tag:jrkortman.com,2013:/posts J. R. Kortman Center for Design / Kortman Gallery 2021-09-22T22:25:11Z J. R. Kortman Center for Design tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1739346 2021-09-22T22:25:11Z 2021-09-22T22:25:11Z "Artistry in Eyewear" an exhibition curated by Jamar Holloway opens October 1st & 2nd in the Kortman Gallery

The realms of art & design come together when optician and eyewear aficionado Jamar Holloway curates this unique and “eye-catching” exhibition that explores how art has inspired eyewear and how eyewear design has become art. Works include a variety of media including painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, and optical design collections. Participants in the exhibit include artists from Rockford and Chicago: Candice Johnson, Socorro Mucino, Meryl Morris, Brian Estep, Jesus Correa, Fatherless, Scott Urban, Nick Cashmere, and Brett Whitacre.


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1735934 2021-09-14T19:17:13Z 2021-09-14T19:17:14Z J.R. Kortman presents Point & Spark Bars at Greenwich Village Art Fair '21 @ Rockford Art Museum grounds


Hope to see you at the Greenwich Village Art Fair, Saturday, September 18th from 10am to 6pm...with after hours festivities from 6 to 9:30pm. 
See, discover, and buy great art from over 70 artists...plus enjoy intriguing vendors & food trucks...and groove to cool music all day 'til 9:30pm in the Burpee amphitheater. Once again, J.R. Kortman is sponsoring Point! Bar and the all new Spark, a riverfront champagne bar...great places to meet with friends and relax. Both bars will be open 'til 8pm for After Hours Cocktail Hour. This year the fair is a one day event...so don't miss this great end of the summer tradition since 1948 benefitting the Rockford Art Museum!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1727918 2021-08-24T18:52:58Z 2021-08-24T19:04:36Z Brett Whitacre's "Plant-based Material" exhibition has been extended through September 16th...don't miss this show now in the Kortman Gallery!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1709548 2021-07-01T22:41:29Z 2021-07-01T22:41:29Z Rockford artist, muralist, musician Brett Whitacre exhibits small scale verdant works in Kortman Gallery

    From larger than life urban murals to whimsical reverse paintings, Rockford artist and musician Brett Whitacre’s career is flourishing. His feel good works have been brightening walls on buildings, galleries, and homes across the country for two decades.
    After living in Chicago as an artist and touring Europe as a drummer with the band Legendary Shack Shakers, Whitacre has returned to Rockford and the Kortman Gallery is presenting his latest small scale paintings. The show titled, “Plant-based Material” is opening Friday, July 9th.
    “During the shelter in place order, we filled our living space with an inflated amount of natural plants and imagery to bring the outdoors in,” says Whitacre. “A healthy obsession with house plants inspired a fun exploration of their form and setting in good fodder for art.”
    The result is Whitacre’s almost abstract, mater of fact modern paintings of plants!
    “The graphic nature of Brett’s verdant, simple images are at once whimsical and sophisticated,” says Kortman Gallery director Doc Slafkosky. “His bold, colorful art just makes you feel good. The paintings are no nonsense works that just fit in wherever they are!”
    Whitacre had an exhibit in the Kortman Gallery back in 2007. The show, “Hearts & Helicopters”  featured his pop images painted on window panes hung on the gallery walls and his painted suitcases displayed in the baggage claim at RFD.
    Besides this Kortman exhibition Brett’s work can soon been seen in Loves Park in a large scale mural on the side of CD Source Records (the old Park Theater Building), and on a wall in Pecatonica. Both are part of the CRE8IV urban art project spearheaded by Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s placemaking and public art efforts designed to enhance our region for both residents and visitors.
    The “Plant-based Material” exhibit will also feature small scale original work which is a sneak peak of a mural set to be painted on a State Street building in Downtown Rockford.
    And if that isn’t enough, you can hear drummer Brett Whitacre performing with the band Prairie Smoke throughout the region and beyond.
     Opening reception for “Plant-based Material,” featuring new works by Brett Whitacre  is Friday, July 9th from 5:30 to 9pm. The  Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibit is free, and open to the public..
    The exhibit will run though August 31st. For more information call 815-968-0123.


