THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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Oct
22
Thu
Ambrin Ling: Works On Paper
Oct 22 2020 – Jan 23 2021 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from October 22, 2020 – January 23, 2021

Works on paper by Ambrin Ling

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

“Works on paper” describes both the materiality of my interdisciplinary practice— drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, and installation— as well as some of the driving concepts behind my making, including labor as a repetitive process, the presence of the hand, and renewed attention to the low-grade and quotidian. As a queer, brown, female-identifying practitioner, I am interested in how object and image-making not only reinforces perception, but can also recalibrate it. While I utilize classical representational techniques, my attention is not on the monumental or spectacular but instead on that which is marginalized, peripheral, or of low-value. This often means people of color, women, and the domestic space.

The Drawing Center’s (NY) fall 2018 show For Opacity describes its artists as using “drawing to investigate subjecthood as well as its resistance to depiction […] these artists believe that the right to refuse explanation is as integral to the formulation of selfhood as is revelation.” My work revisits dirty laundry, houses under construction, and abandoned public spaces to trace the presences of those of Simon de Beauvoir’s immanent labor or who are often unseen or erased. However, in conjunction with For Opacity, my landscapes and architectures signify the human while obscuring the identity of any one subject or figure. In my works on paper, openness against over-determination manifests in code-switching between the languages of representation and abstraction, as well as with the focus on the everyday things that in their lived experiences accrue what geologists call “deep time”— multiple valences of use, reuse, repurposing, and revaluing. My paintings and installations operate as sites of contestation, where the human is absent but laundry implies domestic toil, architecture suggests low-paid manual labor or exile, and a bed in disarray can suggest either familial caretaking or sexual favors.

Moreover, my research-driven work responds to the current nationalistic fervor in the Trump government, one that can be traced back to 1800’s pictorial strategies as America sought to establish an identity now severed from England’s history as well as to promote unity as slavery divided the nation. By re-contextualizing seemingly innocuously landscape motifs of 19th century artists including Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt, my paintings break up the deep space that signified endless colonial conquest and instead offer fragmented worldviews that exist on the margins and draw attention to process and surface— in other words, the artifice of construction rather than a propagandistic, convincing representation of a “true” reality.

The forms of my work return attention to that which is often devalued and marginalized as representation apparatuses, including watercolor paints, grass stains culled from lawn clippings, and cast paper from recycled papers. I intend to disrupt a hierarchy of art materials, and in doing so more broadly disrupt the hierarchies that designate who belongs and who does not in terms of race, gender, and space.

 

 

Yun Shin: Abandoned Pattern
Oct 22 2020 – Jan 23 2021 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from October 22, 2020 – January 23, 2021

Abandoned Pattern: Art by Yun Shin

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

My sense of longing predisposes me to recreate objects that belong to my family members. In learning to live with my emotional past and relationships, I value the physical look and details of each object. I especially appreciate handcrafted objects that my mother crocheted, such as sheets, covers and curtains. Through recreating the objects based on my own personal interpretation, I start to understand the intense process of working alone in contemplation. The more I personalize my family’s possessions, the more I am able to see myself in them, and once I have invested myself in the objects, it becomes impossible to avoid them. I transform objects to preserve not only the objects but also my memories and relationships.

My working method is to create an abstract image on to a two-dimensional surface using humble materials, such as pencil and paper, and my work places an emphasis upon line, grids, and fields of subtle color. My work becomes ethereal and subtle – it looks like an image stuck in a memory. It creates the illusion that the images are removed and decomposed, yet stained with memory. I appreciate the objects when they portray themselves as vulnerable and delicate, and when they reveal a hidden story that a person possesses and conceals. The relationship among the objects, repeated actions, and anticipation evokes unpredictable power and charged energy. By engaging both the notions of “lost” and “care,” I take control of lost through caring.

 

 

Jan
28
Thu
Lora Vahlsing: What the Paper Reveals
Jan 28 – Mar 13 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from January 28, 2021 – March 13, 2021

What the Paper Reveals by Lora Vahlsing

An artist exchange talk will begin at 6 pm on Thursday, January 28 with a Q&A about her exhibition: What the Paper Reveals.

