First Friday, Dec. 7th presenting the Laurent House landmark ornament @ J. R. Kortman & Michael LaLoggia tending the Kortman Gallery Bar

First Friday, December 7th, promises to be quite a festive evening Downtown Rockford. J. R. Kortman Center for Design will be open for shopping at least until 9pm. We are introducing our newest Landmark hand-painted ornament for 2012: The Laurent House, Rockford's architectural treasure by Frank Lloyd Wright. And upstairs in the Kortman Gallery see "Landmarks," a holiday group exhibition featuring 24 Rockford artists...and of course, the Gallery Bar will be open even later featuring two very special holiday beverages to add to the yule time spirit. Michael La Loggia will be mixing up the holiday cheer and keeping the joy going late into the evening.  For this month's "What's on your iPod?" we will be revealing the unedited (HoHoHo) playlist of Santa Claus! Hear his playlist through a great sound system from Hear.More.Music.
Soooo, get all your shopping done and have a great time doing it this First Friday, Downtown @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design!

 Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House featured in Landmark Ornament Collection

The only building in Rockford designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Laurent House, is the featured ornament in the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection for the 2012 holiday season at J. R. Kortman Center for  Design.
The elegant Usonian home on Springbrook Road is actually represented on two different ornaments, one featuring the front of the house in Summer and the other, a rear view in a Winter setting. The hand-painted images on the ornaments are based on two paintings of the house by Rockford artist Jeanne Ludeke.
According to Doc Slafkosky, co-owner of J. R. Kortman, the two Laurent House ornaments are sold separately for $25. “You can purchase the set of both the Summer and Winter scenes of the house for $45,” says Slafkosky.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Laurent ornaments benefit the Laurent House Foundation.
The Laurent House, a world class architectural treasure, is the latest Rockford property to be designated a National Landmark. Kenneth Laurent, a paraplegic from a World War II injury, commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the house for him and his wife, Phyllis in 1949. It is the only Wright building designed specifically to be fully handicapped accessible.
For 15 years J. R. Kortman Center for Design has been featuring hand-painted ornaments depicting Rockford landmarks. To celebrate this milestone year, the Kortman Gallery (located on the second level) is presenting a group holiday exhibition simply titled, “Landmarks,” which opened November 23rd. Twenty-four of some of Rockford’s most accomplished artists showcase works inspired by landmarks featured in the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection.
Besides the Laurent House the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection includes a special edition of Memorial Hall, the Woodward Governor building, and the North Main Street Armory. Other ornaments available in the Landmark Collection include “Guardians of the Rock” Sculpture by Theresa Agnew, the Beattie Park Gazebo, Sinnissippi Lagoon, the Rockford News Tower, the Faust Landmark Building, Coronado, and Midway Theater Buildings, and the Coronado stage, Sinnissippi Bur Oak tree, Old City Hall, and “Symbol” sculpture, the best selling ornament in the collection.
“Other top sellers include four ornaments depicting different scenes of the beautiful Nicholas Conservatory and Anderson Japanese Gardens,” says Slafkosky. 
In addition to the Swedish Historical Society’s “Erlander Home,” other historic houses in the collection include the  “Limestone Mansion,” home to the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois,  and the “Cobblestone House,” located at 2127 Broadway, one of Rockford’s oldest houses. 
All the Landmark ornament images are individually hand-painted on the inside of a glass sphere, utilizing an ancient Chinese technique originally applied to “snuff” bottles. Each collectable ornament is a miniature work of art.  All ornaments with the exception of the Laurent House are priced at $22 each.
For more Info contact Doc or Jerry at 968-0123.

 

 

Images of Opening Night of "Landmarks" exhibiton @ Kortman Gallery

Opening night of "Landmarks," a group exhibition featuring 24 artists inspired by Rockford landmarks, celebrating 15 years of the Kortman Landmark Ornament Collection, was a smashing success! Here are some the peolple who attended Kortman Gallery for this festive holiday event. The "Landmarks" exhibiton runs through January 5th, 2013. A fun show for the entire family to see while enjoying a fantastic holiday shopping experience on two floors at J. R. Kortman Center for Design in Downtown Rockford!

