First Friday, July 1st @ J. R. Kortman: Cool art by Leslie Arbetman, music from Michael Bugler's iPod & Dennis Horton @ the Kortman Gallery Bar

It's the start of long holiday weekend this First Friday, so begin celebrating the founding of our great nation with shopping, art, music, and drinks at J.R. Kortman Center for Design and the Kortman Gallery. Enjoy the City Market and complete your shopping at J.R. Kortman which will be open 'til 9pm. Then relax and meet friends upstairs in the Kortman Gallery where you can see the cool art of Leslie Arbetman surrounded by the music from the unedited, random playlist of Michael Bugler's iPod...and of course, Dennis Horton is back at the Kortman Gallery Bar to keep the fireworks going! The Bar will be open until the last person leaves.
Hope to see you this Friday...the start of a great 4th of July weekend!
Doc & Jerry

 P. S. Get ready for Rockford Greek Fest coming July 23-24 @ Sts. Constantine & Helen Church, Downtown, 108 North Fifth at Market Street. Great food, wine, beer and dancing! Check out'll see you there! Opa!



Meet Tengu. He'll tell you about himself and see other great gift ideas from J. R. Kortman

Tengu is a fun character who reacts to sound: he responds to music, your voice, or any noise that's around. Simply plug him into your computer and watch his face light up! (Voice on video by Talking Roby). Tengu makes a great gift for anyone who likes to have fun with their computer. Scroll down and click on the thumbnails to see other fun things for the imaginative person in your life:

1. Power stapler 2. Stovetop Espresso maker by Aldo Rossi for Alessi 3. "Alessandro M" corkscrew by Alessi 4. Hand-polished stainless steel coffee press by Alessi 5 & 6. Art glass paperweights by Robert Eickholt 7. Authentic theatrical mask by Juan Carlos Tejes 8. Chinese temple mask 9. Sock Monkey looking for a friend 10. Earth spheres & Rockford magnetic clock 11."Symbol" bookend 12 & 13. Fish staplers 14 & 15. Lego architecture 16. Stainless cocktail shaker 17. Cast iron 'bug' paperweight 18 &19. Cool watches 20 & 21. Kinetic watches from Projects

Leslie Arbetman opens exhibit of new works Friday, June 3rd @ Kortman Gallery...Patty Rhea's ipod playlist revealed & Dennis Horton @ the bar

 First Friday, June 3rd coincides with the opening of Leslie Arbetman's exhibition of new works in the Kortman Gallery. Dennis Horton will be hosting the Gallery Bar and we'll be exposing the entertaining unedited playlist from the iPod of Patty Rhea, curator for the Rockford Art Museum. Stop by for this fun filled Friday night in Downtown Rockford...and also shop @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design for wedding and graduation gifts. The store will be open at least until 9pm and the Gallery Bar will stay open even later. Hope to see you First Friday, June 3rd.

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First Friday, Mother's Day shopping, John Groh's ipod revealed & Michael LaLoggia @ the Kortman Gallery Bar. A great start to your Mom's Day weekend!

  This First Friday (May 6th) shop for Mom 'til 9pm @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design and relax upstairs in the Kortman Gallery where you can see the small scale works by more than 20 of Rockford's most intriguing artists in "Scale: LARGE & small," a collaborative group exhibition exploring the visual and emotional impact scale has on our perceptions of art.  See the LARGE scale corresponding works @ Prairie Street Gallery also on Friday night. 
Michael LaLoggia will be taking care of you at the Kortman Gallery Bar while we expose the unedited playlist from John Groh's iPod. Art, Drinks, Shopping and fun Music! What a great way to enjoy a Friday night in Downtown Rockford!

"Mother's love perceives no impossibilities"...remember Mom on Mother's Day, May 8th

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8th...find her something she will cherish forever from J.R. Kortman Center for Design. Below are some photos of gift ideas for your special Mom.
1. Art glass heart by Robert Held 2. "Oh Watch" by Michael Graves 3. Original artwork by Jennifer Mullin 4. Aluminum & stainless steel necklace by Solange 5. Acrylic photo frame 6. Turquoise & pearl necklace 7. "Anna" corkscrew by Alessi 8. Handmade fantasy flower by Lyndie Dourthe 9. "Heart" soft sculpture by Lyndie Dourthe 10. Blown glass heart by Robert Eickholt 11. "Ballerina" pen by Pylones 12. Ceramic & horsehair calligraphy brush 13. "Kim" the talking clock 14. Buddhist Lotus temple candles 15. Beaded art by Betsy Youngquist 16. Assorted freshwater pearl jewelry 17. Art glass by Robert Burch 18. Treasured gifts 19. More treasured gifts



"Scale: LARGE & small" exhibition @ Kortman and Prairie Street Galleries

     Size does matter. Just think of how powerful a large scale piece of art can be...such as Liberman's "Symbol" along the Rock can create excitement, a sense of place, and even controversy. Then think of how intimate and personal a small painting can be. What is even more fascinating to consider is to see the same imagery in different scale. We will react differently to a small painting than we do to LARGE painting even if the image is the same. Artist John Deill said that several years ago he painted a small nude and everyone told him it was such a neat little painting. So he decided to paint the same nude on a large canvas. The reaction was entirely different. Some people were even shocked by the image!
So, we thought we would explore the impact that scale has not only on art, but also on the viewer. Some pieces in the exhibition both LARGE & small have the exact same images. Other works feature the same image concept but presented in a different scale. In the Kortman Galley you will see the small scale works by some of the Rockford area's leading artists. The LARGE scale versions can be seen at the Prairie Street Gallery. Feel free to photograph the works at each gallery...see and feel how different scale affects each of these intriguing works of art.
DETAILS: Below are photo details of each of the pieces in the Kortman Gallery show which is not only on exhibit ArtScene weekend, but also Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm through May 15th. Come, see and enjoy the full images in the Kortman Gallery.

The art of Roland Poska and music from Keith Grace's iPod this First Friday @ J.R. Kortman

This First Friday Kortman Gallery is presenting Roland Poska's remarkable lithographs, hand printed from stone. Mr. Poska's exihibiton is the official beginning of "The (Great) Human Race Initiative," an art and philosophical project that he has been promoting for more than 30 years. Stop by and meet Mr. Poska and sign his prints to show support for his noble mission. The store will be open 'til 9 and the gallery will stay open even later. Dennis Horton will be hosting the Gallery Bar and we will be revealing the music playlist from the iPod of Rockford artist and graphic designer Keith Grace.



St. Pat's parade marches by J.R. Kortman on Sat. March 12. See it with Irish cheer from the Kortman Gallery Bar!

For the first time in more than 30 years the St. Patrick's Day Parade will march down Main Street...and pass right by J.R.Kortman Center for Design. We will have some tables out in front where you can relax over an Irish beer or (if it's too cold) you can watch the parade from upstairs in the Kortman Gallery. Our favorite leprechaun bartender Dennis Horton will be on hand to man the Kortman Gallery Bar. And, of course, you can shop for cool green things in the store which will be open 'til 6pm on Saturday. You can also see work by one of our favorite "Irish-Italian" artists, Jennifer Mullin on exhibit now through March 15th in the Kortman Gallery. An rud a lionas an tsuil lionann se an croi!