Lora is a local artist living in Wisconsin. We will meet with her in-person and for those who wish to participate virtual, you may via Microsoft Teams.

Reserve your spot: In-person or via Microsoft Teams.
A mask or face covering is required in the building.
If you choose to watch the Q&A talk at home, we will email you to connect with us on January 28.

Free admission and open to the public. Cash bar available.

Please RSVP HERE. 

As a visual artist, I create sensorial experiences that  invite contemplation. I use familiar materials and shapes, seeing them in new ways. In my current series What the Paper Reveals, the pieces are both open-ended and precise. My vision focuses on slow art, objects that need precision over a sustained period. My origins are in poetry, drawing, and movement. I invite viewers to re-conceive the world around them, referencing the natural world through intricate forms and light.

I sculpt paper because I enjoy the challenge of transforming a familiar material. Paper holds the recorded light of trees and I’m interested in this history, the origins of a material. I’m driven to discover and explore subjects of place, memory, and time. It’s an insistence of expressing personal narratives in their complexity: beauty and pain, light and shadow, private and public. I sculpt paper in two and three-dimensional forms to heighten spatial perception. My pieces are largely monochromatic because I’m drawn to the subtleties of shape; an often muted or limited color palette heightens visual sensitivity. 

The physicality of sewing by hand is essential, even if the stitches aren’t visible. I’m creating my own webs, intricate stitches barely perceptible from a distance. I’m fascinated with the texture of stitches, and how they hold materials together. The scarring is important, to memorialize places of healing and acknowledge their beauty.

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

Galleries are free to view during normal business hours:

Monday: 10 – 5 pm

Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm

Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm

Thursday: 10 – 7 pm

Friday: 10 – 5 pm

Saturday: 10 – 3 pm

Closed on Sundays

  

 

Lora Vahlsing Artist Q&A Exchange
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from January 28, 2021 – March 13, 2021

What the Paper Reveals by Lora Vahlsing

An artist exchange talk will begin at 6 pm on Thursday, January 28 with a Q&A about her exhibition: What the Paper Reveals.

Lora is a local artist living in Wisconsin. We will meet with her in-person and for those who wish to participate virtual, you may via Microsoft Teams.

Reserve your spot: In-person or via Microsoft Teams.
A mask or face covering is required in the building.
If you choose to watch the Q&A talk at home, we will email you to connect with us on January 28.

Free admission and open to the public. Cash bar available.

Please RSVP HERE. 

As a visual artist, I create sensorial experiences that  invite contemplation. I use familiar materials and shapes, seeing them in new ways. In my current series What the Paper Reveals, the pieces are both open-ended and precise. My vision focuses on slow art, objects that need precision over a sustained period. My origins are in poetry, drawing, and movement. I invite viewers to re-conceive the world around them, referencing the natural world through intricate forms and light.

I sculpt paper because I enjoy the challenge of transforming a familiar material. Paper holds the recorded light of trees and I’m interested in this history, the origins of a material. I’m driven to discover and explore subjects of place, memory, and time. It’s an insistence of expressing personal narratives in their complexity: beauty and pain, light and shadow, private and public. I sculpt paper in two and three-dimensional forms to heighten spatial perception. My pieces are largely monochromatic because I’m drawn to the subtleties of shape; an often muted or limited color palette heightens visual sensitivity. 

The physicality of sewing by hand is essential, even if the stitches aren’t visible. I’m creating my own webs, intricate stitches barely perceptible from a distance. I’m fascinated with the texture of stitches, and how they hold materials together. The scarring is important, to memorialize places of healing and acknowledge their beauty.

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

Galleries are free to view during normal business hours:

Monday: 10 – 5 pm

Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm

Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm

Thursday: 10 – 7 pm

Friday: 10 – 5 pm

Saturday: 10 – 3 pm

Closed on Sundays

  

 

Feb
1
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! We are reading Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson.
 
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. We will also choose our next book at this meeting.

 

Join us for our next meeting February 1 at 7 pm.  Free to attend! ***We will meet in person at THELMA***

 

About the book:

Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it’s trying to break her.

