By Mary Sisk
Rock River Current
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ROCKFORD — A new group exhibition in the city reimagines an everyday object: a chair.
“Sit. Chairs as Art,” features the reinvention and interpretation of chairs from 26 artists at Kortman Gallery, 107 N. Main St., in downtown. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through Jan. 14.
“It compels you to apply your artistic skills often in different ways,” said participating artist and Rock Valley College professor Lynn Fischer-Carlson. “You want to participate in the theme without sacrificing your own aesthetic vision or style.”
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This show also honors the work of the late Rockford artist Jim Julin, who created “The Big Chair” for a Kortman Gallery exhibit in 2002.
Participating artists are: Zoa Ace, Stephen Warde Anderson, Lynn Fischer-Carlson, Molly Carter, Jesus Correa, John Deill, Michelle Dorr, Fatherless, Roni Golan, Laura Gomel, Brian Hierstein, Jane Peterson Hooker, Lisa Jimenez, Carrie Johnson, Jeremy Klonicki, Jenny Matthews, Robin McCauley, Nancie King Mertz, Valerie Olafson, Jacob Polhill, Jane Weis Proudfoot, Louis Recchia, Joe Tallman, Alison Weust, Brett Whitacre, and Kyle Wolfe.
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Where: J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., Rockford
When: 5:30-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18
More information: For additional information, call the gallery at 815-968-0123 or visit its website jrkortman.com