Nels Akerlund at Kortman Gallery

Nels Akerlund at Kortman Gallery


An exhibition of large-scale color photographs by Rockford artist Nels Akerlund will open Friday, Aug. 17 with a champagne reception from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Kortman Gallery. The exhibition, entitled “Coronado Captured,” features new photographs, many being shown for the first time, of Rockford’s Coronado Theatre.

The photos, which took hundreds of hours to shoot, capture the architecture and splendor of the historic downtown theater.

According to Akerlund, one image could take up to four to five hours to shoot. “Lighting was a challenge because it was impossible to shoot with just existing light,” said Akerlund. “To really capture the theater’s unique atmosphere, camera exposures could be up to 45 minutes. If the air conditioning kicked on or any other vibration occurred, it would ruin the shoot.”

More of Akerlund’s Coronado photographs can be seen in a coffee table-style book titled The Coronado Theatre: Rockford’s Crown Jewel, with text by Gwendolyn Quirk. The book will be available for purchase, and the authors will sign copies during the opening.

A special feature of the exhibition will be a photograph of Cheap Trickster Rick Nielsen’s balcony seat. “Limited collector’s editions of the photograph will be made which will be signed by Nielsen, and specially framed and matted to include one of Rick’s guitar picks,” said Akerlund.

Proceeds from the sale of the photographs and books will benefit the Friends of the Coronado’s continuing education fund.

“Coronado Captured” exhibition (free and open to the public) will run through September 30 and will be open during this year’s On The Waterfront. The Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at 107 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. For more information, call 968-0123.

Brewmasters to host Heidi Leatherby exhibit

Brewmasters Coffee & Cafe, 3750 E. State St., is now showing the premier exhibit for local artist, Heidi Leatherby. The exhibit, titled “Color: Embodied,” contains both acrylic paintings and ceramic works. It is an explosion of color and form!

The show runs from August 10 to September 29. Viewing hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call Carla Gille at 229-8282.

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