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Ohio Northern University to host DeVore exhibition, benefit sale

Nov 25, 2013

The Elzay Gallery of Art at Ohio Northern University will host an exhibition, “Benefit Sale: Featuring the Paintings of James H. DeVore,” highlighting the artistic career of James DeVore, from Dec. 6-20.

The proceeds from the sale of works in the exhibition will benefit the James H. DeVore Painting Award at ONU. A semiformal reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5-7 p.m. in the Elzay Gallery.

This exhibition is an opportunity for the University community to purchase DeVore’s work during a major exhibition. The selected works, 40 watercolor and oil paintings, have been released by the DeVore Estate to allow the ONU Department of Art and Design to use them for the student scholarship.

DeVore, who passed away on Feb. 18, 2012, taught for more than 30 years at ONU before retiring in 1997. While at ONU, he served on a number of University and college committees, participated in numerous workshops and conferences, and organized and served as chair of the Department of Art and Design.

DeVore was a member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society and the Ohio Watercolor Society, for which he served as recording secretary and was elected to the Board of Trustees. He exhibited in various local, state and national exhibitions, some of which include the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Central and Western Ohio Watercolor Societies’ exhibits, the Ohio Watercolor Society, Adirondack National Exhibitions of America, Canton Art Institute, Toledo Museum of Art, Everhart Museum in Pennsylvania, Dayton Art Institute, Mansfield Art Center, All-Ohio Painting and Sculpture Biennial, Northwestern Ohio Artist exhibit in the Governor’s Mansion, Huntington Galleries in West Virginia, Precision Gallery, Online Computer Library Center, Combs Gallery and the Monypeny Gallery in Columbus, Zanesville Art Center, Cain Gallery in Chicago, and ADI Galleries in San Francisco and Tokyo.

He published several articles in national art publications, including an article titled “Painting Atmospheric Effects in Watercolor” in American Artist magazine, “Yankee Realism” in Gallery, a book titled “Watercolor Paintings” published by the Ohio Northern University Press, and an article titled “A Brief History of Watercolor Painting” in Polaris. An article on his life and work appeared in Allied Publications Prize-Winning Graphics.

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.