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August 2022
The Embodied Experience - Liz Carey

The Embodied Experience, abstract expressionism by Liz Carey. Another exhibition of abstract expressionism? If you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all, right? Don’t be so sure. Liz Carey’s exhibition, The Embodied Experience, is most certainly abstract expressionism, but she’s found a fresh take on the style. Liz says her pieces have a lot to say, being simultaneously big and powerful – and also soothing and peaceful. We’d say the pieces feel in motion. There’s an energy about them that is transcendent. Liz brings the use of negative space into her work in a way we haven’t seen before. This body of work demands to be seen. (More)

Opening Reception:
Saturday, August 6, 2022 - 4-7pm
Exhibition through August 28
Greetings to Our Hub on Canal Supporters,

Things slow down in New Smyrna Beach this time of year. The weather is at the heart of this. The snowbirds are obviously gone, but the heat and humidity drive even some of the locals into the mountains and keep the rest of us moving at a slower pace.
The typical whirlwind of activity at The Hub slows down too. Our last Summer Camp recently ended, so the non-stop energy of the kids has, sadly, slipped away. Our event calendar is thinner but gives us a bit of breathing space to plan for the next few months while still keeping our noses above water. 
Two upcoming events dominate our planning right now. First is the Fall Into Jazz weekend set for September 23 and 25. The Hub grew up bringing you top-flight musical experiences, and we aim for this special weekend to grow into a significant annual event. 
On Friday, September 23 Sybil Gage and her Royal Catahoulas will get us started. Sybil is an extraordinary performer, and her New Orleans roots mean you can count on an authentic jazz and blues performance.
Take Saturday off and get ready to rejoin us late on Sunday morning. We'll present our first ever Jazz Brunch. The Hub will be closed to the public to accommodate this special event. The James Hall Trio will set the scene for your jazzy enjoyment of a special catered brunch menu and appropriate libations. This will be our second experiment with a club table arrangement. You loved it for the Valentine's concert. We're hoping for a repeat. Grab some friends and make some memories. Space for the weekend's events is sharply limited, and Hub Members will get first dibs when tickets go on sale later in August. All sales will be online only.
Looking a bit further down the road, we're very hard at work putting together our big fundraising gala (it's really a big, themed party!) scheduled for Friday, November 18, at The Brannon Center. This year the event is titled Friday Night Fever. You don't have to be a detective to know that means disco. Dancing will of course, be the focus, but we've got a few surprises in store. Tickets will go on sale, initially to members only, in September. It's time to start planning your outfit (it might be in the back of your closet) and practicing your dance steps. You seriously don't want to miss this. Watch for further updates in the weeks ahead.
Finally, you might ask, what's up with my new picture attached to this letter? Most of us are rarely happy with images of ourselves. I have to say that bad haircut and all, this is one of my favorite pictures of myself. For me, it has a certain truth and poignancy. It was taken in early July 2020 when we were barely out of lockdown. The barbershops were closed. My daughter and her family were staying with us. My fast-growing hair had become intolerably long, and I asked my daughter to do her best. She tackled the back and sides but was unwilling to cut the hair up front. I grabbed the clippers and a mirror and did my best. The quality of the effort was terrible, of course, but at that moment, I've never been happier with a haircut. It was a temporary victory over Covid. This "old" photo will stay here for a while.
Richard England, President
August 6, 2022 - 10am-7pm
Art Connections - engage with our artists and watch them create.
All Hub events on 1st Saturday are free and open to the public!
  • 1-2pm - TALK ART! See below
  • 4-7pm - Opening reception - Founders Gallery, The Embodied Experience, Liz Carey.
  • Hub members receive a 10% discount on purchases in the Founders Gallery on 1st Saturday only.
Steve Hardock
Illuminating Art Movement
August 6, 1-2pm

Get to know this Hub Artist through an informal demonstration and conversation. Learn how the artist works, the media, and techniques. Bring your enthusiasm for the arts and lots of questions! Fee: Free and open to the public. (More)
Friday, August 19, Saturday, August 20, Sunday, August 21
Friday, August 26
Saturday, August 27
Art in the Form of Film:
Adaptation (2002)
Friday, August 19, 5:45-9pm
 This film features Nicolas Cage, who always adds some crazy to his characters, and Meryl Streep, who rarely does but more than makes up for that in this rollicking roller-coaster ride of a story within a story. It would take more than the words allotted here to describe the narrative but suffice to say the plot involves the hunt for a rare orchid with aphrodisiac qualities, and a tormented writer. It all adds up to one of the most original films ever. (More)
Hosted by Charlie Poplees
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 6-8pm
Every 4th Wednesday & is open to all from beginner to advanced musicians. Bring your guitar, ukulele, harmonica, etc. to join in. Playbooks provided. Fee: $5 at the door, to join the jam or to listen. (More)
Liz Carey
A careful reader of the newsletter will notice Liz Carey is repeatedly mentioned throughout. August is apparently her month, at least at The Hub. Not only is she the featured artist in the Founders Gallery but she's also teaching two workshops--on the same day! That's a first at The Hub. Extending this distinction, the two workshops are completely different. Perhaps fittingly, the first is a painting class and the second is a class to achieve total relaxation. Sounds like you should make a day of it. Soak up all Liz has to offer in August, it's her month.
RythmWorks Band
L-R: Will Smith, David Maib, Rodney Lints, Fulton Williams and Guy Perry
James Brown was known as "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business." The Godfather of Soul is no longer with us, so with a deep bow to Mr. Brown and a bit of poetic license, we'd like to make a case that the crown for the hardest workers belongs on the heads of RhythmWorks Band members.

RhythmWorks is The Hub's house band. In that role, the guys, David Maib, Will Smith, Rodney Lints, Fulton Williams and Guy Perry, volunteer their time to perform outside The Hub on 1st Saturdays 8 months of the year. Their music is a great draw and absolutely pulls guests into The Hub. They also form the heart of the Veteran's Band that performs as the featured artists for our November Veteran's Music Night.

Their support of and service to The Hub doesn't stop there--they instruct as well. David Maib manages our Guitars for Vets Outreach program and joins Guy Perry in also teaching guitar. Rodney Lints is a pro on the harmonica, and he sometimes fills in as the instructor for longtime Hub music teacher Farley Palmer. 

As if all that weren't enough, David Maib and Will Smith are our volunteer Music Night technical team. Will is our sound engineer and David manages our social media effort. The Hub delivers consistently high-quality musical performances to the community and David and Will are a key part of the reason why.

Volunteers are crucial to The Hub's success and the men of RhythmWorks Band stand out for the breadth and depth of their support. Thanks guys! We hope you come out to support them.
Friday Night Fever ticket sales will be online only and will be offered first to Hub members on Tuesday, September 6!
The Hub on Canal welcomes applications from Central Florida artists for wall display or working studio space. The Hub is open 7 days a week with more than 40,000 visitors annually. In particular we are currently seeking applications from Sculptors, Contemporary Ceramists, Jewelry Designers, and Painters in a variety of mediums.
Sponsor a Music Night at The Hub
Music is an important part of our work to bring the arts to our community at a very affordable price. You can help us do that by sponsoring one of our Music Nights. Sponsorships are available for as little as $250. For more information, reach out to Richard England at
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