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1698611 2021-06-03T19:49:29Z 2021-06-03T20:47:28Z Andrew Harlan's "it's an odd world" exhibit extended thru June/New appilances from Alessi at J.R. Kortman Center for Design

"it's an odd world" exhibition by odd aka Andrew Harlan has been extended through the end of June. Stop by the Kortman Gallery and see this unique exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture by this emerging, young artist. Also in the store, see the newest designs in small kitchen appliances by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi for Alessi. We're open Tu-Fr, 11-6 & Sa, 11-5.


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1679541 2021-04-16T20:54:47Z 2021-04-17T18:35:37Z Artist Andrew Harlan brings his odd view of the world to Kortman Gallery in "it's an odd world" exhibit opening April 23rd
 
Artist Andrew Harlan is odd. It’s nothing personal, but then again, it is. “odd” is a pseudonym for his work and a self-imposed moniker for this emerging artist from Rockford, now living in Chicago.  
    “Odd has become a constant for the way I respond to and digest the world around me,” writes Harlan in his Artist’s Statement for his Kortman Gallery exhibition, “it’s an odd world” opening Friday, April 23rd, Spring ArtScene weekend.
    Harlan’s idiosyncratic exhibition presents an eclectic mix of media including painting, illustration, photography, and embellished found objects. But all together, his seemingly unrelated works reflect his personal feelings and view of the world around him.
    “With the abundance of unknowns and possibilities in life, it can be easy to live in fear of the mystery and uncovered truths,” says Harlan. “However, stepping back and realizing how strange, how odd, living this human life is, helps me set aside fear.”
    “This is Andrew’s, or should I say odd’s first solo exhibition in the Kortman Gallery,” said Doc Slafkosky, gallery director. “His artistic perspective is definitely peculiar, but refreshing coming from a young, talented artist who is difficult to categorize. “it’s an odd world” is definitely an appropriate title for his intriguing, and often facetious works in this concept installation.”
    Opening receptions for “it’s an odd world,” featuring mixed media works by odd/Andrew Harlan is Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday, 4-9pm, April 23rd & 24th (ArtScene Weekend) in the Kortman Gallery, located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibit is free, and open to the public. Covid safe guidelines will be followed.
    The exhibit will run though May 31st. For more information call 815-968-0123.


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1660720 2021-03-02T16:26:07Z 2021-04-02T20:09:23Z Explore and discover the convergence of art & design @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design & Gallery...open Tu-Fr, 11-6; Sa, 11-5

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1637027 2021-01-07T21:20:18Z 2021-01-07T21:27:51Z Shop J.R. Kortman Center for Design, Tuesday-Friday, 11-6 and Saturday, 11-5

Explore J.R. Kortman for an intriguing shopping experience in Downtown Rockford. Don't miss "Balance: Art of the Mobile" the current exhibition upstairs in the Kortman  Gallery, featuring unique mobiles created by eight artists, including Molly Carter, John Deill, Lynn Fiischer, Joel Hotchkiss, Jeremy Klonicki, R. Scott Long, John Verl McNamara, and Matt Richards. The exhibition will run through the end of January.



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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1632249 2020-12-26T19:49:08Z 2020-12-26T22:53:27Z Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from J.R. Kortman Center for Design!

THANK YOU to all our customers for a successful holiday season here @ J.R. Kortman!

Holiday Hours: Open Tuesday & Wednesday (Dec. 29 & 30), 11-6, Thursday, Dec. 31, 1-4...Closed January 1-4.

