THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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Aug
1
Thu
Lester O. Schwartz: A Retrospective
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from August 1 – September 21, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 1, 5 – 7 pm

A tour led by Lester’s daughter Tanya Schwartz-Roeper will begin at 6 pm exploring the exhibition. Reception is free admission and open to the public. Cash bar and snacks available.

Lester O. Schwartz: A Retrospective

An exhibition of work by Lester O. Schwartz that spans his 8-decade career as a painter and sculptor

Artist Statement by daughter, Tanya Schwartz-Roeper

More than 80 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and memorabilia come together to trace the eight-decade long career of Lester O. Schwartz. This exhibit reflects the chronology of Schwartz’s life as he moved from his birthplace of Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Chicago, to traveling the world, and finally settling in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1944 as artist-in-residence at Ripon College. The exhibit begins with Schwartz’s childhood, continues through young adulthood, his career at Ripon College, the years following the untimely death of his wife and how he found his strength and energy to cope with the loss through the pursuit of art, and the last decade of his life after his stroke. Born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1912 to Russian-Jewish immigrants and educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Schwartz was part of a flourishing art community in the 1930’s. Schwartz’s work evolved over time and this exhibit showcases his innovative exploration and experimentation over a range of media throughout his lifetime.

Artist Bio
Lester O. Schwartz studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Imperial Art School in Tokyo, the Colarossi Academy in Paris, and the American Academy in Rome. He spent two years of study and travel around the world as the winner of the Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship in the late 1930’s. While a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Schwartz worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in both Wisconsin and Illinois as a commissioned artist creating murals, lithographs and paintings. In the 1940s he served in the United States Army at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri where he was assigned the task of creating paintings for the chapel. Schwartz worked briefly as an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee. In 1944 Schwartz founded the art department at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin and served as Artist in Residence and professor until his retirement in 1977.

In 1991 Schwartz turned his Green Lake, Wisconsin home and land into an art gallery and sculpture garden open to the public during the summer. He used the terrain as a living canvas upon which he created and placed his steel sculptures. His winters were spent traveling and painting all over the world including Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Mediterranean locales.

After suffering a debilitating stroke in 1996, Schwartz’s daughter, Tanya, assisted her father in maintaining the art gallery and leading tours until his death in 2006 at the age of 93. Recipient of numerous awards in the 1930’s-1960’s, his work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum in New York, the Carnegie in Pittsburg, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Salon d’Automne in Paris. His paintings have been included in many one-man and group shows and in public and private collections around the world.

 

 

Aug
29
Thu
Unity the Band
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This FREE concert is held outside on THELMA’s Plaza. The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St. Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! Games are available! Who doesn’t love life-size Jenga or a great game of Corn-Hole? Food will also be available.

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! Unity the Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. They have been nominated for 2018-2019 Artist of the Year and 2019 World/Reggae/Ska/Latin and are the 2018 WAMI winner for World/Reggae/Ska/Latin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.

 
They treat fans to original music blending with influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound. Fronted with island-smooth energetic confidence by Kai “Pita” Katobalavu on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the band’s talents includes the smooth bass lines of Tim Perkins, Anthony Robert Bessen laid-back guitar riffs and vocals, the cool intensity of Logan Pier on keyboards and innovative steady ease of Kelvin Ayres behind the drum set.
  
Concert at 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm
THELMA’s Plaza
Free admission
Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf
If rain, we move inside. The show will go on!
Aug
30
Fri
Jacob Miller
Aug 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Jacob Miller attributes his enamoring sound to two brilliantly contradicting influences — formal performance and nomadic adventure. Miller is an accomplished player, having spent seven years leading a sextet, touring throughout North America and internationally to play for crowds of thousands. During that time, his relationship to music surpassed eccentric to border on fanaticism. He dedicated the entirety of his being to investigating, studying and dissecting American music, and his hard-earned understanding of sound is evident in the thoughtful arrangements and subtle production touches that make up his upcoming release.

However, Miller considers his professional stints and intense self-education no more important to the whole than time spent working as a farm hand in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina — which shaped his devotion to the finger-picking style of the region — or countless hours given to vintage recordings alongside aging locals in Appalachia — which culminated his profound appreciation for phonics timeless. Whether it’s resonating across Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall or quietly stirring a Midwestern living room, Jacob crafts music with care, sincerity and audible joy.

The singer/songwriter describes his eclectic sound as “world influences” with an “old-style, finger picking approach, with more contemporary song-writing and composition.”
  
Outdoor concert at 5 pm
Free admission
 
Sep
3
Tue
THELMA Book Club
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club! 
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. 
 
Led by Amy Manion, join us for our next meeting September 3 at 7 pm (the day after Labor Day). We meet the first Monday of the month.
 
Cash bar available.
 
We are going to mix things up a bit for our next meeting.. You choose one of these – non fiction or fiction book about the same person – Coco Chanel! Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel or Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life.

 

Sep
7
Sat
Billy Bronsted & The Loot
Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Billy Bronsted and the Loot are a predominately hard-playing, big-sounded duo from Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Billy and his percussionist, John Kneipp were both born and raised in Tomahawk, WI, where their love for music was definitely thought of as unique. The duo’s rhythmic sound of the drum mixed with Bronsted’s plucking puts the listener in a feel-good vibe. Listening to their albums, you almost feel as if you’ve been pulled into the woods around a campfire and you’re listening to their stories set to their Acoustic/Americana/Roots music.

Outdoor concert at 5 pm
Free admission
 
 
Trapper Schoepp
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Milwaukee-based tunesmith had been on a roll, earning acclaim as one of America’s most gifted new singer-songwriters, singled out for his remarkably detailed tales of characters on the fringes of society. His Brendan Benson-produced second album, 2016’s RANGERS & VALENTINES, was hailed among that year’s finest, declared a “mini masterpiece” by Relix after being named Billboard’s “Best of the Week.”

Influenced by artists such as Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, Trapper incorporated brass, piano, guitar, and even harmonica into his music. His style has rock and pop influences that can be heard clearly in his albums. He get ideas for his music through past events, current turmoils, and everyday struggles. He wants to represent the people who are looking and fighting for the “American Dream.”
 
Outdoor concert at 7 pm
Free admission
 
Sep
12
Thu
Five Card Studs
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We’re keeping the fun of summer going with ONE more free Thursday night concert in September! Who says that summer has to end in August? 11 Thursdays of Summer Continues..12th on the 12th!

The 5 Card Studs live show is a unique blend of big-time Las Vegas attitude and 70’s TV game show schmaltz, all glossed over with a washed-up lounge/wedding singer veneer. 

Performances feature many recognizable 60s & 70s AM Gold classics – hits from artists such as Neil Diamond, Engelbert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Santana; soul classics from Al Green, Smokey Robinson, The Spinners, Wilson Pickett and so much more!

  
Concert at 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm
THELMA’s Plaza
Free admission
Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf
 
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

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6 pm exploring the current art exhibition.

Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view his work. Cash bar and snacks available.

“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

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6 pm exploring the current art exhibition.

Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view his work. Cash bar and snacks available.

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
3
Thu
19th Annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE! Don’t miss this fun evening celebrating and supporting the arts!

Steve and Lynne Uecker will be recipients of prestigious James C. Hubbard Windy Award.

Cocktails, martini luge, live auction, Golden Ticket Raffle and much more are included on this night! This is the largest fundraiser for the organization! Don’t miss the fun!