Exhibition will be on display from January 28, 2021 – March 13, 2021
What the Paper Reveals by Lora Vahlsing
An artist exchange talk will begin at 6 pm on Thursday, January 28 with a Q&A about her exhibition: What the Paper Reveals.
Lora is a local artist living in Wisconsin. We will meet with her in-person and for those who wish to participate virtual, you may via Microsoft Teams.
Reserve your spot: In-person or via Microsoft Teams.
A mask or face covering is required in the building.
If you choose to watch the Q&A talk at home, we will email you to connect with us on January 28.
Free admission and open to the public. Cash bar available.
Please RSVP HERE.
As a visual artist, I create sensorial experiences that invite contemplation. I use familiar materials and shapes, seeing them in new ways. In my current series What the Paper Reveals, the pieces are both open-ended and precise. My vision focuses on slow art, objects that need precision over a sustained period. My origins are in poetry, drawing, and movement. I invite viewers to re-conceive the world around them, referencing the natural world through intricate forms and light.
I sculpt paper because I enjoy the challenge of transforming a familiar material. Paper holds the recorded light of trees and I’m interested in this history, the origins of a material. I’m driven to discover and explore subjects of place, memory, and time. It’s an insistence of expressing personal narratives in their complexity: beauty and pain, light and shadow, private and public. I sculpt paper in two and three-dimensional forms to heighten spatial perception. My pieces are largely monochromatic because I’m drawn to the subtleties of shape; an often muted or limited color palette heightens visual sensitivity.
The physicality of sewing by hand is essential, even if the stitches aren’t visible. I’m creating my own webs, intricate stitches barely perceptible from a distance. I’m fascinated with the texture of stitches, and how they hold materials together. The scarring is important, to memorialize places of healing and acknowledge their beauty.
A mask or face covering is required in the building. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Galleries are free to view during normal business hours:
Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 7 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays
at the Fond du Lac Public Library @ Fond du Lac Public Library
Come to the Fond du Lac Public Library for some cool Take-and-Make activities for all ages. These are free kits that can be picked up at the main circulation desk inside the Fond du Lac Public Library located at 32 Sheboygan Street. Please use the parking lot entrance on the south side of the building or the curb-side pick-up area on Portland Street, and call the main library line (920-929-7080). And see more at the FDL Public Library Facebook Page here.
Celebrate Fond du Lac’s annual Sturgeon Spectacular with a special take-and-make kit available this weekend only. Kits are first come, first served and supplies are limited. Limit of one kit per child. Pick-up February 12th – 14th.
Stop by Fond du Lac Public Library starting Saturday, Feb. 6 to pick up a clay-sculpting kit so you can enter our virtual snow sculpture contest! Create your own sculpture at home and submit a photo by Feb. 12 to be entered in the contest. Entries will be displayed in the windows of FDLPL that face Sheboygan Street during Sturgeon Spectacular. Submit photos by email (email@example.com) or on Facebook to be entered in the contest for a chance to win a winter-themed prize pack. Kits are first-come, first-served, and a limited supply is available.
Come celebrate Sturgeon Spectacular and winter in Fond du Lac at Top Shelf Bar & Grille. As part of the festivities, Top Shelf is hosting 3 nights of entertainment. Check out the awesome line-up below:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH
Pub Trivia with Record Entertainment at 7pm-9:30pm
More details here – Trivia at Top Shelf
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH
FREE Live Music (Julio Reyes) 8pm-11pm
More details here – Julio Reyes
FREE Karaoke – Record Entertainment 11pm-2am
More details here – Karaoke at Top Shelf
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH
FREE Live Music (Chris Hodgson) 8pm-11pm
More details here – Chris Hodgson
FREE Club Night at Top Shelf 11:30pm-2:30am
More details here – Club Night at Top Shelf
Hot Chili & Cold Beer @ 18 Hands Ale Haus
Come check out 18 Hands all weekend long. We’re only 1 block away from the snow sculptures at Thelma. Come have a bowl of hot chili after seeing the snow sculptures. Hot chili & cold beer! Chili served at our Ice Bar all weekend. Support Fond du Lac area farmers as we use only local beef in our chili. Butcher shop fresh beef from Loehr’s Meats in Campbellsport
18 Hands – Click here for website
presented by Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage @ Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac
All locations are offering the official beer of Sturgeon Spectacular, Lakefront Brewery as well as beer and other specials. No alcohol consumption or possession will be allowed outside of each establishment or outside of event space.
Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac (must ask for Sturgeon Special at time of purchase)
2.0 Ale House – 65 N. Main Street
18 Hands Ale Haus – 18 E. Division Street
Brick House – 161 S. Main Street
Coliseum – 91 S. Main Street
End Zone – 507 N. Main Street
Fat Joe’s – 15 W. Division Street
Korneli’s Bar – 8 5th Street
Lobby Bar at Hotel Retlaw – 1 N. Main Street
O’Davey’s Pub – 36 4th Street
Slim & Chubby’s – 109 S. Main Street
*Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street
Theo’s – 24 N. Main Street
Third and One – 2 N. Main Street
Top Shelf Sports Bar & Grille – 90 S. Main Street
Ziggy’s Pub – 213 S. Main Street
Note: Times and specials may vary by location.
presented by Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage @ Various Locations - Downtown Fond du Lac
Come get your picture taken at the Sturgeon Show-off Station in our downtown event space, along with other photo ops, a Bean Bag Tournament at Coliseum and a Lakefront Brewery Party throughout downtown Fond du Lac at various venues. Bring your friends and check out all the festivities at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts and throughout the downtown area. Spear the Beer Specials along with other specials and events offered.
