December 2021
David McElroy brings his unique one-man performance of the Charles Dickens classic to The Hub for the third time. In the 70-minute performance, David portrays all 37 characters in the Dickens tale, involving the audience as he goes. This is David’s 24th season of a Christmas Carol as you’ve never seen it. Appropriate for children ages 7-100, it’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. Bring the whole family. (Children free)
DECEMBER in the Founders Gallery
Echoes of Encaustic: The Works of Florida Wax  
December 4, 2021 - Opening: 4-7pm
Echoes of Encaustic is a truly diverse body of work with each piece created with luminous layers of translucent wax, echoing the ancient art form of encaustic. This medium provides endless application possibilities with each piece reverberating a separate and individual point of view. Explore the wonders of wax painting during this group exhibition by the contemporary artists of Florida Wax. Opening from 4-7pm. Exhibition through Jan 2.
Greetings to Our Hub on Canal Supporters,

Over this past summer, we participated in a grant competition sponsored by the Gannett Foundation called A Community Thrives. The clever idea here was to inspire hundreds of not for profits like us with laudable projects to engage with their supporters to raise seed funds while competing for full funding from Gannett. We conceived a new Outreach program that would allow us to teach art through the use of technology. Our budget to get this program off the ground was just over $26,000. The response from all of you was more than we could have imagined. With your support, we raised just over $20,000 on our own. In fact, we raised the 18th most dollars of the 434 not for profits across the country in our size category.

In the end, we were not selected for one of the fully funded Gannett Foundation grants. We did, however, receive what Gannett called a "Local Operating Grant" of $2777. You might have seen that article in the News Journal. Combining the two sources then, we are not far off the project's budget, so we will be going forward with the program on a slightly scaled-back basis. Watch for further updates in the months ahead, and again, thank you.

Looking ahead, the end of the year might be in sight, but the end of the fun and excitement at The Hub most certainly is not. We still have a few beautifully decorated wreaths and trees left for purchase as part of The Art of the Trees. I also invite you to "buy" an ornament to hang on our Giving Tree. Decorating that tree helps us provide scholarships so those less fortunate can attend our Summer and Winter Camps. We've also got just what you need for holiday gifts in our Gallery of Gifts.

You're also not going to want to miss our two holiday-themed events on tap in early December. First up, David McElroy returns with his unique one-man performance of the Dickens Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol. One week later is our annual Holiday Music Night. This year, Orlando singer/songwriter Cat Ridgeway will put you into the holiday spirit.

In the week between Christmas and New Year, if you're still looking for a creative outlet for the younger kids or grandkids, look no further than our Winter Camps--we've added new options. Finally, looking a bit further down the road, don't forget about Chalk it Up! The late February event will be our 5th outing of this competition that grows bigger every year--and we've got some new ideas up our sleeve.

As I sign off for 2021, everyone at The Hub would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Richard England, President
After the long Covid delay our 3rd Annual Fundraising gala finally took place on November 19. I'm sure you know the theme was A Celestial Odyssey. It was an amazing night. Although the weather didn't cooperate and kept everyone indoors--preempting the stargazing--the band and the food and Starlight Lounge and the countless celestial details kept the party rolling. And then there were the costumes! You really outdid yourselves. Check out some images from the gala via the link below.
December 4, 2021 - 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.
December 4, 1-2pm
Sea & Sky - Frank Ferrante

Get to know this artist through an informal demonstration and conversation. Learn how the artist works, her media, and her techniques.
Christmas Concert
Friday, December 10, 7-9pm

Cat Ridgeway, a high-energy singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL will be performing original songs and remakes of classic Christmas tunes. She has played many notable venues such as the main stage at Okeechobee Music & Arts Fest, House of Blues Orlando, and 30A Songwriters Fest. She’s also recently released a single (“Give Me Love”) and played multiple shows with Shawn Mullins (known for his 1998 hit “Lullaby”). With a voice much bigger than she is, anywhere she plays, a buzz is sure to follow – don’t miss her live! 
Second Annual The Spirit of Christmas

Through Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Add sparkle to your holidays and celebrate the holiday spirit at The Hub on Canal! 

  • Holiday Gallery of Gifts is back to help deck your halls with unique holiday décor and an array of gifts crafted and created by local artists: fine art, apparel, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glassworks, and home décor and ornaments. Gift certificates will be available.

  • The Art of the Trees fundraiser presents 40+ Christmas trees and wreaths artfully decorated by Hub Artists, Volunteers, and Friends. The entire proceeds from tree and wreath purchases will help fund two of The Hub’s Children’s Outreach programs: Art Instruction for the school year at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach and Art Therapy for young people in the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program at New Smyrna Beach High School. 

