Nicole Georgis exhibits paintings at Kortman

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Nicole Georgis, a young painter new to the Rockford art scene, will present her innovative painting style in an exhibition titled “From Memory.” Kortman Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21.

Georgis, a graduate of Boylan High School and Washington University, developed her style by marrying the act of painting with music.

“While listening to music, I was able to change my whole creative process with paint,” she said. “I abandoned the paintbrush and dripped oil paint onto an un-stretched canvas, allowing the musical structure to influence the composition and color placement.”

Georgis paints mostly landscapes and portraits to create a juxtaposition of classical compositions and subject matter with a contemporary style.

Kortman Gallery Director Doc Slafkosky said: “Her style is fresh and intriguing. Her art could be described as Seurat meets Pollock, which is an exciting combination.”

The Kortman Gallery is upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., in the downtown River District. Exhibition runs through March 5 and admission is free. Info: 968-0123,, or

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