We will resume normal hours Starting January, 4th: Tuesday-Friday, 11-6; Saturday, 11-5


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1629335 2020-12-18T18:23:34Z 2020-12-18T18:23:34Z Holiday shopping 7days a week thru Christmas Eve @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design!
Holiday shopping at J.R. Kortman Center for Design!

Monday – Friday, 11am-6pm Saturday, 11-5pm Sunday, 1-5pm...and Christmas Eve, 11-5!

Enjoy shopping in a safe and comfortable socially distanced environment. We comply with all of the City of Rockford’s Covid guidelines. Please wear your face mask while in the store & gallery.


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1624099 2020-12-03T23:01:54Z 2020-12-08T21:05:15Z Holiday shopping 7days a week until Christmas @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design!
Holiday shopping at J.R. Kortman Center for Design!

Monday – Friday, 11am-6pm Saturday, 11-5pm Sunday, 1-5pm

Enjoy shopping in a safe and comfortable socially distanced environment. We comply with all of the City of Rockford’s Covid guidelines. Please wear your face mask while in the store & gallery.




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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1622295 2020-11-28T20:50:12Z 2020-12-08T21:10:45Z "Balance: the Art of the Mobile" now on exhibit in the Kortman Gallery!
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    Artists Joel Hotchkiss and Matt Richards may live on different coasts, but they have two things in common: they both have made a career out of creating mobile art, and they both have their mobiles on exhibit in the Kortman Gallery.
    Hotchkiss of Stonebridge, MA and Richards of Portland, OR join six Rockford artists in “Balance: Art of the Mobile,”a holiday exhibition which is now open in the Kortman Gallery, Downtown at 107 North Main Street.
    “We are excited to show Joel and Matt who have years of experience creating mobile art, from small desk top kinetic sculptures to large public art installations,” says gallery director Doc Slafkosky. “But we also thought it would be great to challenge six Rockford artists who don’t normally work in this genre, to participate in this exhibit. And the result is a wonderful “moving experience” just to see what cool and fascinating works they’ve created.
    “Mobiles have been a part of the contemporary art world for decades since Alexander Calder created ‘moving art’ in the 1930’s inspired by the paintings of artists such as Mondrian and Miro,” says Lynn Fischer, Rockford ceramic artist and professor at Rock Valley College. “It was a little challenging for a clay artist to create mobile art, but I had a great time learning something new and be able to participate in this fun exhibition.”
    Mobiles are traditionally made of light metal that will move freely to make kinetic art. However, this exhibition, with featured works by artists like Lynn Fischer, John Verl McNamara, John Deill, Molly Carter, Jeremy Klonicki and R. Scott Long there are mobiles made not only from light metals like aluminum, but clay, wood, glass, steel, fabric, plastic, mylar, found objects, and even concrete!  
    “Balance: Art of the Mobile,” featuring mobiles by eight accomplished artists in mixed media is now open in the Kortman Gallery, located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibit is free, family friendly and open to the public. Covid safe guidelines followed. The exhibit will run though January of 2021. For more information call 815-968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.



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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1600437 2020-10-04T15:17:04Z 2020-12-08T21:12:20Z “Old Bag,” an exhibition of new works by Valerie Olafson opens October 9 & 10 in Kortman Gallery

 Rockford artist Valerie Olafson has reached another milestone in her life. In April she turned sixty years old. And as she starts a new decade in her life, Olafson has created an exhibition of her newest photographs in the Kortman Gallery, opening Friday & Saturday, October 9th and 10th

       The exhibition, titled “Old Bag” is the third in a series of photography shows she has exhibited in the Kortman Gallery…the first in 2000 when she turned forty, and the second in 2010 when she turned 50.

