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.

Jan
21
Fri
Jazz for 90’s Kids
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A traditional jazz quartet that plays untraditional jazz songs in a traditionally jazz way! Whether you’re an avid jazz lover, or new to jazz music, there is something for everyone! Featuring Mike Malone (drums), Malakai Flynn (guitar), Austin Bolden (bass), and Jake Opperman (saxophone). These 4 musicians have been studying jazz through college and have been playing professionally around Wisconsin ever since. They are excited to share their unique sound and arrangements live with you! Check out Jazz for 90’s Kids on YouTube for complete studio recordings, videos, and future projects!

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Tuesday, January 21
Time:
8 PM – 10 PM
Bar Opens:
7 PM
Price/Tickets: 
$20 General Admission ($12 for Members)
Location: 
Fountain City
Jan
25
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Of all the artistic tools at a filmmaker’s disposal, it can be argued that music is among the most vital — and certainly one of the most powerful. Music triggers memories of events, the people we were with at the time, and the feelings we had in those days gone by. The Lighthouse Big Band is hoping to bring back memories for you with an evening of T.V. and Movie themes, ranging from The Pink Panther, Perry Mason, the Flintstones, and many more. Come join the band for an evening of fun and memories.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety of genres in the big band style. The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state over the past 18+ years backing such jazz stalwarts as Tom “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, and the more modern big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

Band Information HERE 

Date: Tuesday, January 25
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

Jan
27
Thu
“Art Spectacular” Exhibition
Jan 27 – Mar 12 all-day
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts is pleased to announce an exhibition of original works inspired by winter, winter wildlife, snow, ice, sturgeons/ice fishing, and more. Opening January 27th, “Art Spectacular” features the work from over 35 artists in conjunction with Fond du Lac’s Sturgeon Spectacular event.
Participating Artists:
Galleries are free to view:
Monday-Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
Feb
7
Mon
THELMA Book Club
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm
Get ready for the next meeting of the THELMA Book Club on February 7 at 5:30 pm! The book for this month’s meeting is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. You do not need to have the book read. Books are available at the Thelma front desk.
Join the THELMA Book Club! It’s free and open to the public!
***We will meet in person at THELMA***

 

About the Book:

In SMALL GREAT THINGS, Jodi tackles the profoundly challenging yet essential con­cerns of our time: prejudice, race, and justice.

“SMALL GREAT THINGS is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. Frank, uncomfortably introspective and right on the day’s headlines, it will challenge her readers…The difficult self awareness is what sustains this book…forcing engaged readers to meditate on their own beliefs and actions along with these characters….It’s also exciting to have a high-profile writer like Picoult take an earnest risk to expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.” – Washington Post

 

Feb
8
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Love is in the Air
When it comes to holidays, playing music is always a good way to commemorate the special occasion, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. They’re the songs that touched our hearts, and filled us all with the feelings of love and romance. Whether you’re celebrating solo, hosting a sweet fête with friends and family or having a candlelit dinner with your significant other, songs about affection can be a nice backdrop to the love-filled day.

The Lighthouse Big Band’s set for this evening will be filled with songs about love. Come join the band in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance club as we deliver our Valentine’s Day gift to you in our own unique musical fashion.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety of genres in the big band style. The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state over the past 18+ years backing such jazz stalwarts as Tom “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, and the more modern big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

“The Lighthouse Big Band is one of Fond du Lac’s best-kept secrets,” Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band says.

 

Band Information HERE 

Date: Tuesday, February 8
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

Feb
11
Fri
Sturgeon Spectacular
Feb 11 – Feb 13 all-day

Friday, February 11, 2022 | 1:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Saturday, February 12, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Sunday, February 13, 2022 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Sturgeon Spectacular is back for 2022. This celebration of winter and really big fish can only be found in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on the 2nd weekend in February. This fun-filled weekend has events for all ages and interests – indoor, outdoor, downtown, at Lakeside Park, and throughout the Lake Winnebago Region.

