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Students to learn movement and rhythm in African drumming and dancing class

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that master drummer dancer, singer and composer Edi Gbordzi of Fond du Lac will conduct drumming and dancing classes for kids at THELMA.

The class is Timbukale! Traditional Music and Dance Lessons from Ghana, West Africa. Gbordzi is originally from Ghana. 

I had the privilege to see Edi Gbordzi perform with students earlier this year at the Stoughton Opera House,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director. “What an incredible opportunity for Wisconsin’s children to experience a global art form. Fond du Lac is fortunate to have such gifted talent in our own backyard.”

Students will learn movement and rhythm as they study the traditions of drumming and dancing with Ghanaian songs.

Two 45-minute sessions will be offered Thursdays from October 1 - November 5. One session is for 4 to 7 year old students at 5 pm and the other is for 8 to 13 year old students at 6 pm. The fee is $60 ($48 for Friends of THELMA).

“Over the course of time, I have never strayed far from my roots,” Gbordzi said. “The powerful rhythmic language I acquired as a young child is still the driving force behind all of my creative projects,” he added.

Gbordzi has performed since he was a child, leading a youth choir as a teen before embarking on his professional career. As a member of Ghana’s National Music and Dance Ensemble at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana he was able to bring his  talents to a broader audience, performing across West Africa, Europe and the United States.

As visiting faculty, he worked at Howard University in Washington D.C., Temple University in Philadelphia, and the A & T University Greensboro, NC. He later accepted a permanent adjunct faculty position with the University of Wisconsin - Madison and taught for three years. During this time he continued performing, teaching workshops, leading residencies for K-12 schools, libraries, community centers, festivals, other events and founded Atimevu Drum and Dance Ensemble which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. 

His current and most exciting creation is the versatile and multi-talented band, Edi Gbordzi & Timbukale, featuring his original compositions, traditional Ghanaian songs with fresh new arrangements and the traditional drumming and dancing of Ghana.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free reception set for opening of local arts exhibition

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) will host a free reception marking the opening of the annual local arts exhibition – the 2015 Membership Exhibition – Thursday, September 10. 

This juried exhibit, and the second annual, was open to any member of THELMA, Fond du Lac Visual Artists, Fond du Lac Artists’ Association and Sheboygan Visual Artists. Of those submitted, 19 were chosen.

 “We are excited to bring back this exhibit showcasing our talented local artists,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. “We hope the community comes to show their support and take in this glimpse of the local arts scene.”

The 2015 Membership Exhibition at THELMA will be open on the first floor of the Contemporary Wing from September 10 – October 31 with a free reception set for Thursday, September 10 from 5 to 8 pm. Cheese from Grande Cheese Company will be served and a cash bar will be available.

The top floor of the Contemporary Wing will host an exhibit by sculptor Andrew Redington. A FREE reception and dedication of his sculpture on the corner of Sheboygan and Marr streets in front of THELMA will be held Thursday, September 24. 

Every person who comes through the 2015 Membership Exhibition will be able to vote for their favorite piece. The Viewer’s Choice award for the exhibit will be announced during intermission at a concert of on one of the great local bands, Andy’s Automatics, Friday, October 16 in THELMA’s Great Hall. 

The juror for the exhibit was Wisconsin artist, associate professor of art at Ripon College and a contributor to Journal Sentinel’s Art City, Rafael Francisco Salas. 

Salas is currently preparing a series of paintings and sculptural work entitled “World Without End.” They compare the landscape and culture of rural taverns with religious iconography. His exhibit will open at Edgewood College in Madison Oct. 9.

The artists participating in this year’s Membership Exhibition are: Colleen Chertos, Tom Dent, Nancy Donohue, Sharon Garrison, Jeanne Gilbert, Bonnie Ann Gleason-Federman, Peg Haubert, Amy Jarvis, Frank Juarez, Dale Knaak, Raymond Rowe, Jerry Steffen, Steve Thimmig, Sandra Uecker, Don Urness, Eileen Urness, Dale Van Minsel, Mary Wehner and Wanda Yuhas-Weller.

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 and outdoor 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's Golden Ticket Raffle features original design by Ron Emanuel

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that one of the most coveted prizes – an original ring designed by Ron Emanuel of The Goldsmith – just got easier to win.

