Monday, May 24, 2010


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We would like to thank everyone that came out to the Roadrunner Alleycat Race was a huge success! We ended up having 34 participants and an awesome time at the after party.

Special thanks to Ashton Lance for all of his planning; John Cartwright & Rivertown Coffee Company for sponsoring the event; & Eli Flippen & Pegasus Records for hosting & sponsoring the event. Also thanks go to the awesome bands that played tonight - The Bear, Feeling Positive, Janys Joplyn, & Rise Up Howlin' Werewolf.

It was incredible to have everyone's support. We can't wait for the next one!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


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Don't forget!!! Our Roadrunner Alleycat Race is THIS Sunday, May 23rd! Registration starts at Pegasus Records (located at 612 E. Tennessee Street) in downtown Florence at 4pm. The race starts at 5! There will be an after party once the race is over with live music by The Bear, Feeling Positive, Rise Up Howlin' Werewolf, and possibly starts at 7. We'll be grilling hot dogs & hamburgers as well.

Race participants get into the after party for free, but if you'd just like to come hang out & hear the music, there will be a $5 cover.

Also, be sure to check out the article from today's Times Daily about the race!

See you Sunday!

Monday, May 10, 2010


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We have shirts in! The Roadrunner Alleycat Race shirts are $15. The design is printed on super-soft Alternative Apparel Vintage Soft tees. We ordered a small batch of them to start with and they're going fast! We'll place another order before the race.

We also ordered new Art Hive shirts...these are $15! This design is also printed on Alternative Apparel Vintage Soft tees. They will be available at all Art Hive events...if you're not local though and want one, we have a PayPal account and can mail one to you. Just be sure to let us know what size you need!

Friday, May 7, 2010

May Artist of the Month

Friday, May 7, 2010 0
Meet our May Artist of the Month, Shawn Wallace. His work is now hanging at Rivertown Coffee Co. in downtown Florence. Stop by and check it out!

Tell us a little about yourself...
I was born and rasied in the central Appalachian region of Virginia. I have been painting for 17 years. I started out as a sign painter but always made paintings for myself or family members. I started preaching the gospel in 2003 and I moved to Alabama in 2004 to preach for the Church of Christ that meets in Phil Campbell. I attend the Memphis College of Art and will be a graduate with a BFA in painting in May.

What materials do you use in your art? (and why?)
Most of my art is made using acrylic paint on found objects (mostly wood). I think the found objects lend themselves to the folk art aesthetic in my work and they also have a redemptive quality about them that I, as a Christian appreciate. I use collage from old magazines and books. I take anything people give me and I enjoy seeing what I can make from it.

Describe your artistic style and/or approach.
My style of work is very hard to label and I really would rather not label it. Some people have called it Visionary, some Surreal, others call me a Regionalist. I just like to call it my own. My approach to painting is drawn from my unique life experiences growing up in the rural mountains of Virginia. The people, the landscape, all of it is one of the most peculiar and well preserved American cultures that still exist today that hasn't been dissolved in the proverbial melting pot of the U.S. My work is heavily story driven and reads very much like an illustration. I sketch and think a lot before I ever put brush to canvas.

What influences your art?
My life experiences and religious convictions are the two biggest influences on my work. Artists that have influenced me are Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Hart Benton, N.C. Wyeth, Mark Ryden and Red Grooms. I draw inspiration from the works of these painters, though most are very far from one another in style. It's their subject matter and honesty I relate to. I also draw influence from music, specifically that of The Avett Brothers and traditional mountain music.

What do you want the viewer to take away from your art?
That not all crazy looking paintings are crazy.

What do you do when you're not making art?
I study the Bible, history and read every day. I enjoy spending time with my wife and dogs. I also enjoy architecture and seeing the country. I watch documentaries, the stranger the better and enjoy exploring new places. I collect old books and shop at thrift stores. I attend several folk art shows and when I get the opportunity I like to spend time with other artists or be alone. I find being alone a necessity for turning out a lot of work.

How can people contact you if they are interested in purchasing your art?
Phone: 256-436-3581
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