The HUB Station Arts Center is in an 80-year-old, historic school building in Hudson, known for 16 years as The Hudson Uptown Building (HUB), originally a school in the 1940s. In 2019, the site opened as a regional center for economic development and arts promotion, “Connecting Arts and Business.” In 2021 the Jan Karon Mitford Museum will open. The Mitford Museum will feature items related to the best-selling author’s young life growing up on a farm in Hudson, attending Hudson School in the 1940s, and her later-in-life career as a writer of Christian fiction with artifacts supporting her popularity as an author.
The HUB Station serves as the permanent home of the Western North Carolina Society of Artisans. This society operates The Red Awning Gallery inside the facility and artists in studios at the HUB Station provide access to the public to a variety of crafts and artwork. The gallery features many genres, including fiber, glass, wood crafts, soaps, paper, jewelry, and visual art.
In addition, HUB Station offers craft, art, and music classes to both children and adults throughout the community and region, bringing in featured makers with strong reputations to provide instruction. The HUB Station also offers special opportunities for individual craft presentations to the public through art classes or lunch-and-learn demonstrations. This unique feature promotes art as a vital element of quality of life in the region.
The second floor of the HUB Station Arts Center is truly the home of creative spirit. Mostly devoted to Maker Studios, the second floor of the Station Arts Center houses 10 available art studios, each one capable of being shared by more than one artist “making” in creative space. The studios are open to scheduling tours specifically to allow visitors to observe the specialty artistic process.