THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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Jan
31
Thu
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 ([email protected]) 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

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

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.

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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!

 

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 inside at 2 pm!

 

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Kovalence with Kimmy from The WhiskeyBelles
Feb 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We’ve brought this duo just for YOU. Kovalence is an acoustic duo bringing you music from virtually every genre. Featuring Kevin Hanson on guitar and vocals and Kimberly Unger on violin and vocals, this duo performs songs by artists like Alan Jackson to Metallica, and everything in between.

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 5 pm
Cash Bar will be open
Free admission
Fountain City Room

 

 

Feb
14
Sun
Liquid Brunch with Kyle Megna and Ross Catterton @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wrapping up the Sturgeon Spectacular weekend, join us for THELMA’s Liquid Brunch on Sunday, February 14 at 11 am. Enjoy music by Kyle Megna and Ross Catterton! Drink specials and food are also available for purchase. FREE admission to attend! Enjoy Bloody Marys, Mimosas, spiked coffee and other cocktails for purchase. Brunch will be available for purchase from Urban Fuel. 
 
Kyle and Ross are two strong song writers that play in the same band Kyle Megna and The Monsoons! 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 and Ross channel a “can’t-get-enough energy” that’s good for the soul.

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.

Sunday, February 14

11 – 2 pm

 

Mar
18
Thu
Allison Roberts: Trace
Mar 18 – May 1 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from March 18, 2021 – May 1, 2021

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Roberts’ lens-based work approaches temporality, place, and identity during transitional periods. Exploring the performative relationship between image and surface, Roberts addresses change, uncertainty, and resiliency. Her artwork takes the form of still photography as well as moving image, both in video work and as part of immersive, site-specific installations. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recipient of several awards and grants including a University of Wisconsin Arts Institute Award for her MFA work in 2017, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2014, and a Fiber Artist Project Grant through the Textile Center of Minnesota in 2014. Roberts received an MFA in Photography and Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017, an MA in Visual Art from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2013, and a BA in Fine Arts and Journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1988.