*The festival will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our events. Attendees are asked to wear a face covering at all indoor events and competitions.
96-1 The Rock will be doing a Live Remote from noon – 2pm.
Cornhole Tournament starts at 11:30 am at Coliseum Sports Bar (Registration is full)
Live music and Lakefront Beer and other hot or cold beverages available at THELMA.
Check the Sturgeon Specials Page for more throughout downtown Fond du Lac!
The Sturgeon Spectacular kicks off at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts on Friday night!
THELMA is bringing Copper Box lead singers, Danny and Michelle, to put on an outdoor live show for you! Get ready for some Roots/Americana music loaded with energy and a mountain of instruments, influenced by blues, jazz, rock, polka, etc.
Enjoy music inside THELMA and warm up by dancing (socially distanced of course) or enjoying a hot beverage! Plus watch the snow sculptors get started! Drink specials will be available for purchase steps away inside THELMA’s art gallery including spiked hot cocoa and more.
Dress for the weather!
Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership @ Various locations in downtown Fond du Lac
The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership is holding its 12th Annual Chili Crawl on Saturday, February 13th from 11 am -2pm.
Participants pay a $10 entry fee to taste a variety of unique chili recipes prepared by downtown businesses and home cooked contestants. 200 tickets will be available soon for sale at Hoppers Silk Screening & Trophy (77 N. Main) for cash or check only. Upon check-in, crawlers will receive their official Chili Crawl Map and voting ballot. Crawlers will vote on their favorite home-cooked and restaurant varieties.
Once completing the crawl, return your ballot to Hoppers and receive your official Chili Crawl t-shirt.
Event Check-in: Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership (131 S. Main Street) from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Participating locations – various downtown businesses, map provided at check-in
Fat Joe’s Bar and Grill
Top Shelf Bar & Grill
Ubuntu Art Space
Third and One
18 Hands Ale Haus
presented by Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage @ Coliseum
Registration is now full. Good luck to the field!
Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage will be hosting a Cornhole Tournament at Coliseum Sports Bar & Grill, located at 91 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac, WI. Food, beverages and Lakefront Beer on tap (must be 21+) will be available for purchase.
The tournament will follow ACL rules. Bring a Partner. Bring your own bags, if ACL approved. Double elimination, best of 3 in 1st round and winner’s bracket, best of 1 in losers bracket. Race to 21 in all games (its okay to go over 21, no bust rule). Full details will be announced at start of tournament. Coliseum will be open at 10:30am, so please check in at least 15 minutes before start. Must be 18 years or older unless you have a parent or guardian’s signature.
Cornhole Tournament: 11:30 am – 4 pm. On-site check in will open at 10:30am. All teams are required to check in at least 15 minutes ahead of tournament time.
All proceeds will go to local charities!
1st Place receives $200* + Lakefront Brewery Swag
2nd Place receives $125* + Lakefront Brewery Swag
3rd Place receives $75* + Lakefront Brewery Swag
*Winnings will be mailed in the form of a check at the conclusion of the event.
Lakefront Brewery, the official beer sponsors of Sturgeon Spectacular will be offered at a number of downtown locations. Check the “Sturgeon Specials” for these “Spear the Beer” Special locations.
*All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver and we will also be following CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing. Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our events.
If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instead of sitting and looking at the snow this winter, get creative with it and join us for a snow sculpting class! In this one hour hands-on class, learn the basic techniques for snow sculpting along with how to use different tools to achieve various looks, textures and shapes. Then apply your newly mastered techniques immediately afterwards in an amateur snow sculpting contest on Sheboygan Street! Families and groups will be assigned their own snow block to carve over a 2 hour time period. Judging will begin at 4 pm and awards presented at 4:30 pm.
1 – 2 pm: Learn the basics of snow sculpting in this one hour class
2 – 4 pm: Family or Individual Snow Sculpting Competition
4 – 4:30 pm: Judging and awards presented
Students under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Teams for amateur snow sculpting contest should consist of 1-4 individuals.
Basic tools will be supplied, but you are encouraged to bring additional tools.
Here is a list of some tools you could bring:
Various sized kitchen utensils (spoons, knives, forks, metal/rubber spatulas, etc.)
Ice or paint scrapers
Small snow shovels or picks
Woodworking tools (chisels, hand saws, screwdrivers, etc.)
Gardening tools (spades, trowels, etc.)
Spray bottle for water
Any other tool that removes/scrapes/cuts/smooths snow
Single admission: $10 per class ($8 for THELMA members)
Family admission: $20 per class ($16 for THELMA members)
Family admission allows two or more members of a household to attend at the group rate.
Entry in class will guarantee a spot in the Family/Amateur Snow Sculpting Class. Limited to 20 entries.
Featuring She’s Right, I’m Left @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
She’s Right – I’m Left, a clever name play on handedness, this husband & wife based group dishes up an eclectic, intriguing mix of acoustic folk, rock and blues tunes! Familiar covers and cleverly crafted originals are sure to captivate and entertain the most diverse audiences!
With Jenny, Dave, Max & Russ from the Maple Road Blues Band, they bring their own spin on acoustic rock, folk and blues music!
Featuring Kovalence @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
We’ve brought this duo just for YOU. Kovalence is an acoustic duo bringing you music from virtually every genre. Featuring Kevin Hanson on guitar and vocals and Kimberly Unger on violin and vocals, this duo performs songs by artists like Alan Jackson to Metallica, and everything in between.
@ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
The festival will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our events. Attendees are asked to wear a face covering at all indoor events and competitions.
Food & Drink for purchase during designated times