tag:jrkortman.com,2013:/posts J. R. Kortman Center for Design / Kortman Gallery 2017-12-11T19:07:04Z J. R. Kortman Center for Design tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1215043 2017-12-11T19:01:09Z 2017-12-11T19:07:04Z Shop J.R.Kortman for Extraordinary Christmas Gifts Monday–Friday, 11-6; Saturday, 11-5; Sunday (in December), 1-5

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1213537 2017-12-09T00:01:59Z 2017-12-09T00:01:59Z New Ornaments Celebrate Y Log Lodge & Coronado’s 90 Years in Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection @ J.R.Kortman

J.R. Kortman Center for Design introduces two new ornaments to the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection for 2017, the historic YMCA Log Lodge and a special edition of the Coronado Performing Arts Center, celebrating the theatre’s 90th year.
    “We are honored the Log Lodge was chosen as one of our community’s assets to highlight,” said Michelle Gorham, Chief Advancement Officer, YMCA of Rock River Valley. “Throughout 70 years, this building has played host to many celebrations from weddings to baby showers and more. Community members have made lasting memories in the Log Lodge and we are excited to honor those moments with this ornament.”
    “The Y Log Lodge is one of Rockford’s most intriguing and unusual landmarks,” says Doc Slafkosky, co-owner of J.R. Kortman. “In a way, you could say it’s hidden in plain sight, yet has such a great history and potential for future use because of its beautiful location along the Rock River.”
    The Coronado ornament features a beautiful hand-painted image of the the theater’s interior with it’s spectacular proscenium. The back of the ornament has the number “90” painted with stars representing the theater’s starlit ceiling.
    The original image for the Y Log lodge ornament was a commissioned painting created by Rockford artist Jeanne Ludeke and the Coronado was based on an image by Rockford illustrator Dean Munson. Both ornaments are limited edition deluxe versions, hand-painted inside larger glass spheres than previous ornaments and presented in a elegant midnight blue velvet gift box. The cost is $28. each.
      “We took those images to Beijing where the artist who hand-paints each ornament was able to transpose them on the inside of a clear ornament sphere, utilizing an ancient Chinese folk art technique” said co-owner Jerry Kortman. “It’s fascinating to see how our artist communicated visually with the Chinese artist through the language of art.”
     For more than 19 years J. R. Kortman Center for Design has been featuring hand-painted ornaments depicting Rockford landmarks sold year round at the downtown Rockford concept store and gallery.
    The Log Lodge ornament can also be purchased at all three YMCA facility locations. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the ornament at YMCA locations will help with renovation costs of the Log Lodge. Updates will include exterior renovations, log repair, lighting, flooring, windows and more.
        Besides the Log Lodge and Coronado “90” ornaments, the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection includes the Prairie Street Brewhouse, East and West High Schools, St. Anthony Church, Blackhawk Statue, “Symbol” sculpture, two views of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House, a special edition of Memorial Hall,, and the North Main Street Armory. Other ornaments available in the Landmark Collection include, the Beattie Park Gazebo, the Faust Landmark Building, Coronado, and Midway Theater Buildings, the Woodward Governor building, and the Sinnissippi Burr Oak Tree.  Over the past 15 years the “Symbol” ornament has been the best selling ornament in the collection.
    “Other top sellers include four ornaments depicting different scenes of the beautiful Anderson Japanese Gardens and Nicholas Conservatory,” 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.
For more Info contact Doc or Jerry at 968-0123.


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1211355 2017-12-04T19:16:35Z 2017-12-05T21:32:55Z "Hometown Holiday" & Rockford Landmark Ornaments @ J.R. Kortman: Two Great Rockford Christmas Traditions!

