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February Exhibition in the Founders Gallery

20x20x20 Landscapes by Ken Bowser

February 4 - 10am-7pm

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

Exhibition through January 29, 2023

Beyond the obvious and tragic health effects, the impacts of the Covid pandemic were varied and often unexpected. Our personal coping strategies drove many of those impacts. The desire to avoid the virus pushed many into isolation and others into the relative safety of the outdoors. For artists, that decision can alter the trajectory of a career. For Ken Bowser, that was the case. Ken had long been a writer and book illustrator when he prepared to embark on a book tour in March 2020. The emergence of Covid profoundly altered Ken’s plans. He dusted off his Plein air easel box, headed outside, and threw himself into the creation of a range of landscape paintings. True to his experience as both an artist and writer, Ken created a poem or short narrative to accompany each painting. 

As you likely know, February is Black History Month. We are celebrating the contributions and achievements of Black Americans by telling the story of Thurgood Marshall. Marshall graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School in 1933. In various legal roles attached to the NAACP, Marshall argued 32 civil rights cases before the US Supreme Court, winning 29. The landmark Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, KS, was the culminating case of Marshall's career as a lawyer. The 1954 ruling held that "in the field of public education, the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place." This ruling began the process of desegregation.


Over the next 13 years, Marshall held various Federal judgeships and was the US Solicitor General from 1965 to 1967. Marshall made history when, as a Lyndon Johnson nominee, he became the first African American Supreme Court Justice on October 2, 1967.


The Hub on Canal is proud to present the George Stevens play, Thurgood, on Friday, February 3, in the auditorium at New Smyrna Beach High School. In this one-person performance, Thurgood will be played by veteran actor Larry Murphy.  Thurgood debuted off-Broadway in 2006, starring James Earl Jones. The Broadway debut came two years later and starred Lawrence Fishburne. Fishburne was nominated for a Tony.


This is a powerful performance about an American hero. I've seen Murphy's portrayal twice before. Don't miss the chance to see this.


Changing gears completely, plan to join us for Chalk it Up! on February 25 on Canal Street. Chalk it Up! is The Hub's sidewalk chalk art competition. This is our sixth year. It takes place the same weekend as Art Fiesta. Be sure to stop and check out the amazing and creative designs along the sidewalks of Canal Street. There will be competitors in multiple categories, from kids to professionals. There are prizes and trophies, so the competition can be intense. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact me. We hope to see you there.

Richard England, Executive Director

February 2023 Flyer

Friday Night Fever Rewind

The Hub on Canal's Friday Night Fever fundraising was great fun. It was held on January 20 at the Brannon Center. Nearly all of the 280 attendees made the sartorial journey back to 1977--a mid-1970's Elvis even made an appearance. The music, lights and a big dance floor set the tone for an amazing night. Click on the link and view some photos of the fun.


Thurgood Starring Larry Murphy

Friday, February 3, 7pm

New Smyrna Beach High School Auditorium

The Hub on Canal presents Thurgood, a George Stevens play starring Larry Murphy. The compelling drama is a one-man portrayal of Thurgood Marshall, America’s first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Marshall is also renowned for successfully arguing the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court in 1954, years prior to his appointment. (More)

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

Location: New Smyrna Beach High School Auditorium, 1015 10th Street.

February 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!  Tales from the Lagoon with Shelley Lynch. (see below)
  • 4-7pm - Opening reception - Founders Gallery - 20x20x20 Landscapes by Ken Bowser.
  • 5-7pm - Jim Bryer in the lobby.


Tales From the Lagoon

Shelley Lynch

Saturday, February 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)

WORKSHOPS - February

Saturday, February 4, 2023

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Friday, February 10, 2023

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Sunday, February 12, 2023

Monday, February 13

February Events

Music Night

Linda Calise Valentine's Concert

Saturday, February 11, 7-9pm

Calling all young lovers wherever you are. Join us for a truly special evening, unlike any music night you’ve experienced at The Hub. We’ll convert The Hub into Club 132. Lucky ticket holders will sit stage-side at tables for two. Linda Calise, a jazz/pop singer and recording artist who’s notched performances at Birdland in NYC and The Wang Theater in Boston, will provide the musical love for the evening.

