Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Next Trunk Show!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 0
We're having our first trunk show of 2010!!! Come out & see us at Rivertown Coffee Co. next Saturday. We'll be there at 10am. Live music from Rhyal Knight, McKenzie Lockhart & Alexander the Great starts at 5!

Also, we'd like to thank everyone that helped or came out & supported us at our donation day at Wal-Mart last Saturday. Thanks to your generous contributions, you've brought us closer to the amount we need to start renovations on our building.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Artist of the Month (January/February ): Abraham Rowe

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 0
Here's our January/February artist of the month, Abraham Rowe. Stop by Rivertown Coffee Co. and take a look at the work he has on display.

Tell us a little about yourself (name, affiliations, etc.)
My name is Abraham Rowe, I am a professional freelance photographer and father of two young sons.

What materials do you commonly use in your art (and why)?
I really love all things photography from pinhole photography to film and digital. I find myself drawn to good architecture and furniture design as well as cooking. I am also beginning to learn the value of keeping a journal/sketchbook.

Describe your artistic style and/or approach.
My basic approach is to document the history of everyday life. In doing that, it is my job to look at something, pull the essential elements out of it, and package it in an beautiful and interesting way.

What influences your art?
My surroundings are a huge influence on my work. A series I am working on right now is strongly influenced by observing the way my children play and how they view the world. Also, seeing the work of Robert Rausch, Billy Reid, Natalie Chanin, Gary Baker, Audwin McGee and so many others from The Shoals and knowing that it is possible to reach the world from Florence, Alabama is a huge source of inspiration for me.

What do you want the viewer to take away from your art?
Art in it's most basic form is the sharing of ideas. It is my goal to keep the dialogue going in a visually interesting way.

What do you do when you're not making art?
I spend most of my time staring at a computer screen and chasing my kids. I also like to drink coffee and spend time outside, but not usually at the same time.

How can someone contact you if they are interested in purchasing your art?
Check out my website: for all of my contact information.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Newsletter for January!

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Welcome to the New Year! Thank you all so much for your interest in what we are doing with The Art Hive. This is our first official newsletter and we just want to update you on what we are doing and our progress with this up and coming artist co-op.

Here are a few topics we want to share with you.


At this moment we are in fundraising mode. We have some great ideas in the works for January and February, and will let you all know details. We are aiming for two big fund raisers a month, at least until doors are open.

*Our big fundraiser for the month of January will be at the Walmart in Florence. We will be standing outside asking for donations and spreading the word about what we are doing. If you can donate any time to this project we would be very appreciative.

The dates of this event are January 22 & 23 (Friday and Saturday). The times are yet to be known and depend on how many volunteers we can get to help out. If you are interested PLEASE reply to this e-mail and we can let you know the times. This event is also weather permitting (so if we have a huge rain or snow storm we will reschedule).

We would also like to thank you all who have come out this past year and supported us. Your donations have been put to good use thus far, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal.

Our Mission

As most of you know, our vision is to bring workspace (private and communal) to professional and up and coming artists in the Shoals area. Along with this, we want to provide a gallery space for people to buy and sell local art work, and also to provide workshops to the community. We also want to offer this building as a venue for music and theater productions. We want our space to be your (the arts community) space.


We have already been given a gracious donation, a building! We will start working on the building soon. It needs to be brought up to code and has a lot of work that needs to be done to it. Right now we are looking at 6500 square feet to fix up.

A few of our needs for the building are...

- A plumber and licensed electrician

- 8ft and 14ft 2x4's

- People willing to come out and help with construction

- Working supplies (hammers, saws, nails, etc)

- Any monetary donations would also be very helpful (which will go towards utilities, insurance, and building supplies)

Artist of the Month

Our Artist for the month of Jan/Feb is Abraham Rowe. His work is currently hanging up at Rivertown Coffee Co. in downtown Florence, come and check it out! Also check out our blog at, where there will be information about our artist up soon!

If you are interested in being our artist of the month or hanging up your art work inside of Rivertown Coffee Co, let us know! Reply to this e-mail for more info.

Please feel free to e-mail us any time with questions! We'd also love to hear from you if you have a desire to volunteer your time and are willing to invest into bringing this vision into it’s fullness. Thank you again for your time, support and interest.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy New Year from The Hive!

Friday, January 8, 2010 1
Hey guys!
Sorry it's a week late, but we'd just like to say Happy New Year!

After taking a break for the holidays, we are back in action.

Be on the look-out for updates about fundraisers, events, and a general interest meeting sometime in February!

-The Art Hive
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