Two Rockford holiday traditions: J.R. Sullivan's "Hometown Holiday" and Rockford Landmark Ornaments! Purchase "Hometown Holiday" tickets @ J.R. Kortman and see the two new deluxe editions of the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection, the historic riverfront YMCA Log Lodge & beautiful Coronado interior 90th anniversary..both come in an enchanting blue velvet gift box. Add to your collection! And,they also make great collectable holiday house gifts that will be treasured for a lifetime!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1210298 2017-12-02T14:45:20Z 2017-12-02T14:45:20Z J.R. Kortman Center for Design is OPEN SUNDAY in December, 1-5p!!!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1205270 2017-11-14T18:29:58Z 2017-11-14T18:30:10Z Artists Alex Krueger & Drew Helge bring unique perspectives in art glass to in Kortman Gallery holiday exhibition     Chicago artist Alex Krueger and Rockford artist Drew Helge approach the medium of glass from two entirely different perspectives, both bringing their fresh, exciting, and unique sensibilities to art glass works to a new Kortman Gallery exhibition titled, “Glow: emerging perspectives in glass.”
    “Glow” brings two exciting artists together in our first ever glass show in the Kortman Gallery,” says gallery director Doc Slafkosky. “Their works make you see glass as an art form that dazzles and challenges your imagination with the sparkle and warmth that only the medium of glass can do.”
    Drew Helge is a sculptor with over 10 years experience working in glass, producing mixed media work in his studios in Rockford and Chicago.
    "I am intrigued by pushing the limits of the material,” said Helge. “I work with glass, ceramics, and metal. With glass there is a beautiful interplay between form and texture, light and shadow. My philosophy as a maker is to accentuate the nature of the material I'm working in. As a designer I'm fascinated by creating dynamic spaces, and as an artist I'm driven to experiment.”
    Alex Krueger has work and educational experience with Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle Glass blowing studio, Chicago Hot Glass and a 2016 scholarship  recipient to study under American Studio Glass artist Therman Statoms.
    “My approach to the material is pretty innocent,” says Krueger. “I work in a way that is easily available to me: glass and paint.  The combination of the two creates faux finishes resembling plastic and enhances the paint through the optics of the glass.”
    Krueger is also currently teaching high school level glass programs in Chicago at Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy.
    The Kortman Gallery exhibit “Glow: emerging perspectives in glass” featuring art glass by Alex Krueger and Drew Helge opens Friday, November, 17th from 5:30 to 9pm and will be on display through January 6th, 2018. Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. For more information call 815-968-0123.


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1202334 2017-10-31T22:08:58Z 2017-10-31T22:08:58Z Icelandic artist Brynhildur Guðmundsdóttir's Kortman Gallery exhibit continues through November 15th

There is till time for you to see the beautiful paintings by Rockford University graduate Brynhildur Guðmundsdóttir, upstairs in the Kortman Gallery. Her exhibition titled, "life still/in motion" will be on display through November 15th. Here are some images of her gallery show and her Reykjavik studio where she has been influenced by the captivating Icelandic environment.


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1201682 2017-10-29T16:26:00Z 2017-10-29T16:50:27Z In Honor & Loving Memory of Nancy Froelich, J.R. Kortman Center for Design will be closed on Monday, October 30th.

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1192425 2017-09-19T23:01:38Z 2017-09-19T23:22:12Z Kortman Gallery to exhibit Icelandic artist Brynhildur Guðmundsdóttir for Rockford Fall ArtScene, Oct. 6 & 7



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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1191057 2017-09-13T21:38:31Z 2017-09-13T21:38:31Z Kortman Gallery presents POINT! BAR @ Rockford Art Museum's Greenwich Village Art Fair!

!!!!!!POINT BAR is back! This Saturday & Sunday don't miss Rockford Art Museum's Greenwich Village Art Fair! And stop by Kortman Gallery's POINT! BAR located in the heart of the fair. Yes, there will be Love Lemon Martinis, Mojito Rio cocktails, and beer & wine along with other refreshing adult beverages served up bartenders Nate Adrian, Kyle Rogers, Kelly Adrian, Melanie Pierceson, Dennis Horton, , and Tim Stotz.
And...you are all invited to POINT! BAR's AFTER HOURS PARTYSaturday evening from 6-8pm (or later!) Groove to music from DJs Earache & Fuzz (Eric Nofsinger & Daniel Minick) and support the Rockford Art Museum!
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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1182805 2017-08-11T19:59:44Z 2017-09-01T16:24:16Z French Artist Malika Moine’s Original Rockford Paintings Featured in Kortman Gallery Exhibition

Malika  Moine, a prolific artist from Marseille, France was recently commissioned to create images of Rockford for a 2018 calendar titled, “Paint the Town,” a fundraiser for the Rockford Beautiful initiative. The original paintings, that include 13 views of Rockford places and civic events, are now on exhibit in the Kortman Gallery, Downtown Rockfordthrough September 30th.