Fee: $75 for a table for two. One ticket = one table for two people. Limited tickets for 24 tables. Tickets are available online exclusively at Ticket price includes one drink per person, a plate of desserts and roses for the ladies. (More)

Art in the Form of Film:

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Paul Marino

Friday, February 22, 2023 - 5:45-9pm

A classic comedic heist gone wrong, A Fish Called Wanda remains one of the best films of the 1980s. The plot follows the chaos that ensues when a motley group of conniving characters brazenly steal diamonds in the heart of London. Watch how each character of the ensemble cast, which includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin, ends up compromising their core values, whether they be intimacy avoidance, animal love, or societal respectability. Instructor Paul Marino will introduce the film, raise questions to ponder and host a post-viewing discussion.  (More)

Talk Art! The Anatomy of a Wave

Saturday, February 18


Frank Ferrante


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

Open Mic Poetry Night

Saturday, February 18


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 Sonja Jean Craig 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. 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.

Slo' Jam

Wednesday, February 22, 2023


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)

6th Annual CHALK IT UP!

Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition

February 25, 9am - 4pm

Saturday, February 25, 2023, 9am-4pm

Artist Check-in 8-9am outside The Hub on Canal.

Fun for kids and grown-ups alike! Create your masterpiece along the Canal Street sidewalks. Chalk It Up! is a collaborative community event presented by The Hub on Canal and sponsored by New Smyrna Beach Utilities, Canal Street Historic District, City of New Smyrna Beach, and Publix. Judging and cash awards in seven categories – six amateur and one professional.

Chalk it Up! sponsorships are still available, please contact Richard England or Miranda Price at 385-957-3924.


Darla Donley & Michael Everett

Congratulations to Hub Artist, Darla Donley. Darla’s fine art oil painting, “Looking into a Horse's Soul”, was awarded a “Distinction Award” in the Annual Members Exhibit at the Art League of Daytona Beach.

MIchael Everett recently became a Hub artist. He works in graphite and in that medium creates extraordinary renderings of Florida landscapes. This is a version of Florida you have not likely seen before. Michaels work evokes a black and white photograph or a still from a mid-20th century film. Stop by The Hub and see Michael's work in person.


Our Hub on the Run Outreach program kicked off the week of the 16th. Our art instructor Lisa took over the art classroom at Edgewater Elementary. Lisa spent most of the week there, teaching all 500+ children in the school. This is a collaborative project with Volusia County Schools to introduce projects inspired by Hub artists. In this case, it was Hub artist Tad Fyock. A very large flock of birds were created by the kids. All costs were borne by The Hub and its supporters.

We'll visit Read Patillo in very early February and before we're done we'll have touched all students in 5 area elementary schools. That will be over 2000 students. Hub on the Run is our newest Outreach program and we're thrilled to have this opportunity.


As a not-for-profit, volunteers have always played a crucial role in the operation of The Hub. Part of our unique artist proposition is asking our artists to commit time to work in The Hub. Usually, that means artists demonstrating their art, creating an opportunity for our guests to see the artists in action. Every once in a while, though, artists commit their time to otherwise helping out in other ways. Several times in the last few weeks, our metal fabrication artist Samuel E. pitched in by painting gallery walls in need of a refresh.

Unlike most artists, Samuel E.'s art grew directly out of his career. Samuel E. worked for 32 years for General Electric at the company's research facility in Schenectady, NY. For his last 10 years at GE he worked in the Glass and Model shop, fabricating whatever the scientists needed for their research--lifesize but non-functional MRI machines, for instance. In time, Samuel E. began seeing art in the leftover scraps generated from his GE model work. An artistic career was born.

I hope you'll stop by The Hub to see Samuel E's unique metal sculptures.



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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