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January 2022
Contemporary abstract art sweeps away boundaries present in other styles. That opens the door for the artist to go where he or she wishes. Red (Linda) Harrison’s work is at times daring, whimsical, passionate, or challenging; but it’s always expressive. The colors are saturated, the combinations striking. Textures might be created by brushes, palette knives, or fingers. Harrison’s work, drawing inspiration from both nature and music, is imaginative and evocative. How will it touch you?
Exhibition through Jan 30. (more)
Greetings to Our Hub on Canal Supporters,

Can you believe it? The Hub on Canal will soon turn 10. We opened our doors for the first time on March 1, 2012. Since that day, we have welcomed well over 300,000 guests, presented more than 100 art exhibitions, brought you close to 200 feature musical performances, hosted thousands of classes and workshops and helped countless children in our community experience the arts. And that's just the major, regularly scheduled activities--there have been innumerable other examples of activities and events that supported our mission. A rest or pause might be called for, but we don't know how to do that.

Hot on the heels of a super busy November we turn the calendar to January and find ourselves "in season." That means more guests, more activities, more events--more of everything we do.

It isn't only about music, but let's start there. A major local favorite, Smokehouse returns for our regular music night on the 14th at 7pm. Anthony "Packrat" Thompson and his band bring a unique form of blues to The Hub. We expect a crowd and we expect a great show.

We present a different shade of blue for Jazz 'n Blues IX on Saturday the 29th. The Beautiful Bobby Blackmon, who has opened for B.B. King, returns to The Hub with his high-energy mixture of downhome to contemporary blues music. There will be dancing.

Since day 1, The Hub has always worked to bring you a diverse selection of quality music at a fair price. Watch us over the next few months as we bring you, great new artists, at different times in new formats. Sitting still makes us nervous.

The blossoming of activity isn't limited to music. Italian language classes have returned to join our strong French offering. Staying with education, our workshop roster is broader than in any month since the pandemic started. January also holds both the longstanding Art in the Form of Film (the best entertainment and educational value around) and the newer Broadway at The Hub. Host Paul Marino will make sure you learn something--even if you didn't plan to, and have fun doing it. We've got a committed group of film fans. Why don't you join them?

And just to prove that we're gluttons for punishment, for the first time ever, we're hosting 2 events on the same night. On January 15 at 5pm our new Poetry Night returns. Hosts Mary Jane Barenbaum and Pamela Ramey Tatum host their second outing of this open mic poetry night. The debut back in October was very popular so we hope to build on that.

When Poetry Night packs up the mic we've got an hour turnaround time until Hub photographic artist Shelley Lynch hosts a screening of her film My Invisible Husband. The Hub is thrilled to have this opportunity and more importantly, to allow 90 of you the opportunity to see this amazing telling of her incredible story. This event is fully sold out. If you already have tickets we'll see you there.
Richard England, President
Our New Look Continues to Emerge
The repair work from the removal of the old awnings is done. Fresh paint coats the bottom of our Canal Street facade and Hub artist Eliza Midgett is well into the major sections of her creation. We expect new awnings by mid-January. We're excited about our new look. For the first time in our nearly 10 year history, the exterior of the building will reflect all of the creative energy in evidence on the inside. Come by and have a look at Eliza's progress in person. Be sure to say hello if you see her up on the scaffolding.
January 8, 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!
  • 1st Saturday - Hub Members receive a 10% discount on purchases from the current exhibits in both galleries.
January 8 - 1-2pm
Tad Fyock

Get to know this Hub Artist through an informal demonstration and conversation. Learn how the artist works, his media and techniques. Bring your enthusiasm for the arts and lots of questions! Fee: Free and open to the public. 
Broadway at The Hub
w/Paul Marino
Friday, January 7, 2022
Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music debuted on Broadway in 1959. Mary Martin, whose name was over the title, starred as Maria, with Theodore Bikel in the role of Captain von Trapp. The Sound of Music of course tells the story of a young potential nun, Maria, who in 1938 arrives at the Austrian home of the widowed von Trapp to act as governess to his 7 children. The Captain runs his house and family with military precision and discipline—a style most certainly at odds with young Maria,,,
Friday, January 14 - 7-9pm
Packrat and his Men of the Swamp define a genre referred to as swamp blues. It’s a homegrown, organic format more at home in the bayous and lowlands than the street corners and clubs that spawned more traditional blues. Anthony “Packrat” Thompson calls it “greasy.” Influenced by artists such as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, Packrat and the band are prone to slipping into a “jam” that stretches a single song to 10 minutes. 

