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Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate to give reading May 12 at THELMA

She will speak at Library the same day. 

As part of a collaboration between the Fond du Lac Public Library, Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, and Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA), Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate, Kimberly Blaeser, will speak at the Fond du Lac Public Library and then give a reading at THELMA Tuesday, May 12.

Dr. Blaeser will speak at 6 pm at the library regarding the role of poetry in public life as well as the importance of the Poet Laureate position for our state. At 7 pm she will give a reading in Café 1906 at THELMA. Both events are free and open to the public. A cash bar will be available at THELMA.

Blaeser was selected for a two year term in November by the Poet Laureate Commission, of which Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director is a member. The interviews were held at THELMA.

The Poet Laureate plays a crucial role in keeping the arts accessible and vital to all age groups, and acts as a statewide emissary for poetry and creativity. 

Blaeser, of the Town of Lyons in Walworth County, is the author of three acclaimed poetry collections, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, Apprenticed to Justice, and Trailing You. Drawing on literal observation and the power of metaphor, Blaeser’s poems create complex harmonies between the vibrant natural world and the resonant human imagination.

She is also a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Blaeser is active in service to literature, the arts, and social justice. She serves on the editorial board for the American Indian Lives series of the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Native American Series of Michigan State University Press. She has served on the Poetry Fellowship Panel for the National Endowment of the Arts, and has been a member of the Native American Alumni Board for the University of Notre Dame. 

Most recently, Blaeser initiated the Milwaukee Native American Literary Cooperative which helped to bring 75 Native American writers to Milwaukee for the 20th Anniversary Returning the Gift Festival of Native Writers and Storytellers in 2012 and continues to sponsor events each year.

As Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate, Blaeser hopes to “celebrate the state’s rich resources in poetry and put poetry to work in Wisconsin,” she said.

For more information about the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, visit

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

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Wisconsin native and art from Cheetos exhibiting at THELMA

Two new solo exhibits by New York-based artists Scott Zieher and Mike Womack are open at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA).

Womack’s exhibit, Roadcut, refers to a segment of a hill or mountain where rock and soil have been vertically cut out to make way for a road. He sculpted a vertical cut out of the snack-food Cheetos. 

Alongside the Cheetos sculpture is altered 17th, 18th, and 19th century engravings of architectural structures. Womack shows the high cultured tradition of architecture and modernism as it lies alternatingly upon the low culture material of processed convenient store fare. Each stratum mixes with the other and confused the class distinction between form, material, image, and object.

Born in Waukesha, Scott Zieher has written and published poetry since the early 1980s. Since then he has also kept sketchbooks and made drawings in abundance. 

Zieher has lived and worked in New York City since 1992, traveling often and always writing, sketching and making collages. He has created a constant sketchbook containing subjects and referents to family life as much as his day job as a contemporary art gallery owner in Manhattan's Chelsea district.

Co-owner of Zieher Smith Gallery in New York, named just this month by the New York Times as one of the top 10 galleries to visit in Chelsea.

Womack and Zieher, along with Shane McAdams, fellow artist and Marian University adjunct instructor are traveling across Wisconsin in a U-Haul gathering art, artifacts and evidence. They hope to collect a "visual core sample" of art in the middle, between the high and low culture of America.

You can follow along their journey through THELMA’s Facebook page. 

THELMA’s Contemporary Wing is free to the public, thanks to the generosity of Horicon Bank. Horicon Bank has a tradition steeped in art and shares the belief that art should be accessible to all. The gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and until 8 pm Thursdays. 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. 

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THELMA elects four new members to Board of Directors

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is proud to announce that four new members were elected to its Board of Directors at the 2015 Annual Meeting.

New board members were elected by THELMA members in attendance at the Annual Meeting in March.

The new board members are: Ray Atchinson, Vice President of Global Parts & Accessories at Mercury Marine; Jill Stenson, Vice President of Nursing at Agnesian HealthCare; Bruce Wadman, Corporate Controller at Alliance Laundry Systems LLC; and Grant Grinstead, Director of Business Development & Risk Management at Vir Clar Farms.

Board President Tom Herre thanked outgoing board members John Gormican, Linda Ahern, and Marysue Michels for their service. Herre also thanked Jim Thomas, Steve Peterson and Wayne Huberty who left the board during the past year.

“It is because of the great support and work of our volunteer board that we can accomplish what we do,” Herre said. “We look forward to new ideas and great input from our new board members.”

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.

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It will be music to your ears, with Children's Chorale Spring Concert

The Fond du Lac Children's Chorale will perform its Spring Concert, Sunday, May 3 at 2 pm and 4 pm at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA).

Under the direction of David Hein, artistic director, this year's concert is titled Music to Your Ears: Songs about Birds, Bugs, and Beasts. The program playfully surveys music that is about, or in some cases by, animals.

Of note, Clare Grundman’s delightful, Zoo Illogical -- short poetic vignettes pondering the variety and oddity found at the zoo; an arrangement of Emily Dickenson’s droll Bee! I’m Expecting You! by Emma Lou Diemer; and you will not want to miss the inspiring choral performance of Kermit the Frog’s ode to individuality, Being Green. For information call 920.322.8943. Tickets are available at, click Tickets or stop in the box office at 51 Sheboygan St., downtown Fond du Lac.

In its 19th season, the Fond du Lac Children's Chorale serves children throughout Fond du Lac county drawing from public and parochial schools. It is a resident ensemble of THELMA. Membership is open to all fourth through eighth grade children, by audition. Auditions are scheduled at intervals throughout the school year, to learn more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or like Children's Chorale on Facebook.



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