The Member Spotlight program will feature a new work of art every quarter, created by members of THELMA, which will be displayed alongside pieces from the permanent collection.
Submissions will be juried by our THELMA curator, with submissions accepted quarterly.
THELMA welcomes and encourages its members to show off their talents for the Member Spotlight regardless of artistic experience. Artists and non-artists are invited to submit work in various forms of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, glasswork, jewelry and more. Artists must be age 16 and up.
Submissions for the fourth quarter of 2018 will be accepted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail. Registration form and display protocols can be found in the documents below.
Current Member Spotlight:
Chris Dolan – Beanfield in Autumn
Medium: Oil on canvas
Laura Schneider – Medieval Paris
Nancy Donohue – Hard Edge
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Cropping to Circles by Kendall McMinimy
Exhibition will be on view from April 25 – June 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 25, 6 – 8 pm
Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view his work. Cash bar and snacks available.
Artist’s Exchange: Thursday, May 9, 6 – 8 pm
Free admission and exclusive for THELMA members, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about his process, inspiration, and execution of his work. Cash bar and snacks available.
Cropping to Circles
“A mechanical marvel, Central Pivot Irrigation Systems deliver water to otherwise dry lands and food to an otherwise hungry planet. With outstretched steel arms, these wheeled giants twirl slow-motion pirouettes of simulated rainfall pumping atomized sprays from groundwater reserves far below the surface.
As an outgrowth of the “Green Revolution,” center pivot irrigation is a system that encircles multiple conflicting truths—a worldwide revolution in food production is also complicit in the depletion of groundwater; humanitarian aid aligns with hegemonic order; global market forces allow and deny local economies; a system simultaneously produces and diminishes.
These structures, chasing their own tails, morph into lumbering memento mori and echo our own existence rotating through the repetitive rhythms and cycles of life. The images serve as reminders of a reality that is tethered to an ever-increasing detailed, ubiquitous, and immediate ease of technological and satellite surveillance.
Minimal signifiers amplify ambiguities, create associations, and stretch the legibility of representation. Vacillating between the familiar and the fictitious, the work reveals little of the subject’s true spatial immensity, nor the monumental investment represented.
Viewed through the particulars of place, this project is an inquiry into circular arguments, the fluidity of truths encircled by a framework, and the cyclical acceptance and rejection of those truths. It is also an invitation to consider the “in between,” the budding potential revealed in the voids and blanks of the prints. Shifting with time, these breaks from conformity illuminate the continual shifts in the topographies of possibilities.”
Kendall McMinimy uses photography, digital art, printmaking and sculpture to explore structure and ideology as filtered through place.
Stretching the legibility of representation, his work vacillates between the familiar and the fictitious, amplifying ambiguities and associations to allow for continual shifts in the topographies of possibilities.
Notable awards and exhibits include: “Critical Mass 50, ” GuatePhoto International Photography Festival, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2015); “Process,” Photo Center NW Gallery, Seattle (2014); The Print Center’s 88th Annual International Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia (2014); and Review/CENTER, Santa Fe. He has participated in numerous solo and group shows around the United States, and “Cropping to Circles” was published in Harpers Magazine (March 2014).
McMinimy holds an MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Born and raised in the High Plains of Kansas, he has resided in Wisconsin since 1998. He is a frequent guest lecturer and teaches Digital Arts at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, and Photography at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Exhibition will be on view from April 25 – June 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 25, 6 – 8 pm
Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view her work. Cash bar and snacks available.
Artist’s Exchange: Thursday, May 30, 6 – 8 pm
Free admission and open to the public, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about her process, inspiration, and execution of her work. Cash bar and snacks available.
Sharon Garrison is an artist who specializes in portrait. She works intuitively as did Alice Neel and Lucien Freud, two of her sources of inspiration. A professor once compared her work to that of Soutine. She was not aware of Soutine at the time and headed straight to the library to look up the artist. She did not see a similarity but others have also made the comparison. Shape and value are of primary importance. Her colors tend to be realistic, even somewhat monochromatic in nature.
Although never one for drawing, her recent work is a series of portraits entitled “Friends & Family plus passing acquaintances and me”, made with Sharpie markers. These drawings are a combination of realism and caricature applied to images of acquaintances, family and friends. She often enhances memory of past relationships to create what she surmises a contemporary version of the past might look like and vice versa.
She is presently exploring cattle markers and cold wax and oil as mediums, using a trial and error approach. Her work in general is based upon trial and error methodology. Although the portraits seem to be classical in nature, there is often an edgy quality to them.
Sharon feels that the artist’s work is complete when she deems the piece finished. It is then time for a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork. With this sequence of events the work takes on a new life with each different onlooker, creating an expanded continuum. For this reason, she does not attempt to explain her work. If the work is successful, there should be no need for explanation. However, the life experiences of the viewer melding with the art work facilitates a fresh dialogue between the viewer and artist, often resulting in a mutually beneficial understanding of the piece.
She earned an Associate Degree from UW Fond du Lac and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
She has shown in many venues around the state:
2018 Wisconsin Visual Artists Biennial, Mowa
Neville Public Museum
Union at the University of Wisconsin Madison
Gail Steinhilber Gallery, UWO
Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan
1996 Faculty Alumni Show, Priebe Gallery UWO
Two person show UW Fond du Lac
Solo show Langdon Divers Gallery, Fond du Lac
Solo show Riverwalk Art Center Fond du Lac
Many Alive in the Arts juried shows, Plymouth Art Center
Invitational show Trista Holz Studios, Fond du Lac
THELMA member shows
Mowa member shows
Ecological Show, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire art gallery
Signage for Prairie Theater, UW Fond du Lac
Mowa Members Show Director’s Award 2017
Merit Award Plymouth Alive in the Arts 2018
First place Plymouth Members show 2018
Three meritorious designations and inclusion the the gallery books for Jack Richeson International Art Competitions
A featured artist in three Frank Juarez Artdose Guides
1994 Designer of the Year, UWO
Many Wisconsin Regional Artists awards
Part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues!
2019 WAMI nominee for R&B/Soul Artist, Tweed has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast. In 2018, Tweed successfully toured Europe performing shows in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Austria, and Slovakia. Another tour of Europe is currently being assembled for fall of 2019.
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game.
On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…
The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”
The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).
Atmospheric, twisty, and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed—which has now become Ruth Ware’s signature style—The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. Another unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
Kyle Megna and the Monsoons (2018 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the Year) and (2017 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the year) is an original Wisconsin band with an ever-growing following locally and beyond. The band has shared the stage with acts such as Toto, Rusted Root, Jack Russell’s Great White, and Here Come The Mummies. Touring the Mid-West and South-East the Monsoons are a tight-knit group of accomplished, charismatic musicians with diverse backgrounds, these guys know how to have fun while always keeping it professional. Best seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other.
Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” is a magnetic force that’s ever-charged with surges of creativity and artistic experimentation. Fused with a healthy dose of spontaneity and humor, Kyle Megna and the Monsoons channel can’t-get-enough energy that’s good for the soul.
Vocals and guitar are done by Kyle Megna (2018 WAMI Male Vocalist of the Year). Aaron Zepplin on lead guitar. Fred Velpel is on bass and is nominated for the 2018 Award for Bass. Mike Underwood is on drums. Ross Catterton is on saxophone. Kurt Shipe is on trumpet and is nominated for 2018 Reeds/Brass Award. Noah Harmon is on keys