Event Calendar

Mayuko Ono Gray: 諸行無常_This Too, Shall Pass
Aug 11 – Sep 24 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from August 11, 2022 – September 24, 2022.

“Reflecting a life which is both culturally Japanese and American, my graphite drawings hybridize influences from traditional Japanese calligraphy combined with Western drawing practices and aesthetics. Ejected out of Japan at the age of 18 with full of curiosity and no fear, swallowed by America, nearly dead, my works emerge from my experiences of displacement, immigration, deportation, love, trauma, the crush of motherhood, failed relationships and other meaningful encounters with the unknowable. My current works investigate and examine the unknowable through both images and proverbs.

Growing up in Japan, every Saturday afternoon was spent with my Sensei, a calligraphy master who would assign words for each of us to practice. We would spend hours producing copies of the Sensei’s sample. The goal was to imitate the sample, paying attention to the line quality, the varying speed, the pressure and angle of the brush movement. The handling of the brush had to become rhythmic and graceful.

At high school age, in preparation to entrance exam to art university in Japan, I had to take private lessons to learn drawing with graphite and charcoal practicing techniques such as chiaroscuro and sfumato. Saturday afternoons were then spent at a Western style art studio with pedestals, still lifes, and white marble copies of Roman busts instead of tatami mat calligraphy studio sitting on the floor. The fluid ink was replaced with malleable graphite and ephemeral charcoal. The wet immediacy of calligraphic line was replaced with illusionistic volumes meticulously rendered. Instead of going through dozens of rice papers in a session, one sheet of high-quality cotton paper was given to work on. But I never applied to college there.


Traditional Asian art-forms have often integrated word and image, and my interest and practice also follow the path in my unique way. In my current works, I mostly use images of persons, animals, and still lifes captured in my banal daily experiences. A Japanese proverb accompanies each work, spelling out the hiragana and kanji, characters intertwine to create a single line which has only one entrance and one exit. The calligraphic line begins at the top right and ends toward the bottom left of the page, following traditional Asian writing. The single line going through a pictorial plane is a metaphor of a life: one entrance as birth of physical body, and one exit as death and loss of physical body, and all the complicated experiences during existence between these two.”

For more information about the artist click HERE!

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

THELMA Visual Artists
Aug 11 – Sep 24 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from August 11, 2022 – September 24, 2022.

THELMA Visual Artists (TVA) is a professional group of artists devoted to promoting and encouraging visual art throughout Fond du Lac and the surrounding areas. As a program of Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, TVA fosters creativity and focuses on professional development through a supportive artist community, exhibitions, classes, workshops and collaboration.

For more information about the group click HERE!

THELMA Visual Artists:
Sue Hoehnen
Sandra Uecker
Nancy Donohue
Dennis Ninmer
Laura Schneider
Mary Wehner
Chris Dolan
Kathryn Dreifuerst
Roxine McQuitty
Bill Nettelhorst
Carol and Roy Toepke
Wanda Weller
Shari Wydeven-Pose
Trista Holz
Renee Waters
Casey French

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Yoga on the Plaza
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

We’ll be outside on the Plaza for Yoga on Saturday mornings! This is a one-hour yoga class with Instructor Lora Vahlsing. Lora Vahlsing, certified yoga instructor, will lead you through a very special yoga class. In this gentle practice you’ll be led through poses and a meditation that highlights the artistry of the practice.No experience needed. Bring your own mats and wear comfortable layers.

$20 ($16 for THELMA Members)

Limited class size. Pre-register to ensure spot.


THELMA Book Club
Aug 29 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club on Monday, August 29 at 5:30 pm! The book for this month’s meeting will be The Library Book by Susan Orlean. You do not need to have the book read. Book kits are available at the front desk of THELMA.
Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public!
***We will meet in person at THELMA***


About the Book:

Susan Orlean re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling homage to a beloved institution – our libraries. On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. Raging through the stacks, the fire reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. It was the largest library fire in the history of the United States: it destroyed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more, and shut the library down for seven years. The mystery remains: did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

Weaving her life-long love of books and reading with the fascinating history of libraries and the sometimes-eccentric characters who run them, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Orlean presents a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling story. With her signature wit, insight, compassion and talent for deep research, she investigates the legendary Los Angeles Public Library fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives, and reveals how these buildings provide much more than just books and are needed now more than ever.

Radio Radio | Thirteen Thursdays
Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm

Thirteen Thursdays: Summer Concert Series

From Bowie to Berlin, Nick Lowe to New Order, The Cars to The Cure to The Clash, a Flock of Seagulls, with a flock of b-sides and one-hit-new-wave wonders.

Straight from a vinyl and cassette collection of the new wave era, 1977 through the mid 80’s. Radio Radio is a band of Milwaukee pop musical stalwarts playing the new wave songs you havent heard live in decades, 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 new wave.

Band Information HERE

Date: Thursday, September 1
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Price/Tickets: Free Admissions. Donations accepted at the gate.
Location: Plaza and Sheboygan Street
Community Partner: Light Up the Night
Armchair Boogie | Thirteen Thursdays
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm

Thirteen Thursdays: Summer Concert Series

Starting in 2015 from a front porch in the college town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Armchair Boogie can be defined by their pickin’ skills and infectious grooves. Augie Dougherty (banjo, vocals) and Ben Majeska (guitar, vocals) began playing under the name before becoming complete with the addition of Eli Frieders (bass) and solidification of Denzel Connor (drums) as the driving rhythm section behind a bluegrass, up-tempo, jammin-funkgrass outfit.

