John Ross Palmer hosts 5th Annual Prestigious Ladies Luncheon

Artist John Ross Palmer hosted his fifth annual Palmer’s Prestigious Ladies Luncheon on Wednesday, February 17th at his Historic Houston Heights Art Gallery & Studio. The VIP luncheon always honors a diverse group of his top collectors.  For 2016, it was attended by six of Houston’s most dynamic women: Januari Leo (Director of Public Affairs at Legacy Community Health), Stephanie Gonzalez (2015 Escapist Artist of the Year), Lauren Waddell (Attorney and Partner with Fullenweider Wilhite), Tammi Wallace (Founder and Principal Consultant with EnFocus Strategies) and Carolyn Watts (First Class Club (“FCC”) Member).  The guest of honor was Palmer’s mother-in-law, Judy Lindsay of Huntersville, NC.  Lindsay is an inaugural FCC Member and two-time winner of Palmer’s international art series essay contest.

2016 Ladies Luncheon

(L to R): R. Lindsay, Wallace, Watts, J. Lindsay, Leo, Waddell, Gonzalez and Palmer

Palmer’s husband Ryan Lindsay designed and created the Southern-inspired three-course repast: Deviled eggs, Tomato Basil soup topped with feta crumbles, Grilled Cheese on Texas Toast and French Vanilla ice cream with crushed Oreos. The lively luncheon centered on a beautifully-styled table in Palmer’s main art gallery or “Great Room” next to the elegant Founding Collectors Wall – the custom-etched black granite tribute features the names of Palmer’s top patrons.

2016 Ladies Luncheon Seated

5th Annual Palmer’s Prestigious Ladies Luncheon

Palmer honored each remarkable woman with a unique gift.  Each prestigious lady received a cutting board and coaster set – personalized with sublimated images of their choosing.  Palmer said of the event, “Each year I’m blown away by the women at my Ladies Luncheon.  Their passion and pursuits inspire me immensely. My career grows as I take pleasure in honoring those that support me.”

Similar gifts, ceramics and one-of-a-kind Palmer jewelry can be purchased at the John Palmer Art Gallery & Studio, 1218 Heights Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77008 (by appointment or during public events). If you have any questions about the Ladies Luncheon or Artist John Ross Palmer, please contact gallery co-owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or

John Ross Palmer initiates 2016 Escapist Artists

On the afternoon of Sunday, January 31, 2016, the Great Room of John Ross Palmer’s Houston fine art gallery was full of art collectors, artists, Escapism patrons and former Escapist artists to witness and celebrate the initiation ceremony of the 2016 Escapist Artists: Tatiana Escallon, Alonzo Karahamuheto and Hugo Perez.  The highlight of the inspiring program was a rousing keynote address by Houston City Council Member Mike Laster.  After raising their right hands and taking The Pledge of the Escapist, Escallon, Karahamuheto and Perez welcomed art enthusiasts into their new Chrysalis Artist Studios to unveil new work, describe works in progress and meet a plethora of Palmer’s loyal fan base.  To learn more about this empowering artist mentorship program, please visit

Council Member Mike Laster with John Ross Palmer

Houston City Council Member Mike Laster with John Ross Palmer

Founded in 2009, the Escapist Mentorship Program has evolved in scope and gained international prestige as it now enters its eighth year.  This was the third year featuring a formal initiation ceremony to kick-off a year of hard work, individually-tailored coaching and unique challenges presented to the group of artists.  The inaugural initiation ceremony in 2014 was for “Escapists only” and was conducted at a private ceremony in Palmer’s art studio.  Last year was the first public ceremony with a keynote address delivered by the Chuck Bagnato, Executive Director of the Lone Star Veterans Association.  Palmer and his husband Ryan Lindsay, the Program Directors, emceed the 2016 ceremony that included recognition of notable guests, a presentation on the history of the Escapist Program and the reading of excerpts of the artist applications.  It was announced that Escapist Hugo Perez scored the highest of all applications based on the weighted average of his points from written application and interview phases.  Both Directors were overcome with emotion during moments of the well-attended, lively and impressive annual ritual.

Taking the Pledge of the Escapist

Perez, Karahamuheto and Escallon take The Pledge of the Escapist

“I can’t believe I got choked up while reciting the Pledge of the Escapist!” exclaims Palmer.  “I just think the gravity of our mission and the strides this program has taken got the best of me.  Creating art is my calling.  Giving back is my passion.”

Palmer’s Art Movement of Escapism is aimed at forever destroy the stereotype of the struggling artist.  His mentorship program, founded in 2009, teaches artists how to sell on their own and not be tied to the traditional art gallery system.  Palmer does this as a means of giving back to the art world–it is entirely free.

If you have any questions about Artist John Ross Palmer or his Escapist Mentorship Program (, please contact gallery co-owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or