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Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts


51 Sheboygan Street



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


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

Armchair Boogie

7:00 pm
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Armchair Boogie is a four-piece Bluegrass Folk band formed in the heart of Central Wisconsin. Conceived and brought to life by Fond du Lac’s own Ben Majeska (guitar/vocals) and Augie Dougherty (banjo/vocals) in the Fall of 2014.

Armchair Boogie formed in the heart of Wisconsin in 2014 as a bluegrass duo featuring Augie Dougherty (banjo) and Ben Majeska (guitar). After a handful of shows, they recruited a well-versed rhythm section (bassist Eli Frieders and drummer Denzel Connor) to hold down the upbeat tempos and provide an extra oomph that’ll bring even the saddest uncle to the dance floor. The sound has a new-grass feel that’s not afraid to delve into the realms of funk or country. Keep an eye out for Armchair Boogie’s debut album set to be released spring 2018, and don’t miss them on the road year round!

From bluegrass to funk to folk, Armchair Boogie delivers dynamic original performances nationwide.

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Artists' Reception with Trina May Smith

6–8 PM
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Free admission and open to the public, meet UW Oshkosh Painting Professor, Trina May Smith, as you view her work.

Cash bar and snacks available.

Trina May Smith grew up in the Pacific Northwest but came to UW-Madison for Graduate school in 2009 and has been in Wisconsin ever since. She has an active studio practice in painting and shows regularly. Trina has been in many group and solo shows across the United States from Central Washington University, to Maine College of the Arts, Brooklyn NY, Chicago, and Seattle. She is represented by the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee WI and is an Assistant Professor in Painting at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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UW Oshkosh Recent Painting Graduates Artists' Reception

6–8 PM
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (51 Sheboygan)

Free admission and open to the public, meet UW Oshkosh painting graduates as you view their work.

UW Oshkosh Assistant Professor in Painting at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh selected students to showcase their work in this exhibit.

Artists: Elena Chevalier, Brian Felten, Rachel Kuszewski, Devon Minor, Sarah O’Neil, Ryan Steiskal, Nou Thao, and Chong Xiong

Cash bar and snacks available.

“When approached by THELMA to have a student show it was difficult to decide how to narrow down the pool of students. The best part of my job as an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is the opportunity to work with promising and engaging students on a yearly basis. Ultimately I decided to choose from recent graduates that are persisting to make work regularly. Maintaining a strong studio practice in spite of life’s trials and distractions truly is at the heart of being successful in the creative fields. The art in this group show is exclusively work that has been created post-undergraduate study and is a testament to the heart, dedication, and determination that these emerging artists have.”

“In the classroom, particularly in advanced study, it is my primary objective to challenge and support the students to find the strength of their own individualized creative voice. Abstraction, representation, color, scale, medium, and content become tools to be used and activated based on intension. From there, it really is up to the student to take the next step to find their way of articulating an idea and to embody what it is to be an artist. The work displayed here is a reflection of that embodiment.” – Trina May Smith

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7:00 pm
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

TWANG is a country western band from Fond du Lac. Les Commo does vocals and the rhythm guitar. Beezer Ferguson does vocals and lead guitar. Bill Ferguson plays the bass guitar. Gary Weisner does vocals and drums. Tyler Commo does vocals and acoustic guitar. Sunny Day plays the steel guitar and fiddle.

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18th Annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Individual: $200 Table for Eight: $1,700
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

SAVE THE DATE! Don’t miss this fun evening celebrating and supporting the arts! The Hubbard Windy Award will be given this night. A Hubbard Windy Award nominee will have served our community and organization with distinction by promoting the following key values:

• Appreciation of the arts as a significant component for the quality of life for the citizens of Fond du Lac.
• Demonstration by example of the power of collaboration between individuals and organizations.
• Fosters and supports the continuing mission of THELMA.
• Helps to raise the visibility of THELMA and Fond du Lac throughout the state.

“Marguerite Soffa is the 2018 recipient 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.

“Marguerite is an active member of THELMA, supporting the Jazz Series and the Lake Reading Series,” said Jacqui Corsi, THELMA’s Executive Director. “Marguerite also has the naming rights for the outdoor area on the top floor affectionately called ‘Marguerite’s Lookout.’”

