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J.R. Kortman Gallery and Center for Design

107 N. Main St.
Rockford  Illinois  61101
United States
(815) 968-0123
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Midwest Living Review

Catey Sullivan
One half of this space is a gallery showcasing fine art, and the other half sells a mix of kitschy Rockford souvenirs and artsy objects.

Opened in 1986, this shop was one of the early entries in the rejuvenation of Main Street. A gift shop on the first floor sells a mix of kitsch and art, with Rockford-centric items galore, including memorabilia connected with an odd Rockford phenomenon--the sock monkey. (Workers at Nelson's Knitting Factory in Rockford started making sock monkeys after the demand for knitted socks dwindled.) If you're looking for sock-monkey banks, clocks, watches, ornaments and dolls, this is the place. The second floor is a gallery showcasing work by artists from the Rockford areas. Recent exhibits included paintings, assemblages and beaded mosaic sculptures.

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