Orcas Life: A Blog
March 5th, 2011
Painter and illustrator Brook Meinhardt, an Orcas Island resident for the past five years, was featured in her first solo show at the Orcas Center last evening, Friday, March 4. On a chilly evening in Eastsound, Orcas Islanders – young and old – turned out to show their support for one of the island’s creative forces. The moment you entered the Orcas Center gallery one was taken by the number of images Brook had assembled for the show. Ranging from her unique cardboard ‘art scenes’ to drawing and paintings, it was an impressive lineup.
Margie Doyle’s OrcasIssues blog recently had a wonderful overview of Brook’s background. A few of the highlights are found here:
Brook was born and raised in New York City, and studied art at The School of Visual Arts, and Cooper Union. Growing up in Manhattan the daughter of two architects, Meinhardt grew up surrounded by art. Her Harvard-trained father worked for Richard Meier, and a Frank Stella hung in their living room. Her father took her to see Claus Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Louise Nevelson, and Louise Bourgeois shows in SOHO when she was a child. She has always been surrounded and inspired by structure, form and function. Her paintings, drawings and portraits, some 3-D constructions made from cardboard, have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, TIME magazine, and The Wall Street Journal amongst many others. She’s also done commercial illustration work for companies like The Gap, MTV, Pottery Barn, Old Navy, Barney’s New York, and Sephora.
Brook’s website can be found at www.BrookMeinhardt.com. Orcas Island is lucky to have her artistic talents.