Former Fitton Center director, wife displaying paintings and baskets art in exhibit

Works by Rick and Chris Jones — his paintings, her baskets — will be on exhibit at the Strauss Gallery at Artspace in Hamilton, 222 High St., through April 30. PROVIDED
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Works by Rick and Chris Jones — his paintings, her baskets — will be on exhibit at the Strauss Gallery at Artspace in Hamilton, 222 High St., through April 30. PROVIDED

Paintings by Rick Jones, the former executive director of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, will be on exhibit through April 30 at the Strauss Gallery at Artspace Hamilton, 222 High St.

Along with Jones’ paintings will be baskets made by his wife, Chris Jones, who was a professional basket maker from 1984-2004.

Rick Jones led the Fitton Center from 1991-2015. The exhibition of his realistic landscapes is his first since 1976.

While he spent 41 years directing art centers in Wooster and Hamilton, Jones lacked the time to paint until late 2017, he said. The couple own Renaissance Fine Art Supplies & Framing at 218 High St. in downtown Hamilton.

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Jones’ paintings are all 12-by-16 inches or smaller. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chris Jones did major craft shows until the basket business cooled in 2004 and she became a courtroom manager in the Butler County Courts from 2004-2014.

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At the height of her basket business, she was making and selling nearly 1,000 baskets per year. Her baskets are made from hard maple and all feature her trademark wild grapevine handles. Dozens of styles are on display.

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