“It’s always fascinating to see life through the eyes of an artist,” says Doc Slafkosky, gallerist fro the Kortman Gallery. “It’s especially enthralling to see your hometown through fresh eyes of an artist from another part of the world. Malika has captured scenes of Rockford with her enchanting “French” whimsical style that make this such a fun and intriguing exhibition.”
Capturing life around her, has been the motivation for her art throughout her career. More than 30 other works by Malika featured in the exhibition present views of both landscapes and details of life in and around her native city of Marseille in the South of France.
“This is a great opportunity for art enthusiasts and local artists and to experience works that would require a trip across the ocean to see, yet still have a Rockford connection,” said Jerry Kortman, co-owner of the Kortman Gallery. “It has been enriching for our gallery and Rockford to participate in this unique cultural exchange.”

The “Paint the Town” calendar is available for purchase for $14.95 at selected locations throughout the city and at J.R. Kortman Center for Design.The paintings/drawings of Malika Moine will be on exhibit through September 30th upstairs in the Kortman Gallery. Store and Gallery, both located at 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford, are open Monday through Friday 11am to 6pm, and Saturday, 11am to 5pm. For more information call 815-968-0123

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1179491 2017-08-01T22:33:13Z 2017-08-01T22:35:45Z New Summer arrivals from Alessi bring Design & Function in elegant Black & Silver...contemporary classics @ J.R. Kortman!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1173861 2017-07-15T21:52:43Z 2017-07-15T21:53:36Z Dog & Cat lovers will love these "pet supplies" from J.R. Kortman...

Your cats & dogs are part of the family! Here are some some home accents that are not only decorative, but functional that both you and your pet will enjoy: Dog themed journal, cat & dog birthday cards, cool pet bowls from Alessi, cast iron miniature dog figures, terrier bookends, and "Day of the Dead" dog figure...all available now at J.R. Kortman...


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1167200 2017-06-24T22:29:22Z 2017-06-24T22:29:22Z Cool bracelets & brooches add style to summer fun!

Bracelets & Brooches for summer! Check out these beautiful bracelets handmade from pearls, leather, crystal, wood, and semiprecious stone that will be great for every day wear or summer party events. And brooches are back...elegant accents with sparkle & style!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1163682 2017-06-13T21:56:09Z 2017-06-13T22:00:20Z Father's Day Gifts with an empahasis on great design and FUN from J.R. Kortman Center for Design

Here are some great Father's Day gift ideas that Dad will enjoy for years to come!: Award winning design bottle openers,"Bottle" wine caddy, "Dear Dad" gift book with cherished quotes about being a father,  espresso makers from Alessi, elegant cocktail shaker/server by Marianne Brandt from the 1920's,recycled rulers photo frame, classic & fish flasks, "Guns'n'Roses ceramic vase and skull, retro magnifying device, chair 'sculpture' from MoMA, hand-carved sandal wood figures & miniature Chinese furniture, , shot glasses/desk figures & shoe horn, robot lunch box, classic ceramic Haeger vessels by Frank Lloyd Wright, wooden robot puzzle, 4 faces of Buddha, ceramic desk robot, Alessi limited editon wine openers, and MoMA wall clock...





