Ancient Survivors
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am – Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm

Ancient Survivors

Featuring sturgeon artwork, artifacts, and history. The exhibit also includes decoys, audio and articles related to the culture and science surrounding sturgeon. These elements have been collected from across Wisconsin and the Midwest and will be the first time these will all be together in one place for display. This exhibition comes to THELMA in collaboration with The UW Sea Grant Institute, UW Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Minnesota Duluth Fine Art Department, Oshkosh Public Museum and Sturgeon for Tomorrow.

Exhibition Dates: January 10 – March 2


Member Spotlight 2019
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm

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 ( 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

Medium: Giclee








Nancy Donohue – Hard Edge

Medium: Acrylic on canvas







Download the Protocols Form

Download the Registration Form

Abstract Painting
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

See colors and shapes come to life with acrylic and tempera paint. Through this experimental class, students of all ages will learn about design, balance and color while being encouraged to paint with energy, invention, and freedom of expression.

Abstract Painting
Saturday, February 16
Drop in between 12 pm – 2 pm

$15 per class (non-members)

$15 per semester (with a THELMA Single Membership)

$30 per semester (with a THELMA Family Membership)

The current semester dates are most Saturdays between January and April.

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Community Voices: Laura Jean Baker
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Raised by therapists; married to a defense attorney, Laura Jean Baker writes where mental health, crime, and family intersect. She earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she was a Colby Fellow for graduate study. Three days after giving birth to her first baby, Irie, L.J. was hired to teach in an adjunct capacity in the Department of English at UW Oshkosh. Four years later, she earned a tenure-track position in the same department (different office), ultimately being awarded tenure and becoming an Associate Professor in 2013. Her memoir, The Motherhood Affidavits, was released by The Experiment in April  2018.

Baker will read a selection of her work, The Motherhood Affidavits.

Part of THELMA’s Lake Reading Series, a free event focusing on visual arts, music, film and theater.

Cash bar. Bar opens at 6 pm.

This reading is supported by Marian University.

Portrait Painting
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Through this traditional class, students of all ages will explore more formal painting techniques and practices. We will paint self-portraits and learn about observing life and how to interpret what we see in paint.

Portrait Painting
Saturday, February 23
Drop in between 12 pm – 2 pm

$15 per class (non-members)

$15 per semester (with a THELMA Single Membership)

$30 per semester (with a THELMA Family Membership)

The current semester dates are most Saturdays between January and April.

Click BUY TICKETS, then choose if you are a Nonmember or choose Membership Passes.

THELMA Book Club
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm

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 March 4 at 7 pm.

The book we will be reading is Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

About the book:

A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.


Purchase a book and join us March 4 at 7 pm!
Free admission
Cash bar available
Mel Kolstad: 200 Days: A Life in the Quotidian
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm

200 Days: A Life in the Quotidian

Exhibition Dates: March 7 – April 20
Artists’ Reception: Thursday, March 7, 6 – 8 pm

Artist’s Exchange: Thursday, March 28, 6 – 8 pm

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

When Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts first approached me for this solo exhibit over a year ago, I knew I wanted to “go small” but didn’t quite know which medium to showcase. I also wanted to make a ridiculous quantity of pieces. Enter drypoint! And tininess! And watercolor! I wanted to challenge myself and create very tiny prints – each of the prints measures only 1.5×2”. Every one of them is a drypoint print first, and probably 95% of them are enhanced with watercolor.

Beginning on April 1, 2018 and ending on October 20 of that year, I created a drypoint print a day. That’s 200 days (give or take three days, because I just forgot). Each piece began with a photo I took that day, and I gave myself rules – no going out of your way to get a photo; no “cheating” and taking a week’s worth of photos in one day; and try not to “pose”.

Because I had no idea what was going to happen on any given day, this project was a complete surprise to create. I couldn’t plan for anything! It was so exciting to see how my prints turned out once I had created the drypoint print from the photo, and again after applying the watercolor.

This exhibit is site-specific; I purposely made 200 pieces for the exhibit and the size they are to fit the gallery. The only thing I knew immediately was that I wanted the prints to be framed identically and to be hung in a straight line, like a “timeline” or journal of my days.

I hope you enjoy the exhibit as much as I enjoyed creating it for this beautiful space! Approximately 1500 hours went into the creation of these little friends, and it is most certainly my magnum opus at this point in my career.

But something else happened along this 200-day journey – I fell in love with my work again. I would catch myself tearing up with happiness when creating these small friends, because I realized just how lucky I am to be able to do this. It was the most important thing to come from this exhibit.


Cheeseheads: The Documentary
Mar 8 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Starting at 5:30 pm, enjoy cheese sampling, cash bar and more! Packers Hall of Famer kicker Chester Marcol, also featured in the film, is doing signings of his book Alive And Kicking.  Also, Fond du Lac native, Jeff Kahlow, an artist featured in the film, is the creator of unique Wisconsin carved hats and will have some of his work on display!

Then at 7 pm, join director John Mitchell for a special all ages screening of Cheeseheads: The Documentary! Afterwards is a Q&A with John Mitchell who provides a look at the film making process, and shares why he decided to make this documentary.

The documentary is the story of a man’s journey to rediscover his Wisconsin roots and the meaning of being a “Cheesehead” after 20 years away. Part travelogue, part human analysis, and fully All-American, Cheeseheads: The Documentary takes viewers on a humorous and intimate journey through factories, farms, museums, breweries and boardrooms in order to explore Cheesehead culture and the people who have taken that moniker from local to global as a proud symbol of Wisconsin.

Filmmaker John Mitchell toured Wisconsin for three years and interviewed hundreds of “Cheeseheads.” He met with many from around the state including U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson,  Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler, Bart Starr, Chester Marcol, Dave Robinson, Outdoors Wisconsin host Dan Small, actor Chris Mulkey and others.

Runtime: 112 min

Release Date: December 2015 (USA)

Friday, March 8
Bar opens at 5:30 pm
Film starts at 7 pm
Tickets: $10 ($8 for THELMA members)

Mar 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This is an exciting Saturday for Studio 51! Writer and filmmaker John Mitchell makes his way into the picture-book world with his first work in the “Dreamerboy” series. Join in the fun as John reads his book with a humorous presentation, while revealing the fantastic artwork of Marketa Ivanisova. John will engage with answers to questions, and offer up questions for the audience to answer back. It will be an interactive experience to insight the imagination.
This class also includes an interactive art project relating to the book!

“Dreamerboy” is meant for ages 6-10, and combines humor, art, and fantasy in a way that encourages children to both think for themselves, and be inspired by the ordinary and the extraordinary. Books will be available for purchase.

After, we’ll watch the entire book come to life on screen in HD in the “Dreamerboy” DVD!
Saturday, March 9
Drop in between 12 pm – 2 pm


$15 per class (non-members)

$15 per semester (with a THELMA Single Membership)

$30 per semester (with a THELMA Family Membership)

The current semester dates are most Saturdays between January and April.

Click BUY TICKETS, then choose if you are a Nonmember or choose Membership Passes.

Davina and The Vagabonds
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm
So much more than just a blues act, Davina and the Vagabonds’ shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments and tender gospel passages.
Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, and Billie Holiday, but comparisons don’t suffice: she is a true original.
“One of the most distinctive and expressive vocalists to come around in a while, with tight backing from the Vagabonds,” – Phoenix Blues Society.
Concert begins at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
Tickets $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $145 ($87 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $85 ($51 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.