The Golden Ticket Raffle, formerly held only during THELMA’s largest fundraiser Windy Dinner THELMA Style, starts now. You do not need to attend the dinner to win. 

Valued at $12,000, the original piece is a 14k and 18k gold ring with a 1.01 carat Princess Cut Fancy Yellow Diamond and 5 Princess Diamonds with over .60 carat total weight. Designed by Ron Emanuel, the ring is donated by Terri and Ron Emanuel of The Goldsmith.

The winner of the Golden Ticket Raffle will be drawn at the Windy Dinner THELMA Style October 7. You do not need to be present to win or attend the event to purchase a chance at the Golden Ticket. Tickets are $100 each. Only 200 tickets will be sold.

Raffle tickets are available at THELMA or The Goldsmith. 

Windy Dinner THELMA Style is the largest fundraiser for Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. The fundraiser benefits arts and arts education for the community of Fond du Lac. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions and the presentation of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award. This year’s recipient is Grande Cheese Company. Tickets for the dinner are available at thelmaarts.org.

Stop in The Goldsmith to learn more or visit thegoldsmithfdl.com.

You may also click thelmaarts.org, call 920.921.5410, or visit at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District, for more information. 

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.

 

Grande Cheese is recipient of prestigious James C. Hubbard Windy Award

Award to be given October 7 at Windy Dinner THELMA Style event.

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that Grande Cheese Company will be the 2015 recipient of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award.

The award goes to an individual or group of individuals who have made a positive impact on THELMA and the Fond du Lac community.

 “Grande has been a tremendous champion and advocate for our organization and the arts,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director. “With the construction of their new Home Office and Research Center, Fond du Lac has another significant investment in the arts,” Miller added. 

The Hubbard Windy Award will be given to Grande at the 15th Annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style Wednesday, October 7. This is the largest fundraiser for the organization.

“On behalf of Grande Cheese Company, we are honored by this prestigious recognition,” said Wayne Matzke, CEO and President, Grande Cheese Company, “We regularly use THELMA’s meeting rooms, hold corporate events, and take advantage of the extraordinary programming at THELMA,” Matzke said.

A Hubbard Windy Award nominee will have served our community and organization with distinction by promoting the following key values: 

Appreciation of the arts as a significant component for the quality of life for the citizens of Fond du Lac. 
Demonstration by example of the power of collaboration between individuals and organizations.
Fosters and supports the continuing mission of THELMA.
Helps to raise the visibility of THELMA and Fond du Lac throughout the state.

The Windy Award was renamed in 2013 when THELMA opened to honor James C. Hubbard, a long serving board member and community advocate. Other recipients of the award include Sister Doris Klein, Sister Mary Neff, Sister Judith Schmidt, and Sister Frances Schug, Ray Wifler, Pat Reiher, National Exchange Bank & Trust, Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Dick and Mary Wehner, Ron and Terri Emanuel, Tom Carew, the Michels Family, JoAnn Ward, the Ahern Family, and Wayne Huberty, and C.D. Smith.

In addition to the award, this fun event includes cocktails, dinner, auctions, and entertainment. You may register for Windy Dinner THELMA Style by 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 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.

 

Millers and Emanuels named co-chairs for Windy Dinner

Rick and Pat Miller return and Ron and Terri Emanuel have been named as co-chairs of the 15th 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 7. Reservations may be made at thelmaarts.org.

Ron and Terri Emanuel, owner of The Goldsmith, have a long history with the arts. Terri Emanuel was one of the founding members of the Fond du Lac Arts Council which later became Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Inc. She is also a member of the board of directors for Marian University, Solutions Center, and Lutheran Homes & Health Services. She is also a Hospice volunteer. Ron is a longtime member of the THELMA Board of Directors and a consistent supporter and sponsor of THELMA programming.

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. 

“There will be a strong emphasis on THELMA’s mission to provide access to the arts at this year’s Windy Dinner THELMA Style,” said Terri Emanuel. “It promises to be an entertaining yet educational night.”

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

“THELMA is privileged to have the assistance of such a dedicated people as the Emanuels and the Millers,” said Kevin Miller (no relation), THELMA’s executive director. “Both couples have dedicated themselves to bettering the community, and advancing THELMA’s mission.” 


You may register for Windy Dinner THELMA Style by visiting thelmaarts.org and click tickets.   

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.

 

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