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MARCH 2023

March Exhibition in the Founders Gallery

Fish Tales - Byron Keith Byrd

March 4 - 10am-7pm

Opening Reception - 4-7pm • Artist talk at 6pm

Exhibition through March 26, 2023

Inspiration is a funny thing. It often arrives unexpectedly and pushes an artist in directions they may not expect. Byron Byrd frequently finds himself inspired by a sense of place. For most of 2022, he’s been painting his trademark abstract impressionist creations in Port Orange. This proximity to the sea and our waterways inspired work that evoked the myths, legends, and folklore of the great bodies of water, both ancient and contemporary.  Byron paints both large and small, 2D and mixed media. You’ll also find some unique presentations of his work.

Where do I begin? There's always a lot going on at The Hub this time of year, but March will keep us hopping.


We usually host 2 March music events, and this March is no exception. On March 10, the chimeric and exceptionally talented Mark Chirico will bring his Bruce Springsteen tribute show to The Hub. Mark's previous tributes to Johnny Cash and Tom Petty clearly demonstrated his talent for channeling the great performers of our time. If you love "the Boss," plan on joining us for Mark's performance.


Our second night this month strikes an entirely different note. On March 24, the Reverend Billy Wirtz will showcase his considerable blues keyboard skills at The Hub. However, we veer away from the ordinary because Billy Wirtz doesn't take himself seriously. Wirtz alternately refers to himself as "the Master of the 88 Key Disaster" or "the Victor Borge of the Blues." You get the point: great blues piano with a comedic edge. This is new for us. I hope you'll join us for the fun.


Our music nights represent some of the reasons to visit The Hub. Our Spring Sale is perhaps the most compelling reason to visit us. Once per year--and only once per year--our artists empty their studios of excess works. You get the benefit of reduced prices, and our artists get the room to create new things. If you can use some art, and who can't, this is your chance. On Friday evening, March 17, Hub members get first dibs on the sale pieces at our Member Preview event. If you're not a member, it's worth becoming one just for this event. The general public gets their turn on Saturday, March 18.


I'll close with Spring art camps. We've long held art camps in Summer and during Winter break, but we're giving Spring a try. If you wonder what you will do with the kids during spring break, let us guide them through a great art program. There's more information nearby.

Richard England, Executive Director

March 2023 Flyer

March 4, 2023 - 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!

Hub members receive a 10% discount on purchases in the Founders Gallery on 1st Saturday only.

  • 11am-1pm - RythmWorks Band outside The Hub.
  • 1-2pm - TALK ART!  Lisa Engelbrecht, The Art of Photography
  • 4pm - Emotions Dance company performs a mermaid-themed living art demonstration in the lobby.
  • 4-7pm - Opening reception - Founders Gallery - Fish Tales by Byron Keith Byrd.
  • 5-7pm - James Hall in the lobby.


The Art of Photography

Lisa Engelbrecht

Saturday, March 4, 1-2pm

Get to know this Hub Artist through an informal demonstration and conversation. Learn how the artist works, the media, and the techniques. Bring your enthusiasm for the arts and lots of questions! Fee: Free and open to the public. (More)


Friday, March 3

Saturday, March 11

Monday, March 13

March Events

Music Night

Mark Chirico - Bruce Springsteen Tribute

Friday, March 10, 7-9pm

Come join local singer/songwriter Mark Chirico for an authentic tribute to one of the greatest musicians and songwriters or our time: The Boss – Bruce Springsteen! Mark will play songs from Springsteen’s iconic career with the E Street Band. Mark has been performing as a solo musician for the past eight years around Florida as well as on music stages in Nashville. This concert is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser! (More)

Fee: $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:15pm.

Art in the Form of Film:

Dark Victory (1939)

Paul Marino

Saturday, March 11 - 5:45-9pm

Described as a tragic but enjoyable melodrama, Dark Victory stars Bette Davis, who once described the film as her all-time favorite. Davis plays a confident and provocative socialite who suffers encroaching blindness after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.  How she handles her life unraveling is the movie’s major theme. Among many other 1930s film stars, the cast includes Ronald Reagan and Humphrey Bogart. (More)

Spring Art Camp for Kids

Eliza Midgett

Monday, March 13 - 10am-1pm

Tuesday, March 14 - 10am-1pm

The Hub on Canal’s Spring Art Camp is the perfect creative Spring Break camp for kids ages 6-11. Hub artist-instructor Eliza Midgett will lead the 2-day camp session: Brilliant Bedazzled Birds. Kids will create their own imaginative feathered friends with our colorful and energetic Hub artist Eliza Midgett. Dress for a creative mess.

Fee: $65 per 2-day session for Member parents; $75 per 2-day session for non-member parents. Cost includes all art supplies. Scholarships are available. Please call The Hub for information.

10th Annual Spring Art Sale

  • Hub Members Night Preview: Friday, March 17, 5:30-7pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19

Mark your calendar for The Hub’s Big Two-Day Event! The 10th Annual Spring Art Sale features the artwork of more than 60 Hub artists. Major savings on original fine art, jewelry, apparel, glass art and home décor. Exclusive early access for Hub Members, Friday, March 17, 5:30-7pm. 


Special Music Night

The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, Blues Pianist

Friday, March 24, 7-9pm

The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is a comic genius, gifted pianist and American musicologist who defies easy classification. “I like to think of myself as the Victor Borge of the blues,” states the Reverend, aka Master of The 88 Key Disaster and King of the Atomic Boogie. Over the years the Reverend has opened for a diverse group of bands, including (but not limited to) Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, The Beach Boys, Boz Scaggs (ten times), The B-52s, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Emmy Lou Harris, and the list goes on. An evening with the Reverend is sure to be memorable! (More)

Fee: $15 at the door. Doors open at 6:15pm.

Slo' Jam

Wednesday, March 22

6-8pm - Hosted by Marcia Buckingham

Open to all musicians – beginner and advanced. Bring your guitar, ukulele, harmonica, percussion, etc. Play, sing along, or just listen. Playbooks provided. Fee: $5 at the door to join the jam or to listen. (More)

Open Mic Poetry Night

Saturday, March 25


Join us for delightful evening of poetry co-hosted by poet Mary Jane Barenbaum and artist/writer Pamela Ramey Tatum. The evening will begin with Guest Poet John McKernan followed by an open mic format for the remainder of the event. No advanced sign-up required. Adults (18+) only please. For more information, please contact Mary Jane at 386.214.6409 (More)

Fee: $5 for all, to read or simply enjoy.

ARTIST'S CORNER - Jules Silver

Get to know Hub artist, Jules Silver, in February’s issue of Voyage Jacksonville Magazine. The article takes the reader through a personal interview with Jules as he expands on his journey as an abstract artist and some of the biggest challenges he faced along the way. (Read Article)


Elementary school-age kids from Bethel Christian Academy in New Smyrna Beach prepare to head back to school from their art time at The Hub.

Each week during the school year, this group of kids from Bethel comes to The Hub for an hour-long art lesson with one of The Hub's many art instructors. At other times during each week, our instructors go to Bethel Christian Academy to teach art to other groups of their students. This instruction is part of The Hub's mission to help ensure all in our community have access to quality art instruction and is provided at no cost to the students.



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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