First Friday, Oct. 7 @ Kortman Gallery...Sarah Stewart's art, Beth Ann Weis' iPod & Dennis Horton @ the bar

First Friday, October 7th at J.R. Kortman Center for Design you can shop 'til 9pm...then relax upstairs over a refreshing drink served to you by Dennis Horton who will be hosting the Kortman Gallery Bar. See the exciting art of Sarah Danielle Stewart, whose colorful exhibition "Flesh in Rainbows" has been extended through October 8th... and "What's on Beth Ann's iPod?"  Find out when we play the unedited playlist from the iPod of Beth Ann Weis, owner and creative director of Beth Ann Weis Salon located at 4108 Morsay  Drive in Hope to see you this First Friday at J. R. Kortman Center for Design.

J.R. Kortman Point! Bar thanks all the patrons, bartenders, and Greenwich Village Art Fair committee for a fun & successful weekend!!!

We at J. R. Kortman Center for Design want to thank everyone for a fun and successful weekend at Kortman Gallery Point! Bar at this year's Greenwich Village Art Fair. A special thank you to bartenders Michaels LaLoggia, Sr. and Jr., Eric Knox...and especially Dennis Horton who not only tended bar, but managed it. We also would like to thank D.J. Fuzz (Dan Minick) for keeping the "After Hours" party jumpin' on Saturday evening. And, of course, all of the fun patrons who supported the bar and the Rockford Art Museum. Scott Prine and the Greenwich Village Art Fair committee did a great job making this such a wonderful and premier arts & entertainment event. Also, thank you to Doug Campbell from Hear More Music for the After Hours party sound system, and Doug & Holli Connell of Engine Studio for daytime sound system. And Nancy Froelich....thanks for the iPod!  The photos capture some of the fun and relaxing moments at Point! Bar.

Kortman "Point! Bar" @ RAM's Greenwich Village Art Far, Sept. 17 & 18...Martinis, Music & Art!

The Love Lemon Martini joins the Sock Monkey Martini at the Kortman Gallery "Point! Bar" located in the middle of Rockford Art Museum's annual Greenwich Village Art Fair. The two tasty martinis were a big hit at On The, if you didn't get a chance to enjoy them at OTW...come to the Greenwich Village Art Fair, Saturday & Sunday, September 17th & 18th. On Saturday two Michael LaLoggias (Father & Son) will be manning the Point! Bar... and Sunday, Chris Doyle & Chad Hobbs will take care of all your beverage needs. And don't miss the AFTER HOURS PARTY on Saturday evening as the festival winds down. Point! Bar will be open from 5pm to 8pm with Dennis Horton hosting the bar. Relax, groove, and dance to the music of D. J. Fuzz (Dan Minick) who will keep the party going. After the AFTER HOURS PARTY head on over to Block 5 in Downtown Rockford for even more fun. A great weekend of Art, Music, and great food!  Also visit for more art fair info.



Love Lemon vs. Sock Monkey martini @ Kortman Gallery Bar during On The Waterfront!

Making its triumphant return to the Kortman Gallery outside bar after a two year absence, the Sock Monkey Martini will be battling it out with the now classic Love Lemon Martini™ to see what‘s this year’s On The Waterfront’s favorite martini. The Love Lemon Martini™ was inspired by a festival kids’ treat that was served years ago at “Beattie Is...” (back in the ’70’s) and Rockford Art Museum’s “Greenwich Village Art Fairs”. The idea was to suck the juice from the lemon through the peppermint stick. The stick not only sweetened the juice but added a cooling sensation.
But the Love Lemon Martini™ is a very adult treat...refreshingly delicious, consisting of vodka, Limoncello (an Italian lemon liqueur), and fresh lemon juice garnished with a slice of lemon pierced by a peppermint stick.
The sock monkey, Rockford’s unofficial mascot and party animal is the inspiration for this playful adult cocktail...the Sock Monkey Martini™.  A blend of coconut vodka, creme de cacao, banana liqueur, laced with chocolate syrup and garnished with a cherry, the Sock Monkey Martini will make you go bananas for another one!
Also featured at the Kortman Gallery Bar will be Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Amstel Light and Heineken beers along with a selection of wine and soft drinks.
Stop by the Kortman Gallery Bar and relax in our tent, or should we say, our Main Street lounge...see you Labor Day Weekend, On The Waterfront ’11, downtown Rockford.

Note: The Kortman outside bar and upstairs gallery will be open Friday evening at least ‘til midnite and Saturday & Sunday from 2pm at least ‘til midnite or later depending on demand. Due to the festival, store hours may vary...please phone ahead 815-968-0123 for more information.

