First Friday @ J. R. Kortman: Sarah Stewart's iPod, Dennis Horton @ Gallery Bar, & closing party for "Landmarks" exhibit

 Hope to see you this first First Friday of the New Year, 2013...the year of the snake. We are celebrating the success of the "Landmarks" exhibition with a closing party in the Kortman Gallery. We will also reveal the unedited playlist from the iPod of artist Sarah Danielle Stewart (one of the featured artists in the "Landmarks" exhibit), played through a cool sound system from Here.MoreMusic. And Dennis Horton will keep the party going while he tends the Kortman Gallery Bar! And you can shop 'til 9pm @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design with 25% savings on all Christmas items (Landmark ornaments excluded). Stay warm & cozy upstairs and down at 107 North Main Street!

Enjoy shopping Xmas Eve @ J. R. Kortman 10am–6pm...Gallery Bar open for holiday cheer!

Happy Christmas Eve,
We have one more day left for this holiday shopping season and we will be open (Dec. 24th) 10am to 6pm. If you still have more shopping to do or haven't even started we will be here all day as Santa's official representatives. And, of course, we gift wrap. Even if you've finished with your shopping, stop by for some Merry Christmas cheer. Dennis Horton will be tending the Kortman Gallery Bar from noon 'til close. Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season and we thank you for making this one of our best seasons ever! Hope to see you soon.

Extraordinary holiday gifts for you and your home @ J. R. Kortman

As we approach Christmas Day, here are some more holiday gift ideas with an accent on home accessories...and some other cool ideas for you to put on your wish list or for someone very special in your life. Architecturally designed housewares from Alessi make useful objects extraordinary works of form and function. These are lasting gifts of exceptional quality that can be passed on to the next generation. Other gift ideas in this photo album are sure to help make the season bright for young and old.
J. R. Kortman Center for Design will be open daily now through Christmas Eve...10am to 6pm...Sunday (Dec. 23rd), Noon to 6pm. 

Great holiday gifts for guys @ J. R. Kortman

Whether he's your boyfriend, husband, brother, dad, or co-worker... guys can be difficult to buy for. At J. R. Kortman we've got cool stuff he's sure to enjoy, use, and even cherish...because you found something unique that suits his personality. From toys to clocks to ties to art to watches to books on art, design, and popular culture. Here are some photos of some selected items that he might really like...but, do stop in and see much more when you experience holiday shopping at J. R. Kortman Center for Design.

Unusual, beautiful gifts from artists and designers @ J. R. Kortman

Looking for something strange and wonderful for that special someone in your life? Look no further that J.R. Kortman Center for Design. One of a kind, intimate treasures from Lyndie Dourthe of Paris and Betsy Youngquist of Rockford...these two women have created art pieces like no one else in the world...presenting a whole new way of seeing things through their hand-made and unusaul craft, both selecting materials that command wonder and beauty. Also discover surreal, limited edition Piggy Bank designed by Harry Allen or smartly elegant "rubber band" watch by Mathieu Lehanneur. Weird animal mascots form the case for an eco-friendly market bag. Other finds at J. R. Kortman include a unique seashell hand-made necklace, carved resin "gourd" vase, Frank Lloyd Wright bookends, or a limited edition corkscrew from Alessi. 

Decorate your home with Holiday embellishments from J. R. Kortman

This holiday season decorate with some fun and exciting ornaments and embellishments from J. R. Kortman. Discover ornaments from Germany, China, Viet Nam, Canada, Italy and even the USA. Add charm and sophistication with unique and colorful home accents that will truly make the season bright. And no Christmas tree is complete without ornaments from the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection.  Shop Downtown at an intriguing array of shops, from the Rockford Art Deli to Rockford Art Museum Gift Store, from Minglewood & Plush to Just Goods & Phoenix Traders and everything in between. Also, you can enjoy lunch or dinner and cocktails in some of Rockford's best restaurants and bars. Christmas in the city and J. R. Kortman Center for Design!

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.