Toying around at Kortman, Feb. 5

Staff Report

First Friday means plenty of firsts for downtown businesses, and this week is no exception for the Kortman Gallery as “Toyed” opens Feb. 5.

Bristled by R. Scott Long“When we toy with materials and ideas as artists, we play,” says artist Betsy Youngquist. “Playing and experimenting, along with light-hearted day dreaming, are part of the creative process with the works in this exhibition. This playful attitude, without the weight of any expectation, resulted in these exuberant, high-spirited pieces.”

Youngquist, along with fellow Rockford-native R. Scott Long, will present showcase their three-dimensional pieces through March 20.

“I’ve created these mixed-media sculptures, many of them kinetic and made from repurposed found objects, that are evocative of vintage toys,” said Long. “They are works of art that, some of which, you can actually play with.”

“Whether you’re a serious collector or just enjoy seeing art, this colorful, playful, beautifully executed exhibit will be a visually entertaining, exciting, and even magical experience,” said Kortman Gallery director Doc Slafkosky.

Toyed opens for First Friday, Feb. 5, 5:30 to 9 p.m. and will be on display through March 20.

KortmanGallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford.

For more information call 815-968-0123 or visit

Bird by Betsy Youngquist

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