Painting donated to Library


GREENVILLE — The Greenville Public Library is thrilled to be the recipient of a beautiful work of art donated by Jim and Enid Goubeaux.

“We purchased this painting in New York in 1999 and it has hung in our home since that time,“ they shared.

Avid art collectors for many years, they wanted to find a home for News for the Delphi Oracle before their upcoming move to Chicago.

Now the 39×27-inch pastel on linen hangs by the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library. Jim and Enid felt this spot was appropriate because the painting has a “library” theme. As with any work of art it draws in the viewer to appreciate ever greater levels of subtlety.

They explained, “It was painted by an artist named Michele Zalopany. The works of this artist have been exhibited in a number of museums across the country including the Whitney in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.”

Zalopany was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1955 and lives and works in New York City and Sutri Italy. She is currently a professor at the School of Visual Arts and a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University. More of her works can be seen at

The Goubeauxs are patrons of the performing arts as well as the visual arts and have sponsored numerous DCCA events at the Memorial Hall in Greenville as well as having been music supporters regionally. Many people have enjoyed spectacular concerts thanks to their generosity.

They joked that people collect art until they run out of wall space. Their new apartment holds much of their original collection. The library is happy this piece is to stay in town.

Many thanks to Jim and Enid for this lasting legacy.

“We hope that it will enjoy its new home in our beautiful Greenville Carnegie Library and that it will be enjoyed by the people of Darke County as much as we have,” the couple said.

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