Bearded Lady: WUTZAWEWAZ and … Pizza?

One artist leads to another and a beautiful house of savory pies

I could do nothing more than tell you that Bearded Lady’s current showcase of work by Adam Young and Aaron Michalovic is closing this Wednesday, with a reception from 5-8pm, and that you’d probably enjoy it.

A small part of WUTZAWEWAZ

Maybe I could add that the show takes place in parts of the Bearded Lady studios and gallery that those two craftsmen have turned into an intimately wood-worked and handpainted space called WUTZAWEWAZ.

But even then I’d be one poor sad fucker of a journo if that’s all I told you.

Because I’d be missing the opportunity to let you know what’s up with Bearded Lady’s Abi Daniel.

Maybe you already know that she and that ink-stained gentleman Josh Chalmers run the busy silkscreen studio & showroom over there on the Eastside – within walking distance of Justine’s, I like to mention, because who doesn’t love Justine’s?

This same Abi Daniel, besides being the artist responsible for much of the brilliance that Bearded Lady prints up for its clients and itself, also works beyond the studio. Because, you know how businesses – the best businesses, usually – tend to enlist the help of artists and designers to make their products, their bricks-and-mortar outposts, into something that’s a worthwhile aesthetic addition to the world? Like, when I told you about these guys hiring this guy to bring Via 313 Pizza to its full graphic potential?

Well, maybe there’s something about pizzamakers in particular? Something about wanting to present what they’re proud to cook within a space they’re proud to serve it in? Because Abi Daniel recently completed a mural for the Pint House Pizza on South Lamar – but not the usual style of mural.

“I worked alongside Christian Helms at Helms Workshop to develop aesthetics for the new Pint House location,” Daniel tells me. “It’s scrimshaw-inspired linework on maple paneling – two ten-foot-by-seven-foot walls that flank the tap wall and house the flat screen TVs.”

Note: That’s this work here:

And here:

And here:

And all of it at the actual location, fully life-size, yes.

Just the sort of thing you might want to check out in person, while treating yourself to some hot fresh pizza, maybe after seeing what Adam Young and Aaron Michalovic have wrought at Bearded Lady.

I mean, there are so many options in this burgeoning burg of ours, aren't there, citizen?
And I’m going to keep pointing out as many of the best ones as I can.

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