County libraries plan ‘Earthsea’ art show

As part of the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program, the Volusia County Public Library system will sponsor an art show based on the 1968 fantasy novel “A Wizard of Earthsea” by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Emerging and professional artists ages 18 and over are invited to submit up to three works by Dec. 31 for possible inclusion in “Transition Earthsea,” a juried exhibit overseen by a committee of local art experts.

For information, email Margaret Schnebly Hodge at

Hub on Canal

The Hub on Canal has several activities in December.

The Gallery of Gifts will be open until Dec. 30. Unique gift ideas created by more than 70 local artists offering fine art, apparel, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass works, and home décor are available.

Talk Art! Artist Demonstration and Talk, featuring Bill and Patty Colby with The Potter’s Art of Function and Form will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29.

For more information or to register, call (386) 957-3924 or visit

The Hub will offer free therapeutic art classes, “Memories in the Marking, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 9 at 132 Canal St.

The free classes are part of a cooperative effort between The Hub and the Alzheimer’s Association. A kick off event for caregivers will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 9 at The Hub.

No art experience is needed. Space is limited. Interested families should contact the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900 to enroll.


A Second Saturday Soundwalk will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at Spruce Creek Park (meet at fishing pier at 6250 S. Ridgewood Ave.).

Each walk is beneficial for people of all ages to de-stress, focus and develop a deeper understanding of how we fit into the ecosystem. Limited to 20 participants.

For more information, call (386) 423-1753 or visit

Jane’s Art Center

Jane’s Art Center on Magnolia Street is expected to open early in 2019.

It will be comprised of three distinct spaces: a 1,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art ceramic studio open to all levels where classes will be taught by professional artists and visiting professors. The feature space is a 1,600-square-foot retail gallery. A 3,600-square-foot sculpture garden will be used as a gathering place.

The center, owned by local resident Terry Jane England, will offer education, exhibitions and artistic exploration.

Writing and quilting at Schnebly Center

Daytona Beach Cultural & Leisure Services Department is offering new programs at the Peggy Schnebly Recreation Center at 1101 N. Atlantic Ave.

A free writers group meets from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Class members discuss and critique each other's work.

The Fantastic Quilters meet from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. This is a self-paced program that encourages creativity and cultural expression, including sewing, weaving and crocheting. The cost is 50 cents.

For more information or to register, call (386) 671-3560 or visit

Auditions slated

Daytona Playhouse will host auditions for “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, and Monday, Jan. 7, at 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach.

The play focuses on the funny misfortunes of a famous television actress who seeks to “get away from it all” in a small New England town, but without much luck given her noisy, omnipresent neighbors.

Performances are scheduled for Feb. 22 to March 3.

Auditions for “Man of La Mancha” will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, and Monday, Jan 14.

The classic tale of Miguel de Cervantes about Don Quixote and the ever faithful servant Sancho as they dream the impossible dream, tilt at windmills and champion the beautiful harlot Aldonza. Performances will be March 29 to April 14.

For more information, call (386) 255-2431 or visit

Colored Pencil Society

The Peabody Auditorium, Rose Art Gallery will host the Colored Pencil Society of America members show from Jan. 8 to Feb. 1, at 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach.

A reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11.

Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and during events.

For more information, visit

Painting class

A painting class will be taught from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 7, at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road, South Daytona.

Wendy Truax, a Certified Bob Ross Wildlife Instructor, will teach how to paint the scene Emerald Waters.

The class is $35 per person and includes all supplies.

For more information or to register, call (386) 290-9727 or email

Kwanzaa Celebration

African American Museum of the Arts annual Kwanzaa Celebration will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at 325 S. Clara Ave. DeLand.

Free and open to the public

For more information, call (386) 736-4004.

Color the cities

Photographer and author Bibi LeBlanc has released the first in a series of adult coloring books from cities around the globe.

It was inspired by beautiful, historic sites found throughout her travels as well as those close to home in DeLand.

Ms. LeBlanc took her own scenery-inspired photographs and turned them into Zentangle coloring pages. The book includes are landmarks, such as like the Historic Courthouse and Sugar Mill Restaurant at DeLeon Springs State Park.

Artists to meet

West Volusia Artists Inc. will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the Sanborn Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand.

Artists of all levels are welcome. Participants should bring art supplies. For more information, call (386) 738-5515.

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