THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Nov
18
Thu
Denise Presnell: The Sweet Spot Between Chaos and Control
Nov 18 2021 – Jan 22 2022 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from November 18, 2021 –  January 22, 2022

“I am a painter/mixed media/pastel artist living and working in western Wisconsin. My work is driven by an intuitive desire to explore a personal archeology. Shapes and marks unite to display a map of my creative process. The tools and mediums I use to explore this imagery are also intuitively chosen for their unique effect on the composition. The range of mediums I use is vast and includes oil, pastel, acrylic, cold wax, charcoal, graphite, oil pigment sticks, color pencil and iridescent powders on paper, canvas and panel. My artist tools include traditional brushes, shape makers, palette knives, squeegees and odds and ends of packing materials, cups – you name it. If an object looks like it will create a unique effect or texture while transferring paint onto a surface – I’ll try it.

I speculate that my current work is a form of visual game playing. There is a juxtaposition of random and decisive choices throughout my painting process so that both the conscious and subconscious have an opportunity to interact on the surface of the picture plane. My work involves as much tearing down as it does the building up of visual elements. I won’t allow any section of the surface to be so precious that I wouldn’t risk removing it or covering it over with paint in order to unify the whole. And as in any good game, risk is necessary for the reward. My process involves working on 2 – 3 pieces at a time.

Currently, I shift between working with acrylic on canvas and oil, cold wax and mixed media on paper or panel. With each medium, I concentrate on one piece and begin the additional work or two with the extra paint left on my palette. This results in a miniseries based on the palette, but not necessarily on the composition. Composition is unique to each piece as it is developed intuitively during the process of each piece. I find that shifting from acrylic to the cold wax medium informs the textures and tool methods used between the two mediums. I’ve discovered ways to make the acrylic work like cold wax and vice versa. The layering process is very similar between the two mediums as well. I try to leave at least some areas of all my works with a glimpse of each step of the work process – a sort of visual mapping of my decision making.” – Denise Presnell

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

 

Galleries are free to view:
Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 5 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Open Saturdays 10 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays.

Emily Mcllroy: The Lilies How They Grow
Nov 18 2021 – Jan 22 2022 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from November 18, 2021 –  January 22, 2022

“I use the practice of drawing and painting as a means of connecting the grace, power, violence, and complexity found in nature, with internal landscapes of thoughts, memories, and emotions. My large-scale works on paper explore forces and elements of the natural world as metaphors for human experiences of love, loss, grief, and transformation. Densely layered and detailed, the nine panels that make up the series “The Lilies How They Grow,” are composed of organic shapes, colors, and textures reminiscent of underwater caverns, glaciers, or the delicate features of animals and plants.

Since the sudden deaths of my twin brother and mother, I have come to see our own inner worlds as “wildernesses” -spaces that harbor great dangers, as well as potential for incredible wonder and discovery. “The Lilies How They Grow” is an attempt to navigate the forces and features of this territory. It is an attempt to understand and accept an existence that is at once breathtakingly beautiful, unendurably painful, infinitely fragile, and prodigiously resilient. Created as prayers for a passageway out of all the has held me back, these pieces look towards hope and faith in the capacity to love, and for the possibility of a life aligned with presence, openness, and joy.!

The title of the series comes from a dream I had a month after the death of my twin. As I was walking along the edge of a cliff at night I slipped, and while falling, saw two small lilies that I grabbed and used to pull myself back up and out of the blackness. Now, whenever traction becomes weak, when I don’t remember who I am, I consider the lilies. I search for the handholds in the dark. I take the seeds of those life-sustaining flowers and try to grow them, not in little pairs, but in full, feracious fields.” – Emily Mcllroy

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

 

Galleries are free to view:
Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 5 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Open Saturdays 10 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays.

Feb
13
Sun
Brunch and a Band @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wrapping up the Sturgeon Spectacular weekend, join us for THELMA’s Brunch and a Band on Sunday, February 13 at 11 am. Enjoy music by The Pineapple Hunks! Drink specials and food are also available for purchase. FREE admission to attend! Enjoy a delicious brunch available for purchase from Mila Vanilla Crepes.

 

Food from Mila Vanilla Crepes

Music by The Pineapple Hunks

 

Date: Sunday, February 13
Time:
11 AM – 2 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Food and drinks available for purchase.
Location:
Fountain City

   
Mar
20
Sun
Sliding Into Seniorhood Play Reading
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm
Staged play reading at by playwright Kim E. Ruyle

May be an image of textThe paths of six intriguing characters intersect as they navigate the unpredictable and challenging twists and turns of aging. On the slide into seniorhood, they encounter relationships and experiences, some painful, some sensual, and some just downright silly. When all is said and done, will they find that life has left them with anything more than simple memories?