Artists celebrate Rockford Landmarks in Kortman Gallery Exhibit opening Friday, Nov. 23rd

 For 15 years J. R. Kortman Center for Design has been featuring hand-painted ornaments depicting Rockford landmarks. To celebrate this milestone year, the Kortman Gallery will be presenting a group holiday exhibition simply titled, “Landmarks,” opening Friday, November 23rd. Twenty-four of some of Rockford’s most accomplished artists will show works inspired by landmarks featured in the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection.
Each artist was given a blank 7” by 7” shadow box and assigned an ornament representing a local landmark. The artists were asked to create a piece of art, inspired by the landmark, that would fit within the 7” by 7” space. “Since this is a special holiday show, we wanted this exhibit to feature small scale art, so the shadow box constrains the size of each piece,” said Doc Slafkosky, gallery director. “Each work of art will be displayed next to the corresponding Rockford Landmark Ornament creating two very special holiday treasures.” Whoever purchases the art will also receive the ornament that inspired the art.
Landmarks that inspired the artists include Sinnissippi Lagoon, the Faust, Symbol, Anderson Gardens, the Coronado and Midway Theaters, NIcholas Conservatory and more,
“The exhibit is the final in a series of art shows influenced by local architecture,” Slafkosky said. “Last holiday season we presented ‘The Wright Inspiration’ with art inspired by the Laurent House, and our previous show ‘Urban Treasures: Renaissance through Imagination’ presented works influenced by four historic downtown buildings.”
Participating artists include Leslie Arbetman, Sarah Bell, Michael Bugler, Jesus Correa, Ryan Davis, Joseph Goral, Keith Grace, Shari Grace, Karen Harding, Drew Helge, Matt Herbig, Margret 
Hesler-Hynes, Javier Jimenez, Lisa Jimenez, J. Patrick Jones, Jeremy Klonicki, Norm Knott, R. Scott Long, Jeanne Ludeke, Cherri Rittenhouse, Sarah Danielle Stewart, Robert Sunday, Kyle Wolfe, and Betsy Youngquist.
An opening reception for  “Landmarks,” will be Friday, November 23rd from 5:30 to 9pm. The art  will be on display through January 5th, 2013.  The gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street. For further information call 815/968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.

What: “Landmarks,” a holiday group exhibition 
When: Opening reception: Friday, November 23rd, 5:30 to 9pm. The exhibition runs through                      January 5th, 2013. Gallery & Store open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm. Sundays (in December), 1pm to 5pm.
Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 
             107 North Main Street, Downtown Rockford
Admission: Free 

 

 

Keep fashionably warm with a cool scarf from J. R. Kortman!

 As the cold weather approaches, stay fashionably warm with a sophisticated, colorful, and fun scarf from J. R. Kortman Center for Design. New designs just in feature a broad selection of styles, fabrics, and imagery for both women and men. Winter fashion can be so much more entertaining with a warm and vivid scarf from J. R. Kortman Center for Design. Visit us Downtown Rockford at 107 North Main Street and don't miss "Urban Treasures: Renaissance through Imagination," a group exhibition upstairs in the Kortman Gallery.

 

First Friday (Nov. 2) @ J. R. Kortman: Pablo Korona's iPod playlist revealed, Poska book signing, & Dennis Horton hosts the Gallery Bar

Looking forward to this First Friday (Nov. 2nd) at J. R. Kortman Center for Design for a fun filled evening Downtown. Shop our store until 9pm and relax upstairs in the Kortman Gallery where Dennis Horton will be tending the Kortman Gallery Bar open even later. Internationally recognized Rockford artist Roland Poska will be signing his "Great Human Race" book. See "Urban Treasures:  Renaissance through Imagination," an exhibition featuring works by 12 Rockford artists while enjoying music from Pablo Korona's iPod played through a state of the art sound system from Hear.More.Music
Pablo Korona is a storyteller and creator of OurCityOurStory.com. Stop by to talk story ideas if you have them, and talk about his newest feature that will revolve around Veterans. Do you have a Rockford story worth telling? Talk to him and others at this First Friday show!
If you don't feel like talking, just dance.