      “These new works in this exhibit represent layers of thought,” said Olafson. “My photographs are not only about the women I’ve chosen as models who inspire me, but the great photographers that have influenced me throughout my career as an artist.”
Olafson’s images all feature Rockford women as models, each holding an old bag, or purse.
       “My models posed with old bags, and now that I’ve turned sixty, I am an ‘old bag’!” Olafson quipped, making reference to her exhibition title. 
        “Each photograph represents different aspects of my personality and different stages of my life…and I changed course often, said Olafson. “When you look at the images I hope you catch a glimpse of Beaton, Penn, Weegee, ManRay, Avedon, Liebovitz, Mapplethorpe, Arbus, or Mann. These are the great photographers that have inspired my career and each of the photographs in this show.”
      According to gallery director Doc Slafkosky, the photographs featured in Olafson’s exhibit  are framed by artist Jeremy Klonicki of Mainfraim and will also be available on line. 
   
     “Old Bag” exhibition of new photographs by Valerie Olafson in the Kortman Gallery premiers on October 9th and 10th from 3 to 9pm on Friday and 11am to 5pm on Saturday. Masks will be required for entry and restricted to limited number of patrons at a time in the store and gallery. Outside tables will be available weather permitting. 
        The gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibit will run through November 14th. For more information call 815-968-0123 
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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1585226 2020-08-20T21:41:30Z 2020-08-26T20:19:07Z The convergance of art & design: J.R. Kortman Center for Design...107 North Main, Downtown Rockford

"Modern Design: The freedom to mix, to choose, to change." Explore J.R Kortman Center for Design Tuesday-Friday, 11am to 6pm & Saturdays, 11am to 5pm. Now on exhibit upstairs in the Kortman Gallery..."Eye to Eye:Here's Looking at You" featuring the works of Rockford artist, Norm Knott & Door County (Wisc.) artist, David Franke.

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1583495 2020-08-13T22:58:15Z 2020-08-26T20:27:53Z Celebrate 815 Day 2020 with Rockford keepsakes from J.R. Kortman Center for Design!

On 815 Day (August 15th only), we will be offering 8.15% OFF on all purchases (excluding art).
Also, customers whose purchases total $25.00 or more will receive a FREE Rockford Souvenir sticker!
Discover great Rockford Keepsakes & Souvenirs exclusively designed and created for J.R. Kortman Center for Design.
Enjoy your hometown, Downtown! Shop, Eat, Drink & Celebrate!
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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1571348 2020-07-09T21:07:43Z 2020-07-09T21:07:43Z J.R. Kortman Summer Sale! Save 50% on selected items!

Hope you're enjoying these warm summer days of July! Stop by soon and check out our J.R. Kortman Summer Sale...Save 50% on items selected from throughout the store! New items added every week.


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1563912 2020-06-23T22:06:11Z 2020-06-23T22:06:52Z J.R. Kortman's new online store is now open for business!

J.R. Kortman's new online store is now available for you to browse and make purchases of a limited selection items. We are able to provide curbside service, free local home delivery in the immediate Rockford area, or have your online purchases gift wrapped (by request) and ready for you to pickup in our store. We can arrange for shipping anywhere (standard rates apply). Our online store is designed to give you a sampling of some of the things we have available, however, for the best shopping experience, we invite you to explore and enjoy our store & gallery in person...

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1551063 2020-05-28T19:21:39Z 2020-06-12T19:50:36Z J.R Kortman Center for Design is now OPEN Tues-Fri, 11-6, Sat, 11-5....also visit our online store!
J.R. Kortman Center for Design open:
Tuesday – Friday, 11am-6pm
Saturday, 11-5pm
Enjoy shopping in a safe and comfortable socially distanced environment. We will be complying with all of the City of Rockford’s guidelines for small retail businesses.
We are so looking forward to seeing you soon!
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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1539955 2020-05-04T21:47:18Z 2020-05-04T21:50:49Z J.R. Kortman now OPEN for curbside pickups or local home deliveries Wednesday thru Saturdays, 1-5pm or anytime by appointment!

