Michelle Dorr’s colorful “Happy Hour!” exhibition of new works opens Friday, August 27th at Kortman Gallery...

Party faces, lovable dogs, and vibrant insects are the subjects of Michelle Dorr’s colorful portraits which will go on exhibit Friday, August 27th in the Kortman Gallery. Dorr’s exhibition appropriately titled, “Happy Hour!” features paintings of acrylic on canvas that are dazzling and exuberant works of art.
Dorr is a self-taught artist who was greatly influenced by her father who was a graphic designer with a home studio. “I grew up in a family of artists and especially loved watching my father create portraits of people and animals,” said Dorr. “I always paid special attention to the way he did eyes and I never forgot it.” 
Dorr has also applied her images to jewelry that she hand makes. “My jewelry is created from miniatures of my paintings that I cast in resin and adorn with glass seed beads,” says Dorr. “The pieces are casual, fun, wearable art.”
“Because Michelle Dorr’s art is so visually entertaining we thought this would be a great art show to have in the gallery during On The Waterfront,” says Kortman Gallery director Doc Salfkosky. “The whole family will enjoy Michelle’s colorful paintings.”
The August 27th opening reception for “Happy Hour!” by Michelle Dorr will be from 5:30 to 9:00pm upstairs in the Kortman Gallery at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street, Downtown Rockford. For more information call 815/968-0123 or visit www. jrkortman.com. 
What: “Happy Hour!,” an exhibition of portrait art by Michelle Dorr
Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J.R.Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main, Downtown Rockford
When: Opening reception, Friday, August 27, 5:30pm-9:00pm. Gallery open Monday–Saturday, 10am–6pm. Exhibition runs through September 27, 2010.
Free admission. 
Information: 815-968-0123 or www.jrkortman.com

To see images of Michelle Dorr's "Happy Hour!" exhibit, click on the "Current Show" option to the left under Kortman Gallery