It’s hard to imagine the Canton arts scene without Tim Carmany.
The artist is known for his vibrant, colorful pieces. And he’s the owner of The Hub Art Factory, a cornerstone of the Downtown Canton Arts District where visitors can see rotating displays of some of Stark County’s best work.
Carmany graduated from Malone University in 2007 and left Canton to travel the country. While in Chicago, he came across reverse glass spray painting. The process, which Carmany described as being similar to “a complicated, reverse screen printing but with spray paint,” allows him to make pieces with bright colors and sharp, clean lines.
“It’s hard to describe what a piece looks like until you see it,” he said. “But when you’re looking at it, you’re getting basically the most pure form of that color because it’s not soaking into canvas or wood. It’s right on the glass.”
Carmany fell in love with the art form and decided to try his hand at making his own. His early pieces were rough but still drew buyers, and he realized he might be able to make a business being an artist.
When he returned to Canton in 2011, he locked himself in his studio and threw himself into his work.
A couple years later, looking for a space where he could work alongside other artists, he opened The Hub. What started as an empty nondescript building on Sixth Street NW in downtown Canton is now a dynamic studio and gallery covered in swirling colorful murals.
Carmany is looking to upgrade the building’s heating and cooling systems, allowing artists to work and display year-round even during temperature extremes. More information, and how to help, is available at patreon.com/thehubartfactory.
Carmany’s work extends beyond the gallery.
Through ArtsinStark, he does Art Integration Projects in Stark County schools to help kids learn skills in science, English and math.
He’s also getting more into murals. He recently finished a large, colorful portrait of Jim Morrison, the iconic singer of The Doors, on the side of Fromino’s in the Downtown Canton Music Block.
He was inspired after a trip to the Wynwood district in Miami, a city known for its public art.
“That really opened my eyes to not only what you can do with spray paint and regular exterior paint, but the impact that has on an urban economy,” he said. “It inspired me to get better at it and also to just do more of it. The more there is, the more people are going to get inspired by that and try to do their own thing. It spirals into a creative environment.”
Keep an eye out for more new pieces downtown.
“People in Canton, they want to see more new stuff. They want to push the limits more than we have been … We’re trying to work on how do we do installations that are going to attract attention and inspire creativity and foster an environment of innovation in art,” he said.
Local art shows
Tim Eakin show at The Hub Art Factory, 336 Sixth Street NW, Canton
Opens Friday, November 2 and runs through the end of the month.
Christmas at The Hub Art Factory, 336 Sixth Street NW, Canton
Opens Friday, December 7 and runs through the end of the year.
2018 Kent Comic Arts Festival at Kent State University, 800 E Summit Street, Kent
Saturday, November 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stark County Artists’ Exhibition at the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon
November 10 through January 13, 2019.
Loyal to the Lot: Photographs by Stephen Tomasko at the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon
October 26 through Spring 2019.
Seen and not seen by Greg Martin at the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon
November 10 through December 31.
Image to Image: Walsh University digital photojournalism exhibit at the Massillon Museum
December 1 through January 6, 2019.