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 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