CHILLICOTHE – He’s been a schoolteacher and principal, owned and operated a reward store, been a image framer, and ran a residence renovation company.
“It’s this background that tends to make me uniquely suited to provide as the director,” explained John Payne, director of the Pump Property Center for the Arts. “Each experience has well prepared me for the subsequent. Hopefully, I’ve realized and proceed to mature.”
Payne, now 68, grew up on a “small farm of about 100 acres” on Dry Run Highway in Chillicothe, the fifth of 8 children. “I experienced an idyllic childhood,” he remembered, “growing up with horses to journey, hay to bale, and chickens to feed.”
His mom was a stay-at-household mother. His father was a trainer and entrepreneur. He was a husband or wife, for case in point, in Brake Payne Lincoln Mercury on Western Avenue. He also crafted, owned, and operated a number of location generate-in theaters.
“I was 12 when I 1st begun working the concession stand,” Payne recalled. “From there, I was 14 or so and I took tickets. I experienced to put on a tie, smile and be courteous to the general public. I normally imagined I’d be like my father, operate a organization and educate.”
Payne went to Zane Trace Large University, then to the Ohio University-Chillicothe branch. “After about three years of that,” he stated, “my father available to foot the invoice to anywhere I preferred to go. I chose Otterbein and I graduated in 1976.”
He was hired to teach science at Circleville Center College in May possibly of that calendar year, then bought two Chillicothe corporations, a gift store referred to as the Primitive Shop, which also housed a image framing enterprise.
“I’d educate all day, then appear house and go to the retail outlet and body pics,” he explained. “My art desire grew as I commenced framing pictures.”
In 1980, his father retired and turned the theaters more than to Payne and a more youthful brother. But, he reported, “After about 5 many years, the base fell out of the travel-in company, so we closed the generate-ins. I discovered a occupation training science in Pike County at Eastern Community.”
Payne attained a master’s in academic administration in 1987 and grew to become principal at Piketon Elementary, Western Large University, and finally, Chillicothe High School. He retired from CHS in 2011. Afterward, he started renovating homes – a further organization.
Meanwhile, the Chillicothe Municipal Drinking water Operates was built in 1883. The creating as soon as housed the 1st centralized steam pumping station for the city but, over the several years, it fell into disrepair. The town regarded tearing it down. The Jaycees operated a fund-elevating haunted household in it.
Then, Payne claimed, “A local artist, Ted Fickisen, arrived up with the thought for the Pump Home Center for the Arts. He set collectively a team of regional citizens, led by a regional contractor, Wilbur Poole, and they arrived up with the notion. The Pump House board is devoted to preserving the making through the advertising of good and visual arts in the Ross-Chillicothe region.”
Payne turned director in September 2020.
“I’ve recognized John due to the fact the mid-70s,” explained close friend 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 professional and industrious, and his impressive nature will serve the Pump Home and Ross County effectively.”
“I’ve usually been energetic in the local community,” Payne mentioned. “And I remain fit. In 2012 my friend, Stephen Steele, and I rode our bicycles throughout The us from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia. Some 4,300 miles. I continue to experience, and even however I’m heading to be 69 a long time aged this drop, I still come to feel like I have a good deal to give.”
Pump House Heart for the Arts is located at 1 Enderlin Circle in Chillicothe. For additional information and facts, get in touch with 740-772-5783 or log on www.pumphouseartgallery.com.
About the series
Aces of Trades is a weekly sequence concentrating on men and women and their careers – regardless of whether they’re unconventional positions, enjoyment jobs or individuals who get ordinary work and make them amazing. If you have a suggestion for a long run profile, permit us know at [email protected] or 740-349-1110.