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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1158547 2017-05-29T17:19:44Z 2017-05-29T17:22:02Z "Gray Areas" group exhibition opens First Friday, June 2nd in the Kortman Gallery

Burpee Natural History Museum inspires Roosevelt Art Students to Create Mural, Art Exhibit in Kortman Gallery
A group of art students from Roosevelt Alternative High School have been engaged in a yearlong project that uses art to teach the scientific ideas behind human sustainability. After an inspiring tour of the Burpee Natural History Museum, the students’ artistic spirit culminated with them creating a large scale mural and other smaller pieces. These works will be featured in a Kortman  Gallery exhibit titled “Gray Areas,” opening Friday, June 2nd.
“Students with an interest in art and the ability to make deeper connections were chosen to tour the Burpee Museum and find issues related to Earth Science that they were most intrigued by,” says Kyle Wolfe, art instructor at Roosevelt.  
Inspired by Burpee’s Windows to Wilderness display, this group of young artists quickly began asking questions about how the environment could change if humans continue with the energy and environmental decisions they are currently making.
“Eager to express their ideas artistically, the students decided to work together to create a mural,” said art instructor Brian Hierstein.  “Each of the students contributed imagery in their own artistic style in black, white, and gray, resulting in a large, exciting cohesive artwork” 
Rockford artist Corey Hagberg came to Roosevelt to discuss his experiences as an artist and his time spent working with “En Masse,” a Canadian art collective, during projects in Chicago, Detroit and Florida.  He worked with the students to create a background that would enhance the visual narrative the students were trying to convey. 
The students sketched and planned several images and then worked together to arrange these ideas into a large scale mural. 
According to Wolfe, the work represents the students’ opinions on human sustainability and where they see the world going if we continue with current policies and ideas about climate change.
“We are thrilled to show the ‘Gray Areas’ exhibition in the Kortman Gallery allowing this talented group of young artists to share their artistic vision with the general public,” says gallery director Doc Slafkosky. “Four foot sections of the the large mural will be sold, along with other student works, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Burpee Natural History Museum
Participating artists include:
Sarahi Alvarado, Seion Barbor, Armon Conner, Javier Flores, Berenice Galvan, Yael Goriono, Ashley Haley, Anthony Hunter, Stefvon Kalepp, Jasmine Knuth, Shiann Kolff, Jonathan Lane,Tyesha Rogers, Jackeline Rosales, Jumanee Smith, Michael Spiva

Opening reception for the “Gray Areas’ exhibition in the Kortman Gallery will be Friday, June 2nd, 5:30 to 9pm. It will be on display through June 30th. Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The opening reception is free and open to the public. For more information call 815-968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.









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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1155047 2017-05-18T21:36:49Z 2017-05-18T21:36:54Z Congratulate your Graduate of the Class of '17 with a great gift from J.R. Kortman Center for Design!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1152215 2017-05-07T12:08:31Z 2017-05-07T12:11:07Z A great gift for Mom, this Mother's Day from J.R. Kortman Center for Design!

This Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14th, take your Mom for dinner or brunch and present her with an extraordinary gift from J.R. Kortman Center for Design. It can be both practical and beautiful like a Michael Graves designed water kettle, or something elegant like a pearl necklace or hand-blown glass perfume bottle, or even a piece of original art from the Kortman Gallery. Whatever you choose she will treasure it for a lifetime since it came from you and J.R. Kortman! Open Monday - Friday, 11am to 6pm & Saturday, 11am to 5pm

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1148702 2017-04-23T22:05:03Z 2017-04-23T22:05:03Z J.R. Kortman Center for Design will be closed April 24-29 for vacation! We will resume normal hours starting May 1st: Monday – Friday, 11am to 6pm, and Saturday, 11am to 5pm

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1146668 2017-04-15T21:11:27Z 2017-04-15T21:11:27Z Speleothems inspire Artist Carmen Turner’s Abstract Works in Kortman Gallery Exhibit...opening April 21st!

