Art sneaking into downtown

The first of several planned public art pieces recently went up in the alley between Main Street and the River Place parking lot.

A few more murals are expected to go up in the alley over the next few months and others are tentatively planned, according to Jim McKeon of the Art Hive.

The Art Hive also will take over space in the former Main Street Barber Shop storefront on Main Street. McKeon expects the first official opening at the site this summer.

The space is three times the size of the East Cherry Street storefront and will allow up to eight artists. The Main Street building will be the first of a pilot program to transform empty store windows into art exhibitions, McKeon said, along with new awnings.