THELMA Thursdays are back and start May 28

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is taking a phased approach to reopening during the pandemic and includes extended gallery hours.

THELMA’s two-level Susan O’ Ahern Contemporary Wing, along with the Great Hall bar, will be open every Thursday evening. Guests, a maximum of 10 people per space, may enjoy a glass or wine or a cocktail while viewing the art in the two-level gallery between 5 and 7 p.m. In addition to the extended hours on Thursdays, THELMA will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“This is a perfect time for THELMA to extend our hours and give guests more opportunity to view the art so we can honor social distancing,” said Jacqui Corsi, THELMA Executive Director.

THELMA reopens Tuesday, May 26 with two new art exhibitions, Thiensville artist and former Fond du Lac resident, Amy Jarvis, and New York artist, Joan Lobis Brown.

Both exhibits honor THELMA’s theme for 2020 – “the year of the woman.” Jarvis’ exhibition, The Mythics: A Visual Story of Women Around the World, is meant to express inspiration by the shared journey of women everywhere.

Lobis Brown’s exhibition, Women of an UNcertain age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norm, is a celebration of how this generation of women forge head, never give up and lead inspiring lives.

THELMA will require a maximum of 10 people per floor. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks are encouraged, and sign-in in the lobby is required. THELMA staff will wear face masks and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.

A reception and artists talks may come at the end of the exhibitions. As part of first phase of re-opening, THELMA will offer classes. Please check and THELMA’s social media for updates.

The second phase to reopen would include hosting concerts. A final decision on when phase two would begin will be announced at a later date, Corsi said.