Starting Wednesday, May 6th, J.R. Kortman Center for Design will be open for curbside pick-up from 1-5pm Wednesday through Saturday! We know that Mother’s Day,  birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions for gift giving go on!
    Let us be your personal shoppers! Check out J.R. Kortman Center for Design on Facebook or our #jrkortman on Instagram for gift ideas.  Besides our “store hours,” we can also be available anytime by appointment for curbside pickup or local home delivery. You can text 815-540-7187 to request purchases and delivery options…and we can gift wrap!
    Don’t forget you can buy a J.R.Kortman eGift Card on line, by clicking the link below. We are also participating in Rockford Art Deli’s T-shirt promotion “HereForGoodRKFD.” When you purchase a J.R. Kortman designed T-shirt from RAD, we get 40% of the proceeds…which is helpful in theses challenging times. There’s also a ink below where you can order a shirt online.
Hope you all stay safe and well!
Warmest regards,
Doc&Jerry
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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1527624 2020-04-05T20:22:41Z 2020-07-08T18:12:02Z eGift Cards now available from J.R. Kortman...just click the link below!

 

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1503825 2020-01-28T20:49:58Z 2020-02-27T18:06:46Z Artists Franke & Knott connected by an eye on spirituality and imagination in Kortman Gallery on exhibit thru March 31st

When Rockford artist Norm Knott and Door County artist David Franke met, there was an immediate connection, not only with the visual imagery in their work, but also the inspiration behind the engaging pieces they create. They both see the world around them through a spiritual lens that is reflected in their work…both using the eye as a visual theme in many of their pieces.
    The two artists come together in the exhibition, “Eye to Eye: Here’s Looking at You” opening Friday February 7th, 5:30 to 9pm in the Kortman Gallery in downtown Rockford.
    “I look at the eye from the  inside out,” said Franke. “Many people look into the eyes to see your soul, your essence…I’m using my eyes to see my world, and interpret my world.”
    Frank, who lives near Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, creates quirky, eye-catching interactive sculptures and assemblages often with the eye as the focus of the piece.
    It was former Rockford gallerist Charlene Berg who introduced David Franke to Norm Knott while visiting her Gallery X, now in Door County.
    “She immediately saw not only the visual connection in our work, but also our like minded inspiration in our art,” said Knott. “Our work is very different, but their is a definite visual and spiritual connection with our art.”
    It’s this connection that motivated Kortman Gallery director Doc Slafkosky to invite the artists to exhibit together in this two-person show.
    “Eye to Eye” will feature Knott’s personal, wearable art along with his “Normaments,” a term Knott coined to describe his pieces that you could also refer to as “table jewelry.”
    Franke will be exhibiting be small scale sculptural assemblages and mixed media works that he has become known for in the Door County art scene.
    “Eye to Eye: Here’s Looking at You,” featuring the 3-Dimensional, and mixed media works by David Franke & Norm Knott opens First Friday, February 7th, with an artists’ reception from 5:30 to 9 pm in the Kortman Gallery, located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibit will run through March 31st. For more information call 815-968-0123.


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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1498076 2020-01-11T20:44:38Z 2020-01-11T20:44:38Z The convergance of art & design @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design...open Mo-Fr, 11-6...Sa, 11-5 At J.R. Kortman Center for Design explore and discover cutting edge design in our store on the first floor and intriguing art from artists, both local and international, upstairs in the Kortman Gallery...since 1986 @ 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford.

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1494243 2019-12-31T00:17:36Z 2019-12-31T14:29:19Z A special Thank You to all our customers for a such a wonderful Christmas season! Hope you all have a great New Year! We will be open New Year’s Eve, Noon-4...closed New Year’s Day.

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1491727 2019-12-21T22:57:37Z 2019-12-21T22:57:37Z Open everyday now through Christmas Eve!

Holiday Hours:
Sunday………………. 1-5pm
Monday………………11am-6pm
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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1490042 2019-12-17T14:55:04Z 2019-12-17T14:55:05Z 5th annual “Naughty or Nice Shopping Party, Thursday, Dec. 19th, 6-9pm...when Christmas shopping is fun!