Join us in Downtown Fond du Lac for the very popular Wisconsin State Snow Sculpting Championship all weekend long, Ice Sculpting Competition, Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Running of the Sturgeon, Live Entertainment and winter-themed exhibits at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Chili Crawl, Family activities and Sturgeon Mini Games, Hot Cocoa and Chocolate Crawl, and lots of Spectacular Specials at various bars, restaurants, and hotels.Visit Lakeside Park on Saturday, February 12th for more family-friendly activities including the Outdoor Curling Bonspiel right on Lake Winnebago, Free Horse-drawn Carriage Rides through the park, Kids Fun Run & 5K, Biggest Sturgeon Contest, Snow Land family activities, live music, a huge community bonfire, and more. For the adults, don’t miss the Spear the Beer Specials as well as Spearing & Beering Festivities with Lakefront Brewery at Lakeside Park.

Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition
Join us during Sturgeon Spectacular 2022 for the Amateur Snow Sculpting Contest on Sheboygan Street! Sculpt smaller snow blocks right across from the professionals! On Saturday February 12th, groups will be assigned their own snow block to carve between 12:30pm and 4pm. Judging will begin at 4:15 pm and awards presented Sunday the 13th at 2pm on THELMA’s plaza. Teams for amateur snow sculpting contest should consist of 1-4 individuals. 1st place will be awarded a trophy and a $25 THELMA gift certificate. Great for family fun! Dress for the weather!

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

FREE – Limited spots available
REGISTER HERE for Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition

Amateur Snow Sculpting Schedule:
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Check-in located in THELMA’s main lobby
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Create Your Masterpieces!
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Judging of Sculptures

THELMA Schedule of Events

| Friday, February 11 |
1:00 – 10:00 PM: WI Snow Sculpting Championship teams arrive and begin
8:00 – 10:00 PM: FREE Alex Wilson Band Kick-off Concert in Great Hall (Bar opens at 7 PM, Music starts at 8 PM)

| Saturday, February 12 |
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM: WI Snow Sculpting Championship continues
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Curling Lounge on Plaza and 1st Floor Contemporary Wing (Drinks, tables, and seating available)
12:00 – 2:00 PM: Carnival Style Sturgeon Mini Games in 2nd Floor Contemporary Wing
1:00 – 4:30 PM: FREE Amateur Snow Sculpting (Check-in inside THELMA lobby from 12:00 – 12:30 PM, Judging begins at 4:15 PM, Winners announced Sunday)
3:00 – 4:30 PM: FREE Comedy with Fondy’s Funniest Winner Greg Friess and Improv by Laughable Productions in Great Hall (viewer discretion advised)
5:00 – 7:00 PM: FREE Copper Box Concert in Fountain City

| Sunday, February 13 |
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Curling Lounge on Plaza and 1st Floor Contemporary Wing (Drinks, tables, and seating available)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Brunch and a Band featuring music by The Pineapple Hunks and food by Mila Vanilla Crepes
1:00 PM: WI Snow Sculpting Championship judging begins
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Spectacular Finale: Winners of WI Snow Sculpting Championship, Amateur Snow Sculpting, Chili Crawl, and Downtown Ice Sculpting announced on Plaza.

Stay tuned for updates on the events and activities surrounding this awesome winter festival. For more information, visit www.fdl.com/ss.See you all there!

Feb
12
Sat
Copper Box
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Copper Box is a quartet based in Oshkosh, WI and was started in 2002 with co-founders, Danny & Michelle Jerabek.  Danny Jerabek grew up performing in his dad’s band at the early age of 9 and was self-taught on button accordion (currently endorsed by Hohner Accordions), drums, trumpet, sax, etc.  He married Michelle Thull, who also performed in her dad’s family band and they started Copper Box so they could be together on stage.  With the help of a few other very talented musicians (currently, Dan Cable (DC) on drums and Dave Chyla on bass), Copper Box continues to deliver a punch in entertainment and musicality, playing familiar songs with a twist in a multi-genre accord (polka-rock-blues), as well as their own originals for concerts and events.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, February 12
Time:
5 PM – 7 PM
Price/Tickets: Free General Admission
Location:
Fountain City
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