Her subject matter is speleothems, which most people know as stalactites and stalagmites. They are sculptures of nature and they have inspired the latest works by Rockford artist Carmen Turner who will exhibit her series of abstract art for ArtScene weekend, Friday and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd in the Kortman Gallery.
    Turner, who creates her work at MainFraim studio in Rockford, has titled her exhibition, “The Space Between” in reference to her fascination with origin, shape, and formation of speleothems.
    “The goal of my collection is to capture their temporary form. I make no attempt to depict speleothems as they occur in nature, rather to use color and texture to celebrate their growth, overall shape, and the inevitable lessening of the space between.”
    “As member of the MainFraim studio, which is known for artistically repurposing historic found objects, Carmen has such a great sense of the things that are old and how they fit into an eclectic contemporary world,” says Kortman Gallery director Doc Slafkosky. “She also builds her own frames which ads authenticity to her intriguing works.”
     Opening receptions for Carmen Turner’s Spring ArtScene exhibition, “The Space Between” in the Kortman Gallery will be Friday, April 21st, 5 to 10pm and Saturday, April 22nd, 4-9pm. It will be on display through May 31st. Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The opening receptions are free and open to the public. For more information call 815-968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.
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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1142942 2017-03-31T18:42:29Z 2017-03-31T19:51:58Z New Store & Gallery hours!...Monday to Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday, 11am – 5pm

If you haven't seen the beautiful paintings by Rockford artists JoanLee Stassi, her exhibition, "Reflections: Backward/Forward...Paintings/Prints" has been extended through April 12th. Scroll down and read more about Ms. Stassi and her intriguing works. Kortman Gallery is hosting a "closing party" for JoanLee's show on First Friday, April 7th from 6-10pm, (maybe even later) featuring Dennis Horton tending the Kortman Gallery Bar!

And don't forget our new Store & Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 11am – 6pm and Saturday 11am – 5pm!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1127286 2017-01-30T16:53:01Z 2017-02-05T18:05:39Z The Sea & Primitive Cultures inspire Rockford Artist JoanLee Stassi in Kortman Gallery Exhibit Opening February 3rd

    Rockford artist JoanLee Stassi feels as much at home in her Provincetown (Massachusetts) studio as she does in her hometown of Rockford when she is creating her dynamic and engaging works of art. A resident of both contrasting environments, Stassi has embraced her surroundings that have impacted her work and life for her entire art career.

     On Friday, February 3rd, Stassi will be presenting works from the past and present, both paintings and prints in “Reflections: Backward/Forward…Paintings/Prints,” an exhibition opening in the Kortman Gallery, Downtown Rockford.

     “The sea plays a prominent role in the imagery found in my paintings and prints,” says Stassi. “The opportunity to live and work in the oceanside community of Provincetown, Massachusetts, along with travels to various Caribbean Islands, and even music, continually nurtures my visual language.”

      Stassi writes in her artist’s statement, “Myths and rituals found in primitive cultures, Carl Jung’s theory of universal symbolism, along with the spiritual beauty nature provides are important elements that I draw from.”
    
    “JoanLee had a solo show of her large scale paintings in the Kortman Gallery more than 20 years ago,” says gallerist, Doc Slafkosky. “We are excited to present not only some of her beautiful paintings, but also her recently created monoprints and photo etchings.”

      Opening reception for JoanLee Stassi’s exhibition, “Reflections: Backward/Forward…Paintings/Prints” in the Kortman Gallery will be Friday, February 3rd, 5:30 to 9pm. It will be on display through March 18th. Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The opening reception is free and open to the public. For more information call 815-968-0123 
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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1122975 2017-01-13T20:58:22Z 2017-01-13T20:58:22Z Brighten cold dark days with Winter white from J.R. Kortman Center for Design! ]]> J. R. Kortman Center for Design tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1120259 2017-01-03T20:51:24Z 2017-01-03T20:51:24Z Shop J.R.Kortman Center for Design, Mon.–Fri., 10-6, Sat., 10-5

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1118219 2016-12-26T00:33:56Z 2016-12-26T00:33:56Z Happy Holidays! J.R. Kortman will have limited hours for this holiday week!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

We would like to THANK YOU for making our 31st Christmas so successful, and most of all, so enjoyable!
Warmest regards,
Doc, Jerry, & Nancy

For this holiday week we will have limited hours:
Monday (Boxing Day): Noon – 5pm
Tuesday thru Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm
We will be closed New Year's weekend Saturday (Dec. 31st thru Jan. 2nd)
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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1117087 2016-12-20T21:32:57Z 2016-12-20T22:03:33Z J.R. Kortman Center for Design open Monday-Friday, 10-6 and Satuday (Christmas Eve), 10-5

From fine art to great design...Extraordinary gifts for extraordinary people!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1116066 2016-12-16T21:21:18Z 2016-12-16T21:21:18Z "Naughty or Nice" Holiday Shopping Party! Monday, Dec. 19th, 6-9pm...great shopping, big fun!

