The J Patio Gallery, located in the lobby of the Jewish Community Center, is the elegant setting for imaginative exhibits featuring the innovative artwork of locally, nationally and internationally recognized artists.
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Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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THE J PATIO GALLERY PRESENTS
Color + Light
January 21-March 21, 2018
Brook Forrest White, Jr. thrives on the intensity of the hot glass process. He openly shares his passion for glass art with all those who visit his studio, FLAME RUN.
A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Brook grew up playing baseball, soccer and the drums. He was captain of his high school soccer team and went to Centre College in Danville, Kentucky to continue playing soccer at the collegiate level. He was a four-year letterman in soccer at Centre. Little did he know that a single class would change the trajectory of his life.
Brook was pursuing a degree in government when he blindly signed up for an art class entitled “Hot Glass 1” to fulfill a general requirement at Centre College. That class happened to be taught by internationally renowned glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell. In the glassblowing studio, Brook found an outlet for his passion, intensity, athleticism and creativity. Brook’s imagination was immediately captured by the fire, the honey-like molten glass, and being a member of Powell’s team creating his signature work.
Brook went on to work many years for Powell. Those apprenticeship years would prove to be invaluable to Brook as he continued his fascination with hot glass. Brook credits his nearly decade long time with Powell as the inspiration to start his own studio.
After a brief stint at the University of Kentucky’s Law School, Brook opened his first studio in 1995 in Danville, Kentucky. With the financial support of a select group of investors, Brook found a building and began constructing his first glass furnace. The studio was just off of the Centre campus. Brook hosted several Centre students as interns and they saw the true beginnings of how to build a glassblowing studio. Once the studio was finally up and running, Brook focused on creating a new style of work. Brook travelled across the state and region making new contacts as he exhibited and began to sell his glass work.
Brook won the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council in 1998. He utilized the award to travel around the world, visiting glass artists, studios and factories to gain insight and knowledge about glass and its amazing history. His journey included many countries, but he focused on Sweden, Italy, Japan and Australia. This opportunity provided Brook with a newfound respect for glass and how others made a career of working with it.
In 2001, a new glass enterprise was opening in Louisville, called the Louisville Glassworks. Glassworks was designed as a mixed use space highlighting glass art in its many forms. Brook was approached to be the Hot Shop Director, and he moved to Louisville to become an integral part of this new facility. This move allowed Brook to be the operator of the largest glassblowing studio in the region, teaching lessons, creating his own work and hosting glass artists from across the globe.
The University of Louisville became interested in glass art as the Glassworks project opened with much fanfare. In 2003, Brook taught as an adjunct instructor for U of L’s first ever hot glass class. It was such a success that the University went on to build its own studio and now offers glass as part of its fine arts curriculum.
With all of this new momentum, Brook saw the possibilities of Louisville, not only as a center for glass art but for the larger arts community as well. After two and a half years, Brook left Glassworks to start a new venture. In 2004, Brook co-founded FLAME RUN Hot Glass Studio and Gallery. The new studio was located on the east side of Market Street and the neighborhood that would transform into what is now called “NuLu”.
In this 12,000 square foot space, Brook and a team of fellow glass artists forged an atmosphere of creativity and openness while focusing on sharing glass art with the city, the state and the region. FLAME RUN continued Brook’s desire to bring together glass artists, students, collectors and enthusiasts to a studio and gallery committed to creating and exhibiting glass art by local and international artists. His vision came to fruition in 2010, when Louisville was selected to host the Glass Art Society’s International Glass Conference.
In 2012, an interesting twist of fate found Brook with the opportunity to take over the now defunct Glassworks facility. This was the original glassblowing studio he had moved to Louisville to manage in 2001. Brook moved his team and studio back to the west end of Market Street. Once settled, the move proved to be serendipitous. The chance to be closer to the other
museums and tourist attractions in the Museum Row District enhanced FLAME RUN’S mission, and expanded it’s reach. The studio has grown by Brook’s commitment to glass education, creating his personal work, providing interactive hotshop activities, hosting exhibits of diverse glass art, and increasing the demand for his large-scale installations.
Brook’s glass art has expanded to include private and corporate commissions as well as numerous architectural large-scale installations at a variety of different venues. Brook and FLAME RUN create awards and designer items ranging from unique paperweights and ornaments, chandeliers and lighting, individual glass vessels, hanging sculptures, mobiles and wall sculptures over 50 feet long.
Brook’s list of corporate clients includes such names as Maker’s Mark, Churchill Downs, Angel’s Envy, The Muhammad Ali Center, YUM! Brands, Humana, Greater Louisville Inc., KFC, The Falls of the Ohio Interpretative Center, Northeast Christian Church and the Owensboro Medical Health System.
Numerous celebrities and other notables have been awarded Brook’s glass art. A partial list includes Muhammad Ali, President Jimmy Carter, Susan Saradon, Guy Fieri, Michael Bolton, Diane Sawyer, Jim Brown, Condoleezza Rice and Pete Rose.
Brook is proud of FLAME RUN’s recognition as the largest privately owned glass studio in Kentucky. Their reputation is known across the country. Visitors come from all over to experience the thrill of glassblowing. It is the same experience Brook had more than 20 years ago and he continues to share his passion for hot glass. Now Brook draws additional inspiration from his twin son and daughter. Brook challenges himself by taking on new projects of all sizes, seeking new adventures and coming up with new ways to share his love of glass.
Funded In Part by
Family of Bernice Mazin
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Judy Hummel
Mr. & Mrs. Arnold and Marilyn Miller