On this day, November 20th, in 1986, J. R. Kortman Center for Design opened for business. We wanted to set a positive tone for our Downtown and show how you can redefine the city center by creating an alternative retail environment with an urban and entertaining experience. Our goal has been to bring merchandise and art not available anywhere else in the city, with taste & style. We have always had high hopes for our Downtown. It's taken a generation, but the city now seems to be catching on and understanding the importance of a vibrant center city.
We have been fortunate to have so much encouragement from so many people over the years, especially Nancy Froelich (Doc’s sister) who has worked in the store and stood by us since day one. We can’t thank her enough!
We would also like to thank the Rockford media, especially the Rock River Times, the Rockford Register-Star, and the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau...all who have over the years helped promote our art events and unique store experience.
Also, a big thanks to the wonderful and creative artists who have exhibited in the Kortman Gallery over the years and added so much visual excitement and cultural vitality to the Rockford arts community.
But most of all, a grand thank you to our loyal and entertaining customers who have shopped with us, which now spans 2 generations of adventurous, curious, sophisticated shoppers with a sense of taste & style. THANK YOU!
(Painting of storefront by Ken Biddle, c. 1988)
Here are some images of the "Velvet Realms" installation by Hot Dose! a.k.a. Corey Hagberg & Sarah Danielle Stewart. See this fantastic exhibition now through November 15th on the Kortman Gallery. Enjoy this exhibition with a relaxing drink this First Friday, November 7th...master bartender Dennis Horton will be hosting the Kortman Gallery Bar all evening. We will also be unveiling 2 new hand-painted landmark ornaments to the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection this Friday. The store will be open until 9pm and the gallery even later.
Our "End of Summer Sale" will be ending
soon...and from now until September 30th, we're offering a special
opportunity at storewide savings. When you spend $25 or more on 50%-off
sale items, receive 10% off any other store puchases! A chance for big
savings on some fun and colorful items on sale and throughout the store.
Hurry, since this is a limited time offer.
Coming up October 3rd & 4th is Fall ArtScene. Kortman Gallery will be presenting "Velvet Realms," by Hot Dose!, a collaborative installation by Corey Hagberg & Sarah Stewart. This is an exhibition you won't want to miss!
We would like to thank everyone who helped make Rockford Art Museum’s 2014 Greenwich Village Art Fair and Kortman Gallery’s Point! Bar a smashing success! First of our all, a big thank you to our bartenders who kept the party going all weekend: Dennis Horton, Michael LaLoggia, Tim Stotz, and Dan Swanson. And our After Hours Party DJ’s Fuzz & Nof, aka Dan Minick & Eric Nofsinger...and for Point Bar lighting... Jeremy Kloinicki...sound system from Doug Campbell of Hear.More.Music. Also, thanks to the Better Business Bureau for sponsoring our emerging artists venue...and the emerging artists Eric Fuertes, Meico Gowan, Jonathan Kuss, and Carmen Turner. A special thanks to fair chairman Scott Prine, executive director Linda Dennis and the most accommodating and enthusiastic RAM staff...and the wonderful hospitality of all the great volunteers who worked tirelessly to help keep the festival an enjoyable and exciting weekend in Rockford! And, of course, thank you to the participating artists for their creativity, colorful imagination, and passionate work.
See you this First Friday, September 5th, for some great shopping at J. R. Kortman Center for Design until 9pm and take advantage of special prices during our End-of-Summer Sale! See the grand paintings of Meico Gowan upstairs in the Kortman Gallery and enjoy a refreshing beverage served up by guest bartender Michael LaLoggia at the Gallery Bar. The bar will be open late so you can enjoy shopping and relaxing at J. R. Kortman before or after the City Market...AND...this weekend GREEKFEST! It promises to be a fun time Downtown all weekend. Don’t miss it!