Brooke Barttelbort - @brooklyn619
A San Diego native, Brooke’s love affair with glasswork began at age 15 when she began glassblowing under the instruction of Andy Cohn in Balboa Park, San Diego. After graduating from the University of San Diego, Brooke headed north to earn her MFA at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. There, she had her first taste of neon as an elective course with Bill Concannon. It was an instant match—neon art married her design roots with hot glass and flamework. After 8 years working as a graphic designer in the Bay Area, Brooke moved to Los Angeles. She quickly found her tribe at MoNA, the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA. Under the instruction of Lyle George and David Johnson, Brooke couldn’t satisfy her appetite for neon.
Look for multiple layers of meaning in Brooke’s work; she draws from personal experience, music, film, nature, art history, and modern design. She wants her audience to see the technical proficiency in her pieces, but also find her deeper inspiration. You can keep an eye on Brooke’s work through photos and videos on social media as she documents her successes and the trial-and-error in each piece. This is her first gallery show outside of Los Angeles and she feels “honored to be displayed among so many amazing artists she admires.”