LIMA — Devaki Ganesh is an international student from Malaysia, attending the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima. She’s on the university golf team and hopes to one day go pro.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s been stuck in the United States and lives in the dorms on the UNOH Campus.
She’s found different ways to keep herself occupied, besides her studies and practicing golf.
On Saturday, Ganesh was the featured artist on the Lima Mall’s Canvas Project, a one-of-a-kind event highlighting local artists and bringing the creative process to guests in real time.
“I used to do (art) when I was small, but I didn’t really pick up this since I came here and when I went to Hobby Lobby and I saw all the of the canvases I said, ‘OK I think I should start it back,’” Ganesh said.
Saturday morning she set up her easel near the old Elder Beerman entrance and started painting a bouquet of roses.
“That’s my favorite flower,” Ganesh said.
Betsy Billingsley, director of marketing at the mall, invited her out to demonstrate her passion for art.
“At Lima Mall, we’re always looking for new ways to bring movement, art and culture to our town center for our guests to experience. With such vibrant local talent, the Canvas Project is an opportunity to spotlight our area artists, while creating a unique experience that will surely leave our guests feeling inspired,” said Billingsley.
Ganesh was not afraid to show off her artistic talents.
“I’ve never done a live painting before so it’s my first time doing it and it’s a great experience. I’m pretty nervous and excited for how it’s going to end up but I’m pretty confident about my talent,” Ganesh said.
Billingsley was impressed with the work Ganesh has produced.
“We’ll have it hanging in one of our windows by Shoe Department Encore and it will be on display through the end of summer and then we’ll use it in other spaces, kind of move it around the mall so everybody can enjoy it,” Billingsley said.
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