The L. Wagner Davis Collection
Throughout history, art and artifacts have been lost, often due to their repurposing under the “march of progress”. In the early 1940s, our carousel underwent a substantial refurbishment, and Lotteva Wagner Davis was given the opportunity to repaint the interior art panels.
And though the original art and frames were painted over at this time (they were probably fairly beat after 20+/- years of traveling service), Lotteva’s collection of paintings represent a fun slice of Americana from this era. Lotteva’s 13 scenes and her version of the classic Allan Herschell sign panel will continue to gain nationwide attention as they are professionally conserved and exhibited around the country in various museum typical venues.
The L. Wagner Davis Art Collection: representing our carousel, our town and carousel arts of the 40’s as they continue on their journey with a newfound mission – but forever connected to The Carousel of Smiles.