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.

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
Feb
8
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Love is in the Air
When it comes to holidays, playing music is always a good way to commemorate the special occasion, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. They’re the songs that touched our hearts, and filled us all with the feelings of love and romance. Whether you’re celebrating solo, hosting a sweet fête with friends and family or having a candlelit dinner with your significant other, songs about affection can be a nice backdrop to the love-filled day.

The Lighthouse Big Band’s set for this evening will be filled with songs about love. Come join the band in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance club as we deliver our Valentine’s Day gift to you in our own unique musical fashion.

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.

“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.

 

Band Information HERE 

Date: Tuesday, February 8
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

Feb
12
Sat
Copper Box
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Copper Box is a quartet based in Oshkosh, WI and was started in 2002 with co-founders, Danny & Michelle Jerabek.  Danny Jerabek grew up performing in his dad’s band at the early age of 9 and was self-taught on button accordion (currently endorsed by Hohner Accordions), drums, trumpet, sax, etc.  He married Michelle Thull, who also performed in her dad’s family band and they started Copper Box so they could be together on stage.  With the help of a few other very talented musicians (currently, Dan Cable (DC) on drums and Dave Chyla on bass), Copper Box continues to deliver a punch in entertainment and musicality, playing familiar songs with a twist in a multi-genre accord (polka-rock-blues), as well as their own originals for concerts and events.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, February 12
Time:
5 PM – 7 PM
Price/Tickets: Free General Admission
Location:
Fountain City
Mar
8
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Swing into Spring
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

During the winter months of constant darkness and cold, looking forward to spring is the sparkle that keeps our souls warm. Spring brings along with it beautiful flower blossoms, melodious chirping birds, warm and pleasant sun, and a new beginning to everything. Spring also symbolizes rekindling the flames of love, as the warming weather symbolizes the warming of the heart. Are you ready to take off your heavy winter coats and get ready to sing along with the birds? If the answer is ‘yes’, join the Lighthouse Big Band as we “Swing into Spring,” with songs about Spring, celebrating nature, the warm weather, and love.

Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

The Lighthouse Big Band, a 20+ year mainstay in the music scene, is now also honored to be a resident ensemble at Thelma.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety
of genres in the big band style. 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, contemporary big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

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 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 is honored to be a part of the area arts community, presenting listening opportunities, promoting learning opportunities and preserving this great art form,” says Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band.

Band Information HERE 

Mar
18
Fri
Reilly @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Voted Celtic band of the year by Wisconsin Area Music Industry for 2019 and 2015, Reilly have garnered a reputation for being an interactive, get-off-your-chair act. The band’s travel circuit around the Midwest continues to grow along with their reputation for being a highly respected and professional level group. National programs such as Good Morning Ireland, Blarney on the Air, and Paddyrock internet radio have featured Reilly and Celtic Radio Music Network rates them as five out of five stars. Their ability to adapt Celtic music to an American rock audience, and include unexpected rock favorites into their set, makes them the perfect eclectic choice in today’s watered down and predictable Celtic scene.

Being a strong part of the Irish and non-Irish musical community throughout the Midwest, Reilly have appeared regularly at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest, The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center in Milwaukee, Manhattan, IL Irish Fest, Will County, IL Celtic Fest, Bastille Days in Milwaukee, City of Indianapolis events, Harley-Davidson festivals, River Rhythms in Milwaukee, countless St. Patrick’s parades and activities, Bradley Center events, and at far too many Irish pubs and non-Irish locales around the Midwest to mention. They’ve shared the stage with Gaelic Storm, Flogging Molly, Enter the Haggis, The Prodigals, Barra MacNeils, Seven Nations, The Bridies, Luka Bloom and more. Members of Reilly are also involved with community and social outfits such as the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin—Milwaukee Chapter.

Reilly celebrates Celtic musical heritage and their own American upbringings in both the live setting and on record. They provide a lively musical feast for those who enjoy a bit of nostalgia, a dose of modernism, and a full pint of fun and good will.

“For our first Irish Festival we could not have picked a better band. They not only play lots of “Irish songs” but throw in more popular songs that were influenced by the Irish. Great energy and musicianship.” –Jim, Central WI Celtic Fest president

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, March 18
Time: 7
PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Price/Tickets: FREE
Location: Fountain City
Mar
19
Sat
Art Exchange for Craig Clifford
Mar 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Grab your friends and a drink and view the new art displayed in our galleries. You’ll have the chance to meet the artist Craig Clifford in-person and learn about the work in his exhibition. Ask him questions about the inspiration behind the exhibition Normally There.

Date: Saturday, March 19
Time:
4 – 6 PM
Price/Tickets: FREE
Location: Susan O. Ahern Contemporary Wing

Exhibition will be on display from March 17, 2022 –  April 30, 2022
Craig Clifford: Normally There
Mark Mcleod: Worn but Warm

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
Saturday: 10 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Mar
20
Sun
Sliding Into Seniorhood Play Reading
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm
Staged play reading at by playwright Kim E. Ruyle

May be an image of textThe paths of six intriguing characters intersect as they navigate the unpredictable and challenging twists and turns of aging. On the slide into seniorhood, they encounter relationships and experiences, some painful, some sensual, and some just downright silly. When all is said and done, will they find that life has left them with anything more than simple memories?

The play was the Grand Winner of 2020/2021 Original Playwrights Full-Length Competition (Shawnee Playhouse/Pennsylvania Council of the Arts) and was produced in Pennsylvania in September.
Date: Sunday, March 20
Time:
2 PM
Price/Tickets: FREE
Location: Cafe 1906
Mar
22
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Vocalist Night
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Listening to music is an emotional experience. Music makes us feel something, and brings out feelings we didn’t know we had, and can do so without words.
But when words and music are put together, we get an experience that goes beyond instrumental music. You get a story, a situation, or even a string of nonsense words that produce a feeling.

The Lighthouse Big Band has invited some of our favorite vocalists to join us for an evening of musical stories, told by the band and the singers. Come join vocalists Dave Janke, Erin Krebs, Corynn Latta, Janet Planet, and Eva Thelen with the Lighthouse Big Band in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for a most entertaining evening!

Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

The Lighthouse Big Band, a 20+ year mainstay in the music scene, is now also honored to be a resident ensemble at Thelma.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety
of genres in the big band style. 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, contemporary big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

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 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 is honored to be a part of the area arts community, presenting listening opportunities, promoting learning opportunities and preserving this great art form,” says Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band.

Band Information HERE