It helps to be prepared. Such was the case for artist Ron Davison, a Fairmont artist whose gallery exhibition opened Tuesday at the Albert Lea Art Center.
“I’ve been to other galleries,” he says. “I was at Carnegie in Mankato. The 410 Project in Mankato, Red Rock [Center for the Arts] at Fairmont.
Driving in the area a day after moving from California to Fairmont to be closer to his daughter, Davison – an artist for 57 years – contacted the Art Center about a month ago to gauge their interest.
The center happened to have a cancellation, so when they asked if he would be interested in doing a show, he said yes.
Being an artist and exhibiting his work has always been something he has wanted to do.
“I started drawing newspaper margins when I was little,” he said. “Then in second and third grade I got interested in it and won awards when I was little.”
After leaving the military, he began working for a design studio and ad agency in Colorado as an art director and designer/illustrator. It was his job to design brochures, posters, packaging, news ads and to illustrate. After his time there, he moved to San Diego, where he became Vice President of Corporate Art at Bond Industries. Later, he worked as a freelance artist where he worked for the San Diego Padres baseball team, among other businesses.
“Everything you could see I was responsible for,” he said. “All the packaging, the whole corporate image.”
After his retirement, he and his wife moved to northern California before settling in Fairmont.
Davison has described himself as not having a definitive style or communicating a particular message, but his preferred medium is acrylic.
“Whatever I feel like doing that day, what I feel in color or my mood, I have a lot of fun experimenting,” he said.
His goal for the exhibition is to get people to have fun and enjoy it.
“If they like to see it, I like it,” he said. “I’m not here for a lot of money.”
Prior to living in California, Davison owned a studio and freelanced in Denver.
The exhibition, featuring 16 of his paintings, is open until April 26. This Sunday, the Art Center is hosting an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.