 

 

Celebrate Halloween & Day of the Dead with something eerie from J. R. Kortman

Do not be afraid to find something spooky cool this Halloween season at J.R. Kortman. Spooky things for Halloween and folk art from Day of the Dead are cool enough to show off all year 'round. And for a savory trick or treat "bring home the bacon" with a wacky treat or collectible from our bacon collection. Visit us Downtown and see "Urban Treasures: Renaissance through Imagination" in the Kortman Gallery featuring intriguing works by 12 Rockford artists...now through November 17th.

"Urban Treasures: Renaissance through Imagination" opens Friday, Oct. 5...ArtScene weekend

Four historic and architecturally significant buildings in Downtown Rockford are the inspiration and focus of “Urban Treasures: Renaissance through Imagination,” a group exhibition opening in the Kortman Gallery on October 5th and 6th (ArtScene weekend).
Twelve Rockford artists were invited to create art inspired or influenced by four prominent, yet endangered buildings: The Midway Theater, The Armory, The Elks Club, and the Ziock/Amerock Building. Multi-media works are influenced by each of the buildings' unique design characteristics, historic stature, and imaginative future.
According to gallery director Doc Slafkosky each of the 4 buildings was selected not only for their unique and historic architectural styles, but also for their prominent locations in Downtown Rockford. 
“Most importantly, these endangered treasures also have a great amount of potential in the future to be something very special,” said Slafkosky. “Each of the buildings serves a very different purpose, but they all could be a very important part of the cultural life of our city, since their future use will most likely involve the general public.”
Participating artists include: Ryan Davis, R. Scott Long, Doug Connell of Engine Studio, Robert Sunday, Shari Grace, Keith Grace, Kyle Wolfe, Michael Bugler, Jeremy Klonicki, Matt Herbig, Margret Hesler Hynes, Betsy Youngquist, and Gary W. Anderson Architects.
An opening reception for  “Urban Treasures: Renaissance through Imagination,” will be Friday, October 5th from 5 to 9pm, and Saturday, October 6th from 3 to 9 pm which coincides with Fall Rockford ArtScene weekend. The art  will be on display through November 17th, 2012.  The gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street. For further information call 815/968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.

What: “Urban Treasures: Renaissance through Imagination,” a group exhibition 
When: Opening reception: Friday, October 5th, 5 to 9pm and Saturday, October 6th, 
             from 3 to 9pm (ArtScene weekend). The exhibition runs through                     
             November 17th. Gallery & Store open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm.
Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 
             107 North Main St.
Admission: Free 

 

 

Kortman Gallery presents Point! Bar @ Greenwich Village Art Fair & After Hours Party @ Rockford Art Museum

Once again, Kortman Gallery presents Point! Bar at the 64th annual Greenwich Village Art Fair on the grounds of the Rockford Art Museum at Riverfront Museum Park, Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16. Point! Bar will be featuring art fair favorites...Love Lemon & Sock Monkey martinis along with Bloody Mary’s, Screwdrivers, and other vodka favorites served up from our “cocktail lounge” situated right in the middle of the fair. While enjoying the great art from over 100 artists, stop by for a relaxing drink. And on Saturday evening, everyone is invited to Point! Bar’s After Hours Party from 5pm to 8pm featuring D. J. Fuzz (Daniel Minick) “spinning” the coolest tunes. This is a chance to unwind after the fair, show off your art purchases, and mingle with the artists. Featured bartenders include Dennis Horton, Chris Doyle, Michael LaLoggia, and Tim Stotz. Looking forward to seeing you at the fair!