Please join us Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 from 5 until 7 pm for a retrospective exhibition of works by Jay Hines (curated by his granddaughter, Morgan Hines).
Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar
800 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
5 until 7 pm
open to the public
Link to 2010 Lawrence.com article on Jay HInes:
A man born in Scott City, KS, Jay Hines celebrates his 90th birthday this November with a display of his artwork at Pachamama’s restaurant. Jay has been a Kansan nearly his entire life. His family moved to Salina, KS in 1933 where he learned how to play tennis-one of his first loves. He was self taught and ended up playing tennis at Kansas Wesleyan University. Jay originally attended the University of Kansas before he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to become a combat pilot. He did not qualify due to a stringent eye exam, but he qualified for gunnery school and served as a B-29 crew member/gunner in WWII (non-combat). On coming back from the war, he was turned down at KU to play on the tennis team by Jim Seaver, a well-known professor, previous player for Stanford University, and tennis coach for KU at the time. That’s when he decided to play at Kansas Wesleyan- although he was still and will always be a Jayhawk at heart.
Graduating college with a degree in Business Administration, Jay started out working for Investors Diversified Services. From there on out, he moved up in the ranks in the business world, eventually working for the head office of IDS in Minneapolis, Minnesota as Vice President of Sales and Development. During his working years, Jay traveled and played tennis with colleagues wherever he went.
Eventually, Jay and his wife Phyllis settled down in Lawrence, Kansas, and he has lived in town for the last 26 years.
After success in the business world, Jay had a continued interest in tennis and played until the age of eighty. In his senior years he got asked by Jim Seaver (the old KU tennis coach) himself to play as his partner in the Senior Olympics. Along with his tennis career, Jay also had a high interest in painting upon retirement. He had never painted before his 60’s, but thought he would give it a try to fill his free time at home. He got connected with Phil Stark, a well-known artist and instructor at Johnson County Community College, and began his venture in the world of painting. From the start, it was obvious that Jay had a natural talent for
painting that he never knew he had. From buildings, to people, to wildlife, to
landscaping, he could do it all. He devoted much of his life to painting and improving his
It became a part of who Jay was and whom he is currently known as - a local Lawrence artist.
When asked by his son, Andy, (who had been inspired to pick up painting himself) if he thought he would make a business out of it and sell his paintings, Jay refused. He said that “If you make it a business, then that takes the fun out of it.”
Since then, he has sold various pieces, but tends to give his works away, mainly to his three children, Mike, Jefri and Andy, and to his grandchildren. Jay’s granddaughter, who is a recent graduate from KU and currently a server at Pachamama’s, says that her grandfather’s work has always inspired her. She thinks his works are incredible, especially for starting in his sixties. Currently, Jay is not a practicing artist, but still has a love and appreciation for art culture. You can find him in his home full of his paintings, rooting on the Jayhawks and happily enjoying the beginning of his ninetieth year.