The Hubbard Windy Award will be given to Soffa at the 18th Annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style Thursday, October 4. This is the largest fundraiser for the organization.

“We in Fond du Lac are so lucky to have THELMA as our window to arts and entertainment,” Soffa said. “I feel honored to receive this prestigious community award and look forward to years of enjoying all that THELMA offers,” she added.

Photo credit: Taima Kern/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Soffa has dedicated her life to serving others, supporting causes regarding human rights and environmental issues. Among her numerous boards and organizations, Soffa served on the original 1970s Human Rights Council in Fond du Lac, has been a member of American Association of University Women since 1947, and has been active with Soroptimists and Holy Family Parish.

She was named the 2018 Badger of the Year earlier this year. She is a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Soffa received her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in psychology from UW-Madison in 1946. Soffa has been an active member of the UW-Madison community, having served as the vice president of the Wisconsin Union. She also established the J. Jobe Soffa and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Distinguished Visitor Fund, which sponsors a lecture series on the UW-Madison campus, bringing women from around the world to discuss contemporary issues of global significance.

Through the age of 90, Soffa volunteered her time with organizations like the Fond du Lac Literacy Program and Agnesian Hospice. At 93, she remains active today, attending events at THELMA and other arts venues throughout the year.

The Windy Award was renamed in 2013 when THELMA opened to honor James C. Hubbard, a long serving board member and community advocate. Past recipients of the award include Sister Doris Klein, Sister Mary Neff, Sister Judith Schmidt, and Sister Frances Schug, Ray Wifler, Pat Reiher, National Exchange Bank & Trust, Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Dick and Mary Wehner, Ron and Terri Emanuel, Tom Carew, the Michels Family, JoAnn Ward, the Ahern Family, and Wayne Huberty, C.D. Smith, Grande Cheese, Rick and Pat Miller, and Mike and Rita Shannon.

In addition to the award, this fun event includes cocktails, dinner, auctions, and entertainment.

One of the most coveted prizes – the Golden Ticket raffle – features a stunning bracelet custom-created by Ron Emanuel of The Goldsmith.

The drawing of the Golden Ticket will be held October 4 during THELMA’s largest fundraiser Windy Dinner THELMA Style. You do not need to attend the dinner to win.

Valued at $5,175, the bearer of the winning Golden Ticket will receive a breath-taking original design by artist Ron Emanuel. The bracelet is sterling silver with 18k yellow gold with over one carat total weight in diamonds. The bracelet is donated by Ron and Terri Emanuel, of The Goldsmith.

Tickets are $50 each. Only 600 tickets will be sold. Raffle tickets are available now at THELMA and The Goldsmith. All proceeds go toward THELMA arts education and programming.

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Flow and Flavor Yoga

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

One-hour yoga class in the Susan O. Ahern Contemporary Wing and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine afterwards!

Amy Jarvis is the Vinyasa yoga instructor at Yoga One Studio in Cedarburg and Fox Point.

We’ll be inside among the art! Please bring your own mat, water and towel. Arrive 15 minutes prior to class and check in at the front desk. Ticket includes one glass of First Tier wine. You may purchase more. Cash bar and snacks available.

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Smartphone Photography

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
$20 for members and $25 for non members
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

They are so smart it’s scary, and more than half of the U.S. population owns one. But just because a smartphone can take photos, doesn’t mean those photos are very good.

Dale Van Minsel will offer tips, advice and apps to use to create photographic masterpieces using just your smartphone. In Dale’s class you will enlarge your smartphone photography tool kit, expand your creative shooting and image processing capabilities and experiment with a collection of easily downloadable apps. You will learn easy editing steps and be introduced to key features of each app learning ways to turn your photos into unique and artistic images. There is no need for a computer for this class, all you need is a smartphone.

Dale Van Minsel was born in Wisconsin and currently reside in Southeastern Wisconsin. He has worked with the art and craft of photography since 1978, having served as event and public relations photographer for two colleges as well as providing photography classes and workshops both locally and statewide over the course of his professional career.

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8:00 pm
$6 for members and $10 non members
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

J-Council features music written by Jon Wheelock and Sam Farrell and produced by Grammy nominated Cory Chisel!

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