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Jamar Holloway, co-owner of Visionary and optician extraordinaire, has curated an incredible art exhibit at the J.R. Kortman Center that opens on October 1st, and we cannot wait to see it…and it can’t wait to see us back.

Jamar has put together an exhibit that weaves art and eyewear in a visceral, exciting way, showing how one influences the other. From the J.R. Kortman site:

The realms of art & design come together when optician and eyewear aficionado Jamar Holloway curates this unique and “eye-catching” exhibition that explores how art has inspired eyewear and how eyewear design has become art. Works include a variety of media including painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, and optical design collections. Participants in the exhibit include artists from Rockford and Chicago: Candice Johnson, Socorro Mucino, Meryl Morris, Brian Estep, Jesus Correa, Fatherless, Scott Urban, Nick Cashmere, and Brett Whitacre.  Kortman Gallery opening receptions for “Artistry in Eyewear,” featuring works from artists and eyewear designers, are Friday, October 1st from 5 to 9pm and Saturday, October 2nd, 4 to 9pm, ArtScene weekend. Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibit is free, and open to the public..

The exhibit will run though November 13th. For more information call 815-968-0123 or visit

And yep, that’s our Brian Estep on the list of featured artists, as well. It’s time for a Rockford road trip, Visionaries!