David Arthur Lemon Biography

David Arthur Lemon




David Arthur Lemon was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania on Feb. 18, 1908 to Frank and Ellen K. Lemon. Lemon moved to Richmond Beach, Washington and later Seattle and, as a child, learned to sculpt from his father. Leaving Seattle in 1937 he moved to San Francisco, California to work on art projects for the WPA and the Golden Gate International Exposition.When the fair closed he and his artist-wife  Geraldine Heib (1913-1986), who worked under the pseudonym Jerry O'Day,  bought an abandoned codfishery on the west shore of Belvedere where they operated an art gallery and artists' colony.

Lemon was an accomplished boat builder and supplemented their income building and repairing boats. Their gallery was a gathering place for local artists until 1965. The Lemons then lived on San Francisco Bay in a sailboat, based in Sausalito. While traveling to Washington state, he died of a heart attack on April 9, 1997 in Bandon, OR.  


Lemon exhibited at the San Francisco Art Association, 1939; GGIE, 1939; City of Paris (San Francisco), 1955. His work is in Grace Cathedral (SF), and the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society.