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Local in NSB – Jane’s Art Center

As I walked down Canal street looking for something to tell the community about I discovered Jane’s Art Center tucked away in the heart of New Smyrna’s historic district. I was captivated by the building’s curb appeal, with beautiful art sculptures near the entrance, and thought to myself “Oh, I must go inside and check that place out”.

Upon entering I was greeted with a warm welcome from Terry & Darcy. They welcomed me with warm smiles that I could see expressed on their faces despite the masks they were wearing. They were very covid conscious and took the precautions to create a safe, fun, and clean atmosphere. They proceeded to tell me about the history and vision they had with the center and the dreams about contributing to the community and future generations. I was hooked. Terry the owner was very kind in offering me a tour of the center. As we walked around she told me about the upcoming events, how they are involved with the community, the different activities they do, the extensive list of artists they feature and much more.

One of the activities that stood out to me was the Raku demos on the First Saturdays of every month. What is Raku, you ask? Raku refers to a technique of a low-firing process that was inspired by traditional western raku firing. It involves removing pottery from a kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into a container with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces a reduction atmosphere which affects the colors, glaze, and clay bodies creating gorgeous works of art.

Across from the gallery of art in a separate building is the ceramic center with every imaginable tool to create sculptures. A nice young lady was in the process of creating a clay bowl when I peeked my head in to check it out as my mind started filling up with all sorts of creative things to make with all the material and tools I’d seen inside this building. It just blew my mind. This group was so kind and caring I forgot that I was in an art center because it felt like home. If you are new to New Smyrna or plan on moving here this is a must see on the list of things to do.





The Inspiration & History of Jane’s:

Jane’s Art Center, the creative idea of owner and local resident, Terry Jane England, is named after her mother, Jane Smith.  A true spirit of New Smyrna Beach, Jane was a single parent; an artist; an environmentalist and an animal advocate, taking in stray and injured animals.  She died unexpectedly in 1979, at age 40.

With local connections and artistic flair, this native to Florida family reaches as far back as 100 years. On any given day, some of the family members work or volunteer at the art center.

Located in the historic art district of New Smyrna Beach, Jane’s Art Center specializes in fine art from both nationally and internationally acclaimed and upcoming artists. The gallery displays both a permanent collection and a rotation of temporary exhibitions every month.  Jane’s eclectic art center celebrates a broad selection of mediums, including ceramic art and a sculpture garden.

Adjacent to their gallery is Jane’s Clay Studio, a complete and comprehensive ceramics center, expanding their role as art educators and securing our place as a leader in the field of ceramics.


Where is Jane’s Art Center?

199 Downing St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

29°01’28.7″N 80°55’17.5″W


Thank you for reading our local blog. We take pride in supporting local businesses in Volusia County because we are one! Whether you are new in New Smyrna or planning on moving here, Jane’s Art Center is a must see for you and the entire family. Located in New Smyrna Beach historic district right off canal street, this is definitely a hidden gem. We hope this information brings you new activities to discover locally and we hope to see you out at one of the events.

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