Artists celebrate Rockford by creating postcard art for Kortman Gallery

Michael Bugler

As tourism continues to grow throughout Rockford, the demand for local postcards is on the rise.

The Kortman Gallery is introducing a new exhibition called, “Greetings from Rockford, Illinois USA.”

The gallery opens Friday, November 16th at 5:30 PM, and will feature original postcards from more than twenty local artists. Those postcards will be available for sale, and they can be addressed and mailed from the Kortman Gallery.

In the past few years we have actually seen an uptick in a demand for Rockford postcards,” says Doc Slafkosky, gallery director and co-owner of J.R. Kortman Center for Design. “Visitors and local patrons have shown an interest in sending Rockford-themed postcards to distant family and friends. They use to be available at the corner drugstore, but those days are long gone.

“We created some postcards of our own to fill the need, however, we thought it would be great for artists who make Rockford their home, to create images that not only represent their view of the city, but also celebrate Rockford’s vibrant, bourgeoning local art community,” says Jerry Kortman.

Other original works from each of the featured artists will also be included in the exhibition.

“Greetings form Rockford, Illinois USA” will be on display through January 5th, 2019.

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