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Fond du Lac native, New York artist open exhibits January 14

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced that it will host a free reception for artists Nick Lamia and Tom Berenz Thursday, January 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Berenz’s exhibit, Three Feet Under, features paintings that represent Berenz’s relationship to the world around him; cerebral, physical, intellectual and visceral.  

“Fond du Lac is my hometown and THELMA is an extraordinary place,” Berenz said. “I am honored and grateful to have an exhibition at THELMA."

Berenz uses the disaster motif as a metaphor to discuss personal, sociopolitical, environmental and ideological issues. Through the motif of disaster, he explores the existential self and examines personal narratives, with some being more literal and others more enigmatic. 

Berenz earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his Master’s in Fine Arts at the UW-Madison. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at UW-Parkside. He lives and works in Milwaukee.

Lamia’s exhibit, Threads, is a show of works on paper that will allow audiences to see a range of his styles and how they interweave and fit together. 

“I am thrilled at the prospect of an exhibition in Fond du Lac, for, although I've spent a great deal of my life outdoors, I have no experience with the Midwest in deep winter,” Lamia said. “I am excited to experience, in person, the landscape and weather associated with that time and place, and to see, going forward, how the experience might affect my work.”

Lamia is an award-winning artist whose work includes drawing, painting, printmaking, installation, and sculpture. He received a Bachelor's degree in environmental science from U.C. Berkeley, a Master’s in Fine Arts in painting from Boston University, and also attended the New York Studio School for painting. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship as well as residencies at Wave Hill, The MacDowell Colony, the Robert Blackburn Print Workshop and the Triangle Artists Association where he is now a member of the board of directors.

Both exhibits will be open through February 28.

THELMA’s Contemporary Wing is free to the public, thanks to the generosity of Horicon Bank and the Wisconsin Arts Board. 

The gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 3 pm Saturdays and during events. Check THELMA’s website for any changes in the hours due to private events.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

 

THELMA receives U.S. Bank grant for Arts Education for Children

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is proud to announce they are the recipient of a $5,000 grant from U.S. Bank.

The grant will be used to fund THELMA Arts Education for children, including scholarships for middle-income and under-privileged children. 

“Our mission is to provide access to the arts for the entire community,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director. “This generous support from U.S. Bank allows us to provide affordable arts education, opening doors to students who want to participate.”

Each year, U.S. Bank Foundation and Corporate Giving provides cash contributions to nonprofit organizations in areas of education, economic opportunity, and artistic and cultural enrichment. In 2014, the foundation provided more than $23.5 million in grant funding.

“U.S. Bank has a long tradition of supporting the arts and we are very pleased to play a part in offering children the opportunities provided by THELMA,” said Kim Schmitz, Vice President- District Manager of U.S. Bank.

THELMA has many opportunities for children and the list is growing. The Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale is a resident ensemble at THELMA. The group rehearses weekly and performs a Holiday and a Spring concert at THELMA. 

Last summer, THELMA provided On Stage@THELMA, the first Arts Day Camp. Children in one week learned Robin Hood, performing the musical at the end of the week. 

This fall, THELMA hosted a six-week session on African drumming and dancing for children. 

Donors have come forward providing scholarships for children from the Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac. Six students have been the recipients of these scholarships to THELMA Arts Education.

If other community members wish to help fund the arts scholarship program at THELMA please contact Kevin Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing arts experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

2015 -2016 Reading Series announced

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today an exciting lineup for the 2015-2016 Foot of the Lake Reading Series.

The Reading Series will be held the first Tuesday of the month, except for the first one which is Thursday, October 8. In partnership with Marian University, the recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, Jean Valentine, opens the season.

“This is exciting for Fond du Lac to have such a prestigious writer open what is turning out to be an extraordinary season lineup,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director.

In 1965 Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, and in 2004 she won the National Book Award for Door in the Mountain: New & Collected Poems. Valentine lives in New York City.

This free event begins with a reading by Valentine at 7 pm in THELMA’s Great Hall. The doors open at 6:30 pm. A cash bar will be available. 

The following day, Valentine will conduct a hands-on workshop with 10 Marian University students at THELMA. Her visit is made possible by the generous support of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.

The 2015-2016 season includes: Nick Demske – the poet laureate of your face - November 3; Favorite Poem Readings – a traditionally fun event featuring community members - will be held December 1; Alison Townsend – first poet to receive the UW-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award - February 2; Dasha Kelly – founder of Still Waters Collective, a Milwaukee-based outreach for writers - March 1, and the ever popular Student Invitational April 5. The guest on May 3 will be announced soon.

The Reading Series includes readings by the guest writer, then open mic and then the guest closes the event. It is always free. Foot of the Lake has the longest running poetry collective in Wisconsin.

For more information about any of the writers, visit thelmaarts.org.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. 

THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to creating experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, outstanding films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

THELMA Volunteers may sign up, select shifts online

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that volunteers may now sign up to volunteer at THELMA online. 

THELMA is looking to expand its volunteer program and now offers shifts including front desk attendant, art docent, ticket scanner, and event setup. Volunteers may complete an application, update their profile, sign up for shifts, and track their own volunteer hours online.  

“As a non-profit with over 200 events a year, a box office that is open regularly, and two levels of art exhibits, volunteers are key to THELMA’s success,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. “THELMA is not only an important asset to the downtown and Fond du Lac area, but also a fun and exciting environment that is always changing making it a great place to be.”

Philip Shepherd, a downtown attorney, is serving in a volunteer capacity as THELMA’s volunteer coordinator. William Zierdt, retired from Marian University, and Grant Grinstead, of Vir Clar Farms, serve on the THELMA Board of Directors and are co-chairs of THELMA’s Volunteer Committee.

“Volunteers give their valuable time to THELMA, so the process of signing up as a volunteer and selecting the time you can give needs to be simple,” Shepherd said. 

The software also allows THELMA to track how many volunteer hours are provided to the organization. To sign up, click here.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. The Contemporary Wing has free admission and is open to all. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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