  • The Giving Tree returns to The Hub this holiday season. Your donations, large or small, help us decorate the tree. Every dollar donated goes towards The Hub’s Summer or Winter Art Camp scholarships for students whose families wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend our award-winning camps. 
Art in the Form of Film with Paul Marino
ELF (2003) - Friday, December 17
Elf is a Christmas film featuring Will Ferrell as an elf man-child who was mistakenly raised in the North Pole among the regular elves. He sets off to NYC in search of his biological father, while still fully attired in his green elf apparel including the hat. The film is nostalgic, goofy, and filled with the best kind of warm holiday spirit as Ferrell’s basic sweetness worms his way into our hearts, and that of his birth family who initially doubts and rejects him. Instructor Paul Marino will introduce the film, raise questions to ponder, and host a post-viewing discussion. 
Hosted by Marcia Buckingham
Wednesday, December 22
Slo’ Jam has returned to The Hub on the fourth Wednesday of the month! Open to all — beginner and 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.
December 6, 10am-1pm
December 20, 10am-1pm
Winter Art Camp for Kids
THREE Sessions
Register now for Winter Art Camp for Kids ages 6-11

  • Session 1: Keepsake Boxes
  • Tuesday & Wednesday, December 28 & 29, from 9am-1pm with artist instructor Kristin Selzer. Art Campers will create unique keepsake boxes from recycled books.
  • Session 2: Paper Mache Animal Banks
  • Thursday & Friday, December 30 & 31, from 9am-1pm, with artist instructor Kristin Selzer. Art Campers will learn the art of paper mache to create beautiful and clever “piggy” banks.
  • Session 3: Snowmen and Cardboard Creatures
  • Tuesday & Wednesday, December 28 & 29, from 1:30-5:30pm, with artist instructor Eliza Midgett. Art Campers will construct 3D “critters” from cardboard, and learn how to draw a 3D snowman with pastels.

  • Member parents: $65 per 2-day session, $110 for two 2-day sessions, $165 for all three 2-day sessions
  • Non-member parents: $75 per 2-day session, $130 for two 2-day sessions, $195 for all three 2-day sessions
  • Cost includes all art supplies. Scholarships are available. Please call The Hub for information and to register, 386.957.3924. 
We value the contribution of each and every one of our volunteers. They make a difference in our ability to fulfill our mission and create a welcoming environment for our guests. Some go above and beyond, though. One such volunteer is Sheila Collins. Sheila is a retired RN, and her diminutive size belies her huge enthusiasm and zeal for volunteering. Sheila has been a Hub volunteer for many years and steps up for new assignments when called upon. She was recently a member of the team responsible for The Hub's holiday decorations.

Sheila most recently stepped up to take the helm of the team providing therapeutic art instruction to Alzheimer's patients. This program, Art Connects ALZ, is a collaboration between the Alzheimer's Association and The Hub. Sheila leads a team of three compassionate and artistic volunteers. Thank you Sheila!
Hub Artists Win Awards
The Hub's resident artists often participate in regional art shows. It's also not uncommon for them to walk away with awards. The Halifax Art Show was held on a recent weekend in Daytona Beach. Three of our artists received awards for their work. Nancy Connors, who works in intricate pen and ink drawings and Deborah Hildinger, who creates amazing decorated gourds, each earned Awards of Honor. Acrylic and oil Florida landscape painter Al Gessinger earned an Award of Merit. Congratulations to all three. There are links below the pictures above to some of their work on The Hub's shopping site, or you can come by The Hub to see their work in person.
Looking Ahead
January 15, 2022 - 7:30-9pm - Screening of the Shelley Lunch film, My Invisible Husband. Tickets go on sale Sunday, October 31st. Shelley’s unique photography of animal life in our intercoastal and along our shore has attracted great attention. Her work graces many local homes and businesses, and brings the feeling of NSB to each place. 
February 26, 2022 - Registration is open for the 5th Annual Chalk It Up! sidewalk chalk art festival. The first 50 registrants get a free chalk pack.
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.
Modios Vessel with Brownie Spring Pod
DEBORAH HILDINGER - Mixed media hard shell gourd 12 x 8.5 x 9 inches (stand not included)
Gift card
The Perfect Holiday Gift for family, friends, hostesses and co-workers!
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
Help us get a bit greener. Last year we began membership renewals via email rather than snail mail. Membership Renewal will be in the subject line so it
will be harder to miss. Thank you for your help and membership!
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