A Few Words from

Richard England

Executive Director

The Hub on Canal + Jane’s Art Center

Have you visited Jane’s Art Center? I think most of you know that 100% of the assets of Jane’s were donated to The Hub on Canal on March 30, 2023. It’s an incredible operation, setting the

standard for ceramics retail, and especially ceramics education in Volusia County.

The gallery, on Magnolia Street just off Canal, is primarily but not exclusively, ceramics. 2-D seems to get all the attention, but the art that surrounds you and enriches your life should include physical shapes created by an artist as well. That might be ceramics, wood, metal or something else. Come by the gallery at Jane’s and discover what piece belongs in your home or business.

You probably have walls to accommodate a painting. Should you find a magnificent piece of ceramics or metal sculpture at Jane’s that needs a pedestal, I might be able to help you with that. Speak with Gallery manager Jacob if the need arises and I’ll see what I can do for you.

A good place to start your fine ceramics art collection is with what you’ll find this month in the Feature Gallery at Jane’s. We continue with the exhibition of the amazing work of Peruvian-born Polo Ramirez. One of Polo’s vessels would be a striking addition to your art collection. His techniques are stunning and conversation starters as you proudly share how he does what he does.

As incredible as the Gallery at Jane’s is, the heart of the operation is really the studio. Over the last 5 years Jane’s has evolved into the most advanced and comprehensive studio in Volusia County. Jane’s offers instruction in hand-building, wheel throwing and sculptural techniques at all experience levels. We also offer short, introduction workshops to give you the chance to see if ceramics is for you. Our open studio hours provide students with the time outside of class to work on their technique and complete assignments. There’s something special about the camaraderie of our clay students.

Because we offer the best, our classes and workshops usually fill up quickly. We are working as fast as we can to increase both what we offer and how many classes as well. To that end, I’m pleased to announce that we have just completed a new building at Jane’s to house our electric kilns—the three we’ve long owned and the two new ones just acquired. After some rearranging, that will soon mean that we will be able to add additional classes and serve more students. Plans are in the works to go much further, but I’ll save that for a future letter!

Stop in and see us at Jane’s. Find a piece of ceramics you cannot live without. Sign up for a class or workshop and get your hands dirty. You might just be bitten by the clay bug!

Before I close I'd be remiss if I didn't wrap up the just completed Razzle Dazzle Fashion Show. You'll see several beautiful photos below. More will follow in a separate email in the days ahead. The quality of the work by our Fashionistas continues to rise—this was the best show ever. I’ve often said that this program makes a difference in these young people’s lives. I can add that their commitment, hard work, creativity

and enthusiasm inspires me as well.

Plan now to attend next year’s event, and I’d like to point out that many of the designs seen on the runway on May 19 will be on display in The Hub’s Founders Gallery in June in an exhibition

we’re calling Razzle Dazzle Redux. See them again, or for the first time.

Richard England

Executive Director, The Hub on Canal + Jane’s Art Center

We Are Grateful for

Our Razzle Dazzle

Fashion Show Sponsors

The 2024 Razzle Dazzle Fashion Show was made possible 

by the financial support of our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Massey Services Inc.

Senior Collection Sponsor

NSB Homes Luxury Group  Una Poole & Donna Concannon

Design Showstopper Sponsors  

Jean Gillen and Jeff Dowman

Phyllis and Guy Walker

Atelier Sponsors  


Buddy Davenport

Terry and Mike Davis

Peggy and Roy Hester

Honeybee Jacobs and Bud Chappell

Suzanne Kosmas

Pepper’s Boutique  

The Posh Pineapple  

Teddy Powers

Carelle and David Rosen

Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach

Jean and James Tauber

Upcycle Sponsors  

Berlin & Denys Insurance  

Judy Howard

Cheryl and Rod Rich

Shirley Schmidt

Deborah Shafer

Carol Zumbach

Summer Art Camp

1st Saturday

June Exhibition

in the Founders Gallery

Razzle Dazzle Redux

Fashion Designs from the 2024 Razzle Dazzle Fashion Show

Opening reception

Saturday, June 1, from 4 to 7pm

Exhibition through June 30

Art Connections: 10am-7pm an inside look at the work of more than 60 local artists. Talk to the

artists and learn about the process of creating art. Explore two floors of art in one historic building

in the heart of the New Smyrna Beach Arts District.

