Green comes in all shapes, sizes, and functions for this Spring and St. Patrick’s Day

Spring is trying very hard to poke it’s way through this relentless winter, and we thought we would help it along with all these great shades of green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Spring is just around the corner and you can brighten your environment with something fun and functional in green. Also, stop by J. R. Kortman Center for Design to see great brief cases and travel bags from Lexon. These elegant yet rugged bags project your taste & style at work and on the go.

Lexon Bags displayed with other cool designs from Lexon, such as radios, umbrellas and pens.

Chinese warrior “dog toy” peeks out of German made plastic tote overseeing an Alessi sugar dispensor, rabbit shaped scissors, between a sweeet porcelain vase and spring-gripping egg cup. Also pictured are an aligator knife and pen with “lego” like journal and captivationg wind-ups.

First Friday @ J. R. Kortman: Art from Mindy Joy Nutter Young & music from Tom & Sarah McNamara's iPod

Help fade the winter blues this First Friday @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design. Shop our store until 9pm and make your way upstairs to see the powerful and exquisite drawings by Mindy Joy Nutter Young in her provocative and entertaining exhibition, "The Bathroom Diaries." Enjoy a relaxing drink from the Kortman Gallery Bar while listening to music from the unedited playlist of Tom & Sarah McNamara's iPod played through a great sound system from Hear.More.Music. The bar will stay open beyond 9pm so there is plenty of time to catch more great art, food, and entertainment all over Downtown Rockford this First Friday, March 1st, 2013. See you soon!

European design, simple, elegant & functional from LEXON @ J. R. Kortman

Watches, umbrellas, radios, briefcases and backpacks...all seen in a sophisticated new light from international design team at LEXON of France. J. R. Kortman Center for Design is pleased to provide these cutting edge products from Lexon. Beauty becomes simple and elegant with all of these functional objects that make a statement about your taste and style. See these and other wonderful things for you and your home @ J. R. Kortman...Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. 815.968.0123.

Love tokens from J. R. Kortman...Valentine's Day, February 14th

 Valentine's Day is coming Thursday, February now is the time to find something wonderful for that special someone in your life. Valentine's Day celebrates love...and there is so many sweet things to love at J. R. Kortman Center for Design...from love tokens to elegant pearls. Here are some great gift ideas for this romantic day.

Mindy Joy Nutter Young exhibits colorful, eccentric drawings at Kortman Gallery opening First Friday, February 1st

  Artist Mindy Joy Nutter Young is a Rockford College graduate who has made a name for herself in Rockford printmaking circles for elaborate and provocative monochromatic works. On Friday, February 1st, she will present a new body of work, but this time, presenting elaborate and visually challenging colorful mixed media drawings.

The exhibit titled “The Bathroom Diaries” is, according to the artist, “a collection of intensive drawings, which act as an interpretation and honest evaluation of ideas relating to mortality, isolation, and the pursuit of life and love.”

Young’s reference to the bathroom in her title is a metaphor for a small space withdrawn and confined where we prepare ourselves for the day. “The bathroom is not only the place for literal cleansing, but is simultaneously a place for me to cleanse, purge, and prepare matters of the heart and mind,” says Young.

Some of Young’s printmaking imagery of skeletal forms, nudes, and wild birds and animals appear in her eccentric drawings with much more elaborate, colorful, and eye-dazzling detail.

“There is so much going on in her drawings that you really need to spend some time looking them over and thinking about each one them,” said Doc Slafkosky, Kortman Gallery director. “Mindy has a lot to say in her art, and she does, in these powerful works of alluring and seductive fantasy.”

Young earned her spot in the Kortman Gallery by winning a series of juried art competition exhibits during 2012 in the upstairs galley at  Kryptonite in Downtown Rockford.

When she’s not drawing or printmaking, Young, the artist with two middle names, is also pursuing a career in wedding and family photography. She is committed to a lifestyle of creativity and working with people.

An opening reception for  “The Bathroom Diaries,” drawings by Mindy Joy Nutter Young will be Friday, February 1st, from 5:30 to 9pm. The opening coincides with First Fridays Downtown. The art  will be on display through March 30th..  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


What: “The Bathroom Diaries” an exhibition of drawings by Mindy Joy Nutter Young

When: Opening reception: Friday, February 1st, 5:30 to 9pm. The exhibition runs through March 30th. Gallery & Store open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm. 

Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 

             107 North Main Street, Downtown Rockford

Admission: Free 

Kortman Gallery & Octane host Rockford Public Schools All Star Art Exhibit

Kortman Gallery & Octane are pleased to invite you to the opening of Rockford Public Schools' All Star High School Art Exhibit opening Thursday evening @ 6pm. Celebrate the arts program & CAPA Visual Art at Auburn in the new year by coming to the RPS All Star High School Art Exhibit showcasing the wonderful artwork from five district high schools.  Here's the info...
All Star Art Exhibit - all 5 high school represented in this awesome exhibit!
Opening is this Thursday, January 10; 6 - 8 - Appetizers will be served
Downtown at Octane Restaurant (2D work) and Kortman Gallery (3D work)
*If you miss the opening - you can still see the show until the last weekend of January.
Hope to see you for this exciting exhibit which is a glimpse into the future of the visual arts from these talented and creative students!



Smart design in classic black from J. R. Kortman Center for Design

 Black is back for this new year. It's elegant, chic, classic...even versatile. At J. R. Kortman Center for Design you can find cool objects in myriad shades of black for you and your home or for that special someone who deserves a sophisticated, exciting gift for a birthday, wedding, or just to say "Happy New Year." Choose your favorite shade of black Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main, Downtown Rockford.

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!