Amid an eclectic mix of coffee houses, cafes, boutiques, music, and local artisans in Old Town Vallejo, The Hub Community Center for the Arts is celebrating its fourth anniversary by offering a new and exciting array of classes and events, with the promise of more to come.
Manager MaryJane Etchegaray-Szalan likes to “mix things up,” to draw in local artisans – both novice and professional – to meet and ply their talents, and to present a quiet and relaxing atmosphere that fosters community meetings, telecommuting, doing homework, having lunch, socializing, playing chess, constructing a jig-saw puzzle, or reading a book.
MaryJane is avid in her quest for art-related classes and events, and is continually seeking out class instructors to teach what they love, and musicians and artists to display their talents for the enjoyment of the community.
Ever-changing is Hubcap, or The Hub Community Art Party, held on the third Saturday of each month from 2-4pm, after the Farmers’ Market. Here you can make a rag doll, or learn how to create tissue paper flowers. Each week presents a new project, which comes, in part, from requests from the public. There is no age limit for these classes, and they’re free (with a voluntary donation, if you so wish, to cover the cost of supplies.)
Subjects studied at the Sunday School of Art also vary from week to week, but can include Plein-Aire – outdoor painting/-sketching – drawing perspective, and color and composition theories. Times vary according to the intensity and length of the classes, so please call for details.
The Hub is a donation-based operation, and they are now officially a tax-exempt, non-profit organization (501(c)3). You can write off your monetary gifts and contribute to the enrichment of the arts in Vallejo at the same time.
The Hub is also offering items for sale on zazzle.com: logo-adorned items such as mugs, and tee shirts, and artwork, post cards, and puzzles.
Come to the Vallejo Art Walk, held the second Friday of each month from 6-10pm, and stop by The Hub, where you’ll find locally handcrafted pottery, paintings, greeting cards, scarfs, hats, jewelry, and more…very intriguing.
Live Model Drawing, one of several new classes added to The Hub’s events calendar, will be held on the third Wednesday of each month between 6-9pm. The fee is only $20 per session per artist – please bring your own art supplies. Sign-up and payment is required in advance. The model will be fully clothed due to the chilly weather, but when it gets warmer, the model will pose nude. (Artists must be at least 18 years of age.) According to manager MaryJane Etchegarary-Szalan, that will happen when The Hub acquires window screens. She explained that the classes will be broken down into segments beginning with 2-15 minute sessions of short, timed movement poses. There will be a break, followed by a pose for 20 minutes, another break, and then another 20 minute pose.
Discussions will follow.
– Joye Ogrodowski