Talk Art!: from 1-2pm 50 Years of Writing, Painting and Commercial Illustration – An informal demonstration and conversation with Hub artist Ken Bowser.

Sip & Stroll: from 1-6pm The Hub and Jane’s participate every 1st Saturday in Canal Street’s Sip & Stroll. Purchase tickets at the Info Booth on Canal Street or online at www.canalstreetnsb.com and be sure to visit The Hub and Jane’s during your Canal Street journey.

Continuing Exhibition

in Jane’s Feature Gallery

Ceramics Like our Ancestors

Ceramics by Polo Ramirez

Exhibition through July 2

Call to Artists for

Making Waves Exhibition

at Jane's Art Center

Entry deadline June 28

Exhibition July 6-30

Opening July 6, 4-7pm

Calling all artists to submit their work for Making Waves – a curated exhibition of “Coastal Living” through the eyes of fresh, young visionaries. We are looking for artwork with new perspectives and interpretations of beach life created by young ceramicists, painters, sculptors, assemblage artists, and video artists. The gallery space will be dedicated throughout the month of July to showcase the works of emerging artists willing to break boundaries and embrace a new point of view.  

No fee to enter. All interested artists should submit photos of their work to Jacob Coronado via jcoronado.janesnsb@gmail.com for review and approval. 

Deadline is June 28, 2024. 

Accepted work must be delivered by Tuesday, July 2.

For more information, email Jacob Coronado at jcoronado.janesnsb@gmail.com or phone 386.402.8673. 

June Music

Summer Cats

Friday, June 7, 7-9pm

The Hub on Canal

Doors open 6:15pm

Tickets $10 at the door

Coming in September

Third Annual Fall into Jazz Weekend 

Friday, September 20, 7-9pm

Sybil Gage and the Royal Catahoulas

Sunday, September 22, 11am-1pm

Jazz Brunch with the Trés Bien Trio

Tickets on sale online August 20

Workshops & Classes

NEW! Mixed Media and Intuitive Art

with Loretta Youngman

Friday, June 28, 1-5pm

Details and registration

NEW! Oil Painting with Amy Hutchinson

Weekly classes on Saturdays, 10am-Noon

Details and registration

Monthly Events

Art in the Form of Film

with Paul Marino

Sideways (2004)

Friday, June 21, 5:45-9pm


Thank You for Your Donations

I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all who supported us during the NASCAR Giveathon May 14 and 15.

Being the new kid on the block and having not yet had the opportunity to meet everyone in The Hub + Jane’s community,

I was absolutely blown away by the support for this new fundraising initiative.

With your help, we will soon receive a check for more than $8,000! The Hub + Jane’s is also being blessed with a private gift from one of our amazing donor friends to get us to

our goal of $10,000!

From staff and volunteers to artists and members, you all have made a profound impact on the operations of our outreach.

Thank you again – and I look forward to meeting all of you here at The Hub on Canal.

Kind Regards,

Jennifer Marano

Director of Operations, The Hub on Canal + Jane’s Art Center

Gesso You Know

On May 21 a version of Van Gogh’s Vase with Sunflowers was added to The Hub’s staircase. This is the third installment of our annual Stairs Project. It will be on display for the next 12 months. This image was created by the students at New Smyrna Beach’s Upward Trend Academy. One of Upward Trend’s founders, Amy Michaelis, brought a group of their students to The Hub on May 23 to view their creation installed on The Hub’s stairs. The Hub and Upward Trend partner to bring art instruction to Upward Trend’s students. 

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