Don't miss the 2nd annual "Naughty or Nice" Holiday Shopping Party!...this Monday, December 19, 6-9pm @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design. It's a fun evening of shopping, and when you make a purchase, find out if you've been naughty or nice, upstairs in the Kortman Gallery! There, you'll get a chance to reach into Santa's grab bag for a fun gift, if you've been nice...or possibly a lump of coal, if you've been naughty. Only you and Santa know for sure! And, of course, bartender Dennis Horton will be serving up some holiday cheer from the Kortman Gallery Bar. Chirstmas shopping has never been this much fun!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1114636 2016-12-11T19:34:01Z 2016-12-16T18:31:53Z J. R. Kortman Center for Design is open 7 days a week in December! Mo-Fr, 10-6...Sa., 10-5...AND Sunday 1-5!

Holiday shopping the way you like it...come in and EXPLORE!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1113049 2016-12-05T15:00:01Z 2016-12-05T15:00:01Z Prairie Street Brewhouse Celebrated in Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection

From its humble beginnings in 1847, the brewery built by Johnathan Peacock expanded into the imposing brewhouse building along Rockford’s historic industrial riverfront. After years of abandonment, Lloyd  and Diane Koch acquired the building and spearheaded the development of the the Prairie Street Brewhouse, a mixed use complex that has become a true Rockford Landmark.
The historic Prairie Street Brewhouse has been selected as J.R. Kortman Center for Design’s ornament for 2016 in the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection. 
“When you combine its long downtown history along the Rock River with it’s contemporary use as an extremely popular gathering and event space, the Prairie Street Brewhouse is one of Rockford’s grandest landmarks,” says Doc Slafkosky, co-owner of J. R. Kortman. ‘It’s not only historic architecturally, but it has a special place in a lot people’s hearts, since the Brewhouse hosts weddings, grand parties, and other significant community events.” 
The original image for the Brewhouse ornament was a painting created by Rockford artist Jeanne Ludeke.
  “We took that image to Beijing where the artist who hand-paints each ornament was able to transpose Jeanne’s painting on the inside of a clear ornament sphere, utilizing an ancient Chinese folk art technique” said co-owner Jerry Kortman. “It’s fascinating to see how our artist communicated visually with the Chinese artist through the language of art.”
The ornament features not only an image of the Brewhouse building, but also the Prairie Street Brewhouse “peacock” logo is painted on the back.
  For more than 18 years J. R. Kortman Center for Design has been featuring hand-painted ornaments depicting Rockford landmarks sold year round at the downtown Rockford concept store and gallery.
The Brewhouse ornament is not only available at J. R. Kortman, 107 North Main Street, but can also be purchased at the Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie Street, Downtown Rockford
Besides the Brewhouse, the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection includes East and West High Schools, St. Anthony Church, Blackhawk Statue, “Symbol” sculpture, two views of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House, a special edition of Memorial Hall,, and the North Main Street Armory. Other ornaments available in the Landmark Collection include, the Beattie Park Gazebo, Sinnissippi Lagoon, the Faust Landmark Building, Coronado, and Midway Theater Buildings, the Woodward Governor building, and the Sinnissippi Burr Oak Tree. Over the past 15 years the “Symbol” ornament has been the best selling ornament in the collection.
“Other top sellers include four ornaments depicting different scenes of the beautiful Anderson Japanese Gardens and Nicholas Conservatory,” 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.
For more Info contact Doc or Jerry at 968-0123.

