THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Calendar

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.

 

Copper Box
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! Roots/Americana quartet loaded with energy and a mountain of instruments, influenced by blues, jazz, rock, polka, etc.
Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St.
 

Danny Jerabek of Copper Box was nominated for 2019 Polka Artist.

Danny Jerabek (accordion, keys, percussion, vocals, cornet, sousaphone, etc.) and his wife, Michelle (Thull) Jerabek (bari saxophone, vocals, guitar, percussion, etc.) both were nominated for 2018 Reeds/Brass Award. Both started performing with their family on stage at an early age. Once in their teens, they crossed paths again and eventually realized they were meant to be together. They started writing songs and formed a band and the rest is history!

The current line up includes the highly regarded talents of Dan Cable (drums, percussion) and Dave Chyla (bass, guitar). Danny Jerabek was given an accordion from his grandfather at age 9 and taught himself how to play it. Inspired by Steve (Esteban) Jordan, “the Jimi Hendrix of Tejano Accordion,” he began to “rock out” and improvise –thinking a little more, “outside the box.” He has been featured at the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX, and the National Accordion Festival in Houston, TX, and the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA, and has been featured on national TV. In 2015, Danny accepted an Artist Endorsement deal with Hohner Accordions, INC.

 

Gates and Bar opens at 6 pm
Concert at 7 pm
Food from Bob’s Pizza

Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf

View more concerts during 11 Thursdays of Summer HERE.
Oct
2
Sat
Studio 51: Marbled Paper Pumpkins
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

In this class you we will create beautiful marbled paper using shaving cream! We will cut our creations into Fall-inspired shapes like pumpkins and leaves that you can take home to decorate with. This technique is tons of fun for all ages and you will love the results!

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)

Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate. 

No other discounts apply

Register HERE, call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in.

Pre-registration encouraged. Limited capacity. Register early to ensure a spot.

A mask or face covering is encouraged in the building. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. 

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join HERE!

Adult Art Class: Oil Painting Haunted Landscape
Oct 2 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Learn several important techniques in this oil painting class focused on silhouetted night landscapes. We will start with the fundamentals of proportional accuracy, composition, and color mixing. You will leave this class with a moonlit spooky oil painting perfect for the season.

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. Adult class. Ages 14 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

Single admission: $30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)

No other discounts apply

Register HERE, call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in.

Pre-registration encouraged. Limited capacity. Register early to ensure a spot.

A mask or face covering is required in the building. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join HERE!

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
Studio 51: Paper Lanterns
Oct 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

In this class, you will learn how to make some Halloween-themed paper lanterns. It’s a simple process with wonderful results! Hang them up, string together some miniatures, or place a light inside for a spooky nighttime decoration!

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)

Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate. 

No other discounts apply

Register HERE, call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in.

Pre-registration encouraged. Limited capacity. Register early to ensure a spot.

A mask or face covering is encouraged in the building. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. 

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join HERE!

Adult Art Class: Soldered Glass Mooncatchers
Oct 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Spice up your windows at home with these gorgeous glass ornaments! You will learn basic stained-glass techniques including soldering and applying patina. Instead of traditional colored glass, however, we will be pressing items in between the glass! In the spirit of October, you will be provided with some spooky-themed options!

All materials are provided. Class size is limited. Adult class. Ages 14 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

Single admission: $30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)

No other discounts apply

Register HERE, call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in.

Pre-registration encouraged. Limited capacity. Register early to ensure a spot.

A mask or face covering is required in the building. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join HERE!