nov. 16 jones and jones

November 15, 2000

An artful education

By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

If you go

The Hagerstown Community College Foundation will host a reception and showing of paintings by R. Benjamin Jones and David Jones

When: Friday, Nov. 17, 4 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Kepler Theater

Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown


A portion of the proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund of the HCC Foundation, which provides financial assistance to area students.


Raffle tickets, $20 each, are available for a chance to win original paintings by both artists. Winners will be drawn at the Saturday show and do not have to be present to win.

Note cards of a painting by each of the artists will be sold for $10 for 10 cards.

For information, call Lieba Cohen, 301-790-2800, ext. 213 or send e-mail to

There will be 101 paintings by artist R. Benjamin "Ben" Jones and 27 by David Jones in an art show Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.


The Joneses, father and son, have a strong connection to the community college. David Jones, 38, is a graduate. Ben Jones, 64, has taught classes there for years.

It was in 1980 in a classroom at the college that Ben Jones discovered his son's talent as an artist. David Jones was enrolled in the painting and drawing class taught by his father. "I took it for an easy 'A,' " he joked.

The professor was amazed by his son's ability. He was far and away the best in the class, said Ben Jones. "He did it so quickly," he added.

David Jones started painting with his dad, working in oils in the basement. He went on to Towson State University where he majored in biology. He did research in that field, waking early to paint before going to work. He later took off 10 years to paint full time. He works again in biological research at BioWhittaker in Walkersville, Md.

The critiquing process was hard, David Jones said of his sessions with his father.

"Art principals can be taught," Ben Jones believes. "But I'm not trying to make him into me," he said.

Both work from nature. Both work in acrylics. David Jones' portrays waterfowl and other wildlife.

"I'm not inventing," Ben Jones said. He finds a scene he likes, sketches it, photographs it and creates a painting in his studio.

His work has changed through the years. Early Ben Jones paintings were starker, colors muted. "I didn't think I could do green," he said.

Ben Jones' early art was squeezed into his busy schedule as minister. He came to Covenant United Presbyterian Church in Hagerstown in 1966. In 1968, his doctor prescribed a day off a week to relieve his migraines. He devoted that time to his art. "I just did it for the total fun of it," Jones said. Jones still ministers part time at churches in Chewsville and Emmitsburg, Md., but the fun became a full-time and lucrative career. He has an agent in Connecticut, and exhibits in several museums and galleries.

There will be chance to win a painting by each artist this weekend. Proceeds from a raffle and a portion of proceeds from the show will benefit the scholarship fund of the HCC Foundation. Becky Jones, Ben Jones' wife, is organizing the display. She is a member of the HCC Foundation board of directors and also serves as namer, framer and marketer of her husband's work.

"I think the college is just a remarkable institution. It truly is a community college," Ben Jones said. "I wanted to support it in some way," he added.

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