Experience the joy of being part of a fun and creative event where artists of all ages come together to make Canal Street a beautiful exhibition.  Artists of all ages and levels are invited to participate in this exciting event where they use 4’x4’ sidewalk canvases to showcase their works of art.

Chalk It Up! is in its second year and we have expanded the competition to make it more fun for the artists and also for the many visitors who will be viewing the art.  The sidewalk art competition will be held in conjunction with the city’s Art Fiesta!

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Susan Ellis Speaks for Hub on Canal

The City of New Smyrna Beach continued their monthly workshop series, Coastal Community Resiliency, on June 19 with a session devoted to our local economy. Hub founder and volunteer, Susan Ellis, representing The Hub on Canal.  Below is the text from Susan’s speech.

“In 2006 and 7 there was a housing boom…and in 2008 the recession hit Florida hard.  It was especially bad in Volusia County – one of the areas that ranked highest in the entire nation for foreclosures.  In 2010 unemployment numbers in Volusia County were 12.8 compared to the national average of 9.8.

In New Smyrna Beach the economy suffered.

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Summertime Blues 2nd Annual Members Exhibition & Sale

Summer in New Smyrna Beach is Hot!  Hot!  Hot!
Stay cool with our Hub members and create your own interpretation of this year’s theme- Summertime Blues.

Join us as we present the 2nd Annual Hub on Canal Members Exhibition & Sale highlighting works created by The Hub’s members.  The Summertime Blues exhibit will be on display July 7 – July 29.

Dates: Saturday, July 7, 2018– Sunday, July 29, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 7, 4PM to 7PM.

Fun prizes to be awarded at 6PM.

Entry Fee: $35.00 (Includes 12” X 12” X 1 ½” wood panel or canvas) Two pieces of artwork per artist.

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Get Down & Derby 2018

Derby Day 2018 was a huge success!

The Hub On Canal had over 160 people attend our Kentucky Derby celebration and participated in activities for the whole family, and watched the underdog, Justify, shock the crowd and become the winner of the 2018 Kentucky Derby!

The Hub on Canal’s 3rd Annual Derby Day brought our community together for face painting, Derby hat-making, jamming with The HubCats, racing down Canal St for our version of the Kentucky Derby, live-streaming the Kentucky Derby, and so much more!

Let’s not forget about the famous Derby Day drink of choice- the mint julep!  

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Tad Fyock European Bee Eaters

 If you’ve been on an African safari, whether in the primeval rain forest or arid dessert, it’s likely you’ve encountered Bee Eaters. Small, interesting birds with very colorful plumage, chances of spotting them are relatively easy given the 20 species that are common to the continent. If you haven’t ventured into the wilds, you’re in luck! As many as twenty-two artists’ interpretations representing a variety of mediums will be on exhibit in The Hub’s Higginbotham Studio,  April 6-30, 2018.

The exhibit will be the result of a “Through Another’s Eyes” challenge, the brainchild of Hub artist Tad Fyock.

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Everett, Charles_Nothing too precious_mixed media on canvas_30x30

There is something that happens a lot at The Hub. Somewhat akin to an “a ha” moment one gets when something obscure becomes clear, it is the point at which people connect on a deeper level. Given The Hub’s mission of creating community, there are lots of opportunities for these kindred spirit moments to occur. One such cool one happened during First Saturday in February.

Just a few short hours before the opening of Charles Everett’s “Context for Crisis” exhibit, Hub co-founder Sally Mackay was part of a standing-room only crowd gathered to watch a dulcimer demonstration.

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Carolyn Land, The Hub on Canal


“My art reflects who I am and I am nature. – Carolyn Land

On a cool day in January, the Sandra Lloyd Gallery warmly welcomed 30 community members to The Hub’s monthly Talk Art series. Carolyn Land, whose been with The Hub for six months, began by answering questions most often asked of the artist who dabbles in both the real and the abstract.

Integrating Art Forms

Often people wonder why she pursues both art forms. “For me, they are both part of me. They are totally integrated within me.”

While she doesn’t prefer one form over the other, abstract expression excites her.

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Frank Ferrante has many interests, but he has always been passionate about the sea and about oil painting.  As a landscape and seascape oil painter and teacher at The Hub on Canal, Frank is able to combine his loves and his talents, creating bold intense images of life near or on the sea.  New Smyrna Beach provides an endless array of subjects; through its rich colorful history, its beautiful beaches, and the many stories about life in an old Florida beach town.

In 2011 Frank moved from New Jersey to Volusia County where he found The Hub on Canal, and became a Hub studio painter and teacher. 

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To see artists Katty Smith and Linda Hoffmeister together in person you would say they were childhood friends. Their eyes twinkle with the knowing of girlish secrets, their laughter quick and smiles are broad and welcoming. The delightful pair have teamed up for a joint exhibit at The Hub on Canal’s Mackay Gallery that runs through January 28, 2018: The Female Spirit – All Fired Up and Stitched Down.

The women forged their friendship at The Hub on Canal a short two years ago. Their common interest, the strength of the female spirit, both past and present, and admiration of each other’s art drew them together.

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Artist Pam Coffman almost dismissed pursuing a college education by limiting herself to one class in the late 80s. But the teachers who crossed her path had other plans for the student. Today, Coffman is Curator of Education at the Museum of Art (MoArt) in DeLand and brings her “Remnants, Relics and Recollections” to The Hub October 7-30.

“I was fortunate to have all these people teach me,” said Coffman, reflecting on whom she fondly calls her “tor-mentor” Professor Grady Kimsey at then Seminole Community College. He implored her to pursue a degree in education and she ultimately received her Masters in Art Education and Studio Art in 1993 from Florida State University.

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