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

Lighthouse Big Band: Tribute to Count Basie Night
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Count Basie Orchestra’s music has been with us since the mid 1930’s, when William “Count” Basie took over the Benny Moten band, upon Moten’s death.  After some challenges, the Count Basie Orchestra had a slew of hits that helped to define the big-band sound of the 1930s and ’40s. Some of their notable songs included “One O’Clock Jump”—the orchestra’s signature tune which Basie composed himself — and “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.”

During the 1960s and ’70s, Basie recorded with luminaries like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. Basie ultimately earned nine Grammy Awards over the course of his career, but he made history when he won his first, in 1958, as the first African American man to receive a Grammy. A few of his songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as well, including “April in Paris” and “Everyday I Have the Blues.”

The Lighthouse Big Band will be performing music from several era’s of the Basie band from the 30’s through the 70’s and beyond. Come join us for swingin’ dance music and classic tunes from the music of Count Basie.

Date: Tuesday, September 27
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 

Lizz Stringfield: Cognitive Environment
Sep 29 – Nov 12 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from September 29 – November 12, 2022.

Cognitive Environment focuses on human and environmental interactions as collaborations. Blending the vernacular of landscape, snapshot, and scientific photography, Lizz Stringfield uses perceptual trickery to subvert expectations. By manipulating the readable information through digital collage, elements of drawing, and unique lighting conditions, the images remain open- familiar yet enigmatic.

Balance in nature is maintained through ever-moving relationships between biotic components (living) and abiotic components (non- living). Psychically, humans are transitioning from a man-dominates-nature perspective to a person(s)-as-part-of nature approach to the world around us. Reframing questions and listening for answers has become the language of our survival.

Lizz Stringfield has shown art in China, Bulgaria, and across the United States; including University of Michigan School of Art and Design and Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR. Collages from her Post Nuclear series are part of the Center for Creative Photography: Voices of Photography Collection and she created a Site-Specific Installation for Visitor Engagement in Residence at MoMA PS1. Stringfield earned an MFA in Photography from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Stringfield currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her partner, Francis, and their cat, Lillian.

All digital collages from Cognitive Environment are dye sublimation printed on metal with UV archival ink.

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


Paho Mann: “Paho Mann”
Sep 29 – Nov 12 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from September 29 – November 12, 2022.

Paho Mann investigates the personal and cultural relationships to objects we collect to address shifting values, perceptions, and memory. In the project, Fragmented Cameras, Mann used a consumer-grade 3D scanner to scan historic and obsolete cameras ranging from early stereoscopic cameras to first-generation iPhones. These images explore connections between new and historic imaging technologies. Often, the use of an emergent technology results in some deterioration in quality – in using consumer grade 3D scanning technology the scans often depict objects as fragmented versions of themselves, almost as if they have exploded. This becomes a metaphor for the constant transition of photographic technology and the use of new technology to comment on increasingly obsolete formats of historic image making. The new technology displaces the old, reflecting a tempestuous relationship between the two.

From its inception photography has been thought of as a way to replicate human vision, making copies of the real. This link to the real is intertwined with photography’s relationship to new technology, resulting in various possibilities of how to depict reality. But photography’s fixed vantage point always shows only one possibility of reality or truth. Stereoscopic cameras were an early example of a new technology shifting expectations of how photography replicated human vision, attempting to expand this singular vantage point of a photograph to include the depth and physicality associated with human perception. Among the cameras Mann scanned for this project are several stereoscopic cameras ranging from early 19th century examples to 20th century disposable kodak film 3D cameras. As these historic cameras become more obsolete so do the ways that they claim to represent the world.

In the studio, Mann imports the 3D scans into Photoshop, a traditional 2D image editing software. Here he adds colorful backgrounds using color swatches from photography studio backdrops and by sampling the colors of the original cameras. Mann manipulates lighting inside the software, much like a product or portrait photographer would do in a lighting studio. The 3D scan is cropped to reflect the aspect ratio of the original camera.

Mann sees historic ties between the desires embedded in the stereoscopic cameras to the dual-camera often found in our cell phones to computational photography and the virtual worlds made available through 3D scanning technologies. Through his practice of allowing the 3D scans to glitch, Mann calls attention to the way lens-based media only mediates, but never truly represents reality.

Paho Mann’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, AZ), Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, AZ), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA) among others. Mann’s work is included in the collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, the Museum at Texas Tech University, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and the City of Phoenix Public Art Program.

Mann was born in 1978 on his parents’ homestead near Snowflake, Arizona. In 1992 he moved with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico where in 2001 he received a BFA from the University of New Mexico. He received his MFA from Arizona State University in 2007. Currently, Mann lives and works in Dallas, Texas where he is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of North Texas.

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

Songa | Great Hall Concert Series
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Singer/Songwriters Mario and Sherry Friedel will take you on a journey with their unique instrumental sound and vocal blend. Their newly released recording, “Dreams Are in the Making,” includes songs about love, life, loss, resilience and hope. Multi-instrumentalists, these artists will take you from folk to country to blues to Latin jazz and back again. Rooted in the Nashville songwriting tradition, you won’t want to miss their honest lyrics and pure vocal harmonies. This will be an evening to remember.

Mario, a recording artist with Universal Records, has shared the stage with musical greats like John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Diamond, the Allman Brothers, Dr. John, Don Kloetzke, Nashville songwriter Keith Duke, blues artist Howard Guitar Luedke, and jazz artists Janet Planet and Tom Washatka.