Open Mic Poetry Night
Saturday, January 15 - 5-6:30pm
Join us for a delightful evening of poetry co-hosted by poet Mary Jane Barenbaum and artist/writer Pamela Ramey Tatum. The evening will begin with a Guest Poet, followed by an open mic format for the remainder of the event.  No advanced sign-up is required. Adults (18+) only, please.  For more information.
Art in the Form of Film with Paul Marino
Friday, January 21, 2022 - 5:45-9pm
Based on the true story of Homer Hickman, someone you’ve likely never heard of, this film is inspirational, sincere, and full of heart. Homer grew up in a small mining town deep in the heart of West Virginia. To say it was an environment unsupportive of science is an understatement, but Homer managed to build, while in high school, a rocket, after watching Sputnik cross the sky in 1957. Everything works in this film from the story itself, to the actors, as well as its directing. October Sky is truly a great film and one not to be missed. 
Hosted by Marcia Buckingham
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Every 4th Wednesday & 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.
Featuring Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Band
Saturday, January 29
High-energy show features a mix of down home to contemporary Southern soul blues music. It makes you want to dance! In his career, Beautiful Bobby Blackmon has opened for Buddy Guy and BB King. A guitarist/vocalist originally from Athens, Texas, Blackmon currently lives in Central Florida where he has a large fan base. His current CD Throwback Blues is streamed around the world. Don’t miss this live performance!
January Workshops
January 3, 2022 - 10am-1pm
January 8, 2022 - 10m-4pm
  • Sea & Sky, One-day paint-along workshop with Frank Ferrante
January 9, 2022 - 1-4pm
January 17, 2022 - 10am-1pm
January 22, 2022, 10am-1pm
We have a handful of volunteers who prefer to work as a team. Su Mallow and Mary Jane Barenbaum are two such volunteers. The two of them are standouts at the front desk whenever we have an event--Su behind the counter and Mary Jane as a greeter. There's no better membership hawker than Mary Jane! These ladies have been volunteering in support of The Hub so long that they sort of look alike. In fact, Su is the longest-serving volunteer that The Hub has. When Mary Jane is not volunteering she might just be writing poetry. She's an accomplished and published poet and you'll find her co-hosting our Poetry Night events in the months ahead. The next time you stop by The Hub for a Music Night be sure to say hello and thank you to Su and Mary Jane.
Meet Two of Our Newest Artists
Joann Grosso
Mixed Media Assemblage
2nd Floor Wall
Inspired by her grandmother's interest in saving items that others considered junk, Joann creates compositions using a combination of collected pieces. She says:
"Assemblage making satisfies me; it brings joy. Each work I create is like a word hidden inside myself, asking to be spoken. My building process is largely intuitive, often beginning with a container of either wood or metal, but sometimes just a single item attracts me and soon a thing made of beloved cast-offs begins to take shape." 
Darla Donley
Oil Painting
2nd Floor Wall
Even though she's only been painting since 2014, Darla's has exceptional skills in her chosen medium. She has taken classes by a variety of well known artists/instructors. Her niche is portrait painting although she does enjoy painting landscapes and seascapes. She loves to paint people and wildlife. The portrait technique that Darla uses helps capture the depth and dimension of the reference photograph.
Chalk It Up!
Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition
February 26, 2022

The first 50 registered artists will receive free chalk packs! Sidewalk spaces will be assigned on a first registered, first served basis.

Pre-registration is free online through 6 pm, Wednesday, February 23. On-site registration in person is $10 per artist and only available 8-9am on the day of the event. On-site registrations will be accepted as sidewalk space allows.
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.
Works of 60 local artists, 24 working studios,
2 exhibition galleries.
The Hub on Canal's online store features a curated selection of one-of-a-kind art and jewelry created by Hub artists.
Coffee Lovers Backpack
Lighthouse At Sunset - Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
CHIP EVRA - Archival Inkjet Print on Ultra Premium Luster Paper 8 x 12 inches print size 11 x 14 inches matted size
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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