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Annual R. Benjamin Jones Art Show

The Hagerstown Community College Foundation, Inc. will host a reception, show and sale of paintings by R. Benjamin Jones on November 20 and 21 in the Kepler Theater. Event times are 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Maryland artist R. Benjamin Jones is an accomplished painter who enjoys creating still-life, landscape, and portrait images of everyday life from his native Maryland, Lancaster County, Pa., New England, and other places he has visited.

In addition to his other works, this year Jones will offer copies of master paintings by artists such as Caravaggio and Martin Johnson Heade, which he has personally painted, and for the first time, will also be selling signed, limited edition reproductions of the John Brown house, which he first drew in 1974 to benefit the Washington County Commission on African Hunger Relief. There will also be a modern day drawing of the building, as well as a painting, as this year marks the 150-year anniversary of John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Similarly, Jones will showcase and sell pencil drawings of local Civil War landmarks such as Burnside Bridge and Bloody Lane, as well as portraits of key Civil War figures such as Ambrose Burnside, George B. McClellan, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert E. Lee.

This event is free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will benefit HCC and its students. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $20 each for a chance to win an original R. Benjamin Jones painting. The winner, whose name will be drawn at the Saturday show, does not need to be present to win. A variety of note cards featuring paintings by the artist will also be sold.

For more information, contact Lieba Cohen at 301-790-2800, ext. 213, or via e-mail at