THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Calendar

Jan
9
Thu
Christopher Dowell: 20 Below
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from January 9 – February 15, 2020.

“In the pursuit of sturgeon, we found ourselves standing on the ice in a landscape devoid of any visible horizon. The snow blew past in ribbons, and the wind burned any exposed skin. We moved the shack over the hole cut in the ice, and now, sheltered from the wind, we took our first look into the abyss below my feet.

The exhibition 20 Below explores the tradition and dedication to sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago. How vital this mysterious and ancient fish is to the way of life, and how critical this community is to the lake sturgeons’ sustainability. There is still much work ahead for those involved with ensuring the future of the fish in Lake Winnebago. There is a collective will, to ensure that future generations can continue to participate in a tradition, securing the lake sturgeons’ population for future generations. Thanks to the community’s respect and understanding of its history and its passion for protecting and conserving the fish there is hope that we could be witnessing a renaissance, a return to the heyday of lake sturgeon.”

Fish of Legends
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from January 9 – February 15, 2020.

Stories have existed long before recorded history, and the telling of stories has changed forms drastically throughout the ages. Although the methods have changed, the desire to tell and hear stories has remained unchanged, and still greatly impacts the way we look at life. From generation to generation, fishing stories have served as a source of fascination, humor and pride. Many of these stories have been retold and embellished upon to the point they become legendary. The work in this exhibition focuses on such legendary stories of the sturgeon. The stories on display have been gathered and reinterpreted by local artists through painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic media and sculpture. Each of these artists uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths to form a connection with this celebrated ancient fish.

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
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 all-day
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 

Live music will start outside at 2 pm and end at 7 pm!

Curling ends at 6 pm.

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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.
Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition
Feb 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

ALL TEAMS MUST REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 by 12 pm

Join us during Sturgeon Spectacular 2021 for a one-hour class February 13 on the basics of snow sculpting! Learn how to plan your design, begin shaping your block, as well as beginner techniques for achieving different details and textures. After the class, you can apply what you learned in our Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest on Sheboygan Street! Groups will be assigned their own snow block to carve over a 2-hour time period. Judging will begin at 4 pm and awards presented at 4:30 pm. Teams for amateur snow sculpting contest should consist of 1-4 individuals. Great for family fun! Dress for the weather! 

1 – 2 pm: Learn the basics of snow sculpting in this one hour class

2 – 4 pm: Snow Sculpting

4 – 4:30 pm: Judging and a $50 Gift Certificate to THELMA for 1st place will be awarded to the best sculpture.

Bring your own tools to sculpt with! Here are some examples:

  • Various sized kitchen utensils (spoons, knives, forks, metal/rubber spatulas, etc.)
  • Ice or paint scrapers
  • Snow shovels
  • Woodworking tools (chisels, hand saws, screwdrivers, etc.)
  • Paint brushes
  • Gardening tools (spades, trowels, etc.)
  • Spray bottle for water

Class admission includes one hour class and participation into the Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition.

Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members) (1 person competing)

Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members) (1-4 competing. Only one person needs to register)

No other discounts apply

Students under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register HERE. 

Or call us at 920.921.5410 or stop in to register.