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Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Ph: 920-921-5410

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.

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.

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www.thelmaarts.org
info@thelmaarts.org

Features:

  • Public Meeting Rooms are available at this location.
  • WiFi services are available at this location.


Upcoming Events:

December 15, 2017
The Jimmys Perform at THELMA

Bar opens at 7:00 pm; Performance at 8:00 pm
$20 for general admission, $12 for members of Thelma.
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac

The Jimmys are a band hailing from Wisconsin that is a seven piece club band, with influences including the Glenn Miller Band. The lead singer-keyboardist, Jimmy Voegli has even been nominated to win a Grammy (back in 2003, with a different band.


December 22, 2017
Isthmus Brass Performs at Thelma

Bar opens at 7:00 pm; Performance at 8:00 pm
$20 for general admission, $12 for members of Thelma.
51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac

Isthmus Brass is a band, made up of mainly trombones, trumpets and a French horn, but also including a percussion instrumentalist. They will wow the crowd with their fun sound.


January 6, 2018
Don & Eileen Urness Exhibition ENDS

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

Don Urness is a papermaking artist from southeastern Wisconsin. Because of his interest in the environment, Urness began making paper from trash in the 1980s. He uses recycled paper pulp for his art projects which also reflect his interest in light and how it affects nature and objects. Urness has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education from UW-Eau Claire, and a Master’s degree in visual studies from Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee.

Although mostly a self-taught artist, Eileen Urness has been surrounded by art and artists most of her adult life. She has explored many areas of art including jewelry, ceramics and painting. Eileen has experimented with epoxy paintings. She found in epoxy a vehicle to represent the kind of depth, layering and color she was in search of. Her technique incorporates elements of collage, paint and raw pigment. Lately Eileen has been experimenting with Millifiori Polymer Eggs. Her technique is largely experimental and self-developed incorporating elements of the millifiori glass technique with polymer clay on eggshells. She has received several awards for her innovative techniques and attention to detail.

Don & Eileen Urness Exhibition Ends January 6, 2018.


January 11, 2018
Gina Litherland Exhibition Reception

5:00 pm - 8:00 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 February 24, 2018.


January 11, 2018
Todd Mrozinski Exhibition Reception

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

Todd Mrozinski Exhibition Ends February 24, 2018.


January 26, 2018
Kyle Megna & the Monsoons

8:00-10:00 p.m.
$10, general admission; $6 for Members of Thelma
51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac

Kyle Megna & the Monsoons is the type of band that is best heard live. Their sound is best described as a bluesy-dark-indie-rock.


February 24, 2018
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.


February 24, 2018
Todd Mrozinski Exhibition ENDS

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

Todd Mrozinski Exhibition Ends February 24, 2018.