Amavida Coffee Shop in Rosemary Beach is opening its most unique art exhibit to date with artist Alan Moore's "Music Non-Stop."
"Music Non-Stop" is a music-themed exhibit of rock 'n roll-inspired bottle caps arranged into the shape of guitars.
Moore spent a year collecting old steel and aluminum beer can tabs and bottle tops, buying them from various collectors from all over the world — from South Korea, Thailand, Lithuania, Germany, and Canada — with this project in mind.
"I wanted to do something unique," he said.
While using odd, used, and reclaimed materials in his creations is not new to Moore, the guitar exhibit is his most ambitious body of work to date.
Moore used more than 1,200 vintage steel soda and beer cans and more than 3,500 bottle caps in creating the 31 guitars on exhibit representing 50 to 60 years of music. Eight of those were inspired by music from Moore's elementary-school years to present day — from the Beatles to Bjork, from Simon and Garfunkel to Sigur Ros.
With purchase of those eight pieces, Moore is including an LP from one of his favorite artists.
"As fellow artists, I wanted to give thanks to musicians," said Moore.
Moore is not a musician, but grew up listening to music — first of his mother's generation, then his own.
"I am fascinated by musicians," said Moore, as he went on to say that both genres are artists and just create in different ways.
Moore said he has been producing art for 30 years but has only concentrated on it for the last decade. He just recently began to sell his work.
"My expression has shifted from a hobby to more than a hobby in the past few years," the artist said.
His work sells in the Blue Giraffe at WaterColor, the Summer Kitchen at Rosemary Beach, and at art festivals on 30A. He is also expanding his reach and has pieces in galleries in Washington State and Houston. However, he prefers to concentrate on the 30A art scene.
"There is a strong arts scene and appreciation for the arts and music on 30A. I have always wanted to sell there," said the Crestview resident.
His work won an Award of Merit at ArtsQuest in May.
This is Moore's first solo exhibit and his second at Amavida. His first exhibit showcased his talents as well as his children.
The exhibit will hang at Amavida through the month of January, which will include the time the 30A Songwriters' Fest will take place on 30A.