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Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

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51 Sheboygan Street

920‒921‒5410

Features

  • Group Rental Available
  • Public Meeting Rooms
  • Wi-Fi

Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 3pm

*Please check Visitor Information on web site home page for any changes to daily hours due to events.

About Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is a premier venue providing the community with unprecedented access to arts and entertainment, and a unique destination for weddings and corporate gatherings. Named for a woman with a classic style and an affinity for her community, this vital amenity is the cornerstone of the Arts and Entertainment District in downtown Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

A former Masonic Temple renovated and expanded in 2013 includes a new two-level art gallery that gives a nod to an exciting future and is the perfect backdrop for high-profile art exhibits. THELMA is an impressive feature in the heart of the city’s downtown with majestic pillars, a grand staircase, and the perfect blend of the historic and the modern. You will want to visit again and again whether it’s relaxing on the spacious outdoor plaza, watching a film, listening to an intimate concert in The Great Hall or attending a major concert in the street.


Available for private parties:
Capacity 80 comfortably
Catering must be from list of preferred caters
Bar available.

Rooms available (capacity in parenthesis)
Fountain City Room (200-250)
Great Hall (160-250)
Café 1906 (75)
Susan O. Ahren Contemporary Wing (2 levels; 75 per level)
The Plaza (150-200)
Grand Board Room (30)
Classroom (30)
Art Classroom (30)
South Meeting Room (15)
East Meeting Room (8)

Upcoming Events


Driveway Thriftdwellers

7:00 pm
$12 for members and $20 for non members
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Made up of veteran musicians from Madison and Milwaukee, the Driveway Thriftdwellers draw upon their founding brothers’ Northwoods upbringing to create a no-nonsense blend of DIY classic country and Americana sensibilities. Earthy vocal harmonies and down-home pedal steel distinguish the group’s sound. The Thriftdwellers’ live shows feature a diverse mix of original music – ranging from sprawling odes about unspoiled landscapes to up-tempo bar anthems – and occasional tributes to everyone from Merle Haggard to The Replacements, all lovingly performed with just the right amount of north country twang.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/driveway-thriftdwellers/.


Fairy Tale Writing

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Free for members and $15 for non members
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Students will practice their creative writing skills by composing fairy tales individually and as a group. Bring your imaginations!

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-fairy-tale-writing/.


Gina Litherland Exhibition ENDS

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

Gina Litherland has been active in the visual arts since the mid-1970s, exploring photography, performance, drawing and painting. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her paintings, drawings, and articles have been published worldwide in journals and periodicals.

Litherland has always been interested in the interplay between myth, the natural world, and the domain of dreams and memory. As a child she spent many hours exploring natural wooded areas and empty lots inhabited by multitudes of insects and wildlife. This, along with a fervent interest in reading, particularly fairy tales, laid the foundation for her current investigations as an artist. Much of her work is inspired by folklore, myth, and literature reflected in her own personal preoccupations, specifically themes of desire, femaleness, the natural world, the human/animal boundary, children's games, ritual, intuition, and memory. The painting techniques that she uses, traditional indirect oil painting techniques similar to those used by fifteenth-century Sienese painters, combined with textural effects created by using various tools other than the paint brush, allow her to create a detailed, layered, and complex surface of images recreating the experience of looking at the forest floor with its rich blanket of diverse matter in various stages of decay. Suddenly, an object emerges and comes sharply into focus.

While some of her paintings begin with an idea that she has been ruminating over for some time, or are inspired by a particularly compelling book or folktale, others occur quite spontaneously, beginning with a decalcomania underpainting which suggests forms that emerge and develop into a personal narrative. The act of painting becomes a complete process of revelation. A mysterious narrative emerges, Rorschach-like, from a turbulent, chaotic ground of color and texture. Myths, dreams, memories, and phantoms of pigment suspended in medium are in continuous dialogue with one another. Dormant images ignite slowly, as our eyes adjust to their dark submerged brilliance.

Litherland is represented in the Chicago area by Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery.

Gina Litherland Exhibition Ends May 20, 2017.

For more information, visit http://www.thelmaarts.org/.


Todd Mrozinski Exhibition ENDS

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

Todd Mrozinski Exhibition Ends February 24, 2018.

For more information, visit http://www.thelmaarts.org/.


Moonlight with Discussion

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$4 for members and $5 for non members
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

There will be no mistake – THELMA will be showing last year’s Academy Award winner for best picture!

Discussion will follow with author and historian Gerald Butters, PhD, professor of history at Aurora University. He also teaches in the graduate Liberal Studies program at Northwestern University. A Fulbright scholar, Butters has published four books including Beyond Blaxploitation (2016), From Sweetback to Superfly: Race and Film Audiences in Chicago’s Loop (2015), Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship, 1915-1966 (2007) and Black Manhood on the Silent Screen (2002). His research and publications focus on the intersection of race and gender in American popular culture.

Butters’ essays have appeared in American Historical Review, Flow, Choice, Reviews in American History, Cercles, The Journal for Multimedia History, Film and History and Film/Literature Quarterly. Butters has lectured internationally, including an address to the European Commission in Luxembourg in 2009.

Check out this video of Butters.

About the movie:

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/moonlight/.


Christine Alfery Comes to THELMA

March 1, 2018 at 6 pm– April 14, 2018 at 11 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac

Christine Alfery is an artist that has made a life out of being eclectic and "not coloring in the lines." Audiences will love her style.

For more information, visit http://www.thelmaarts.org.


Christine Alfery Exhibition Reception

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

Christine Alfery Exhibition Ends April 14, 2018.

For more information, visit http://www.thelmaarts.org/.


Raymond Rowe Comes to THELMA

March 1, 2018 at 6 pm– April 14, 2018 at 11 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac

Raymond Rowe is an artist from Saudi Arabia and India but has lived in Wisconsin since 1994 and currently resides in Brownsville, WI. His preferred measure of art is in using oil.

For more information, visit http://www.thelmaarts.org.


Albert Cummings

7:00 pm – 10:00
Tickets $20 ($12 for Members of THELMA) Bistro Table for Four $110 ($66 for Members of THELMA) Pub Table for Two $70 ($42 for Members of THELMA)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy.

Taken with Albert’s fire and passion bassist, Tommy Shannon, and drummer, Chris Layton, of the band Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section, volunteered to play on and produce his solo debut recording, 2003’s self-released From the Heart. B.B. King dubbed Cummings “a great guitarist.”

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/albert-cummings-2/.


Christine Alfery Exhibition ENDS

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE
Contemporary Wing

Christine Alfery Exhibition Ends April 14, 2018.

For more information, visit http://www.thelmaarts.org/.


Todd Mrozinski Comes to Thelma

April 19, 2018 at 6 pm– May 26, 2017 at 3 pm
Free
51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac

Todd Mrozinski is one of those artists that like to work in paint. However, after his father died in 2012, he has recently been working with cast shadows. There will be a reception on April 27, 2018 from 6-8 pm.

For more information, visit http://www.thelmaarts.org/.

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