For the 3rd consecutive year, the Kortman Gallery (second floor @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design) is one of the co-hosts of the Rockford Public Schools All-City high school art exhibition from January 8th through January 26th. Octane Interlounge and Conveyor Gallery are hosting the 2-dimensional works and Kortman Gallery is featuring 3-dimensional and 2-D student art. A reception for the artists and public is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 15th from 6pm to 8pm at all 3 venues. The student exhibition can be seen at the Kortman Gallery 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday, now through January 26th. The photos are a sampling of works on display in the Kortman Gallery. Exhibition hours vary at the other 2 venues...please call in advance. Conveyor Gallery (317 West Jefferson), (815) 540-9554...Octane Interlounge (124 North Main), (815) 965-4012.
Come see our beautiful holiday storefront windows designed by the creative team at Scaryhouse. Our hats off to Scary Dan Gildea, Mari Gildea, and Sam Cornn who created the glittering, revolving fantasy Snow Palace and the Flashing ferris wheel that will keep you in the holiday spirit through the New Year! Speaking of New Year's, J. R. Kortman has that special gift from our store or an original work of art from the Kortman Gallery for your New Year's celebration...a gift that will be treasured for lifetime!
J. R. Kortman is now open on Sundays in December, 1–5pm. There's no place like home for the holidays and celebrate your hometown with Rockford themed gifts! This year 2 new hand-painted ornaments have been added to the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection..."Blackhawk" Statue & St. Anthony Church. Also, metal bookend "Symbols," compact Rockford candles in souvenir tins, and new scented candles in a jar make great holiday party gifts or fun stocking stuffers. Shop Monday thru Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1–5pm. Check our Facebook page for more gift ideas throughout the season. See you soon!
This First Friday (Dec.5th) will be a fantastic evening at J. R. Kortman Center for Design. You will be able to Explore our store until 9pm and discover perfect gifts for the holidays. And then relax upstairs over A Berry Merry Martini served up by master bartender Dennis Horton surrounded by the Art+Design: Converging Creativity" group exhibition... AND.... enjoy Live musical performances (6-9pm) from 2 amazing young musicians, Michael Campa and Marcus Tecarro. Michael has been playing piano for around 7 and a half years, and also plays guitar, bass, auxiliary percussion, and ukulele. He takes piano lessons/orchestra lessons at the Music Academy of Rockford, along with his friend and fellow pianist/ukulelist/violinist, Marcus Tecarro. The two will be playing music ranging from Bach to Debussy, and Beethoven to Bill Evans. This will really be a holiday treat for everyone this First First Friday in the Kortman Gallery and Downtown Rockford!
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)