Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is a premier venue offering unparalleled access to music, film, classes, and art exhibits with a stunning backdrop for corporate meetings, weddings, and other social gatherings.

The cornerstone of the Arts and Entertainment District in Downtown Fond du Lac, THELMA is a regional venue for high-profile concerts, exhibits with prominent artists, and independent films.

Whether it’s relaxing or watching a film on the spacious outdoor plaza or listening to an intimate concert in The Great Hall or a major concert in the street, you will want to visit again and again. There will always be more to see, more to do at THELMA.

Location

51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI

Events

200 Days: A Life in the Quotidian by Mel Kolstad

200 Days: A Life in the Quotidian by Mel Kolstad

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - Saturday, April 20, 2019

Exhibition Dates: March 7 – April 20. Artists’ Reception: Thursday, March 7, 6 – 8 pm. Free admission and open to the public. Meet the artist as you view her work. Cash bar and snacks available.

When Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts first approached me for this solo exhibit over a year ago, I knew I wanted to “go small” but didn’t quite know which medium to showcase. I also wanted to make a ridiculous quantity of pieces. Enter drypoint! And tininess! And watercolor! I wanted to challenge myself and create very tiny prints – each of the prints measures only 1.5×2”. Every one of them is a drypoint print first, and probably 95% of them are enhanced with watercolor. Beginning on April 1, 2018 and ending on October 20 of that year, I created a drypoint print a day. That’s 200 days (give or take three days, because I just forgot). Each piece began with a photo I took that day, and I gave myself rules – no going out of your way to get a photo; no “cheating” and taking a week’s worth of photos in one day; and try not to “pose”. Because I had no idea what was going to happen on any given day, this project was a complete surprise to create. I couldn’t plan for anything! It was so exciting to see how my prints turned out once I had created the drypoint print from the photo, and again after applying the watercolor. This exhibit is site-specific; I purposely made 200 pieces for the exhibit and the size they are to fit the gallery. The only thing I knew immediately was that I wanted the prints to be framed identically and to be hung in a straight line, like a “timeline” or journal of my days. I hope you enjoy the exhibit as much as I enjoyed creating it for this beautiful space! Approximately 1500 hours went into the creation of these little friends, and it is most certainly my magnum opus at this point in my career. But something else happened along this 200-day journey – I fell in love with my work again. I would catch myself tearing up with happiness when creating these small friends, because I realized just how lucky I am to be able to do this. It was the most important thing to come from this exhibit.

Tweed

Tweed

Friday, April 26, 2019

Part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues!

Formed in late 2010, Tweed featuring Gervis Myles (formerly known as Tweed Funk) garnered national attention with the release of 4 albums and dates throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and Southern United States. Tweed has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast.