CHILLICOTHE – He’s been a schoolteacher and principal, owned and operated a present retailer, been a photograph framer, and ran a residence renovation company.
“It’s this background that will make me uniquely suited to serve as the director,” claimed John Payne, director of the Pump Home Middle for the Arts. “Each journey has ready me for the subsequent. Hopefully, I have discovered and continue to improve.”
Payne, now 68, grew up on a “small farm of about 100 acres” on Dry Run Road in Chillicothe, the fifth of 8 little ones. “I experienced an idyllic childhood,” he remembered, “growing up with horses to trip, hay to bale, and chickens to feed.”
His mom was a continue to be-at-household mother. His father was a trainer and entrepreneur. He was a partner, for illustration, in Brake Payne Lincoln Mercury on Western Avenue. He also developed, owned, and operated a number of space drive-in theaters.
“I was 12 when I 1st started out doing the job the concession stand,” Payne recalled. “From there, I was 14 or so and I took tickets. I had to wear a tie, smile and be courteous to the community. I constantly imagined I’d be like my father, run a business enterprise and train.”
Payne went to Zane Trace Significant School, then to the Ohio University-Chillicothe department. “After about three years of that,” he stated, “my father supplied to foot the bill to where ever I wished to go. I selected Otterbein and I graduated in 1976.”
He was hired to teach science at Circleville Middle College in Might of that year, then purchased two Chillicothe enterprises, a gift keep termed the Primitive Retail outlet, which also housed a image framing business enterprise.
“I’d instruct all day, then appear dwelling and go to the shop and frame images,” he explained. “My art curiosity grew as I started off framing photographs.”
In 1980, his father retired and turned the theaters around to Payne and a youthful brother. But, he reported, “After about 5 years, the bottom fell out of the travel-in small business, so we shut the drive-ins. I identified a work training science in Pike County at Eastern Community.”
Payne acquired a master’s in academic administration in 1987 and turned principal at Piketon Elementary, Western Substantial Faculty, and finally, Chillicothe High School. He retired from CHS in 2011. Afterward, he begun renovating homes – yet another enterprise.
In the meantime, the Chillicothe Municipal H2o Will work was constructed in 1883. The building the moment housed the initial centralized steam pumping station for the metropolis but, in excess of the many years, it fell into disrepair. The city deemed tearing it down. The Jaycees operated a fund-elevating haunted dwelling in it.
Then, Payne reported, “A community artist, Ted Fickisen, arrived up with the idea for the Pump Dwelling Center for the Arts. He place collectively a team of neighborhood citizens, led by a neighborhood contractor, Wilbur Poole, and they arrived up with the concept. The Pump House board is focused to preserving the building via the marketing of wonderful and visual arts in the Ross-Chillicothe location.”
Payne turned director in September 2020.
“I’ve acknowledged John considering that the mid-70s,” explained mate Scott Nusbaum. “As an educator, I know he strived to instill in pupils an appreciation for the arts, and he’s prolonged been an ardent supporter of downtown Chillicothe and the arts. He’s experienced and industrious, and his modern mother nature will serve the Pump House and Ross County perfectly.”
“I’ve normally been energetic in the group,” Payne mentioned. “And I keep fit. In 2012 my friend, Stephen Steele, and I rode our bicycles throughout America from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia. Some 4,300 miles. I however experience, and even nevertheless I’m likely to be 69 decades previous this tumble, I however really feel like I have a great deal to provide.”
Pump Home Center for the Arts is found at 1 Enderlin Circle in Chillicothe. For more information, phone 740-772-5783 or log on www.pumphouseartgallery.com.
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