Visit our taproom to see a rotating showcase of artwork by local artists. You can learn more about what is currently on display below.
local artist Nina Hoffmann
ARTWORK ON DISPLAY APRIL - MAY 2019
For the last ten years, I have been developing my craft, one painting at a time. What started out as a hobby has evolved into a new professional endeavor that enables me to fully express my creativity. I am essentially self-taught and recently I have taken workshops with professional artists to further develop my skills. My preferred medium is oil, however, I do enjoy dabbling in other media such as acrylic.
All of the 5 x 7 pieces in this collection are from a painting challenge inspired by a favorite artist - I completed one painting a day for the entire month of January!
When I’m not painting, you’ll find me in a pool or swimming in the ocean. I’m a competitive open water swimmer and love the ocean. I’m a dedicated mom to my three beautiful kids and do my best to set a great example for them.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Follow Nina on Instagram: @lavenderdreamsart
LOCAL ARTIST JIM KISIEL
ARTWORK ON DISPLAY FEBRUARY - MARCH 2019
Jim Kisiel is a Professor of Science Education at California State University Long Beach with degrees in Chemistry (B.S., Case Western Reserve University; M.S., UCLA) and Education (Ph.D., USC). His interest in nature and landscape photography dates back to his late teens when he used his father’s old Petri SLR during family trips to the East Coast and hikes through the local countryside near Pittsburgh, PA. His interests in landscapes simultaneously grew as took up watercolor painting during high school, tutored by a local artist/art teacher. As life got busier, Jim’s passion for photography blossomed, spurred by explorations of the unique landscapes of California. Drawing upon expertise developed from his painting experiences, he continues to explore the finer points of controlling light and color via the technology of a single lens reflect camera (currently, a Canon EOS Rebel T5i SLR) as well as the ubiquitous iPhone.
This is Jim’s first public showing of photography.
Follow Jim on Instagram: @Photobyjk.la
LOCAL ARTIST KAIT WALSH
ARTWORK ON DISPLAY JANUARY 2019
Hi! My name is Kait and I am an artist living in Silver Lake. For almost a decade I spent my days teaching 5 and 6 year olds in a classroom. Now, I spend my days creating art and stories for them.
The original images from this project come together to form the coloring book, I’m Going To Climb That Mountain. I painted, drew, cut and glued each and every star, tree, light and finger. But like all the projects I have ever worked on, the real magic and adventure happens in the spaces where it interacts with you. This project is not about me, but instead it’s about what we can make together.
So walk the images like a book and after, give yourself permission to play. Use the supplies, the paper, and the space to add your own touch, perspective, color, memories, ideas…
Talk with the stranger next to you, borrow a crayon, bring it home. We all have gifts and like I tell my 5 and 6 year olds, it’s always important to share.
This project is dedicated to those affected by the Woolsey Fire. Proceeds from all coloring book sales go to the Malibu Boys and Girls Club.
Follow Kait on Instagram: @SealedWithaKait
Local artist gus mejia
ARTWORK ON DISPLAY NOVEMBER 2018
Gus Mejia is a Los Angeles based photographer that takes great pride in capturing the true spirit and personality of the people that he photographs.
It was about 2 years ago when he discovered his passion for photography. Gus believes passion is something that can only come from within and it's one of the most important things that he brings to every photoshoot.
Follow Gus on Instagram: @gu5_09
LOCAL ARTIST PATRICK IAN MOSS
ARTWORK ON DISPLAY SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2018
Patrick Ian Moss is an animator/illustrator who has worked for Disney Publishing, Mattel, Fisher Price, and Nickelodeon. He currently works on many of your kids’ favorite (and upcoming) cartoons for DreamWorks Television Animation: She-Ra, Trolls, Boss Baby, Captain Underpants, and Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny to name a few.
Over the past few years, Patrick has found a new passion for sketching, trying to capture the gesture and attitude of people he observes quickly. His goal is not accuracy, but to create characters that feel alive on the page (even when they are simply looking down at their phones). A few seconds of a subtle head tilt, an interesting nose, a unique hand gesture or an unusual posture can be filed away for future designs or animation.
Since first walking into Frogtown Brewery on June 25, 2017, the taproom quickly became one of his favorite places to sit down with a sketchbook. Featured here are just some of those many sketchbook pages and color illustrations inspired by them.
