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THELMA now serving Blue Goose Coffee in partnership with Horicon Bank

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) and Horicon Bank have partnered to improve the experience of guests of THELMA by serving delicious Blue Goose Coffee.

The Blue Goose Coffee House is located within the Horicon Bank branch at 854 E. Johnson St. and is the only one like it in Wisconsin. The idea of putting a coffee house inside a bank was uncharted territory for banking, but after a visit with his son to the Coffee Museum in Leipzig, Germany, Bank President Frederick F. Schwertfeger incorporated the idea into his dream for Horicon Bank. 

The Blue Goose Coffee House serves locally owned Black Waters Coffee, roasted in Beaver Dam, Wis. 

Coffee House Manager, Mary Weishapple said serving locally roasted coffee strengthens ties to the community. “Horicon Bank is a community bank looking support local businesses and community organizations – like Black Waters Coffee and THELMA. The Blue Goose Coffee House is an extension of that community outreach and support.”

Blue Goose Blend coffee will be available free to THELMA patrons at certain events and available for a fee to rental clients. 

“We are excited to bring the Blue Goose brand to THELMA,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director. “Having coffee associated with one of our local businesses only adds to the great experience we want for all THELMA patrons.” 

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 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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Marian professor, students and Minneapolis artist to exhibit

Two new solo exhibits and a group student exhibition will open at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) Thursday, February 26. A free reception with the artists is set for Friday, February 27.

Artist and Marian University professor Shane McAdams will open his first solo exhibition at THELMA this Thursday. Before the Weight Can Leave the Air features the artist’s characteristic material explorations and investigations of landscape and nature. McAdams who splits time between his New York and Wisconsin studios, has exhibited widely around the United States and abroad. His work has been reviewed in the New York Observer, The Village Voice, Vogue, Phaidon and The New York times, among others. 

THELMA also welcomes a solo show by Minneapolis-based artist Erik Benson. Night Moves features imagery gleaned from the streets of Brooklyn, where Benson recently lived before relocating to Minneapolis. Benson’s imaginative compositions of modernist architecture and eerie urban landscapes have shown widely around the United States and Europe, including Roebling Hall, Storefront Bushwick, DC Moore, Salon 94 and Tyler Nahem Fine Art to name just a few. 

THELMA will also hold a group show of Marian University students in the café gallery. Make it Strange offers a selection of the best and most idiosyncratic visions of Marian University’s creative talent. 

“We are thrilled to bring in the works of these amazing artists while fostering the future of art,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. 

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.

McAdams’ paintings in Before the Weight Can Leave the Air reflect a year of exploration of unconventional, overlooked, often industrial materials that have since been refined and reintegrated into more traditional contexts. The collision of his diverse elements and materials force the viewer to question basic presumptions of what is natural and what is unnatural.

McAdams work is about landscape, exploring it from a formal, linguistic, historical and material, perspectives.

Erik Benson’s paintings in Night Moves emerge from odd fragments and skewed glances of the urban landscape. They are rooted in the familiar even pedestrian imagery one often takes for granted, but they take on a more idiosyncratic presence in his hands. Each composition inhabits a peculiar crease between generic and specific, universal and personal.

The Marian University Art Students Exhibition: Make It Strange, will be in Café 1906. In this exhibit, viewers may explore the strange and singular artistic visions of the school’s students. The exhibition is comprised of a variety of media with a flair for the extraordinary. 

All three shows run from February 26-April 11. A free reception is set for 5 8 pm, Friday, February 27. The bar will be open for the reception and cheese from Grande will be available.

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

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