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Wisconsin Arts Board to visit Fond du Lac art scene

A public reception is set for 4 to 5:30 pm, Friday, September 5.

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced that the Fond du Lac art scene will take center stage when the Wisconsin Arts Board visits September 5 and 6.

“The Wisconsin Arts Board holds one meeting outside of Madison every year so area constituents can observe the Board at work,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director and vice chairman of the Wisconsin Arts Board.

“It’s also a great opportunity for people to learn about programs and initiatives while also informing the board about their specific opportunities and challenges,” Miller said.

The Board will have the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the creative activities in Fond du Lac when the members take a walking tour downtown to visit THELMA, DanLann Gallery, Trinity Restaurant, Retlaw Movie Theater, Riverwalk Art Center, Trista Holz Glass Studio, Gallery and Frame Shop, and Share Fine Art Gallery.

The board is slated to also visit the University of Wisconsin- Fond du Lac and the Fond du Lac High School Performing Arts Center. 

A community meet and greet is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 pm at THELMA. The public is invited to attend. The Board will hold its official meeting at 8:30 am, Saturday at THELMA.

The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.  Since 2011 the Board has done this work as a part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

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.

 

Come and meet the artists during CANVAS UNPLUGGED

Open to the public for free from 7 to 10 pm Saturday!

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) has announced an event to bring artists and the community together. 

CANVAS UNPLUGGED is set for Saturday, August 30. Artists will transform THELMA classrooms into studio space in which to create art that evening. The public may attend between 7 and 10 pm to speak with artists, discuss commissioned work, and learn about the creative process. 

The event is free. A cash bar will be available. 

Local artist Amy Jarvis, of Fond du Lac, and Frank Juarez of Sheboygan, are co-hosts of CANVAS UNPLUGGED. CANVAS UNPLUGGED is modeled after an event held by the Knaak and Juarez Studio in July called The Blank Canvas. Frank Juarez is co-owner of the studio.

Participating artists include Peg Haubert, Colleen Chertos, Kathryn Dreifuerst, Linanne Giersch, Tiffany Gurath, Kay Jelinek, Mindy Leitner, Debra Lee Hellwig, Nancy Donohue, Lora Vahlsing, Yvonne Sanchez, Sara Risley, Mandy Braun, Patty Aker and John Aker. 

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 experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts, 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.

 

Rick and Pat Miller named Co-Chairs for Windy Dinner THELMA Style

Rick and Pat Miller have been named co-chairs of the 14th annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style, the largest fundraising event for Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA).

Windy Dinner THELMA Style is set for Wednesday, October 8.

Rick and Pat Miller own four Culver’s Restaurants in the area and are no strangers to community service. Habitat for Humanity, Agnesian HealthCare, Volunteer Center, Wisconsin Restaurant Association, the Fond du lac Area Foundation, the Women’s Fund, and of course, THELMA, are just some of the organizations in which they are or have been involved. 

“The Windy Dinner has always been such an entertaining event,” said Pat Miller. “Now with the stunning backdrop of THELMA, the event has only gotten better.”

The evening includes a full agenda including cocktails, dinner, auctions, and entertainment. The recipient of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award will be honored.

“We are thrilled to have the assistance of such a dedicated couple such as Rick and Pat Miller,” said Kevin Miller (no relation), THELMA’s executive director. “The Millers are so willing to help and support the community, and they grasp the value an arts center such as THELMA has on the economy and jobs.” 

You may register for Windy Dinner THELMA Style by clicking here.   

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.

 

Fond du Lac native has ties to filmmaker Wes Anderson

When Fond du Lac screens The Grand Budapest Hotel Friday, there will be a direct connection to Fond du Lac –  Deborah Wettstein.

Wettstein is the CFO for Indian Paintbrush, a privately owned California-based production company most recently working with filmmaker Wes Anderson. The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson’s latest film will be screened at THELMA Friday at 7:30 pm.

Movie goers can expect some giveaways from Wettstein during the movie.

A St. Mary’s Springs graduate, Wettstein moved to California and worked in the insurance industry before getting her graduate degree from USC. 

“I used my graduate work as an opportunity to transition into the film industry,” Wettstein said. She worked for various independent companies before coming to Indian Paintbrush, where she has been for eight years.

Wettstein has always loved film and is inspired by the stories told through film. 

“It’s an exciting place to be,” she said. “Working on the financial side, I appreciate being around creative people. And it’s fun to be part of supporting the process.”

On Wes Anderson, Wettstein said “there is no detail that he does not pay attention to.”

When she returns to Fond du Lac this week, not only will she be attending the film at THELMA Friday but she does plan on going to a good fish fry.

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 experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts, 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.

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Exhibit features 18 of Wisconsin's most exciting artists

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is the venue for an exciting new group exhibit featuring some of Wisconsin’s most prominent artists.

45 North: THELMA Summer Invitational opens Thursday, August 21 with a free reception from 6 to 8 pm. The two-level exhibit, curated by Shane McAdams, features 45 pieces from 18 different artists. McAdams, an adjunct professor at Marian University, has a studio in New York.

“This thrilling new exhibit will bridge the gap between the Fond du Lac art scene and those in Milwaukee and other areas of the state,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA’s executive director.  

The artists in the exhibit are Peter Barrickman, Kimberly Benson, Tom Berenz, Derrick Buisch, Willy Carpenter, Michael Davidson, Breehan James, Frank Juarez, Greg Klassen, Kay Knight, Keith Nelson, James Pederson, Andrew Redington, Rafael Salas, Lynn Tomaszewski, Jason Vaughn, Shane Walsh, and Scott Zieher. 

The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 21. 

THELMA members and students always have free access to the Contemporary Wing. For adults who are not members, admission is $5.

The Contemporary Wing is open 11 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday with extended hours Thursdays until 8 pm. 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 experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts, 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.

 

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