Design + Function: Kitchen Art from Alessi @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design

Choose a beautiful water kettle from Alessi and turn your stove top into an elegant landscape of alluring functional design for your kitchen. No need to hide useful kitchen objects when they're from the world class designers and architects, selected by Alessi, who have created heirloom quality products that make everyday an entertaining experience in your kitchen. Find these and other great works from Alessi...exclusively in Rockford at J. R. Kortman Center for Design.

Main Steet District presents TWO BLOCK PARTY...Downtown Rockford, Saturday, August 10th

Chill out those summertime blues with this summer’s ultimate Downtown celebration!
Main Street District presents TWO BLOCK PARTY, Downtown Rockford, featuring live performances on the State & Main Stage from Mike &Joe, Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts,and D. J. Fuzz (Dan Minick) will keep the party going in between sets spinning tunes right on Main Street. Eat, Drink, Shop, Fun. Dennis Horton will be hosting the Kortman Gallery Outside Bar featuring Love Lemon Martini’s and Caipirinha’s Brazil’s national cocktail made from cachaça, sugar, and fresh lime. Businesses hosting the event include District Bar & Grill, Kryptonite Bar, Kiwi Bar & Restaurant, Octane Bar & Restaurant, and J. R. Kortman Center for Design & Gallery. Each of these venues will “take it to the streets” with outside bars featuring beer, specialty drinks, and food. Admission is $10 at the gate or in advance order on line:

Do the Calimacho!...First Friday @ J. R. Kortman....AND...Downtown 2 Block Party...August 10th

First Friday, August 2nd....a great way to start off a great Summertime weekend in Downtown Rockford and J. R. Kortman Center for Design! Back by popular demand from July's First Friday are Calimochos...the refreshing beach drink from Spain. Everyone loved this cool blend of red wine and Coke so much that we thought, since we're still in the middle of Summer, why not feature them again for this First Friday. Dennis Horton will be on hand to mix up one just for you...or pour your favorite summer drink. Shop the store until 9pm and meet friends upstairs in the Kortman Gallery and enjoy "Kaleidoscopic Visions" an exhibition of new works by Jav & Lisa Jimenez. Come Downtown for City Market and stay Downtown for more shopping, art, and drinks at J. R. Kortman Center for Design & Gallery and many other shops,  galleries, and restaurants.

 Don't miss Main Street District's  2 Block Party, Downtown Rockford, coming Saturday, August 10th...featuring live music from MIles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts, Mike & Joe, and Stendek.
Tickets are $10 at the gate or save by ordering in advance on line:
or stop by our store and purchase tickets in advance.

Ancient & contemporary arts and crafts fuse for distinctive & decorative collectables @ J. R. Kortman

Just returned from the Panjia Yuan Market in Beijing where we found ancient imagery recreated with contemporary materials and colors. Four-faced Buddha heads in shiny metal...bright red resin sculptures influenced by Chinese artist Yue Minjun...quirky coconut jewelry from provincial China...even a Xian tomb warrior sculpted with a unique polymer in an elegant blue...for you to discover here at J. R. Kortman Center for Design.

First Friday, July 5...Art of Jav & Lisa Jimenez, Marcia Mueller's iPod, Michael La Loggia @ the Kortman Gallery Bar

    Happy Birthday America! A great time of the year to celebrate anything with sunny days and romantic Summer evenings. The 4th of July fireworks are just the beginning of a great weekend in Downtown Rockford. On First Friday, July 5th we will be celebrating with a great evening of refreshing beverages and a new featured playlist upstairs in the Kortman Gallery surrounded by the contemporary colorful art by Javier & Lisa Jimenez. Uncle Sam (Michael) La Loggia will be serving up a refreshing summer drink at a special price...Calimachos...a blend of red wine & Coca Cola (yes, that's right). The Calimacho (Kalimotxo in Spanish) is a summer beach and festival drink which has its origins in the Basque region of Spain. And we'll be revealing the personal playlist from the iPod of Marcia Mueller, a prominent personality in Rockford's art scene. Marcia's tune will be played through a great sound system from Hear.MoreMusic.
     So enjoy Friday's City Market and stop by and shop 'til 9 @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design and celebrate our nations 237th birthday up in the Kortman Gallery with art, music, and a cool drink!

SummerTime...a cool watch for those hot summer days from J. R. Kortman!

J. R. Kortman Center for Design has an intriguing selection of unique watches from some of the world's greatest designers that will not only tell you the time, but entertain your wrist with something beautiful and elegant. Make a cool fashion statement with a watch from Alessi, Lexon, Projects, and Tokyo Bay. Suit your personality with a contemporary timepiece that's architectural, or whimsical, or even eye-catching kinetic. Mention you saw this on our website or our Facebook page and receive 10% off the watch of your choice. While shopping with us...don't miss "Kaleidoscopic Visions" an exhibition of new works by Javier & Lisa Jimenez upstairs in the Kortman Gallery.

Javier & Lisa Jimenez exhibit "Kaleidoscopic Visions" @ Kortman Gallery

“Kaleidoscopic Visions” opening Friday, June 7th in the Kortman Gallery is an exhibition of new works by artists whose art is not only connected visually but personally. Husband and wife, Javier and Lisa Jimenez converge their creative works connected by color and kaleidoscopic imagery...blending two distinctive styles of art into an imaginative and elegant show.
    “The focus of these works is on repetition and on how repeating a somewhat simple form over and over can create something complex and beautiful,” says Lisa Jimenez. “It’s a modern interpretation of a kaleidoscope.”
    Both of these born and raised Rockford artists gather influences from everyday imagery often from popular culture references with an emphasis on bright colors and the use of repetition.
    Javier Jimenez, know for his screen prints, just returned from London where his collaborative works with 2 other Rockford artists, Dave Menard and Jarrod Hennis, were a smashing success at the “Pick Me Up” print show at Somerset House arts center.
    This new body of work from Lisa Jimenez combines screen-printing and acrylic painting techniques to create whimsical compositions.
    “I enjoy putting images together that at first glance do not seem to relate but after further viewing begin to ‘make sense.’” says Lisa. “This work draws from my funny, unique, and at times strange imagination.”
    “Both Javier and Lisa have a keen sense and alertness to the contemporary art scene in Rockford and the world,” said Doc Slafkosky, Kortman Gallery director. “Their work is fresh, vibrant, and visually entertaining. It’s an artistic coup for the gallery and art lovers to have them together in one exhilarating exhibit.”
    The opening reception for “Kaleidoscopic Visions,” new works by Javier and Lisa Jimenez, will be Friday, June 7th from 5:30 to 9:00pm in the Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street. The show is part of First Fridays Downtown. DJ Slick Vick will be spinning vinyl and the gallery bar, hosted by Dennis Horton, will be open during the event. “Kaleidoscopic Visions” will be on display through July 31st. For further information call 815/968-0123 or visit
What: “Kaleidoscopic Visions” an exhibition of new works by Javier & Lisa Jimenez
When:  Opening reception for “Kaleidoscopic Visions” will be Friday, June 7th from 5:30 to 9:00pm in conjunction with First Fridays Downtown. The exhibition runs through July 31st. 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