Event Calendar

Wisconsin Visual Artists | PERSPECTIVES 2023
Mar 2 – Apr 15 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from March 2, 2023- April 15, 2023.

What: A juried, statewide exhibition for WVA Members

Important Dates:
SUBMISSION ENTRY CLOSES: Midnight January 7, 2023
DROP-OFF DATES: Monday, February 20 – Saturday, February 25 | 11 am to 5 pm
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 4th
PICK-UP DATES of unsold artwork: April 17 – 21

For more information about the artist click HERE!

Gallery Hours:
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday–Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm

Pegasis | Great Hall Concert Series
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PEGASIS is a vocal trio of Dominican sisters (Marvelis, Rissel, and Yaina Peguero) and jazz guitarist Matt Hillman. Currently based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the four members write, produce, and perform their original music. Their lyrics speak of the struggles and triumphs of everyday life, on being kind to our minds and bodies, on finding love and happiness, first and foremost within ourselves, and accepting each other as a part of the global collective we call humanity.
From an early age, music was an integral part of the trio’s lives. Their parents, also musicians, spent much of their time traveling to different places to sing. This would become the beginning of Marvelis, Rissel, and Yaina’s love of music and performing.
PEGASIS came about when Matt Hillman joined the trio bringing his extensive experience in jazz guitar. Matt studied at The McNally School of Music and would finish his jazz studies undergrad at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay where he would meet Rissel, his future wife and music partner. The two formed a Jazz Duo called ‘M.a.R’ and released two albums (‘The Fourth Mode’ and ‘Reflections’) in which Marvelis and Yaina would provide background vocals. The two groups spent the better part of two years performing at each other’s shows before making the decision to morph the two groups into one, thus creating PEGASIS. 

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, March 24
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
General Admission $25 for Non-Members | $20 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $30 for Non-Members | $24 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $35 for Non-Members | $28 for Members (Per Person)
Tickets can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!
Saturday Sampler | Fused Glass Cats & Dogs
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
For Ages: 5 and Up | 14 must be accompanied by an adult
Instructor: Trista Holtz
 Provided (Welcome to bring your own, too!)

All Experience Levels Welcome!c

Price/Tickets:  $15 Non-Members | $12 Members


Charcoal and Curves
Mar 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join our figure drawing studio, where we study the nude form. Instruction, lighting, posing and modeling will be provided. Bring your paints from home or make use of our traditional drawing materials.

Date: Monday, March 27
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
For Ages: 18 and up
Materials: Provided (Welcome to bring your own, too!)

All Experience Levels Welcome!

$15 Non-Members | $12 Members


Lighthouse Big Band | Vocalist Night
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Listening to music is an emotional experience. Music makes us feel something, and brings out feelings we didn’t know we had, and can do so without words.

But when words and music are put together, we get an experience that goes beyond instrumental music. You get a story, a situation, or even a string of nonsense words that produce a feeling.

The Lighthouse Big Band has invited some of our favorite vocalists to join us for an evening of musical stories, told by the band and the singers. Come join some of our favorite vocalists with the Lighthouse Big Band in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for a most entertaining evening!

Come join us in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for another entertaining evening of big band jazz!

Date: Tuesday, March 28
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 

Art of Spoken Word
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All are welcome to share their original pieces of poetry or prose. Please limit pieces to 8 minutes or less to accommodate fellow readers. Content such as minor swearing or mentions of adult themes are allowed, no hate speech towards any minorities will be tolerated or accepted. Content warnings for themes such as self harm, suicide, domestic violence, abuse, eating disorders, gore, etc. before your piece are encouraged where necessary. This event is free to the public!

*Cash bar available. Bar opens at 6 PM. Performance begins at 6:30 PM.

Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time: 6:30 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Cafe 1906
Price/Tickets: Free, No registration required to attend, sign up sheet to perform but walk ins welcome

Stained Glass Succulents
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
For Ages: 14 and Up
Instructor: Trista Holtz
Materials: Provided (Welcome to bring your own, too!)

All Experience Levels Welcome!

Price/Tickets:  $50 Non-Members | $40 Members


Jazz Appreciation Month
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival and Education Foundation, Inc., the Lighthouse Big Band, and the Valley Jazz Institute, Inc. are proud to continue their partnership to promote jazz education and performance, with the annual April “Jazz Appreciation Month” (JAM).

Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created at the Smithsonian Institute in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz, America’s original art form, for the entire month of April. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.

Throughout this April, JAM celebrations at THELMA will include an educational jam session geared toward students and led by WAMI winner the Jazz OrgyWest Coast Jazz 1952-53; The Chet Baker/Gerry Mulligan Quartet”  A musical presentation of that pivotal band’s “Cool” music along with a PowerPoint of what life was like in 1952-53, including ads, world news, and events of the day, presented by Brad Curran and the Jazz Quintet DIG; plus the regular performances by the Lighthouse Big Band; all culminating in the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29h.

The festival, which began in 1983, is among the longest running jazz festivals in the state of Wisconsin. The 2023 Fond du Lac Jazz Festival headliners are the renowned vocalist Janet Planet, tenor saxophonist Tom Washatka, and Fond du Lac native Mario Friedel, performing “Under the Venus Moon,” a Grammy nominated recording in 2022, featuring compositions by Friedel, arranged for big band by Washatka, and sung by Janet Planet.The festival will also return to the two-night affair with a “Meet and Greet” the artists on Friday evening, along with a clinic and musical presentation by the Valley Jazz Institute’s “Students’ Jam!

Future plans for this jazz education partnership include forming and presenting student jazz bands, “the Valley Jazz Institute Ensembles,” as part of the new Valley Jazz Institute, Inc.  In collaboration with local educators, the VJI will serve to present a variety of enrichment programs for local and area school jazz band students. The Institute will be  dedicated to teaching, learning, and presenting jazz, with the goal of expanding educational opportunities outside of the classroom, creating a professional foundation for lifelong musical growth, and representing their community through wholesome entertainment.

Kids Club | April Fools!
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
For Ages: 0-10
Materials: Provided (Welcome to bring your own, too!)

All Experience Levels Welcome!

Price/Tickets:  $15 Non-Members | $12 Members


Glaze Your Own Pottery | Mocktail Monday
Apr 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

All Experience Levels Welcome!

$50 Non-Member | $40 Member