Pam Kehoe-Peterson and Jeremy Klonicki transform industrial relics into magical art @ Kortman Gallery, opening Friday, Nov. 26

Happy Holiday Season!
"MainfraiM...Habitat for Art"  opened Friday, November 26th and kicked-off the holiday season here at J.R. Kortman Center for Design and Gallery. This show is really something to see and explore. Pam & Jeremy have collaborated on one of the most tactile and visually intriguing shows ever in the Kortman Gallery...even the price tags are cool!...which you actually have to discover somewhere on the piece of art. Hope to see you sometime soon during this holiday season.

Jeremy Klonicki is a sculptural display artist with a simple strategy: deconstruct and rebuild. Pam Kehoe-Peterson is an artist who creates distinctive “industrial poetic” jewelry. Both use reclaimed industrial relics to produce stunningly energetic art. The two Rockford artists collaborate and converge their talent in a Kortman Gallery holiday exhibition entitled “MainfraiM...Habitat for Art” opening Friday, November  26th .
Kehoe-Peterson who has been making her wearable art jewelry for more than a decade, has joined creative forces with Klonicki to bring a new visual quality to her work. Klonicki’s sculptural display pieces evolve from the same sensibilty...reclaiming, deconstructing, and rebuilding industrial objects into fine art display environments.
 “Together, the two artists bring a refreshingly imaginative visual experience to these found objects,” says Kortman Gallery director Doc Salfkosky. ”The result is elegant, exquisite and almost magical sculptural pieces that the artists’ refer to as Archaic 
Industrial Art.”
“When a piece of jewelry isolates an ordinary object, such as an old level, a compass, a tool part, or an unusual key, its inherent symbolism, mystery and beauty can evoke an emotion, a thought, a memory or an idea for the wearer,” says Kehoe-Peterson in her artist’s statement.
Referring to his work in his artist’s statement, Klonicki says, “When one deconstructs they salvage the knowledge to build it again, be it for its intended purpose, or for a new purpose.” 
  “The conceptual content and industrial style of both Pam’s and Jeremy’s work appeals to male and female collectors alike and will be a visual holiday treat for the entire family.” said Slafkosky.
The opening reception for “MainfraiM...Habitat for Art” will be from 5:30 to 9:00pm on Friday, November 26th in the Kortman Gallery, located upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street, Downtown Rockford. For more information call 815/968-0123 or visit www. jrkortman.com. 
What: “MainfraiM...Habitat for Art” an exhibition of works by Pam Kehoe-Peterson and Jeremy Klonicki
Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J.R.Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main,               Downtown Rockford
When: Opening reception, Friday, November  26th, 5:30pm-9:00pm. Gallery open Monday–Saturday, 10 to 6pm and Sundays (in December) 1-5pm . Exhibition runs through January 8, 2011. Free admission. 
Information: 815-968-0123 or www.jrkortman.com
To see images of the art works click on the "Current Show" option under Kortman Gallery on the left of our website.

First Friday! Dot Sale @ J. R. Kortman & Holli Connell's iPod exposed in the Kortman Gallery

   This First Friday, November 5th you can save 20% to 30% on selected items at J. R. Kortman Center for Design. Starting at 5pm find all kinds of neat things with either a green or blue dot and save.
   Upstairs in the Kortman Gallery groove to the music from Holli Connell's (of Engine Studio) iPod...random & unedited playlist! What's on Holli's iPod? Find out over a drink served by Mike LaLoggia who'll be tending the Kortman Gallery bar. "What's on your iPod?"
  Don't miss "Suburban Still Life", the provocative works of Rockford artist Matthew Johansson now throughNovember 15th. 

Doc Slafkosky
J.R. Kortman 
Center for Design
815/968-0128

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D J Fuzz @ Point! Bar @ GVAF...Rockford

On Saturday evening (Sept. 18) D J Fuzz kept the After Hours Party jumpin' @ Point! Bar at this year's Greenwich Village Art Fair. This 62 year old art fair is one of Rockford's premier arts events that benefits the Rockford Art Museum. The Kortman Gallery sponsors Point! Bar with all proceeds going to RAM. Sarah Lindvall and her friends also appear in the video along with Dan Minick (D J Fuzz).

ARTini's @ Greenwich Village Art Fair this weekend (Sept. 18-19) @ Kortman Gallery's Point! Bar...see you there!

See & buy great art @ Greenwich Village Art Fair. Relax over a colorful ARTini and meet intriguing people at this year's Point! Bar all on the grounds of the Rockford Art Museum this weekend, September 18th & 19th. Point! Bar features bartenders Mike LaLoggia, Jr on Saturday, and Chris Doyle and Chad Hobbs on Sunday. AND this year, you are invited to an AFTER HOURS PARTY on Saturday evening from 5 to at least 8pm @ POINT! BAR featuring great music by D.J. FUZZ (Dan Minick), and bartender Dennis Horton. Point! Bar, located right in the middle of the art fair, is brought to you by Kortman Gallery. All proceeds benefit the Rockford Art Museum.

Recuperating from a hectic, yet another fun On The Waterfront weekend!

The crazy "On The Waterfront" weekend is over, and after a relaxing Labor Day time-out, we are back to our regular hours here at J. R. Kortman Center for Design. We are happy to say that the Kortman Gallery Main Street Lounge was a grand success this year featuring ARTini's. The Love Lemon, Red Cosmo, and Blue Cool were enjoyed by all who imbibed...and we look forward to offering them again at the Kortman Gallery "Point! Bar" at the Greenwich Village Art Fair coming up September 18–19 on the Rockford Art Museum grounds.
The new Main Street turned out to work very well for us for this year's OTW. It provided a pleasant strolling area for festival goers and great people watching for our outside Lounge patrons. Speaking of our patrons, it was so nice to see so many of you here over the weekend having such a good time. We appreciate your business, and it is good to enjoy such a wonderful event. We thought this years line-up of performers at OTW attracted a more sophisticated and interesting crowd.
We also appreciate the efforts of all OTW staff and volunteers who helped make this the cleanest OTW ever.
The streets and sidewalks were kept clean during the entire festival with no overflowing garbage bins anywhere. At the end of the evening the festival grounds looked great even before the final clean-up crew came through!
Most of all we would like to say thank you to our bar manager Chris Doyle... bartenders Chad Hobbs and Erin Knoll, store manager Nancy Froelich, and Michael LaLoggia (set-up), and Don Bissel and Kyle Bevers (tear-down). Without their generous help we would not have been able to have such a successful weekend.
Hope to see you all at the Greenwich Village Art Fair, September 18–19 @ the Kortman Gallery "Point! Bar."