After painting for over 25 years and running a gallery for nearly 5 years in downtown Nevada City, California, LeeAnn Brook’s life is ever-evolving. Closing the gallery during the world’s tumultuous time in March 2020 was a very tough decision, but a sound one that came with great consideration. Brook now operates LeeAnn Brook Fine Art from her home studio and continues to represent selected top artists from her original gallery, meeting with interested collectors on an appointment-only basis. Brook also spends more focused time painting in her home studio that is in her beloved community of Nevada City, California, looking forward to the next blank canvas.
Brook grew up in the countryside of Glastonbury, Connecticut. She graduated from Paier College of Art near New Haven, Connecticut in 1973 with a double major in fine art and graphic design. Studying under the influences of trompe l’oeil painting master Ken Davies, her curriculum in art school was traditionally based. Concurrently, her personal work developed into large format contemporary paintings that she exhibited in shows and galleries throughout New York and New England, winning over 20 awards in juried shows in 3 years. At age 23, she was accepted into the prestigious Connecticut Society of Women Painters. She is a five-time award winner in the California State Fair and a four-time winner in the nationally recognized Wild & Scenic Film Festival‘s juried art competition, including Best Of 2D in 2018. She is in the permanent collection at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, CA, and U. C. Davis Medical Center in Roseville, CA. She also was awarded Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Artist award from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Former gallery located in downtown Nevada City, CA
From 2015 to 2020, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art was one of the first artist-owned galleries and on-site studios in Nevada County, California. Located in the heart of historic downtown Nevada City, the gallery also incorporated Brook’s studio. The gallery became a community hub, featuring art talks, live music, and monthly art shows featuring the work of over 30 local and regional artists.