The Hub Art Factory is an evolving canvas of the city center – Entertainment & Life – The Repository
CANTON The Hub Art Factory is an ever-evolving downtown art destination, inside and out.
The gallery-studio at 336 Sixth St. NW offers a wide range of monthly exhibitions, and the exterior is also eclectic and evolves with murals by several local artists.
When artist Tim Carmany acquired the building in 2013, it had been vacant for four or five years and its ceramic block exterior was painted rusty brown. It was so indescribable that, “I didn’t even notice this building in the decade I spent around Canton,” Carmany said. “As soon as I got settled in, I painted it.”
The Hub’s first exterior incarnation was simple Mondrian-style blocks of color, painted blue, red, yellow, black, and white. âSomeone gave us a bunch of leftover paint. We literally used every drop until we ran out,â Carmany said. Donations of paint are welcome, he noted.
Since then, the building has undergone two full renovations, along with many smaller models near the main entrance, touting upcoming art events inside. The large Brett Favre portrait on the back wall of The Hub was painted by Carmany in 2016 to celebrate Favre’s entry into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. âIt was the first large-scale piece I have ever done,â Carmany said. “I was just trying to practice. Of course we want it to look good, but we also want to perfect our art.”
Artists whose work can be seen outside of The Hub include Carmany, Tim Eakin, Alaska Thompson, Erika Reynolds, Steve Ehret, and Kat Francis.
Perhaps the most eye-catching is Carmany’s portrayal of a very young LeBron James. âI think it’s his sophomore photo. Richard Jefferson made this photo famous when he tweeted it and it went viral,â he said. “I love it. I think it’s great.”