The play was the Grand Winner of 2020/2021 Original Playwrights Full-Length Competition (Shawnee Playhouse/Pennsylvania Council of the Arts) and was produced in Pennsylvania in September.
Date: Sunday, March 20
Time:
2 PM
Price/Tickets: FREE
Location: Cafe 1906
May
1
Sun
Celebrate Membership May!
May 1 – May 31 all-day

CELEBRATE MEMBERSHIP MAY!

Sign-up for a new membership during this month of May and you will receive 3 MONTHS FREE with the code “MEMBERSHIPMAY”.

How to use the code:

  1. Go to the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts Website.
  2. Click on the ‘Support’ – ‘Membership’ tab.
  3. Choose your desired membership level.
  4. After selecting your membership level scroll down to the bottom of the page. Fill out the necessary information then select ‘Add to Cart’ when finished.
  5. In the ‘Discount Code’ section enter in the code ‘MEMBERSHIPMAY‘. Finish filling out the necessary information and proceed to ‘Check Out’.

Membership Perks:

As a member, you receive 40% off concert tickets, discounts on classes and films, first notice on performers and classes, first chance to purchase tickets, 10% discount on THELMA merchandise, opportunity to display art with Member Spotlight, and are listed in our Annual Report.

JOIN NOW to get access to May’s members-only perks including:

  • FREE Members-only tote bag (available at THELMA’s front desk)
  • FREE Exclusive Membership May Gathering on Thursday, May 26 @ 6 PM – 8 PM (Registration Required)
  • And check your mail all month long for weekly raffles to win gifts THELMA merchandise and other prizes!
Jun
17
Fri
Makers Market
Jun 17 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

THELMA’s Makers Market is an outdoor and indoor market featuring  local vendors with fine art, handcrafted goods, vintage finds, boutique items, lifestyle goods, and more. We handpick a variety of artists, dreamers, and collectors and gather them all in one place for a unique shopping experience!

The Makers Market is on June 17, 2022 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, taking place during the Annual Downtown Fond du Lac Wine Walk. More information about the Wine Walk HERE.

Date: Friday, June 17
Time:
4 – 8 PM
Price: FREE and Open to the Public
Location: Plaza and Sheboygan Street

Get Downtown FDL Wine Walk Ticket HERE

Vendor Information:
Event Date: Friday, June 17 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Applications Open: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM CST
Applications Due: Friday, May 27 at 11:59 PM CST
Notification of Acceptance: Friday, June 3

Jun
23
Thu
THELMA Plein Air Event
Jun 23 – Aug 6 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from June 23, 2022 –  August 6, 2022

Join us for the first annual THELMA Plein Air Event June 17th-June 23rd, 2022! Artists of all experience levels are welcome to participate in this exciting event. Plein Air painting takes place outdoors without the use of an indoor studio space or reference photos. Artists must remain within the event boundaries.

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

 

Tom Lundquist: SciFi Jumbo
Jun 23 – Aug 6 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from June 23, 2022 –  August 6, 2022

“Science fiction can be a great source of fun for people who make pictures. Though the subjects need to be reasonably rendered, all requirements for recognizable environments, scaling, or any object’s reason for being may be tossed over your shoulder.

I watched a set of interviews with the actors and FX artists who were bringing Dr Who into the contemporary world in 2005. When they explained that it was a children’s show, I realized that this genre could be exciting (even alarming) without being vicious or horrifying. That was intriguing and a dozen ideas grew out of it.

Why do they need to so big? I had just finished doing a 96 image print series where everything was “poster size.” Changing the scale would prevent me from just repeating those posters with a different set of characters. Since I owned a big printer, I decided to let it roar.

Everything in this exhibit is produced through some form of digital modeling and/or digital painting. I turned to computer imagery after spending much of my youth making elaborately detailed drawings. The ability to create much more complex images was an irresistible enticement and I was willing to put aside traditional drawing values to do it.
I live in Los Angeles, California and teach part time at Santa Monica College.”

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

 

Jun
29
Wed
Game Night | Charades **CANCELLED**
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Life is just better with games…if you’ve ever become bleary-eyed over a Monopoly game or screamed in anguish during charades, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. Join us once a month for games night open to all ages! Round up some friends and come down to play some classics.

 

Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and THELMA will offer a cash bar!

 

Date: Last Wednesday of the Month (March – November 2022)
Time:
6 PM – 8:30 PM
Price/Tickets:
$5 Suggested Donation
Location:
Cafe 1906
Jul
27
Wed
Ordinary Days
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm

From one of musical theatre’s most exciting new composers comes Ordinary Days, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point).

Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. Ordinary Days is an original musical for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.

PURCHASE TICKETS:
Wednesday, July 27 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, July 29 @ 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 30 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, July 30 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 31 @ 2:00 PM