My work to be shown in AIGA Toledo's newest gallery exhibit, Sit&Tell, Tomorrow!

I was accepted to take part in AIGA Toledo's newest gallery exhibit, Sit&Tell, back in March and the work is going on display at my alma mater, Bowling Green State University in the Wolfe Center for the Arts lobby! 

Exciting news and here is another sneak peek of my piece that was accepted. The cool thing is, the entries were designed specifically for, and will be, displayed on actual chairs! The exhibit opens tomorrow, Tuesday the 14th at 7 p.m EST! If you're in that neck of the woods, go check it out. 

You can follow the Instagram account as they introduce different chairs each day, starting tomorrow, and the show will continue on a rolling exhibition through the Greater Toledo area at the locations listed on the Sit&Tell website and shown below. Follow the news on Facebook as well. 



June 18–July 2, 2016. National Museum of the Great Lakes. 1701 Front St.

July 2–July 16, 2016. Collingwood Arts Center. 2413 Collingwood Blvd.

July 16–July 30, 2016. Sofia Quintero Arts & Cultural Center. 1225 Broadway St.

July 30–Aug 13, 2016. Toledo Public Library. 325 Michigan St.

Aug 13–Aug 27, 2016. Ohio Theater. 3114 Lagrange St.

Aug 27–Sep 2, 2016. Seed Coworking. 25 S. Saint Clair St.

Sep 2–Sep 17, 2016. Frederick Douglass Community Center. 1001 Indiana Ave.

I am officially going to college...AGAIN!

Alex Beat here. Wanted to put a few updates out there since my last posting about this month's upcoming art exhibit I am taking part in with AIGA Toledo. See the post here

I am going back to college, AGAIN! I was recently accepted through audition to attend the two year Associates Brass and Woodwinds program at Los Angeles College of Music here in Los Angeles and could not be more excited. I set out to get accepted at this school almost 2 years ago when I was overseas in Australia. Now here I am today, happy to announce I'll be starting this Fall 2016 and through the help of all my past saxophone instructors who inspired me to set my sights high. 

All of the fine print paperwork is done, so all that's left now is to gather up my school supplies and books and head into class this October! Now, with all things in life, you're going to get counter arguments or people with different viewpoints. I've recently had some people question my motives for attending a school to learn music. Why would I pay money to go to this private college when I can simply play music in my room by myself for the next ten years, grinding away in hopes I'll somehow get noticed in this massive sea of Angelinos? They may have a few somewhat valid points like yes, I could save money, or time and effort, but they're being too simple. There's more to this than just going to a school to learn a few notes. Yes I can do that in my own time, and I have. This school isn't about going to learn music like in grade school. I've already done that too. This school is about making it in the industry and about making a name for yourself. If I'm going to learn from some of the best in the industry here in one of the meccas for music then yes I'll pay so I'm not scraping by, reinventing the wheel, trying to catch a gig for the next ten years. Consider it a springboard if you will. It's all about networking and this industry-oriented school HAS it! 

Oh yes, and some new self portrait studies full of disheveled, blank stares into space for your art viewing pleasure you good-looking, selfie-taking, narcissistically lovable a$$holes (said in the most endearing way possible).

AIGA announces upcoming art project in partnership with The Arts Commission and MTS Seating

Hey everyone. I wanted to shoot out a quick news flash that AIGA announced a brand new project, The Sit&Tell Project recently for the Toledo, Ohio area, which I am honored to say I have been cordially invited and accepted by the jurors to take part in this coming spring/summer. 

Judging by the names and messages I've seen spread around social media following the acceptance notifications, I am happy to be amongst amazing talent and awesome designers/artists from my previous home. I'm excited to present with all of you. 

The project is all about storytelling, and the idea of sitting down with others to share those stories. The stories, all about strong women in our lives, will be transformed visually into works of art present on, not canvas, but on chairs. Looking forward to this opportunity. 

You can find more information on the AIGA Sit&Tell Project website

Alexander Johnny Beat


Enough. Mindfulness through everyday activity. An event by TheCaliforniaProject and Brent Haas.

I recently had an old friend approach me to help promote and prepare for his event that was held this past October up in San Francisco (well actually north of SF a bit). We have postcards and signage using the branding I put together for the event, and you can view the photos from the event below. Photos by Marcy Malloy and Brent Haas.


I hope you are all happy and well. I'm trying my damnedest to make things work out here in my new California home, and will be pressing that vibe even more so with adapting to my new move to the coast a month and a half ago. It's a different world out here. Especially compared to Australia. 

"Enough" was created by TheCaliforniaProject, Brent Haas' new brand. You can view the upcoming website here: TheCaliforniaProject branding by New York's Ceft and Company


Artist Taryn Schlebusch overcomes loss, depression and hardship to give life new meaning in the newest book from True North House Publishing.

Guys and girls, it has been some time, and by some I meant a lot of time, since we had any new updates come out. I'd like to briefly take a moment of your time to point out one of the newest projects to date, that has been in progress for the past year now, since I was in Australia. In doing so, I would also like to highlight the fact that this project gave me the opportunity to work with an awesome group of women, for the second time around. But different to last time, our newest member

Team True North House's newest book was released on August 11th, in memory of one of the greats, Robin Williams. This book release is in respect to him and everyone else out there in the world who is or has at one point in their life, struggled with some form of self-doubt, emotional and mental struggle, depression, and hard times in life. We've all come across these moments, but it's important to know how to reach out and help each other. Let's not forget that. This book is a story, told through original poetry, of one woman's battle with these relative ideas and how she has overcome struggle and loss, to arrive at acceptance and find new meaning in what was such a dark time in life. I've had the wonderful opportunity to work with her, Taryn Schlebusch, ever since our initial interview, done online, connecting us from Australia to South Africa. Her stories have given me new strength and meaning to the ideas of life and living. 

Thank you Taryn. 

The book is published online through and will soon be available at Barnes and Noble as well. Click the image to view it at Lulu.

The book is published online through and will soon be available at Barnes and Noble as well. Click the image to view it at Lulu.