 You're invited to our 5th annual Naughty or Nice Holiday Shopping Party, this Thursday, December 19th, 6-9pm. Christmas shopping is not only fun, but you can find out if you've been bad or good in 2019 by reaching into Santa's mystifying grab bag. Win a "nice" gift if you've been good, or a "naughty" lump of coal, if you've been bad. Santa knows! And best of all, the Kortman Gallery Bar will be open with master bartender, Jennifer Langworthy!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1487119 2019-12-09T19:24:27Z 2019-12-09T19:26:36Z New Embassy Suites Hotel and United Way anniversary celebrated in Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection now at J.R. Kortman: open M-F, 11-6; Sa, 11-5; Su, 1-5

J.R. Kortman Center for Design introduces two new ornaments to the Rockford Landmark Ornament Collection for 2019. One features the new Embassy Suites Hotel in the historic Ziock/Amerock building,  and the other, a view of the Rock River with the Jefferson Street Bridge. The ornament celebrates the United Way of the Rock River Valley’s 100th anniversary.
    “The Ziock/Amerock Building has been a part of the Rockford downtown skyline for over 100 years” says Fred DeLaRosa, General Manager of the new Embassy Suites Hotel. “The long-anticipated hotel, opening in April of 2020, will be an exciting addition to Rockford’s downtown cultural life. This ornament represents not only a landmark of the past, but also the future.”           
    The second new ornament for 2019, commissioned by the United Way of the Rock River Valley features a view of the Jefferson Street Bridge and the west bank of the Rock River. Also depicted are shadowed figures representing generations of Rockford people who have supported and been helped by the United Way for the past 100 years. The image is based on an original painting by Rockford artist Patricia Burkholder.
     “We took images of the hotel and the river scene painting 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 J.R. Kortman co-owner Doc Slafkosky. “It’s fascinating to see how our artist communicated visually with the Chinese artist through the language of art.”
     For more than 20 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.
           Besides the Embassy Suites Hotel and United Way river scene ornaments, the Rockford Landmark O.rnament Collection includes YMCA Log Lodge and Coronado  Stage, 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.
    The ornaments are available for $25 exclusively at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street, Downtown Rockford



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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1486399 2019-12-07T16:48:48Z 2019-12-07T16:48:49Z J.R.Kortman Center for Design open 7 days a week until Christmas: M-F, 11-6; Sa, 11-5; Su, 1-5



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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1483892 2019-11-30T20:16:20Z 2019-11-30T20:16:20Z J.R. Kortman is now open 7 Days a week until Christmas! M-F, 11-6; Sa, 11-5, Su, 1-5!

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tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1478551 2019-11-16T21:50:22Z 2019-12-01T16:05:24Z The purse is more than a fashion statement in Kortman Gallery holiday group exhibition , now through Jan 4th
 
