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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:

July 20, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Cajun Strangers

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Don’t plan on sitting at a Cajun Strangers’ show! – Wisconsin State Journal.

Madison-based band playing traditional Cajun dance music from Southwest Louisiana! The music consists of two steps, waltzes and blues, and is sung mostly in Cajun French. It was born out of their love for Louisiana porch music, the band performs Cajun and Zydeco dance music with “unbridled energy and contagious enthusiasm that’s more than enough to entice the most sedentary patron to rise up and shake what their mama gave’em.” – Dirty Linen Magazine


July 22, 2017
Introduction to DSLR Digital Photography – Two Parts

1 - 4 pm
$40
THELMA

Introduction to Digital Photography is aimed at owners of interchangeable lens digital cameras (DLSRs and Mirrorless) with the intent of teaching the individual how to get the most out of their camera.

This class has two sessions, July 22 and July 29 from 1 to 4 pm each day. Bring your digital camera and manual. The fee is $32 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

How to use functions beyond AUTO; how to use aperture and shutter priority modes. Upon completion of the course the individual will understand the capabilities of their camera, know what elements create a good photograph and will have the confidence to tackle virtually any photographic situation and come out with a quality photograph. Individuals will understand exposure, focus, elements of composition and what lenses to use in what situations.


July 27, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - WhiskeyBelles

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Three Chords and the truth! Roots country music, born of gin halls and juke joints Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure.

The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio. Think Pistol Annies, Dixie Chicks and The Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris & Linda Ronstadt). The ‘Belles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline – they have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience.


August 3, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo’s music is unwavering, filtering blues, soul, roots, and rock through a prism of emotional authenticity. What emerges isn’t a reinvention of the wheel, rather something undeniable, and the very definition of a force of nature. It’s real American music at its core!

“Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo prove that the magic and the mystery of their work are simply waiting to be discovered nationwide. They’re eclectic, they’re electric, and they’re energetic!” – Blues Blast Magazine


August 10, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Extra Crispy Brass Band

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

The Extra Crispy Brass Band plays New Orleans-style brass band music inspired by the great contemporary bands such as the Dirty Dozen, Hot Eight, Rebirth, and New Birth Brass Bands. They are so good, so hot, you’ve got to get a piece of the Extra Crispy Brass Band!


August 11, 2017
On Stage @THELMA Cinderella

5:30 pm and 7:30pm
$5
THELMA

The 3rd annual Arts Day Camp – On Stage@THELMA will feature the Brothers Grimm classic Cinderella.

During the two-week camp, fourth through eighth grade students learn the lines, the songs and the choreography, and build the sets. On the final day, students will perform the play in two evening performances.

The camp is sponsored by advocates for youth arts education, as well as U.S. Bank and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

The day camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 31 to August 11. Two performances will be held Friday, August 11 including a 5:30 pm performance and a 7:30 pm performance for the community. Each student will receive two complimentary tickets for family to either performance. There will be a $5 charge for all other seats.


August 12, 2017
Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Delbert McClinton is considered a master among Texas music aficionados, rock artists (he gave harp lessons to a young John Lennon), blues experts, and critics. McClinton is highly respected, not only for the incredible longevity of his career but for his ability to meld genres into his own style. Blues, jazz, and country influences are found in all his music.

McClinton has won three Grammy Awards.


August 17, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Jazz Orgy

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Watch out for the Jazz Orgy and their enchanting mix of jazz, funk, blues, and groove … and make sure to ask them, “What’s the name of your band?”

The Players are:

Mark Martin – Piano / Organ / Keyboards
Andy Mertens – Bass / Vocals
Mike Underwood – Drums
Stephen Cooper (WiFEE and the HUZz Band) – Saxophones / Vocals


August 23, 2017
Cool Jewels

9:00 am- 3:00 pm
$75 ($60 for members)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Design and create your own unique jewelry using metals and found materials. Learn to manipulate metals by: cutting, etching, stamping, shaping and joining through a variety of cold connections. You will be working with copper and brass as well as interesting found materials and tools. Students should bring a sketchbook or paper for working up designs, pencil and eraser, any special small objects to incorporate into designs, and brown bag lunch.


