THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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Sep
26
Thu
David Criner: Living Proof
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from September 26 – November 9, 2019

“If I think about the universe, and what science tells us, life as we conceive of it appears almost infinitely rare. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t meditate on what I see as the utter scarcity of this human condition, or if I am to speak more inclusively, this life condition. I am unable to take for granted, at least for very long, that we are beings complete with consciousness, an ability to sense beyond ourselves, and to communicate our impressions and feelings. If we distinguish ourselves from the inanimate, we as conscious entities form but mere micro-specks within the vast milieu of non-living material and empty space. What are the odds?”

“Painting, while it covers much ground in terms of the various energies that drive the process, ultimately brings me back to this phenomenon, and with cause for celebration. While working, I often see myself operating as both creator and observer, somehow in charge, but never more than a step ahead of the painting itself. The work bears a life of its own, and I feel like only a catalyst at key moments of development. When I am satisfied with a piece and consider it complete, I find myself more witness than owner, as though the spirit of the image continues to pulse just beyond grasp.”

David Criner is an artist working in Chicago. In his recent work, he transforms material in pursuit of an image which celebrates the present moment of life and consciousness. He received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois in 1991, an MFA in Painting from the University of Kansas in 1995, and has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe. David teaches in the Art Department at Northeastern Illinois University.

Vitus Shell: Now We Here: The Path to Unconditional Self-Acceptance
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm

Now We Here: The Path to Unconditional Self-Acceptance by Vitus Shell

Exhibition will be on display from September 26 – November 9, 2019

My large scale paintings are geared toward the black experience, giving agency to people from this community through powerful images deconstructing, sampling, and remixing identity, civil rights, and contemporary black culture. In my work, I strive to bridge the gap between the older and younger generations by exploring and uncovering factors that contributed to the unfortunate relationship breakdown between the two.

Moreover, my layered, mixed media painting examines parallels between present day behaviors and attitudes that date back to African roots. With my current work, I continue experimenting with portraiture, acrylic paint, over-sized photocopies of early 20th century vintage advertisements and the incorporation of a foam-cut printing technique. My artistic goal is to exude the hip hop lifestyle with a southern vernacular. Through the use of the vintage advertisements allows me to create narrative based environments, which comment on stereotyping, bigotry, and oppression. The foamcut printing method provides me with the added layers to include text and icons, such as the minstrel images. Having spent much time researching graffiti art, I incorporate a variation of its characteristics, techniques, and unique aesthetics into my work such as paste-ups, stamps, and stencils. Using graffiti techniques allows me to challenge the viewer’s perceptions of what is considered low art or high art, which also addresses classism.

 

Oct
18
Fri
Armchair Boogie
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
We have the pleasure of bringing Armchair Boogie in again! From Madison, Armchair Boogie will showcase their youthful, energetic, and improvisational take on traditional bluegrass & folk Friday October 18. This band is absolutely on the rise in the Midwest bluegrass scene!
 
Armchair Boogie is a four-piece Bluegrass Folk band formed in the heart of Central Wisconsin. Conceived and brought to life by Fond du Lac’s own Ben Majeska (guitar/vocals) and Augie Dougherty (banjo/vocals) in the Fall of 2014.  A rhythm section was added in 2015 when Eli Frieders (bass) and Dan Waterman (drums) came on board.   
 

From bluegrass to funk to folk, Armchair Boogie delivers dynamic original performances nationwide.

Friday, October 18
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
 
Be sure to get your tickets for Friday’s concert, GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! There is still Standing Room Only tickets and tables available!
Tickets
Standing Room Only $10 ($6 for THELMA members)
Bistro Table for Four $120 ($72 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $75 ($45 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.
 
View Great Hall layout HERE.
Oct
19
Sat
Studio 51: Picture-telling
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Time to cut, tear, glue and make a mess!  We will have fun telling stories with pictures and other materials that are collaged together into a single artwork. We will work with color, texture, shape and pattern to create amazing stories inspired by vision and imagination.

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: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)
Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)
Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate.

Register HERE.

Studio 51 is sponsored by the Oberreich Foundation.

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

 

Mixed Media
Oct 19 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

The mixed media class is a group of artistic experiences rooted in one fundamental creative principle –providing you with a foundation that will inform and inspire your vision and imagination. We will explore line, color, texture, shape and pattern through a unique project utilizing a wide variety of techniques and materials.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

$20 ($16 for THELMA members) 

($15 for THELMA Visual Artist (TVA Members)
TVA Members: You must call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in at THELMA’s front desk to receive your extra discount.
 

Register HERE or call us at 920.921.5410.

 

Oct
26
Sat
Studio 51: Fantasy Painting
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Use colors and shapes to create a painted fantasy land! Students will be encouraged to paint with energy, invention, and freedom of expression while learning about painting dreamlike worlds.

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

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)

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

Register HERE.

Studio 51 is every Saturday, 11 – 12:30 pm at THELMA!

Studio 51 is sponsored by the Oberreich Foundation.

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

 

 

Watercolor Painting
Oct 26 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Through this traditional painting class, you will learn to about various approaches to painting with watercolor, explore new techniques and learn about painting what you see as we work from a colorful still life.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead. Large groups welcome. Invite friends and spend the afternoon creating your own piece of artwork!

$20 ($16 for THELMA members) 

($15 for THELMA Visual Artist (TVA) Members)
TVA Members: You must call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in to receive your extra discount.
 

Register HERE or call us at 920.921.5410.

 
Nov
2
Sat
Studio 51: Foam Printmaking
Nov 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

In this inventive class, we will explore the process of printmaking using pens, ink and foam. Students will choose their favorite subject and create multiple prints that they will be able to take home to share with family and friends.

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: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)

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

Register HERE.

Studio 51 is every Saturday, 11 – 12:30 pm at THELMA!

Studio 51 is sponsored by the Oberreich Foundation.

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

 

Relief Printmaking
Nov 2 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Discover relief printmaking by planning, carving, and printing woodblocks. Throughout this engaging class, students will experiment with basic techniques in carving and inking, while learning the subtleties of hand printing multiple images.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Adults only. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

$20 ($16 for THELMA members) 

($15 for THELMA Visual Artist (TVA Members)
TVA Members: You must call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in at THELMA’s front desk to receive your extra discount.
 

Register HERE or call us at 920.921.5410.

 

Nov
4
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
You don’t have to finish the book, or even have read it, to attend! Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public! Members are responsible to get their own books. You may purchase a book HERE.
 
Led by Amy Manion, join us for our next meeting November 4 at 7 pm. We meet the first Monday of the month.
 
Cash bar available.

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.