Art Launch names Lauren Waddell as Gala Honorary Chairperson

Attorney Lauren Waddell has been named the Honorary Chairperson for this year’s Art Launch Gala.  The second annual black-tie affair and 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraiser themed A Lesson in Exclusivity will be held on Saturday, October 7 at the stunning art complex of Escapism Founder and Art Launch Board Chairman John Ross Palmer in the heart of Houston’s Historic Heights.  The mission of Art Launch is to empower artists to thrive and not just survive.  After a year-long intensive mentorship program and on-site business training in the Chrysalis, the gala will celebrate the graduation of the 2017 Escapist Artists: Laura Burlton, Jan Golden and Chuck Redick.

Attorney Lauren Waddell is the 2017 Art Launch Gala Honorary Chairperson.

Waddell, a long-time supporter of both Palmer and the artists in his prestigious mentorship program, is a partner with the nationally-renowned family law firm of Fullenweider Wilhite.  She is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law and has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  Waddell currently serves as President of the Houston Association of Women Attorneys and has served as President of the Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section and the Texas Women Lawyers. Prior to joining Fullenweider Wilhite, Waddell owned, operated and grew her own family law practice for seven years.

“Art Launch selected Lauren as its first-ever Honorary Chairperson for her support of artist empowerment, commitment to improving Houston and first-hand experience and understanding of the importance of entrepreneurial training,” explains Art Launch Executive Director Ryan Lindsay. He goes on, “Lauren’s passion for both art and business achievement makes her the ideal champion for the 2017 Gala.” Waddell could not be more excited, “The ability to bring attention to this remarkable, empowering program gives me tremendous pleasure. Art Launch is training artists on how to market, display artwork with confidence and ultimately be financially self-sufficient – and that’s a mission that I endorse whole-heartedly.”

The Art Launch Gala serves as the black-tie graduation ceremony for Palmer’s Escapist Artists.

The 2017 Gala features an upgraded table sponsorship format that is exclusive and limited due to the unique configuration of the Palmer’s Art Gallery & Studio and the Chrysalis, headquarters for the Escapist Artists and the epicenter of the art movement of Escapism.  Only 19 table sponsorships are possible, and, at the time of this Press Release only 11 remain available.  To sign up as a sponsor or express interest or inquiry, contact Art Launch Executive Director Ryan Lindsay at or call/text to 281-224-0968.

John Ross Palmer hosts 6th Annual Prestigious Ladies Luncheon

Artist John Ross Palmer hosted his sixth annual Palmer’s Prestigious Ladies Luncheon on Thursday, April 6th at his Historic Houston Heights Art Gallery & Studio. The VIP luncheon always honors a diverse group of his top collectors and community leaders from Houston, Texas.  This year’s honorees included artists, non-profit leaders, business executives and scientists.  Nine of the cities’ most dynamic women attended: Angela Birch-Cox, Patti Carlton, Carla Schraub, Winell Herron, Margaret Ferenz, Aileen McCormick, Tatiana Escallon, Laura Parkan, and Melanie Edmundson.

Ryan Lindsay, Carla Schraub, Aileen McCormick, Winell Herron, Angela Birch-Cox, Tatiana Escallon, Margaret Ferenz, Patti Carlton, Melanie Edmundson and John Ross Palmer

Palmer’s husband Ryan Lindsay designed and created the Southern-inspired three-course repast: cranberry and spinach salad, southern chicken salad over arugula with hummus-cucumber wedges and cantaloupe slices, and finished with mango sorbet topped by fresh blackberries. The lively luncheon centered on a beautifully-styled table in Palmer’s main art gallery or “Great Room” next to Palmer’s most recent large art installation of Plexiglas caterpillars, butterflies and dragonflies.

Lively Luncheon Discussion

Palmer honored each remarkable woman with a unique gift.  Each prestigious lady received an original ornament and custom pair of ladies socks– personalized with sublimated images of their choosing.  Palmer said of the event, “Each year I’m mesmerized with inspiration by the women that attend and share stories at my Ladies Luncheon.  Their passion and pursuits are improving Houston. My career grows as I take pleasure in honoring those that support me.”

Laura Parkan, Tatiana Escallon, Carla Schraub, Ryan Lindsay, Angela Birch-Cox, Winell Herron, Aileen McCormick, Margaret Ferenz, Melanie Edmundson, Patti Carlton and John Ross Palmer with Bobby and Nancy

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 6th Annual Ladies Luncheon or Artist John Ross Palmer, please contact gallery co-owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or