  The Purse: it’s a functional object, fashion statement, a private space, and even a status symbol. And Friday, November 22nd, the purse is a work of art when more 30 Rockford artists present their visual interpretation of the purse in a holiday group exhibition titled “The Purse: art, design, fashion, function” in the Kortman Gallery.
    The exhibit will feature works in a variety of media from ceramics, fabric, watercolor, and painting, to sculpture, printmaking, digital imagery, and functional objects.
    “We thought it would be interesting to merge fashion and art in this gallery commissioned show,” said Doc Slafkosky, gallery director. “The purse has not only a practical aspect, but also a long history of being an expression of design and prestige from folk art to haute couture. It’s exciting to see how this diverse group of artists takes this idea and interprets it in their specific medium.”
        Seeing this exhibition is sure to be a fun, entertaining, and thought provoking experience says co-owner Jerry Kortman.
       ”Artists have taken the purse theme and made it their own,” said Kortman. ”From artist Becky Pelley’s nod to Magritte, to Kyle Wolfe’s whimsical and colorful digital imagery to R. Scott Long’s hand-made leather functional purse to John Deill’s 3-D assemblage, there will something for everyone.”
    Ceramic artist Lynn Fischer-Carlson says she is intrigued by the purse and how it has become both a fashion statement and a status symbol for women…and men. “My ceramic sculptural purses are titled “Vanitas” in reference to a visual art genre which often characterizes still life works with contrasting symbols of wealth and the futility of excess and greed.”
    “A woman’s purse has always been considered a private, personal space. You would never let anyone look into you purse without permission,” said Margret Hynes who created a purse that is ironically made of see-through mesh material.  
    Participating artists include Alison Weust, Andrew Harlan, Alex Taylor, Balta Ramirez, Becky Pelley, Betsy Youngquist, Brian Hierstein, Carmen Turner, Carrie Johnson, David Menard, Elizabeth Horvath, Ellie Pinzarrone, Jacob Polhill, Javier Jimenez, Jenny Mathews, Jeremy Klonicki, Jesus Correa, Joe Tallman, John Deill, Kelly Steward, Kyle Wolfe, Laura Gomel,Lisa Jimenez, Lynn Fischer Carlson, Margret Hynes, Michelle Dorr,  Molly Carter, Norm Knott, R. Scott Long, Rene Zavala Castanedas, Sarah Reed-McNamara, Sherrie Dorr, Una Ryan, and Valerie Olafson.
    “The Purse: art, design, fashion, function” group exhibition in the Kortman Gallery opens with an artist’s reception on Friday, November 22nd from 5:30 to 9pm. The gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run through January 4th, 2020. For more information call 815-968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.

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J. R. Kortman Center for Design
tag:jrkortman.com,2013:Post/1461328 2019-09-30T20:35:35Z 2019-10-05T20:20:35Z Art, Design, Pop Culture infiltrates artist Jacob Polhill’s Kortman Gallery exhibition, now through November 16

Artist Jacob Polhill grew up in a world surrounded by the visual excitement of pop culture through social media, video, print, and consumer products. His Kortman Gallery exhibition “Out of the Box,” opening Friday, October 4th, translates the lexicon of street art, contemporary and vintage cartoons, consumerism, and the media into colorful bold art and design in paintings, posters, and 3-D objects.

“I love to create my 2-D works using bright, vibrant, eye catching color palettes. Colors have feelings, they evoke emotions. They can literally vibrate next to each other if you use them the right way.”
Polhill, a Rockford native, is an emerging artist and designer who is currently based in Chicago and studying Industrial Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
His Kortman Gallery exhibition will feature not only his bold, imaginative paintings, but also 3-D objects. In 3-D dimensional design, Polhill says he is studying how to make objects and systems more beautiful to make people who use them have a better experience.
“People don’t realize this, but beautiful objects that have been studied for their aesthetics, aren’t just about making something beautiful, but also something functional. I believe people think that beautiful objects actually work better, even if they’re essentially the same object as something that is not as aesthetically pleasing”
Polhill doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Besides creating his drawings and paintings with his “bubbly creatures” and his studies in graphic and industrial design, he also dabbles in photography, video, and merchandise design for his friends who are musicians.
“We are thrilled to be exhibiting Jacob’s exciting work in the Kortman Gallery,” says Doc Slafkosky, gallery director. “His work is vibrant, visually exciting, and refreshingly entertaining. We think he’s has a great career ahead of him in art and design.”
Polhill says he spent a long time trying to fit himself into a box. That’s why now he’s just creating and being himself, “Out Of The Box.”
“Out of the Box” exhibition by Jacob Polhill in the Kortman Gallery opens with an artist’s reception on Friday, October 4th from 5:00 to 10pm and Saturday, October 5th, 4:00 to 9:00pm, Fall ArtScene weekend.  The gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibit will run through November 16th. For more information call 815-968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.
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J. R. Kortman Center for Design