Opening Friday, August 26th...Sarah Stewart @ Kortman Gallery and John Deill & Jim Julin @ RAM...don't miss them!

Sarah Danielle Stewart exhibits 
vibrant, colorful work at Kortman Gallery

Seeing the works of Rockford artist Sarah Danielle Stewart is like getting a flash vision into the workings of her imagination. Her complex, colorful works will be on exhibit in the Kortman Gallery opening on Friday, August 26th. The exhibition titled “Flesh in Rainbows” presents mixed-media, dynamic works that are influenced by the Stewart’s boundless imaginative view of nostalgia, kitsch, cartoons, pulp illustration, plus pattern, fabric, and vibrant colors.
“The show title ‘Flesh in Rainbows’ speaks directly to the way I see and think about everything,” says Stewart. “ Memories spur to me in hues, the reflection of light translates color and vibration, and color not only represents, but emanates emotion. Colors can be comforting, but also jarring. They can be offensive and ridiculous, yet they can be beautiful and strong. With this body of work, I strive to achieve all of the above.”
  Kortman Gallery director, Doc Slafkosky says Stewarts work is “amazingly intricate and beautifully executed, but at the same time a little whacky. You really have to spend some time looking at her pieces to see everything that’s going on in her vibrant paintings. These works are eye-catching entertainment.”
The opening reception for Stewart’s “Flesh in Rainbows” Kortman exhibition will be Friday, August 6th from 5:30 to 9pm  The gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street. For further information call 815/968-0123 or visit

What: “Flesh in Rainbows” art exhibit
            featuring new mixed-media works by Sarah Dnielle Stewart
When: Friday, August 26th, 5:30 to 9:00pm. Exhibits runs thru October 1st. Gallery & Store open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 
             107 North Main St.
Admission: Free 
To see images of Sarah Danielle Stewart's exhibiton and photos of opening night click on the "Current Show" option to the left. If you are seeing this via posterous go to

 Just a few blocks up Main Street, at the Rockford Art Museum (also starting Friday, August 26th) see the works of two of Rockford's most prolific and celebrated artists John Deill and Jim Julin. Works include pieces created over several decades. Friday evening: RAM members only...Saturday open to the public. For further information visit  .




Rockford themed postcards, notecards, and mugs add to summer fun @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design

The Rockford Sock Monkey and the world class "Symbol" sculpture by Alexander Liberman in Sinnissippi Park are the stars of these fun summer postcards, notecards, and mugs now available at J.R. Kortman Center for Design. Perfect for your visiting friends and relatives who want to fondly remember their stay in the Forest City...or, send to those who've moved away...or, maybe, you want to add to your own collection of Rockford memorabilia. The cards & mugs are original J. R. Kortman photos and designs and are a great keepsake as well as our Rockford Landmark ornament collection, featuring hand-painted images of the new Nicholas Conservatory, vintage Sinnissippi Lagoon, Burpee Natural History Museum, Anderson Gardens, including "Symbol", the Rockford Sock Monkey and many more.



Phonetography exhibit First Friday, August 5th @ Kortman Gallery + Alessi sale, Nancy Froelich's iPod, Dennis Horton hosting the bar & Leslie Arbetman's art

Looking forward to this First Friday, August 5th when we will be featuring an exciting new exhibition in the Kortman Gallery called Phonetography. Multiple digital displays will show slide shows from a cutting edge group of artists who take their mobile phone cameras seriously and the result is some pretty fantastic photographs, or should we say, Phonetographs. This special exhibit is being presented by Engine Studio & Ryan Davis Photography. Also in the gallery, you can still see the works of Leslie Arbetman whose show has been extended through August 15th. Shop in the store 'til 9pm this Friday. The special 20% off sale on selected Alessi design pieces was to end July 31st...but in honor of First Friday we are extending the sale through this Friday. Dennis Horton will be hosting the Kortman Gallery Bar and we will reveal the unedited playlist from the iPod of our very own Nancy Froelich.
Hope to see you soon!



Now in July save 20% on selected items from Alessi @ J. R. Kortman Center for Design...extra ordinary design & quality

If you have been collecting pieces from the collections of Michael Graves or "Cactus" or "Mediterraneo" by Alessi now is the time to add to your collection at a savings of 20% for limited time. If you have dreamed of something elegant for your home from Alessi now is the time to acquire something of extraordinary design and quality with these special prices now through the end of July. Stop by Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm and see these elegant works of design at J. R. Kortman for Design in Downtown Rockford. For more information call us @ 815.968.0123



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