The best gifts for the holidays are from J. R. Kortman Center for Design...take a casual photo tour of the store

Here is an iPhone photo tour of  J. R. Kortman Center for shopping for the holidays! We're open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm or later by appointment...and Sundays 1 to 5 (in December). Hope these pictures give you great gift ideas...stop in and experience the store and Kortman Gallery where you can see the "The Wright Inspiration: Art, Design, and theLaurent House" exhibiton. To see images of the Wright exhibition click on "Current Show" option under Kortman Gallery on the left or go to


Experience Christmas in the city with Downtown shopping @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design

Can't beat the ambience of Christmas in the skating in Davis Park...cozy dinner by the fire at Abreo...a beer with friends at Carlyle...casual, fun food at Octane...and the Downtown classic Irish Rose...and most of all shopping for the best gifts at J. R. Kortman Center for Design and experiencing the Kortman Gallery surrounded by the "Wright Inspiration: Art, Design, and the Laurent House" exhibit.
We're open Sundays in December, 1 to 5pm!
Have a great holiday season!

First Friday @ J.R.Kortman: Holiday Shopping, The Wright Inspiration, Nels Akerlund's iPod revealed, & MikeLaLoggia @ the Bar

December's First Friday (Dec. 2nd) marks the official opening of the holiday shopping season at J. R. Kortman Center for Design. Lights will be twinkling, stars will be shining, and the store will be filled with compelling and magical gifts. The Kortman Gallery bar will be open upstairs so you can enjoy the "Wright Inspiration: Art, Design, and the Laurent House" exhibit over a relaxing beverage while listening to the unedited playlist from one of Rockford's grandest photographers, Nels Akerlund...and enjoy the music through the cool and cutting edge technology of the sound systems rom located in the "Kortman Gallery of Sound." And Rockford's ultra party guy, Mike LaLoggia will keep it all together tending the Gallery Bar.  This is just the start of a happy 26th holiday season from J.R. Kortman Center for Design! 



The Laurent House & Frank Lloyd Wright Inspire Kortman Gallery Exhibition, opening Nov. 25

     The Laurent House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpieces, embraces the landscape along Springbrook Road, right here in Rockford. It is the only building that Wright designed to be totally handicapped accessible and the only Wright house where the original owners still live in the home designed specifically for them.
     In honor of this world-class property, the Kortman Gallery is presenting a group exhibition titled “The Wright Inspiration: Art, Design, and the Laurent House.” Sixteen Rockford artists will present works inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright in a variety of media along with multi-media images of the interior and exterior of the Laurent House.
   “Mr. Wright is probably the most influential figure in architecture in modern times,” said Doc Slafkosky, Kortman Gallery director. “He is recognized around the world for his innovative and challenging designs...and to have one of his beautiful works here in Rockford is worth celebrating. Besides, he’s the
only architect I know mentioned in a song!”
   The Kortman exhibition will not only feature fine art, but functional design objects for the home such as pottery, lighting, and even neck ties. “This is more than an art show, you could almost say it’s a Frank Lloyd Wright/Laurent House experience,” said Slafkosky. “An entertaining holiday exhibition the entire family will enjoy seeing.”
        Participating artists are Frank Houtkamp, Keith Grace, Brad Nordlof, Jim Julin,
 John Verl McNamara, Jeanne Ludeke, Valerie Olafson, Javier Jimenez, Steve Pitkin,   
 Shari Grace, R. Scott Long, Jeremy Klonicki, Carmen Turner, Jennifer Mullin, Robert Sunday, and
Betsy Youngquist.
       The exhibition is presented in cooperation with Mr & Mrs. Kenneth H. Laurent,The Laurent House Foundation, The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Engine Studio, and Wallblank. 
      The opening reception for “The Wright Inspiration: Art, Design, and the Laurent House” exhibition will be Friday, November 25th from 5 to 10pm.  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: “The Wright Inspiration: Art, Design, and the Laurent House” art exhibit featuring 15 Rockford artists and multi-media images of the Laurent House.
When: Opening receptions: Friday, November 25th, 5 to 10pm. Gallery & Store open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm, and Sundays (in December) 1 – 5pm. Exhibit runds throug January 6th.
Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 
             107 North Main St.
Admission: Free 

First Friday Nov 4 @ J R sale!, art of Cherri Rittenhouse & R, Scott Long's iPod revealed.

 This First Friday @ J.R. Kortman Center for Design, save 20 - 40 % on selected items as we begin our FALL DOT SALE.  Here is your chance to get an early start on your Holiday shopping and save some money too.  The sale begins @ 5:pm Friday night come early for the best selection.  See the "25: Rittenhouse @ Kortman" exhibition, featuring paintings by Cherri Rittenhouse upstairs in the Kortman Gallery, and then relax at the Kortman Gallery Bar with your favorite beverage served by bar host Dennis Horton.  Groove to the music from  R. Scott Long's unedited  iPod playlist ..... played through a cool and contemporary sound system provided by  

Hear. More. Music.

Kortman Gallery celebrates 25 years with Cherri Rittenhouse exhibition during Fall ArtScene, Oct. 14 &15

Cherri Rittenhouse to Unveil New                   
          Painting at Kortman Gallery

Cherri Rittenhouse, one of Rockford’s most accomplished artists, will be unveiling a new painting at 7pm during the opening of her exhibition at the Kortman Gallery on Friday, October 14th. The exhibition titled “25: Rittenhouse @ Kortman” features selected works by Rittenhouse, first artist and curator of the Kortman Gallery, marking the 25th anniversary of the Gallery. Paintings in the exhibit represent works created by Rittenhouse over the past 25 years through the present.
“We’re so excited to have Cherri showing again in the gallery after 25 years,” said Doc Slafkosky, gallery director. “We thought it would be fun to have an actual unveiling of a new piece to add to the excitement.”
Rittenhouse whose works can best be described as Expressionistic Abstraction with subject matter comprised of inner visions and personal narratives that are derived from subconscious sources. 
“I never know what I’m going to do,” Rittenhouse says, “I just make an image and then respond to it and see where it takes me. It’s very freeing to work this way – it’s like uncovering a part of myself that I didn’t know existed.”
Highlights of her career as a painter include a Best of Show award at the New Horizons in Art at The Chicago Cultural Center, her time as a gallery artist with the Phyllis Kind Gallery in Chicago in the 1990’s, shows in Mexico where she now has a home and studio as well as a show at the prestigious Vida Museum in Borgholm, Sweden in 2009.
In addition to being Professor of Art at Rock Valley College, Rittenhouse owns and operates two restaurants, Josef of Barbados and Pearl, with her chef husband, Josef Schwaiger. They live in Rockford with their daughter, Sofia.
The opening receptions for “25: Rittenhouse @ Kortman” exhibition will be Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th from 5 to 9pm in conjunction with Fall ArtScene.  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: “25: Rittenhouse @ Kortman” art exhibit featuring 
                         paintings by Cherri Rittenhouse
When: Opening receptions: Friday, October 14th, 5 to 9:00pm (unveiling of new painting at 7pm) and Saturday, October 15th, 3 to 9pm. Exhibits runs thru November 19th. 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 Cherri Rittenhouse's exhibiton click on the "Current Show" option to the left. If you are viewing this via posterous go to



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.