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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: 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 , 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


Alexandra Opie: Artist Q&A Talk

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Free
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

An artist exchange talk will begin at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 30 with a Q&A about her exhibition: Wonder Box.

You may attend in person or at home via Zoom. We will meet with her via Zoom in our building. Capacity will be at 10%. Free admission and open to the public. Cash bar available.

Reserve your spot: In-person or via Zoom. See link below.
A mask or face covering is required in the building. We will watch the Zoom Q&A talk in our building.
If you choose to watch the Q&A talk via Zoom at home, we will email you the Meeting ID and Password.

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.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/alexandria-opie-artist-talk/.


25th Anniversary Takeover - WDTS

5:00 PM – 10:00PM
$100
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

A Grand Celebration!
Friday, October 2 at 5 pm
Help THELMA celebrate 25 years as an organization with a recharged and revamped Windy Dinner THELMA Style. We are doing a complete building takeover with festivities on every level. Live music on every floor, raffles, art classes, food stations, cocktails, silent auction and more! This event will definitely go down in THELMA history! It’s the event of the year!

In honor of the organization’s 25 years, Members of THELMA are the recipients of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award. The award goes to an individual or group of individuals who have made a positive impact on THELMA and the Fond du Lac community.

“Our members are an integral part of our success and we are thrilled to give this prestigious award to them,“ said Jacqui Corsi, THELMA’s Executive Director. “They have brought us through our first 25 years, they will bring us the next 25 years.”

The award, which is a model, of the Andrew Redington sculpture that sits on the corner of Marr and Sheboygan streets, will remain on permanent display at THELMA.

This award is different than those given in the past, as it’s a mirror instead of glass. The idea came from Time Magazine’s Person of the Year when it was awarded to “You.” The mirror represents that our success is a reflection of our dedicated members. Our success is their success.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/25thanniversarytakeover/?instance_id=1115.


Unity the Band

4 PM – 10 PM
$10
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! Unity the Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. They have been nominated for 2018-2019 Artist of the Year and 2019 World/Reggae/Ska/Latin and are the 2018 WAMI winner for World/Reggae/Ska/Latin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.


They treat fans to original music blending with influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound. Fronted with island-smooth energetic confidence by Kai “Pita” Katobalavu on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the band’s talents includes the smooth bass lines of Tim Perkins, Anthony Robert Bessen laid-back guitar riffs and vocals, the cool intensity of Logan Pier on keyboards and innovative steady ease of Kelvin Ayres behind the drum set.
Bar opens at 4 pm.
Opening musician is Ross Catterton from Kyle Megna and The Monsoons starting at 4 pm.
Unity the Band starts at 6 pm.
$10 admission.
$5 (children 12 and under)
Limited capacity. Be sure to get your tickets early!

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


Abstract Painting

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
$20
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

In this experimental class, you will learn to about various approaches to painting with acrylics, discover new techniques and learn about the formal elements of abstract painting.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/abstract-painting-4/.


Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
General Seating $40
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

A night of serious blues and dancing boogie woogie featuring Tommy Castro and Marcia Ball!

Ever since he first picked up a guitar and started making music, Tommy Castro believed. He believed he would not only be able to make a living playing music, but could develop his own signature sound and style. Today he is famed not only for his hard-hitting, impassioned vocals and his blues-infused, rocking R&B sound, but also for his striking, original songwriting and exhilarating stage show.

Four time GRAMMY nominee and winner of eight Blues Music Awards, singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin’s deep songwriting tradition into a sound No Depression described as “a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues.”

Thursday, October 8
Concert at 7:30 pm
Bar opens at 6:30 pm

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/marcia-tommy/?instance_id=1135.


Huntertones

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
General Seating $25, Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven sound features genre bending composition and unconventional covers. Every show is a social experience celebrating the joy of music.

The band formed in Columbus, Ohio and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. They’ve performed in over 20 countries world wide and continue to tour the US and abroad. Their latest release, Passport, is a collection of songs inspired by their experiences sharing music with people from all over the world.

“Soulful, tasty and groovy. I dare you not to dance or be in a good mood during and after listening to this beautiful music” –Lionel Loueke

“Honest, genuine, skillfully executed music without limitations that is uplifting and cannot be quantified.” –Jon Batiste


Friday, October 9
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/huntertones/?instance_id=1142.


Landscape Painting

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
$20
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Through this traditional class, we will explore more formal painting techniques and practices. We will paint a landscape from a photograph and learn about translating and interpreting what we see into a painting.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Ages 12 – adult . Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/landscape-painting/.


Portrait Drawing

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
$20
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Explore formal drawing techniques and portraiture. You will work from a photograph and learn about form, shape and value while developing skills that enhance your ability to interpret what you see into a drawing.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Ages 12 – adult . Instructor lead. Limited capacity, pre-registration encouraged.

A mask or face covering is required before entering the building. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/portrait-drawing-4/.


Watercolor Painting

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
$20
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Through this traditional painting class, you will learn to about various approaches to painting with watercolor, explore new techniques and learn about painting what you see as we work from a colorful still life.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead. Invite friends and spend the afternoon creating your own piece of artwork! Class size is limited. Pre-registration is encouraged.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/watercolor-painting-5/.


Phillip-Michael Scales

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
General Seating $25, Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Chicago singer-songwriter Phillip-Michael Scales, the nephew of blues great B.B. King creates thumping, tuneful folk-rock music! To say that Scales was born with music in his blood would be an understatement. As the nephew of the legendary B.B. King, Scales grew up on a healthy dose of motown, soul and of course the blues. But as he evolved and later attended Berklee College of Music, so did his taste in music, skewing more towards indie rock.

Friday, November 20
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/phillip-michael-scales/.


Abstract Painting

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
$20
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

In this experimental class, you will learn to about various approaches to painting with acrylics, discover new techniques and learn about the formal elements of abstract painting.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/abstract-painting-3/.

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