and includes oil, pastel, acrylic, cold wax, charcoal, graphite, oil pigment sticks, color pencil and iridescent powders on paper, canvas and panel. My artist tools include traditional brushes, shape makers, palette knives, squeegees and odds and ends of packing materials, cups – you name it. If an object looks like it will create a unique effect or texture while transferring paint onto a surface – I’ll try it.

I speculate that my current work is a form of visual game playing. There is a juxtaposition of random and decisive choices throughout my painting process so that both the conscious and subconscious have an opportunity to interact on the surface of the picture plane. My work involves as much tearing down as it does the building up of visual elements. I won’t allow any section of the surface to be so precious that I wouldn’t risk removing it or covering it over with paint in order to unify the whole. And as in any good game, risk is necessary for the reward. My process involves working on 2 – 3 pieces at a time.

Currently, I shift between working with acrylic on canvas and oil, cold wax and mixed media on paper or panel. With each medium, I concentrate on one piece and begin the additional work or two with the extra paint left on my palette. This results in a miniseries based on the palette, but not necessarily on the composition. Composition is unique to each piece as it is developed intuitively during the process of each piece. I find that shifting from acrylic to the cold wax medium informs the textures and tool methods used between the two mediums. I’ve discovered ways to make the acrylic work like cold wax and vice versa. The layering process is very similar between the two mediums as well. I try to leave at least some areas of all my works with a glimpse of each step of the work process – a sort of visual mapping of my decision making.” – Denise Presnell

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

 

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

Emily Mcllroy: The Lilies How They Grow
Nov 18 2021 – Jan 22 2022 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from November 18, 2021 –  January 22, 2022

“I use the practice of drawing and painting as a means of connecting the grace, power, violence, and complexity found in nature, with internal landscapes of thoughts, memories, and emotions. My large-scale works on paper explore forces and elements of the natural world as metaphors for human experiences of love, loss, grief, and transformation. Densely layered and detailed, the nine panels that make up the series “The Lilies How They Grow,” are composed of organic shapes, colors, and textures reminiscent of underwater caverns, glaciers, or the delicate features of animals and plants.

Since the sudden deaths of my twin brother and mother, I have come to see our own inner worlds as “wildernesses” -spaces that harbor great dangers, as well as potential for incredible wonder and discovery. “The Lilies How They Grow” is an attempt to navigate the forces and features of this territory. It is an attempt to understand and accept an existence that is at once breathtakingly beautiful, unendurably painful, infinitely fragile, and prodigiously resilient. Created as prayers for a passageway out of all the has held me back, these pieces look towards hope and faith in the capacity to love, and for the possibility of a life aligned with presence, openness, and joy.!

The title of the series comes from a dream I had a month after the death of my twin. As I was walking along the edge of a cliff at night I slipped, and while falling, saw two small lilies that I grabbed and used to pull myself back up and out of the blackness. Now, whenever traction becomes weak, when I don’t remember who I am, I consider the lilies. I search for the handholds in the dark. I take the seeds of those life-sustaining flowers and try to grow them, not in little pairs, but in full, feracious fields.” – Emily Mcllroy

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

 

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

Dec
4
Sat
Dead Horses *SOLD OUT*
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm

***This concert has been SOLD OUT! Look for upcoming concerts HERE.***

Dead Horses will be performing at THELMA on December 4 starting at 8 pm. 

Dead Horses isn’t a band in the conventional sense. Rather, it’s an intimate, folk-inspired conversation between two close friends. At its core, the participants are guitarist/singer Sarah Vos and bassist Daniel Wolff. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based pair’s musicality, emotionality, and ambitions have sent them on a winding journey in music.

“There is a lot vulnerability in what we do,” Dan acknowledges. “We share in this very personal expression, and we have a common bond in our personal goals.” Sarah adds: “We are both running towards this dream of doing what we love-recording music and touring-even when the outcomes are uncertain.”

Dead Horses weave together a patchwork of classic and contemporary influences that span trad roots, indie-folk, and other experimental musical idioms. In its artistic continuum, Dead Horses has explored freeform musicality and thoroughly composed approaches. Thematically, the songs are personal, revelatory, and relatable, brimming with imaginative phrases, poetry, vulnerability, and a feeling of redemption.

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

December 4, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

Tickets for General Seating
General Seating $40 ($24 for Members of THELMA)

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.

Dec
6
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club on December 6 at 5:30 pm! The book for this month’s meeting is The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere. You do not need to have the book read. Books are available at the Thelma front desk.
 
Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public!
***We will meet in person at THELMA***

 

 

About the Book:
Set in the 1950s, The Good Dream tells the story of Ivorie Walker, an unmarried, 30 something year old, who lives in a small town in Tennessee. Recovering from her parents deaths, most especially her mothers passing, Ivorie is living alone until she rescues a young and abused boy from ‘the hills’.
In 2013 it was an Audie Award Nominee for Inspirational Fiction.
Dec
10
Fri
Isthmus Brass
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm

Isthmus Brass will be performing at THELMA on December 10 starting at 8 pm. 

Under the direction of brass-icon, John Stevens, and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, the Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble.  Named for a strip of land between the lakes of Mendota and Monona in Madison the IB was established in 2009 as some of the most high profile brass players in the region looked for a way to collaborate and perform together.  They initially decided on a course of performing charitable Christmas Concerts especially for the Porchlight Homeless Charity and at retirement homes in Madison.  Since then the group has taken off on the professional concert circuit and is currently being selected to perform on concert series and music festivals throughout the Midwest.

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

December 10, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

Tickets for General Seating
General Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA) – SOLD OUT

Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Bistro Table for Four $145 ($87 for Members of THELMA) – CALL FOR RESERVATION
Pub Table for Two $85 ($51 for Members of THELMA) – SOLD OUT
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.

Dec
17
Fri
The Jimmys
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
The Jimmys will be performing at THELMA on December 17 starting at 8 pm. 

 

THE JIMMYS combine 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! Seven piece award winning blues and R&B band!

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

 

December 17, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

 

General Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA)
Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table

 

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.

Dec
18
Sat
For Kids from One to Ninety-Two
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm

For Kids from One to Ninety Two will be performing at THELMA on December 18 starting at 7:30 pm.

 

About the Band:

“For Kids from One to Ninety Two” is a holiday extravaganza, with everything from beautifully lush, traditional fare to great pop songs and joyful, family favorites. 

The show features yours truly, singer, bassist Michael Bailey and world-renowned electric violinist and founding member of Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood and the amazing band STEEM.

This concert is a feast of musical styles, all woven together by the spirit of the season. You will hear “Chestnuts Roasting” written by my father Mel Torme’ on a hot July day in Beverly Hills, all the great Trans Siberian hits recorded by original member Mark Wood and our new holiday classic, “I Remember Christmastime” and many more

This show will warm your heart but it’s also plenty exciting enough to make it beat a little faster, just the sort of feeling that this time of year is all about. Come to the show with the real hitmakers and make it your best Holiday ever! – Steve March-Tormé

December 18, 2021
Concert at 7:30 pm

Bar opens at 6:30 pm

 

General Seating $40 ($24 for Members of THELMA) – SOLD OUT

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

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join at thelmaarts.org!

Dec
19
Sun
FdL Children’s Chorale Holiday Concert
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hear the wonderful voices of children during this annual tradition of the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale Holiday Concert.
Sunday, December 19 at 2 pm
Tickets are $8 each
Purchase tickets by calling us at 920.921.5410, stopping in or clicking the link below:
Jan
6
Thu
Bridal Faire 2022
Jan 6 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Plan your wedding the easy way with the largest bridal expo in our area. Come anytime 4 til 7 on Thursday January 6. Browse numerous vendors, sample cakes and catering, enjoy a drink, win special prizes, and more! Guest tickets $5 at Edith’s Bridal in Fond du Lac or at www.hometowntickets.com. ($10 at door)

BRIDES TO BE GET IN FREE by completing the form HERE

Vendors include (this list is updated weekly):
50-50 Factory Outlet
Annies Fountain City Café
Athena Cyro Studios
Best Western Oshkosh
Ediths Bridal and Ediths Tuxedo Junciton
Everdry Water Proofing
Gysber’s Jewelry
Hannah Grace Photography
Hotel Retlaw
Margo Video
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Matthew Rodenkirch (Officiant)
Mr. and Mrs. Catering
Old Wade House
Photo Focus Photography
Record Entertainment DJ Service
Rock Golf Club
S&B Alteration
South Hills Country Club
Sweet and Easy Event Planning
The Hive
The Raddison
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Wendy Pelletier – Pianist
Jan
21
Fri
Jazz for 90’s Kids
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A traditional jazz quartet that plays untraditional jazz songs in a traditionally jazz way! Whether you’re an avid jazz lover, or new to jazz music, there is something for everyone! Featuring Mike Malone (drums), Malakai Flynn (guitar), Austin Bolden (bass), and Jake Opperman (saxophone). These 4 musicians have been studying jazz through college and have been playing professionally around Wisconsin ever since. They are excited to share their unique sound and arrangements live with you! Check out Jazz for 90’s Kids on YouTube for complete studio recordings, videos, and future projects!

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Tuesday, January 21
Time:
8 PM – 10 PM
Bar Opens:
7 PM
Price/Tickets: 
$20 General Admission ($12 for Members)
Location: 
Fountain City