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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


A Glass with Your Class: Drink While You Ink

4:30pm – 6:30pm
$45 ($36 for THELMA members) Includes one glass of wine or beer.
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Let loose in this free-form art class where we will learn how to make art with alcohol inks. Working on a two-dimensional surface, you will leave this session with a gorgeous piece to take home and hang on your wall. I’ll pour the drinks while you pour the inks! Your first drink is on us.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All materials provided. Adult class. Ages 21+. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/a-glass-with-your-class-drink-while-you-ink/.


Oil Painting Portraiture

12:30pm – 2:30pm
Single admission: $30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Learn several important techniques in this oil painting class focused on portraiture. We will start with the fundamentals of proportional accuracy and building underlying shapes and tones. We will then cover skin-tone color mixing and how to convey the details of a face. All skill levels are welcome in this class.

All materials are provided. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

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


Studio 51: Eco Art

10:30am – 12:00pm
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Reuse that refuse in this eco-friendly crafting class! In honor of Earth Day, we will be creating artwork using recycled materials. You will be provided with a wide variety of recycled supplies to choose from and will be shown several fun ideas to get started on your own earth-conscious artwork.

All materials are provided. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-eco-art/.


Salsa Manzana

7:00 pm
General Admission $10 ($6 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Salsa Manzana is an authentic Salsa Band of Lawrence University students, alumni & professors combined with other veteran local and Caribbean musicians. Get ready to dance!

We’ll be in the Great Hall.

Bar opens at 6 pm
Concert at 7 pm

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/salsa-manzana-2/.


Shibori Dyeing

12:30pm – 2:30pm
Single admission: $30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

If you have a piece of clothing or a linen that needs some rejuvenation, this class is for you. Learn several traditional Japanese shibori resist dyeing techniques and the unique patterns that they create. Bring your own item to dye and watch it transform from boring to beautiful! Must contain plant-based fibers such as cotton, rayon, hemp, or linen. Your piece should be about the size of a shirt or smaller.

All materials are provided. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/shibori-dyeing/.


Studio 51: Abstract Watercolors

10:30am – 12:00pm
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Be wild and free in this abstract watercolor class! We will talk about different watercolor techniques like wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, layering, creating texture, and more. Everyone of all ages and abilities can come and create a colorful, non-objective artwork!

All materials are provided. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-abstract-watercolors/.


Charcoal Portraiture

12:30pm – 2:30pm
Single admission: $30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Observe the subtleties of light and shadow in this class on charcoal portraiture. Learn how to achieve a proportional drawing, represent a full range of tones in black and white, and how to create depth and realism.

All materials are provided. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/charcoal-portraiture/.


Studio 51: Mother's Day Pop - Up Cards

10:30am – 12:00pm
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Learn how to make an adorable pop-up heart card for mom in this family-friendly class! A step-by-step tutorial will be provided as well as several examples for personalizing your card for this upcoming Mother’s Day.

All materials are provided. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/mothers-day-pop-up-cards/.


80's Night! A Glass with Your Class: Brush and a Beverage

4:30pm – 6:30pm
$45 ($36 for THELMA members) Includes one glass of wine or beer.
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

80’s night! Learn some abstract painting techniques while listening to your favorite throwback tunes! Pick and choose the techniques that speak to you and create a unique artwork. Dressing up and singing along encouraged. So, slide on those leg warmers, crimp your hair, and don’t miss this painting class! Your first drink is on us.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All materials provided. Adult class. Ages 21+. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/80s-night-a-glass-with-your-class-brush-and-a-beverage/.


Acrylic Still Life

12:30pm – 2:30pm
Single admission: $30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

In this class, we will cover compositional strategies when looking at a portion of a larger still-life, underpainting, as well as some paint application techniques when working with acrylic. Forget the boring bowls of fruit and join us for a unique and beautifully composed still life artwork.

All materials are provided. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/acrylic-still-life/.


Studio 51: Pointillism

10:30am – 12:00pm
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Make a little noise in this class as we tap our way to amazing artworks! Learn how to create images and mix colors using nothing but dots! We have different techniques and media depending on age and ability.

All materials are provided. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

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


Studio 51: Geometric Tape Resist

10:30am – 12:00pm
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Try your hand at modern art in this tape resist painting class. We will lay out lines and shapes with painter’s tape on amazing holographic paper! We will talk about different techniques for painting your projects and you will be amazed at your creation when you pull off the tape to reveal the shiny paper underneath.

All materials are provided. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/geometric-tape-resist/.


Tactile Collage

12:30pm – 2:30pm
Single admission: $30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Think about art differently in this collage class that focuses more on touch than on sight. We will talk about the conventions of art and how makers can think about the other senses when creating an art experience. Whether you want to produce an image or work abstractly, you will be creating a one-of-a-kind touchable artwork in this class.

All materials are provided. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/tactile-collage/.


A Glass with Your Class: Sip and Sculpt

4:30pm – 6:30pm
$45 ($36 for THELMA members) Includes one glass of wine or beer.
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Join us for a drink and some creativity in this jewelry-making class for all experience levels. You will learn several techniques in sculpting with polymer clay to create your own jewelry designs! We will sculpt, bake, and assemble your custom jewelry during this class and your first drink is on us!

The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All materials provided. Adult class. Ages 21+. Instructor lead.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/a-glass-with-your-class-sip-and-sculpt/.


Oil Painting Seascapes

12:30pm – 2:30pm
Single admission: $30 per class ($24 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Join us for a class all about achieving beautiful seascape compositions in oils. We will cover blending techniques for water, the structure of waves, and getting that vibrant translucency as light shines through the water.

All materials are provided. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.

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


Studio 51: Memorial Day Pinwheels

10:30am – 12:00pm
Single admission: $15 per class ($12 for THELMA members) Family admission: $25 per class ($20 for THELMA members)
THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts

Celebrate Memorial Day this year with DIY patriotic pinwheels that you can hold in the wind or place in your yard! You will learn how to make the pinwheel from scratch and then you will decorate it using a wide variety of materials.

All materials are provided. This class is for all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or a sibling over the age of 12.

For more information, visit https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/studio-51-memorial-day-pinwheels/.

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