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1111973 2016-11-30T17:43:43Z 2016-11-30T17:46:05Z JingleBling: A holiday Jewelry Preview Party! ....Friday, December 2nd @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design

You are invited to JingleBling!…a holiday Jewelry Preview Party, on First Friday, December 2nd, from 6 to 9pm, upstairs in the Kortman Gallery. See the latest designs, many one of a kind pieces that just arrived exclusively for J. R. Kortman from the Pearl markets of Shanghai and Beijing. Our jewelry fashion consultants will be on hand to show and model our exciting, elegant, and festive necklaces, bracelets and earrings that will be great for you to show off this holiday season. And guys, for your holiday gift buying, this is an excellent opportunity to see cool jewelry with the help of our gals who can assist you in selecting just the right piece. And best of all, the Kortman Gallery Bar will be open with bartender Dennis Horton serving up some holiday cheer! This is the way to shop!!!


P.S. At the same time you can see “The Gift Box,” a holiday group exhibition now on display in the Kortman Gallery featuring gift boxes made by 39 of some Rockford’s most accomplished artists. Purchase an artist-made gift box for your jewelry purchase and present her with an unforgettable Christmas gift that she will remember forever!…from J.R. Kortman Center for Design!


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J. R. Kortman Center for Design
tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1107176 2016-11-10T22:35:48Z 2016-11-16T16:12:13Z Artists Celebrate J.R. Kortman’s 30 Years with a Holiday Group Exhibition in the Kortman Gallery

In 1986, Downtown Rockford had been all but abandoned by the retail sector. However, unique architecture, an urban setting, and affordable historic spaces that were left behind, became an attraction to Jerry Kortman and Doc Slafkosky who, with a vision for the future, saw opportunity for their ambitious business concept: a contemporary design store with an upstairs cafe and art gallery.
    Today, Downtown Rockford is experiencing a renaissance while J. R. Kortman Center for Design, on November 20th, completes 30 years in business. To celebrate this milestone the Kortman Gallery is presenting a holiday group exhibition, opening Friday, November 18th, featuring art by 37 artists who have created works inspired by the gift box, in recognition of the iconic J. R. Kortman gift wrap.
    “For more than a generation, J.R. Kortman has become known for our gift wrap,” says co-owner and gallery director Doc Slafkosky. “The brown craft paper with colorful bows, each hand created by Jerry has added excitement and anticipation to whatever intriguing store purchase may be within this iconic wrap."    
    “We thought this would be a good theme for our annual holiday group art exhibit upstairs in the Kortman Gallery," says co-owner Jerry Kortman. "So we titled the exhibit ‘The Gift Box' and invited artists to make their version of a gift box, and be true to their own style and art form.”
    The result are works in in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and assemblage by a diverse group of Rockford artists who, over the years, have had solo exhibits in the Kortman Gallery.
    The artist featured in “The Gift Box” holiday exhibit are Stephen Warde Anderson, Leslie Arbetman, Michael Bugler, Jesus Correa, Diane Dailing, Michelle DalPra, John Deill, Michelle Dorr, Lynn Fischer-Carlson, Joseph Goral, Joanne Gustafson, Corey Hagberg, Collin Harrison, Drew Helge, Jarrod Hennis, Brian Hierstein, Margret Hesler Hynes, Javier Jimenez, Lisa Jimenez, Pam Kehoe-Peterson, Jeremy Klonicki, Norm Knott, Johnathan Kuss, Britney Lindgren, R. Scott Long, Jeanne Ludeke, David Menard, Val Olafson, Becky Pelley, Ellie Pinzarrone, Paul Pinzarrone, Sarah Reed-McNamara, Cherri Rittenhouse, Una Ryan, Sarah Danielle Stewart, Robert Sunday, Matt Vincent, Kyle Wolfe, and Betsy Youngquist.
    The opening reception for the Kortman Gallery exhibit “The Gift Box,” a holiday group exhibition will be Friday, November 18th, 5:30 to 9pm and will be on display through January 7th. Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibition  is free and open to the public. For more information call 815-968-0123...and visit our J. R. Kortman Center for Design Facebook page.

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J. R. Kortman Center for Design