In the spring of 2018 Armchair Boogie moved to Madison, WI and released their first album. During this time they began touring around Wisconsin, the Midwest, and across America. Their journeys on the road have led them to stages such as Blue Ox, Northwest String Summit, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Summer Camp, and Live on King Street. They’ve had the honor to share the stage with The Infamous Stringdusters, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, The Dead South, Kitchen Dwellers, Pert Near Sandstone, Trout Steak Revival, and have jammed with many more.

With the help of a loving and dedicated following, the group was able to successfully crowdfund their album, “What Does Time Care?”, which was released on October 11, 2019.

Be warned: if you’re looking to listen to the Boogie Boys, drink some water, eat a banana, do some stretches, and be ready to boogie the night away.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Thursday, September 8
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Price/Tickets: Free Admissions. Donations accepted at the gate.
Location: Plaza and Sheboygan Street
Community Partner: Solutions Center
Domestic abuse and homelessness are horrific issues that will not go away by ignoring them. Solutions Center exists because while these two issues may have their dis-similarities, they have one very important thing in common – they affect human beings.
Blue Cheese Combo | Fondue Fest Finale
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

With an annual attendance of more than 25,000 people, the 15th annual Fondue Fest comes in as the largest event in downtown. Three stages with all genres of music playing all day, a huge Kids Zone, art and craft vendors, Farmers Market vendors, cheese and chocolate fondue provided by MPTC Culinary students, car show and finale shows by Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts and Fat Joe’s Burgers and Brew.

Fondue Fest gives the downtown the opportunity to show their endurance, the strength of their friendships, and a chance to celebrate community in the downtown. Fondue Fest continues to be Fond du Lac’s largest one-day festival.

The Blue Cheese Combo is Wisconsin’s coolest new musical tour de force that promises to get you dancing and having fun! Whatever your musical taste, The Blue Cheese Combo will satisfy you. Featuring former members of local favorites RPM, Boogie & The Yoyoz, and Spicy Tie Band. The Blue Cheese combo combines together amazing piano chops, world class bass guitar licks and the grooviest of drumbeats along with stellar lead vocals and harmonies to bring the music you know and love to life in both a unique and incredibly entertaining way. The song list encompasses everything from audience favorites from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s to today’s best pop and rock hits.

Band Information HERE | Fondue Fest Event Information HERE

Date: Saturday, September 10
6 PM
Bar Opens: 5 PM
Price/Tickets: Free Admissions. Donations accepted in lobby.
Location: Moved indoors due to weather – Fountain City Room
Lighthouse Big Band: Standards and the Movies
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Standards and the Movies” featuring resident ensemble Lighthouse Big Band and guest vocalists Eva Thelen-Dunphy and Corynn Latta.

The Lighthouse Big Band’s first show of this season will feature songs considered as “standard literature” in the jazz world, in addition to movie themes that have reached that status.

The band will be joined by guest vocalists Eva Thelen-Dunphy and Corryn Latta to add even more excitement to the evening. Come join us for a fun summer evening of big band jazz and dance.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of a check in the amount of $1,600.00 to Julie Gilgenbach as the result of the fundraiser the Lighthouse Big Band presented in July. The funds go to the Dan Gilgenbach Music Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior who is attending a Fond du Lac County school and will be pursuing a major in Music, Music Therapy, Music Performance, or Music Education.

Date: Tuesday, September 13
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 

Art of Community: Speaker Series | Family Wellness
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Art of Community is an interactive, educational speaker series that gives our community the knowledge, tools, and resources to move towards being well individuals in a well community. The facets of wellness for individuals, families, community, and our environment will be explored in talks given by inspiring, knowledgeable leaders in our community. Each talk with partner with a community organization to share the spotlight on the wonderful work being done all around our great area.

Speakers: Kelly Lamb, Programs and Communications Senior Manager of Children’s Museum FDL/ Kimberly Oreck, Executive Director, Lisa Wolter & Sara Mauthe, Parent Educators for the Family Resource Center of Fond du Lac County Inc.

Kelly will be sharing about the Friends, Fish and Feelings (Protective Behaviors) Program and Tashi Deley (honoring the greatness in others) Programs developed at Children’s Museum FDL. Kimberly, Lisa and Sarah will be discussing parenting in today’s world and where to find resources in our community. What classes are available in our community and where do you find one when help is needed?

Community Partners: Amber Kilawee of Comprehensive Service Integration and Robyn Wise of SPROUT (a division of CSI)

Date: Wednesday, September 14
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Price/Tickets: Free Admission (Donations Appreciated)
Location: Cafe 1906
2022 Windy Dinner
Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We invite you to join us for an evening of fun while supporting the arts in Fond du Lac! THELMA’s 21st Annual Windy Dinner fundraiser will include a catered dinner, silent & live auction, cash raffle, live entertainment, and the presentation of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award. All of the proceeds for this event go toward THELMA programming. Paul Thelen, an individual who has made a positive impact on THELMA and the Fond du Lac community, has been chosen to receive this year’s James C. Hubbard Windy Award. We hope to see you at THELMA on Thursday, September 22 at 5 PM!


Cocktail Hour | 5 PM
Sit-Down Dinner from Shully’s | 6 PM
Live Auction | 7 PM
Presentation of James C. Hubbard Windy Award | 7:30 PM
Cash Raffle Drawing | 7:45 PM
Afterglow with Music from D. Willy & The Souvenirs | 8 PM – 10 PM