Artist Partners

Emily Bartolone

Emily Bartolone’s work encompasses opposition–humor and seriousness, loud and soft, covering and revealing. As art mirrors life, so too does Bartolone’s work destabilize the viewer in order to reflect the instability humans feel in daily life. Toying with the extremes of the spectrum of balance and imbalance through the use of color, composition, and shape, Bartolone builds multidimensional paintings that both please and challenge the viewer, thereby offering a microcosmic experience of life in this fast-paced, ever-changing, chaotic world.

Brooke Figer

Everything about Brooke is small but mighty. She is petite in stature yet strong in spirit. As art mirrors life, so too are her paintings diminutive in form but grandiose in truth. Brooke’s keen observation and thoughtful consideration of the world around her drives her practice.  Transforming the mundane contents of life—insects, seashells, fruits, vegetables, household implements—into objects of beauty and meaning, Brooke explores the struggles, successes, and fragility of life.  Of late she has been inspired by Dutch still-life painting, wherein artists of old revealed higher truths through everyday scenes and objects. Brooke translates this centuries-old practice for the modern audience. Her paintings are less jewel boxes, as some refer to the works of Dutch masters like Jan van Eyck, and more Pandora’s boxes of meaning, passion, soul, and vulnerability. Her symbolism is subtle and elegant, and yet it enriches her simple compositions so that form follows function. Thoroughly modern and rooted in tradition, Brooke’s work is as relevant to ponder as it is beautiful to behold.

A Cleveland native, Brooke has spent her career honing her painting and illustration skills. By day, she works as a professional digital artist in the commercial photography field and has worked on numerous national and international brands. 

Emilie Hoke

Emilie Hoke’s practice explores the intersection between the environment and art. Her earliest memories are embedded in landscapes, searching for seashells on the water’s edge or exploring undulating forests. These experiences have given her a keen sense of awe and appreciation for natural ephemera—the dancing light across a forest of trees, the flow of water over rock, and the sun rays coming through her studio windows. In her paintings, the pooling of paint becomes akin to the rush of a river, and the crystallization of salt suggests briny objects at the water’s edge. Her artistic focus lies in microscale environments, such as a rock’s surface, the interactions between light and the surfaces of natural objects, and the interconnected nature of landscapes.