LANCASTER– Artist Jerry Davidson has captured portraits of Lancaster homes for 25 years during the Lancaster Festival and he has no plans to stop anytime soon. “This has been a wonderful place for me,” said Davidson, who’s painting from a welllit corner of Fairfield Federal Savings & Loan where many of his works are on display. Dozens of local artists have their work on display within many businesses, churches, and government buildings scattered throughout the city. July 23, the Lancaster Festival sponsored an art walk where more than 7,000 people visited 40 business venues to experience art, meet the artists, and buy original works from the presenting artists. People could view the art in the venues during normal business hours through the duration of the festival, but Davidson was one of the very few artists who continued to paint at his venue after the artwalk concluded. “I’m here all week,” he said.
Davidson’s work is displayed in private and corporate collections across the country. He taught painting at Capital University, the Columbus Museum of fine art and the OSU Graduate School. Now retired, Davidson, a Gahanna resident, was also an art teacher and consultant for Columbus Public Schools.
For 10 days in July, Lancaster is transformed, its streets alive with people enjoying the festival’s musical and artistic offerings. Monday afternoon, people who worked and lived near downtown Lancaster took a break to enjoy the folk and Americana sounds of Wild Carrot & the Roots band and a young ladies’ dance troupe at the Lancaster bandstand. This year’s festival features pianist Olga Kern, Beatles tribute Classical Mystery Tour, Arnett Howard Presents: Jazz Divas II, Journey tribute Frontiers, and pop/country superstar Kenny Rogers. The Lancaster Festival runs July 22 through 31.