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Beer & Pieces
Once again, I found myself in Van Nuys’ great MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. for another collaboration between the brewery and Los Angeles based art-collective, Beats and Pieces. And once again, I was not disappointed! On Sunday, June 5th, my camera and I made our way to the second round of Beer & Pieces where the same enticing play-space and artistic factor remained in tact. I did notice, however, different forms of art, a higher sea level of peanut shells on the floor, as well as a lot of new faces, naturally. The excitement was louder than and I was eager to see what the night had in store!
As aforementioned, art-collective, Beats and Pieces, and MacLeod’s joined forces for a sequel to the event: Beer and Pieces. The two never fail in collaborating well together. MacLeod’s wide spectrum of ales, stouts, and IPAs were as promising as you’d expect them to be which paired perfectly with Beats and Pieces fantastic new artwork.
After having enjoyed my perfectly poured drink in the tasting room, I gravitated towards my favorite section of the brewery - the gallery room. There I was, greeted by art pieces that were enticing me to interact with them as they surfaced flawlessly on the ivory walls. Beats and Pieces really brought their A-game, per usual, with boarding returning/new artists and their genius artwork. I couldn’t help but to cultivate my mind through the pieces that spoke to me. There were different styles of work from ceramics, comic-style illustrations (one of my favorites), woodart, to life-sized paintings. Every work of art had its own story to tell, yet all co-existed under the same roof as if each one was a chapter from the same book.
I was painted with charm and fascination as I photographed event-goers flirting back and forth with the art; there was a domino effect with every person who had walked into the room. Not only were the pieces up to par, but the beats provided by DJ, Gray Skull, were not to be missed either.
As the event slowly crawled to a close, the great memories I had just made that night with new and old friends were bouncing off of the walls forcing me to stay as long as I could. Inevitably, I was creatively drenched and already stoked for the next show!
Cheers to Beats and Pieces!