Events

May
30
Thu
Downtown Art Scavenger Hunt @ Downtown Fond du Lac
May 30 – Jun 2 all-day

Check out the Downtown Fond du Lac Utility Box Art!  Scroll to the bottom of the page to print the Hint List (list of clues) at home or pick up a copy at any of the following locations, Tuesday – Friday, May 28th – 31st during normal business hours:

  • Destination Lake Winnebago Region Visitor Center (23 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac)
  • Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership (131 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac)
  • Annie’s Fountain City Cafe (72 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac)
  • Gallery & Frame Shop (94 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac)
  • Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac)

 Join the scavenger hunt and see if you can find all 15 utility box art installations throughout Downtown Fond du Lac.  Get together with your family and friends to figure out the riddles to find the next one!  If you’re having trouble, check out the webpage, here.    

Return your completed entry form to the Art All Around Submission Box inside the Espresso Cafe, located inside the historic Hotel Retlaw by Monday, June 10th for your chance to win a Downtown Fond du Lac gift certificate.  Five winners will be randomly chosen the week of Monday, June 10th. 

SPECIAL NOTE – Please use caution when crossing city streets and obey all traffic signals.

Parking available:
US Bank parking lot (access from Sheboygan or Portland Street)
Macy Street Ramp (access from Macy Street, north from Division Street)

Click here for the Hint List w/ Entry FormAAA2019 Downtown Art Scavenger Hunt with Entry Form

Artist Exchange @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friends & Family plus passing acquaintances and me by Sharon Garrison.

Free admission and open to the public, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about the artist’s process, inspiration, and execution of her work. 

Art Exhibition will be on view from April 25 – June 8, 2019

Cash bar and snacks available. Please no carry-ins.

 

May
31
Fri
Learn art from Local Artist : Mel Kolstad @ Children's Museum of Fond du Lac
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Get inspired by local artists as they guide your family through the creative process to create beautiful works of art in our very own Wagener’s Workshop!

Class will feature Mel Kolstad every Friday between 10am and 12pm, May 10th – June 21st; and will feature Stephanie LH Harvey every Friday, July 19th – August 23rd.

As always, we are looking for art supply and recycled material donations… Marv the Maker Monster is hungry, and waiting in the lobby to chow down on donations!

Included with admission or membership.
Call the Museum at 920-929-0707 or visit cmfdl.org for more info!

Plein Air Watercolor Painting Class @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn the basics of painting with watercolor while enjoying the outdoors outside on THELMA’s Plaza. This engaging class focuses on exploring color and various painting techniques to create images that capture light, shadow and natural form. Develop your ability to see while working and experience the joy of watching your paintings come to life.

The class is open to students of all artistic levels.  THELMA Members – $16, THELMA TVA Members – $15, Nonmembers – $20

 

Busker Night @ Fond du Lac's Downtown District
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Busker Night is open to all musicians who would like to offer their musical talents to play in our beautiful downtown district.  Creating an ambiance like no other, downtown Fond du Lac is transformed into a gathering place for art-enthusiasts and those yearning to enjoy the first taste of summer. Coinciding with Gallery Night, buskers are encouraged to set-up at any of the participating galleries for a one-of-a-kind artistic experience.  Feel free to reach out to the locations below participating in Gallery Night to reserve your spot!

Various galleries throughout downtown Fond du Lac

Participating Locations:

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street (920-921-5410)
Tom Cooper is a singer/songwriter/musician, with an original and eclectic style of soulful blues, folk, & alternative country.

Gallery & Frame Shop – 94 S. Main Street (920-921-1144)
Come listen to the musical stylings of local talent, Gale Lichman and Mike Bautz

Riverwalk Art Center – 33 W. 2nd Street (920-979-6208)
Featuring Resolute Brass, Resolute Brass Quintet boasts the versatility to provide many styles of music for any occasion, from Classical to Jazz & Patriotic to Pop.

Trista Holz Studios – 13 E. 1st Street (920-907-1313)

Ubuntu Art Space – 52 E. Division Street (920-948-7965)

Please reach out to Pete Wilke with any general questions about this event (920-923-3010)

Downtown Gallery Night @ Various galleries throughout downtown Fond du Lac
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Downtown Fond du Lac’s Gallery Night is open to the public and is a fun and free way to explore the arts in Fond du Lac. Each gallery offers a unique art experience with changing exhibits featuring local and regional artists, artist talks, demonstrations, hands-on projects, music and more.

Walk through our beautiful Downtown and support the local economy with one-of-a-kind gifts of art. Start your own art collection or add to your existing collection while enjoying all the activities during this special evening.

Fond du Lac Community Theatre be performing at each location.  Click here for more info.
Various galleries throughout downtown Fond du Lac (see below)

Participating Locations:

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street
Come experience the Art of the Cocktail – Free event from 6 – 8 pm (Must be 21 years of age or older)
Gallery & Frame Shop – 94 S. Main Street
Music, art on display and other vendors all night long
Riverwalk Art Center – 33 W. 2nd Street
Fine art and a brass quintet (Resolute Brass) will be performing
Trista Holz Studios – 13 E. 1st Street
Downtown Fond du Lac Art Party with Plein Air artists and other activities.  Come enjoy music by two different acts.
Ubuntu Art Space – 52 E. Division Street
Ubuntu will be featuring THELMA Visual Arts and book signing by local author Jillian Sesing from 6-8.

