THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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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.

Feb
20
Thu
Laura Schneider and Juliane Troicki: Illuminating Women
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – Mar 28 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from February 20, 2020 – March 28, 2020

Illuminating Women: An art collaboration by Laura Schneider and Juliane Troicki

Illuminating Women is a collaboration of journalism and documentary photography. The project combines portraits of 30 inspiring women from the Fond du Lac community represented through black and white photography and biographical narratives. Laura and Juliane created this project to shine a light on exceptional women and their gifts to the community. Laura and Juliane hope that the Illuminating Women Project will move the Fond du Lac community to be inspired by their stories.

Juliane and Laura are very grateful to Agnesian Healthcare, a member of SSM Health for their generous sponsorship and for making this project possible.

 

Laura Schneider was born in Wisconsin.. At an early age, Laura recognized she had something different to offer the world. But, it wasn’t until recently that she realized what’s possible.

Laura is a Midwest-based artist who colors outside the lines of life. While earning her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her passion for photography was ignited in the darkroom.

For nearly two decades, Laura has been capturing subtleties that go overlooked by the casual observer. Her perceptive nature gives her work character and revealing depth. She leverages her senses and the natural qualities of her environment to leave inspired, relatable creations in her wake.

 

Juliane Troicki is a native of Berlin, Germany.

She has made Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, her home for the last six years. Juliane is a mother of four children. She cares deeply about her environment and has been a long-term community advocate and volunteer. Juliane holds a Ph.D. in political science and teaches classes at local colleges, currently at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. As an educator, she is passionate about teaching and learning, especially about women’s experiences and their role in the world. Juliane is excited to share what she has learned about the inspiring women in her community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
16
Thu
Adriane Little: Mapping Mrs. Dalloway
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mapping Mrs. Dalloway by Adriane Little

Exhibition will be on display from July 16 – August 29, 2020

Opening Reception: July 16, 2020, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6:30 pm exploring the current art exhibitions.

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

Artist’s Exchange: Stay tuned for time and date!

Free admission and exclusive for THELMA members, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about her process, inspiration, and execution of her work. Cash bar and snacks available.

Literature is riddled with dead or otherwise missing mothers. Virginia Woolf’s life and writing were partly, yet significantly guided by the death of her mother when Woolf was just 13-years-old. This loss reappears across her novels. As an artist, I am interested in studying both her writing and her as a woman who experienced this early and profound loss. Conceptually, this work is supported by continued research to advance the trope of the missing mother. Mapping Mrs. Dalloway represents a new way of visualizing text and image within my practice by incorporating data mapping in this new work.

For Mapping Mrs. Dalloway, I walked the streets of London and photographed along the path that Mrs. Dalloway walks in the novel. In doing so, I brought the walking path and Mrs. Dalloway forward 90 years into the present. These are the same streets that Woolf herself walked countless times. My intention was not to illustrate the novel, but instead to use stream of consciousness in capturing the images. This mirrors the literary strategy of the novel. This project challenged me to photograph in a new way. I was limited to a specific amount of time while in England. I knew where I would walk but I was not certain what I would actually find. As each day past, I became more familiar with the sense of place created by the movement of people in the city and the project evolved.

After returning from England, I divided the text of the novel into 20 sections. Each section is then visualized as a word count of the novel and layered over an image in the series. The circles grow larger the more often a particular word was repeated. The green that is used for the data mapping was color matched from photographs I took of the wall paint while inside of Monk’s House. The data visualization both obscures and reveals information within each image. I perceive the interaction of the mapping within each image as moments of loss.

Adriane Little is a conceptual artist and educator living in Kalamazoo Michigan. Her studio practice originates from the perspective of photographic processes, but also crosses media and theoretical positions. The underpinnings of her visual work and research are at an intersection of trauma and ritual through an interrogation of a presence and absence of the maternal body. The translation of this space is both literal and metaphor or the architecture of an ephemeral maternal space that is embedded within what she calls the matrilineal ghost. As a continuation of these ideas, recent work turns to literature as a source of visualization. Literature is riddled with dead or otherwise missing mothers.

