Deckle Edge exhibit to close with party

On Friday, Sept. 26, Kortman Gallery will host a closing party for the art exhibit featuring the visually exciting works of Roland Poska, one of Rockford’s most accomplished and prolific artists. The exhibit, titled Deckle Edge (Approximately 40 Trips Around the Sun) features a debut of a series of prints that have been 25 years in the making. The original prints are available for purchase through a silent auction during the run of the exhibit, culminating at 9 p.m. with final bids taken during the closing party. Proceeds from the sale of the prints and paintings will benefit the acquisition fund of the Rockford Art Musuem. “We always have art opening receptions for our exhibits,” said gallery director Doc Slafkosky. “But this is the first time we are hosting a closing party. It should be a fun evening and a good way to support the Rockford Art Museum.” Since the mid-1960s, Poska has pioneered the medium of hand-made paper. His show at the Milwaukee Museum of Art, July 4, 1976, was the first major paper exhibition in the United States. Joined later by David Hockney, Frank Stella, and others, he is today a leading figure in print making, as well as promoting his own distinctive technique of painting with pulp and pigment. “This will be a rare opportunity to acquire a piece by an internationally recognized artist and also help the art museum at the same time,” said Jerry Kortman, co-owner of the Kortman Gallery. “This is not only an important show for our gallery, but a landmark exhibition for Rockford.” The Kortman Gallery, upstairs from J.R. Kortman Center for Design at 107 N. Main St., on the Downtown Mall, will be open Monday through Saturday, so art patrons can continue to bid on the Poska prints before the closing party. For more information, call 968-0123. The event is free.

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