Follow Patrick on Instagram: @patrickianmoss
LOCAL ARTIST LIV AANRUD
ARTWORK ON DISPLAY AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2018
Liv Aanrud constructs tactile paintings, slow stitched drawings, or labyrinthine tapestries using a traditional folk method of rag rug hooking. These pieces are physical meditations on sentimentality, labor, ethics, and other intangible concerns for a farm kid turned urban dweller.
Liv earned her B.F.A from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an M.F.A from Rutgers University. Her work has been shown throughout the United States, Germany, and recently, in Taiwan.
Liv will display recent work at the Frogtown Brewery. Her tapestries are playful, wild, colorful pieces of some other world.
Follow Liv on Instagram: @livaanrud
local artist Robin Fogelman
artwork on display june - july 2018
I have never shown my work to more than three people at once, so this is a big moment for me.
For as long as I can remember, I have always dreamed of having my own art exhibition but was too chicken to make it happen. Fortunately, my friend Dian introduced me to Lauren and Mike from Frogtown Brewery, and they gave me this special opportunity. I am thankful, excited, scared and happy all at once.
The first time I experienced “creativity” was in kindergarten. I can vividly recall the deep satisfaction I felt stringing wooden beads together, creating different patterns and color combinations. It was like tasting a delicious piece of fruit for the first time and knowing that you would love it forever. To this day, my need to be creative catapults me out of bed in the morning. When I have an idea, I have to fight the urge to go straight to my studio instead of taking care of more practical matters (like feeding my family). More often than not, my urge wins.
I work mainly in the medium of collage. I’m fascinated by the “melting pot” of colors and textures that collage allows. I love the unrefined quality of layered, torn paper stuck together with glue, the gloppiness of oil pastels and the endless possibilities of paint. I have an intimate relationship with all my work. When I’m creating a piece, I become attached. I bring it around the house with me like it’s a small child I must keep close to understand what it needs. Each piece is an experiment and a burst of energy that can’t be contained, a moment captured in time, where the random and routine coexist.
I feel deeply grateful for this gift that brings me so much joy, and for my dear family who supports me even when I get so focused on a piece that I walk into walls. Creating art gives me a home and a purpose. I know I will keep forging ahead with this love of mine because I really have no choice.
Thank you for letting me share my work with you.
Local artist MATT MACIAS
Artwork on display april - may 2018
My artwork comes from my soul. The positive and negative experiences I had growing up are expressed through my artwork. I first discovered my interest in arts and crafts by watching my Mom color in her Precious Moments coloring books. I would enjoy watching my Mom turn a black and white page into a colorful crisp piece of work. From then on, whenever it came to arts and crafts I felt a responsibility to better my artistic skills. I did not think much of it. Art felt right.
I am driven by the fact art is CREATED allowing the freedom to enjoy any perspective, state of mind, or envision. I am passionate, knowing my talented gifts will bring some sort of peace of mind and perspective to those seeking relativity. The reflective impact I receive from either my customers or people passing criticism is motivating. How they respond to my art encourages me to invest more time into what I love doing most. I see myself being an artist of all types. I feel that freedom of expression is best practiced and appreciated as a result of the amount of dedication an artist pours into their work, regardless of how the message is perceived. Sky scrapers, The Los Angeles sunset horizon, Automotive Vehicles, Landscapes, and Street Art are all forms of Art Work. The goal is to be inspired by this city, to create something of your own, so another person shall repeat the creative growth process.
I wish to continue as an artist for the remainder of my life. I hope everyone appreciates my art work and will consider the energy I’ve invested, and use that to better themselves and better the world around them. I believe in leading by example. That is a little insight into where I am from, what I represent, and what I want to accomplish in the near future. I hope you all enjoy the Art Show at Frogtown Brewery.
Follow Matt on Instagram: @MATTMACIAS5
local artist fern chavez
artwork on display february - march 2018
Fern Chavez was born in Los Angeles. Her earlier years as an artist involved Fashion Design and later that extended into Interiors. Seeking new mediums and creative endeavors, she began to travel. Through her travels, she was inspired to create a lifestyle company that embodies the spirit of spontaneous travel and the sourcing of unique vintage goods and treasures - The Bandit Life. It is a lifestyle tailored for the individual who values new experiences. A natural next step for Fern was photography.
Finally, she was able to merge her passion for photography with her other mediums.
In this exhibition, Fern presents her latest photography series: Cuba in Transition.
Follow Fern on Instagram: @TheBanditLifeLA