About Our Art…

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

art2.1By G. Ben Paxton born August 3, 1927, Harrisburg PA

Through childhood, I was encouraged by parents and grandparents to dabble with pastels and oils. My only art instruction was the last semester of senior year in high school when I took a course in jewelry making for fun.

I was involved in radio drama and announcing from 7th grade thru high school and college.   After receiving my M.A. at University of Tennessee, I applied at all the TV stations in the southern states, got a job with WMBG-AM, WCOD-FM and WTVR in Richmond VA as an announcer, and became News Director and TV newscaster.

In 1953 as a graduate student at the University of Missouri, I signed KOMU-TV on the air and taught radio-TV courses while doing further graduate studies for four more years.

In 1965, my family moved to Normal IL. As Assistant Professor of Speech, one of my first responsibilities was to supervise the student campus radio station and to put the new low-powered (10-watt) FM transmitter on the air and with Dr. Ralph Smith develop a full curriculum in radio-television courses for the department. Over the years, I worked to develop WGLT-FM into a qualified ‘public radio’ station with a license approved for a 25,000-watt transmitter by the time I retired in 1990.

With retirement came new summer vacation adventures, which led to my painting. I signed up for a brief series of lessons with Jean Griesemer and all of the sudden those watery paints, brushes began to work pretty well together, and the results were not the muddy messes they had been when I was a kid. Several beginner sessions of lessons with Fred Mills at the senior center followed then several with Nia Pirnot. I also took courses at Heartland with Patricia Singleton, these courses added inspiration and new approaches and ideas.

For quite some time I signed my work as ‘Pax’, then my granddaughter Meghan Paxton Sellers, while a student at Boston Museum of Fine Arts signed some of her things as ‘Pax’ so I went to ‘Ben Pax’ with the thought in the back of my mind that when I turn 90 in might be ‘Pawpaw Pax’!     art3.1

Ben’s work is displayed September 1 – October 31 at:

IAA Credit Union

808 IAA Dr.

Bloomington, IL

M-F, 8:30-4:30

Sat., 8:30-12

A reception for Ben’s work will be Thursday, September 18, 12-2:00 p.m. with punch and cookies.

Please stop by to see this beautiful variety of work.



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Hello! I have been with IAACU since August of 2011. I am a Member Development Rep. You might have talked to me a few times on the phone or through e-mail.

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