Note: Art exhibits, displays and activities vary by location.  Make time to see them all!

Art of the Cocktail @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Plan your party drink specials, or just enjoy an evening with friends at this premier event for the novice or experienced fan of the cocktail!

Must be at least 21 to attend. Enjoy interactive workshops and you will be guided through crafting different cocktails. Free to attend. Drinks available for purchase.

 

Performances with
Fond du Lac Community Theatre @ Various Locations, Downtown Fond du Lac
May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come see the Fond du Lac Community Theatre in an exclusive preview of their next year.  There’s a lot of exciting shows in store for the rest of this year and 2019.  A special cast of Theatre members will be performing around downtown Fond du Lac.  Follow along and join in with some of the crowd favorites. Schedule below:

Trista Holz Studios – 13 E. 1st Street (5:30 pm)
Gallery & Frame Shop – 94 S. Main Street (6:00 pm)
Riverwalk Art Center – 33 W. 2nd Street (6:30 pm)
Ubuntu Art Space – 52 E. Division Street (7:00 pm)
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street (Finale: 7:30 – 8:30 pm)

Click here for more information about the Fond du Lac Community Theatre and their upcoming performances.

 

Jun
1
Sat
Yoga on the Plaza @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
We’ll be outside on the Plaza! This is a one-hour yoga class with Vinyasa Instructor Amy Jarvis. Vinyasa Flow links breath with movement. Please bring your own mat, water and towel. Arrive 15 minutes prior to class and check in at the front desk. 
 
Amy Jarvis is the Vinyasa yoga instructor at Yoga One Studio in Cedarburg and Fox Point.
$15 – Ticket includes one complimentary mimosa
You may purchase more. Cash bar and snacks available.

Blossom Faire & Plant Sale @ Galloway House & Village
Jun 1 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Celebrate the beginning of summer at the Galloway House and Village during our Blossom Faire and Plant Sale! Arts and Crafts vendors from throughout Wisconsin will be gathering at the Village to sell their pieces of art, and the Fond du Lac County Historical Society’s Garden Gals volunteers will be selling plants and flowers from the Galloway Gardens.

For more information, go to our Facebook page or for our website, click here

Artist in Residence Spotlight : Mel Kolstad @ Children's Museum of Fond du Lac
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Celebrate Art All Around Weekend at the Children’s Museum! Enjoy the world of “tiny art” alongside local artist Mel Kolstad. Watch as she creates a new masterpiece right here in the Museum! Inspired by her designs, kids will create their own art to take home.  Sponsored by the Fond du Lac Area Foundation

We are also launching a class featuring Mel Kolstad every Friday between 10am and 12pm, May 10th – June 21st.  Class will feature Stephanie LH Harvey every Friday, July 19th – August 23rd.

Get inspired by local artists as they guide your family through the creative process to create beautiful works of art in our very own Wagener’s Workshop!

As always, we are looking for art supply and recycled material donations… Marv the Maker Monster is hungry, and waiting in the lobby to chow down on donations!

Included with admission or membership.
Call the Museum at 920-929-0707 or visit cmfdl.org for more info!

Art in Action @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

View “Art in Action,” listen to music and hang out with friends! This two-hour event takes place outside on THELMA’s Plaza! Get out, grab a drink and enjoy the sunshine while seeing artists paint “in action” to live music!

Multiple artists will be painting in response to live music that will be played by the Kyle Megna and Ross Catterton Duo to encourage art making in the moment. This is a great way to be surrounded by artists and to work in a positive and creative environment. Voting will take place and prizes will be awarded to top painting contestants.

Kyle and Ross are two strong songwriters that play in the same band Kyle Megna and The Monsoons! Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” is a magnetic force that’s ever-charged with surges of creativity and artistic experimentation. Fused with a healthy dose of spontaneity and humor, Kyle and Ross channel a “can’t-get-enough energy” that’s good for the soul.

We are currently looking for seven artists to participate. First come, first serve basis. Email our Curator/Arts Education Coordinator Michael at michael@thelmaarts.org

Participating artists are provided with all materials (canvas, paint, brushes, etc.) to create their painting.

11 am – 1 pm

Free admission.

Jun
2
Sun
Art on the Island @ Oven Island – Lakeside Park
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us in celebrating 51 years of this iconic Fine Arts & Crafts Fair!  Walk through Lakeside Park and Oven Island along the shores of Lake Winnebago, as you browse the works from artists from all over the Midwest.

Come support the Fond du Lac Artists’ Association Scholarship Fund as well as give back to the art community.  Shop from a variety of fine arts and “original-in-design” crafts including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, garden art and more. Bid high in the Silent Auction Pavilion and admire the works of the High School Scholarship recipients, beneficiaries of silent auction proceeds. Enjoy music and the children’s/youth art area with fun activities that will keep them busy all day.  There will also be a chainsaw carver, face painters, music, and fun for the whole family.

Come help us celebrate the Grand Finale of the Art All Around Weekend!

Concessions will be provided by the Fond du Lac Noon Optimist Club and Downtown Market/Cafe (formerly Downtown Deli to Go).
Proceeds from the silent auction go toward the Fond du Lac Artists’ Scholarship Fund.
Presented by the Fond du Lac Artists’ Association