August 24, 2017
11 Thursdays of Summer @THELMA - Marcell Guyton of the Rhythm Kings

7 pm
Free admission
THELMA

Marcell Guyton and the Rhythm Kings is a one-of-a-kind show featuring many styles of music, from Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye to Bruce Hornsby and The Eagles. Don’t miss the sweet, soulful performance, radiating from the center of the plaza this summer!


September 9, 2017
2017 Membership Exhibition ENDS

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

2017 Membership Exhibition Ends September 9th.


September 9, 2017
The Jimmys with Westside Andy, Fondue Fest Finale

5 - 8 pm
Free admission
THELMA

The Jimmys with Westside Andy will perform for the 2017 Fondue Fest Finale at THELMA.

The Jimmys have been tearing up stages with their blend of blues, soul, funk, and R&B for nearly 10 years. Award-winning keyboardist/singer/songwriter Jimmy Voegeli has assembled an all-star lineup: Perry Weber, veteran guitarist/singer/songwriter brings an authentic blues sound; Mauro Magellan, of the Georgia Satellites, drives the band with some mighty drumming; John Wartenweiler ties it up with powerful bass lines and a deep groove. The Amateur Horn Stars – Pete Ross, Saxophone; Darren Sterud, trombone; and Mike Boman, trumpet – combine 50 plus years’ experience touring the world, playing with Clyde Stubblefield, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Davina and the Vagabonds, Youngblood Brass Band, B.B. King and his All Stars, and many others. With multiple awards under their belts, and a growing legion of fans, the band will crush anyone in their path on their way toward absolute galactic domination.

Get yourself to the next performance and see what everyone’s hollerin’ about.


September 14, 2017
Shane McAdams Exhibition Reception

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

Shane Walsh makes paintings that reference digital and analog forms of representation (Photoshop, commercial printing) and combines these with the signs and symbols of 20th century abstraction.

He begins by making small-scale collages constructed from photocopied images. These images of shapes and marks are made in response to the history of abstract painting, some are expressive, others graphic or digital. This approach allows him to treat the history of abstraction as a storehouse of moments to copy, paste, and sample from. This cutting, copying and pasting owes as much to punk and hip-hop show posters from his youth as it does to modernist collage traditions.

The photocopy also serves as an important metaphor in his work. As images are reproduced over and over they become altered and their visual qualities degraded. The photocopying process echoes how he thinks about abstraction in the way that our understanding of abstract painting becomes altered as it gets transmitted and reproduced through time and culture. Akin to the children’s game “telephone”, where the original message often emerges drastically altered and distorted by the time it arrives at the last participant. Walsh sees these distortions as something to celebrate and these paintings are his opportunity to playfully re-construct an image of abstraction that feels appropriate to his time and place.

Walsh is a Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his BFA from MIAD and his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Shane McAdams Exhibition Ends November 4, 2017.


September 14, 2017
Shane Walsh Artist's Reception

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

Shane Walsh makes paintings that reference digital and analog forms of representation (Photoshop, commercial printing) and combines these with the signs and symbols of 20th century abstraction.
He begins by making small-scale collages constructed from photocopied images. These images of shapes and marks are made in response to the history of abstract painting, some are expressive, others graphic or digital. This approach allows him to treat the history of abstraction as a storehouse of moments to copy, paste, and sample from. This cutting, copying and pasting owes as much to punk and hip-hop show posters from his youth as it does to modernist collage traditions.
The photocopy also serves as an important metaphor in his work. As images are reproduced over and over they become altered and their visual qualities degraded. The photocopying process echoes how he thinks about abstraction in the way that our understanding of abstract painting becomes altered as it gets transmitted and reproduced through time and culture. Akin to the children’s game “telephone”, where the original message often emerges drastically altered and distorted by the time it arrives at the last participant. Walsh sees these distortions as something to celebrate and these paintings are his opportunity to playfully re-construct an image of abstraction that feels appropriate to his time and place.
Walsh is a Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his BFA from MIAD and his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.