The R. Benjamin Jones Art Show and Sale this Friday and Saturday will feature approximately 50 to 60 of Jones' acrylic paintings, said Jones, who taught part time at HCC for almost 25 years until 2003.
Jones taught art appreciation, philosophy and English afterstarting with painting and drawing, which he doesn't think he did a good job teaching.
"A lot of art students want to do what I do. That's not good," Jones said. They should develop their own style and technique.
"I should be a catalytic agent to get out of you the artist that is in you. I didn't have that with students," through no fault of their own, Jones said.
Jones' own paintings range in subject matter, from people to a variety of landscapes he photographs, sometimes taking as many as 50 photos for one painting.
The photos help with details such as color, but actually being there, having seen the subject is what gives the paintings life, Jones said.
"That's the creative moment," Jones said.
If you go ...
WHAT: R. Benjamin Jones Art Show and Sale
WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
WHERE: Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College, Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown
COST: Free admission
MORE: For more information, call 301-790-2800, ext. 348. Raffle tickets are available for $20 to win an original R. Benjamin Jones painting, "Backyard Peonies," valued at $2,800. The winner, whose name will be drawn Saturday, does not need to be present to win. Check out "Backyard Peonies" and some other Jones' paintings at www.hagerstowncc.edu/jonesartshow.