‘onewidefivehigh’ opens at Kortman Gallery Nov. 18

A group art exhibition inspired by a theme of proportion will open Friday, Nov. 18 in the Kortman Gallery in downtown Rockford.

The exhibition, titled “onewidefivehigh,” features more than 20 participating artists who have created works based on the concept of size, or more specifically, the proportion of one by five.

The one-by-five theme was chosen by gallery owners Doc Slafkosky and Jerry Kortman, who host a themed group art show every year during the holiday season. The inspiration for “onewidefivehigh” came from a commercial advertising “sofa-sized” paintings.

“We found it intriguing that someone would buy a painting based on its size,” Salfkosky said. “So, we thought we would take it a step further into the realm of proportion. It’s always fun to see what this group of talented, creative artists come up with.”

Artists selected to be in the show represent a variety of media from painting to sculpture, from jewelry to stained glass, and from video to ceramics. The size constraints present a challenge to the artists. “It’s amazing how challenging it can be to create a piece when you are restricted by proportion,” says artist Joanlee Stassi. “But it gets your creative juices flowing.”

“onewidefivehigh” will open with a champagne reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18 in the Kortman Gallery. For more information, call 968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.

From the Nov. 16-22, 2005, issue

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