 

Feb
12
Fri
Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Competition
Feb 12 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm

The best snow sculptors in the state travel to Fond du Lac to compete in the 2021 Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Competition in hopes of winning a trip to the 2022 US Championship and a $1,000 1st Prize.  Sculpting all weekend long.

*All participants/attendees will be asked to follow CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.

Daily Schedule:
*Some Teams Compete Well Into The Early Morning Hours.  Hours Vary By Day/Team.

Friday, February 12, 2021*
1 pm – Teams arrive onsite and begin sculpting

Saturday, February 13, 2021*
10 am – 10 pm – Competition Site Open for Viewing

Sunday, February 14, 2021*
Teams Compete
Judging begins at 1 pm
Awards Ceremony starts at 2 pm

Bar opens at 4 pm (bar inside THELMA’s gallery) Enjoy drink specials including spiked coffee, hot chocolate and more!

 

Copper Box Duo with Danny & Michelle
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
We’re bringing Copper Box lead singers, Danny and Michelle, to put on an outdoor live show for you! Get ready for some Roots/Americana music loaded with energy and a mountain of instruments, influenced by blues, jazz, rock, polka, etc. Enjoy music on THELMA’s outdoor Plaza and warm up by our patio heaters and by mini bonfires in the street and…  dancing (socially distanced of course)! Plus watch the snow sculptors get started! Drink specials will be available for purchase steps away inside THELMA’s art gallery including spiked hot cocoa and more.

Dress for the weather!

The festival will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.  Attendees are asked to wear a face covering as well.

 

Concert at 6 pm
Cash Bar opens at 4 pm (bar inside THELMA’s gallery)
Free admission

 

Feb
13
Sat
Curling Lounge
Feb 13 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
View the Downtown Curling Funspiel Tournament from THELMA’s Plaza overlooking competing matches starting at 8 am!

Dress for the weather!

The outdoor Curling Lounge offers a great view to enjoy the tournament! Purchase and enjoy coffee, hot chocolate specials and more at THELMA’s bar located inside the art gallery.

*All participants/attendees will be asked to follow CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.

Teams learn to curl: 8 am
First match: 9 am
Bar opens at 8 am (bar inside THELMA’s gallery)
Free admission 

 

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Downtown Curling Funspiel Tournament
Feb 13 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Presented by Horicon Bank, learn to Curl with curling experts from the state and participate in the 2nd Annual Downtown Curling Fond du Lac Funspiel. This tournament is designed to teach beginners the world of curling and have some fun in the process. Each match will last about one half hour. All curling equipment will be provided. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday (& Sunday, if necessary). Open to all ages and levels. Get your team of 4 – 6 people (at least 3 are required to compete in each match) together and sign up.  The winning team will receive a Trophy and $250 and a Championship Plaque.  2nd place gets $100.

Registration will be available starting Wednesday, January 6 on www.hometowntickets.com.  Early registration is required as first 16 teams will be automatically entered. Entry fee per team is $60.  Early Registration will be available until Friday, January 29.  If you have any questions reach out to Peter Wilke via email ([email protected]) or phone (920.923.6555).

*All participants/attendees will be asked to follow CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.

Downtown Curling Rink – between ModTruss HQ (formerly Elk’s Lodge) & Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Saturday, 8am:  Learn to Curl begins at 8 AM (Saturday)
Saturday, 9am:  First Match
Sunday (Schedule: TBA)

 

Note: The schedule will be announced Wednesday, February 10th.  Team Captains will receive an email with first match time and other details.  Get your teams together now!

 

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Paper Sculpture Class with Lora Vahlsing
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this interactive art workshop you’ll create your own sculptural forms with paper artist Lora Vahlsing. With demonstrations and instruction from the artist, learn the basics of working with paper, including generating ideas, creating shapes, and assembling. An experimental approach is encouraged, which will allow both beginners and experienced artists to enjoy the possibilities of sculpted paper.

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. Instructor lead. Class size is limited.

Must register by February 11, 2021.

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

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

No other discounts apply

Register HERE or call us at 920.921.5410.

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