Local artists open exhibit at Kortman Gallery

• Works by Mark Bond, Deni Upshaw, Joe Church featured in new exhibit opening March 12

On Friday, March 12, the diverse works of Rockford artists Mark Bond, Deni Upshaw and Joe Church will go on exhibit with an opening reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., in Rockford’s downtown River District.

Bond, photography artist, incorporates photographic images on three dimensional objects, creating exciting visual sculptures and wall pieces. Bond says chance is an important aspect of his work.

“Found objects, recycled materials, and mistakes are all elements of chance that I allow into my work,” Bond said. “Photography relies heavily on chance and inspires me to improvise, a concept I became familiar with while studying jazz saxophone.”

Upshaw works concrete into functional art for the home and garden.

“I first became interested in working in concrete when I was redesigning my kitchen and sought a unique and durable working surface,” Upshaw said. “While exploring concrete as a countertop alternative, I came to realize concrete’s value as an artistic medium. I began to experiment with it and quickly became fascinated with the range of colors and textures that can be achieved by varying concrete composition, aggregates, dyes, stains and form media.”

Church, a young artist new to the Rockford art scene, paints stylistic landscapes and abstract imagery on canvas.

“I paint landscapes the way I see them in my head, which results in a very stylized image,” Church said. “However, it is not just a landscape, it is really more of a portrait of a tree.”

Information: Call 968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.

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