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Benefit Sale: Featuring the Paintings of James H. DeVore

In his book Watercolors, Ohio Northern University Professor of Art James H. DeVore stated that he found watercolor to be the best medium to record his ideas and that his philosophy of art was relatively simple. “I paint what visually attracts me and elicits an emotional response in me. Such subjects as atmosphere in landscapes, textures, and shapes of old buildings, the aftermath of rain with its puddles and reflections on wet pavement, and the ice and snow of winter seem to suit both me and the watercolor medium.”

As a testament to his life and work, the Elzay Gallery of Art at Ohio Northern hosted an exhibition, “Benefit Sale: Featuring the Paintings of James H. DeVore,” highlighting the artistic career of James DeVore, December 6–20. The proceeds from the sale of works in the exhibition benefited the James H. DeVore Painting Award at Ohio Northern, where DeVore was a professor of art.

A semi-formal reception was held on Friday, December 6 from 5–7p.m. at the Elzay Gallery located on Gilbert Street in Ada.

This exhibition was a great opportunity for the university community to purchase DeVore’s work during a major exhibition. The selected works, 40 watercolor and oil paintings, was released by the DeVore Estate to allow the Department of Art & Design to use them for the student scholarship. For further information regarding the sale, feel free to contact Melissa Eddings-Mancuso by email at or by phone at (419) 772-2160.

Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session.

Click here to view the entire exhibit online.