By both committee and invitation, her artwork has received national and international recognition in numerous exhibitions and video screenings. Since arriving to Western Michigan University in fall 2006, her artwork has exhibited in 57 different venues in 52 international cities and in 87 different venues in 69 U.S. cities. Most notable and recent venues include; Gallery 1401 (Philadelphia PA), CEPA Gallery (Buffalo NY), the Institute of Culture (Trbovlje Slovenia), The Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock NY), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo NY), Chelsea Art Museum (NYC), Syracuse International Film Festival, Siouxland Film Festival, Milwaukee Short Film Festival, Dawson City International Film Festival in the Yukon, Macon Film and Video Festival, Three Rivers Film Festival and the Leeds International Film Festival in the UK, among others. She has curated several exhibitions including Plus 3 Ferris Wheels, 17 Days and several solo exhibitions in galleries and online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Wilkinson: UnNatural Histories
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

UnNatural Histories

Exhibition will be on display from July 16 – August 29, 2020

Closing Reception: Thursday, August 27, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6:30 pm exploring the current art exhibitions.

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

This series of paintings relates to my interest in dichotomies: obscuring and revealing, attraction and repulsion, good and evil, the past and the present. Through a tediously crafted watercolor painting practice I seek to make something strange out of the ordinary. I am deeply interested in the interaction of parts and am attracted to the tactile in an increasingly technological and dehumanized time. I appropriate imagery from 19th century naturalist illustrators such as John James Audubon, Jacques Barraband and Elizabeth Gould and pair with superficially sensual subject matter to develop a pastiche that fractures both into the surreal and suggestive. I draw from sensual imagery sourced from internet searches, bodies, fabrics, shells, gems, flowers, etc. in order to open a curio chest that examines the 21st century obsession with all things slick and hollow. The images break from their original sources into fragments, creating a complex visual experience that both irritates and seduces. I paint these images to investigate the slippery definition of both desire and corporeality.

The romantic process of painting allows me to meditate on issues of gender, identity construction and beauty. Though the paintings are initially conceived of using digital processes,they are made employing a very purist approach to watercolor. In doing so, I endeavor to uphold these painting processes while dismantling the elitism with which they are often associated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
27
Mon
On [email protected]: Bots, A New Children’s Musical @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm
BOTS! A New Children’s Musical is coming to THELMA this Summer!
 
THELMA’s arts day camp – On Stage @ THELMA will feature the theatrical adventure “BOTS!” The story tells of a BOTS Robotics Competition where teams and their (singing and dancing) robots are all vying for the top prize! Amidst the coding, building, and fierce competition, two members from rival teams befriend one another and throw everything off-balance. Will their collaborative spirit sabotage their teams’ chances of winning? This musical invites humans and robots alike to discover the power of technology and teamwork!
 

Fourth through eighth grade students will learn the lines, the music, the dances, and build the sets in this two week adventure. Then on the final day, students perform it twice!

 

Camp Dates: July 27 – August 7 (except weekends), 9 am to 2 pm

Fee $185 ($148 for THELMA Members)

No other discounts apply

Snacks and T-Shirt included.
 

Register

Or stop in or call us at 920.921.5410 to register your child.

 

Performances August 7

5:30 & 7 pm

(Tickets for the performances will be $5 and will be available this summer. Each student receives two complimentary tickets to the first show).
 
Sep
3
Thu
Alexandra Opie: Wonder Box
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wonder Box by Alexandra Opie

Exhibition will be on display from September 3 – October 17, 2020

Opening Reception: September 3, 2020, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6:30 pm exploring the current art exhibition.

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

Artist’s Exchange: Stay tuned for time and date!

Free admission and exclusive for THELMA members, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about her process, inspiration, and execution of her work. Cash bar and snacks available.

The antique forms of tintype, ambrotype, and prints from glass-plate negatives allow for a heightened awareness of the intense beauty and mystery of the mundane. These plant parts are photographed in extreme macro–with an eight-foot long camera and a scavenged military aerial survey lens–in a way that intentionally confuses perception. The resulting ambiguous scale, in conjunction with a composition reminiscent of portraiture, lends a corporeality to these plant specimens. Lines between plant and human are blurred as these organic forms mimic the familiar: silhouettes, hands, gestures, viscera, genitalia.