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The restoration of Main Street in Downtown Rockford is in full swing. De-construction of the mall is moving along at a rapid pace. J. R. Kortman Center for Design is open during this historic change.. Come visit us and see for yourself. The Kortman Gallery (upstairs) is a great vantage point to watch it all happen!. We feature a small selection of affordable wines, fine art, colorful books on art, design, and pop culture...and free wifi. Click on Doc's Blog for more images of the transformation of Main Street...


Correa Closing Party @ Kortman Gallery

Closing Party for Jesus Correa VII 
Exhibit at the Kortman Gallery

On Friday evening, July 31st, the Kortman Gallery will host a closing party for Rockford artist Jesus Correa’s colorful mixed-media exhibition. The exhibition, curiously titled, “El Oso Quemado and the Hello Peopel in: Seven Years After HELL,” is partly an exercise in casting out personal demons.
“This show was my opportunity to exorcise my demons, and to share with people the sort of things that rattle around in my brain late at night, the things that keep me going, the sort of things that make me want to quit going,” says Correa. “I want this show to hit you over the head, I am not going for subtlety, and I am not beating around any bushes.”
Correa has created and added new pieces to the exhibition closing party.
According to gallerist Doc Slafkosky, Correa utilizes paint, ink and pencil on wood planks and other found objects. “Jesus’ art is at once sweet and provocative,” Slafkosky said. “Many of his images are colorful and almost childlike, but they are powerful and very personal, influenced by his life experiences and his politics.”
The closing party promises to be an entertaining event.  After 9:00pm the artist will perform with his new band “los osos voladores.” The gallery bar will be open and hosted by Dennis Horton.
Correa ran for Rockford Mayor in the last election as a Green Party candidate. He
 received 2 per cent of the vote.
The closing party for the Jesus Correa VII exhibition is from 6:00 to 10:00pm in the Kortman Gallery, locate upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street, Downtown Rockford. For further information call 815-968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com. The event is free and open to the public.

What:  Closing Party for “El Oso Quemado and the Hello Peopel in: Seven Years                After HELL,” an exhibition of new works by Jesus Correa VII             
Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J.R.Kortman Center for Design, 
              107 North Main, Downtown Rockford
When: Closing reception, Friday, July 31, 6:00–10:00pm. 
             Live band “los osos voladores” @ 9:00pm.
             Gallery open Monday – Saturday, 10am to 6:00pm.
Tickets: Free admission
Information: 815-968-0123 or www.jrkortman.com