Sherry is a performer, vocal music educator, church music director, and co-producer of children’s recordings Cancionetas and Wisconsin Integrated Student Creations, Volumes 1 and 2. Mario and Sherry’s cd The Gift is a collection of original Christian songs released in 2004.

In Wisconsin, Songa performs frequently at wineries, breweries, distilleries and coffee houses, as well as festivals and fine arts series events.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, October 1
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
General Admission
$25 for Non-Members | $20 for THELMA Members
THELMA Book Club
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club on Monday, October 3 at 5:30 pm! The book for this month’s meeting will be “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin. You do not need to have the book read. Books are available at the front desk of THELMA.
Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public!


About the Book:

“Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Colm Tóibín’s sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.

Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two. Though skilled at bookkeeping, she cannot find a job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America–to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland”–she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, a blond Italian from a big family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. He takes Eilis to Coney Island and Ebbets Field, and home to dinner in the two-room apartment he shares with his brothers and parents. He talks of having children who are Dodgers fans. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.” – Good Reads

The Farm Dinner | Family Style Farm-to-Table Dinner *SOLD OUT*
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Farm Dinner was dreamt up so members of our community could sit down and share a meal with the farmer who grew the food that made their meal; to have a delicious, welcoming way for people to know and care about where their food comes from and what nourishes us as a community.

In collaboration with the acclaimed Cellar District, join us for this unique event and enjoy a cocktail hour from 6-7 PM and get to know your famers and community before a family style dinner is served from 7-9 PM! Our farmers and vendors will not only be sharing their delicious ingredients but their stories and ways you can find or support them after you part for the evening. Listen to the fun folk sounds of Northsoul while you get to know our farmers and enjoy their delicious dinner!

Cellar District is known for revolutionizing the way people experience dining out. They take pride in their ability to discover some unique ways to combine local, fresh ingredients and the dining experience as a whole. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with them to to bring this experience to our community.

Participating farmers include Springdale Farm, Rose 23 Cattle Co, Park Ridge Organics, Siren Shrub Company, North Road Flower Farm, Tom Dooley Apple Orchard, LaClare Creamery, Dalla Terra Pasta, Red Barn Family Farm, & Thunderbird Bakery!

Limited tickets available. $50 per seat. Includes family style meal, one free drink, & live music by Northsoul!





The Claudettes | Great Hall Concert Series
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wielding a one-of-a-kind, piano-powered roots-pop sound, the Claudettes merge earthy blues and soul with pop hooks and punk spirit, writing an intriguing new chapter in American roots music.

Raised in Philadelphia, pianist/songwriter Johnny Iguana first gained renown as pianist for blues giant Junior Wells and as the co-founder of cult-favorite punk-organ band Oh My God. Johnny has since toured or recorded with Buddy Guy,  Otis Rush, Johnny Winter, Derek Trucks, Keb’ Mo’, Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, James Cotton and more. He has played on three Grammy-nominated albums and earned a 2021 Blues Music Award nomination for Piano Player of the Year.

Johnny co-founded the Claudettes with Michigan-born drummer Michael Caskey, a Downbeat Magazine award winner and five-time Detroit Music Awards recipient who has performed with Chuck Mangione, Koko Taylor, Marvin Hamlisch, John Sinclair, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Eastern Blok and more. Michael also toured as drummer for Johnny’s rock band Oh My God, as did South Dakota-born bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn. Zach toured prolifically with the bands Sleepeater and the Kickback before hitting the road with Oh My God and joining the Claudettes.

Minneapolis-born Berit Ulseth was singing in a Chicago country band when Johnny met her and first heard her sing in 2016. He immediately asked Berit to join the Claudettes, and she has now been the band’s lead singer on three albums, an EP and hundreds of live shows. Armed with the technique of a jazz singer (she attended the prestigious New School in NYC for jazz vocal instruction) and the soul of a country singer, Berit has what Johnny believes to be one of the most alluring voices in roots music today.

After releasing two mostly instrumental albums and a live EP (which was their first recording featuring Berit), the Claudettes recorded their 2018 album “DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM!” (Yellow Dog Records) with Grammy-winning producer Mark Neill (Black Keys). In 2020 the Claudettes released “High Times in the Dark” (Forty Below Records), helmed by Grammy-winning producer Ted Hutt (Violent Femmes, Old Crow Medicine Show). The Claudettes worked with Hutt and with Grammy winner Kevin Killen (David Bowie, U2, Elvis Costello) on a slew of new tracks that will arrive in 2022: a series of single releases from spring through summer and a full-length album on Forty Below Records in the fall.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, October 8
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
General Admission
$40 for Non-Members | $32 for THELMA Members
Bistro Table (Table for 4)
$50 for Non-Members | $40 for THELMA Members (Per Person)
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2)
$45 for Non-Members | $36 for THELMA Members (Per Person)
Art of Community: Speaker Series | Community Wellness
Oct 12 @ 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: Amber Bodart of Downtown FDL Partnership with special guest representative from Salute the Troops and Craig Molitor of Destination Lake Winnebago Region

Amy and her Salute the Troops guest will be talking about the Farmer’s Market and how it brings the community together, and about the positive effects of growing community gardens. Craig will be discussing the Community Identity Project which entails the art of placemaking as well as a Community Wide Customer Service training program, and the belief that a community must be a great place to live in order for it to be a great place to visit.

Community Partners: Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership and Destination Lake Winnebago Region

Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Price/Tickets: Free Admission (Donations Appreciated)
Location: Cafe 1906