Art Launch names Marianne & Kenny Terrell as Brunch Honorary Chairpersons

Top-producing Realtors Marianne & Kenny Terrell have been named the Honorary Chairpersons for the 2018 Artist Empowerment Brunch. The second annual graduation, unveiling and 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraiser themed Go Big or Go Home will be held on Sunday, October 14th at the stunning art complex of Escapism Founder and Art Launch Board Chairman John Ross Palmer in the heart of the Historic Heights.  The mission of Art Launch is to empower artists to thrive and not just survive.  After a year of intensive mentoring and on-site business training in the Chrysalis, the brunch will celebrate the graduation of the 2018 Escapist Artists: Nabarupa Bhattacharjee, AVM Hawkins, Paula Hawkins and Elena Sandovici.

Realtors Marianne & Kenny Terrell are the Honorary Chairpersons for the 2018 Artist Empowerment Brunch.

The Terrells, long-time supporters of both Palmer and the artists in his prestigious mentorship program, place a high value and show strong commitment to giving back to their community. Together, they have chaired the Houston Heights Association (“HHA”) Holiday Home Tour & Patron Party, HHA Candlelight Dinner & Auction and the Opera in the Heights Gala. Kenny, an Eagle Scout and veteran of the United States Air Force, is the 2018 Director of the Art on the Boulevard Project, Obstacle Art Path. Marianne, a former Miss Texas Czech Slovak Queen, is active on the Board of the Houston Heights Woman’s Club. They are both very proud graduates of Texas A&M University.

“Art Launch selected Marianne and Kenny as Honorary Chairpersons for their support of artists, 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, “The Terrell’s passion for both art and business achievement makes them the ideal champions for the 2018 Brunch.” Marianne & Kenny could not be more excited, “We are truly honored to help bring attention to this remarkable, empowering program. 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 we endorse whole-heartedly.”

The 2018 Brunch features Individual and VIP Tickets plus limited Sponsorships with reserve seating. All attendees will enjoy a full brunch buffet, bottomless champagne and mimosas, top-notch entertainment, an unveiling by Houston’s hottest emerging artists and a massive silent art auction. All funds raised go directly to support the artists: business coaching, hosting solo shows and use of state-of-the-art studios are provided free of cost for one year.  To buy tickets, become a Sponsor or donate to support the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Art Launch, please visit ArtistPowerBrunch.Eventbrite.com. Contact Art Launch Executive Director Ryan Lindsay at ArtLaunchOrg@gmail.com or call/text to 281-224-0968 with inquiries.

Art Launch and John Ross Palmer Initiate the 2018 Escapist Artists

Art Launch and Palmer proudly announce the members of the 2018 Escapist Mentorship Program: Nabarupa Bhattacharjee (New Delhi, India), AVM Hawkins (Houston, TX), Paula Hawkins (Houston, TX) and Elena Sandovici (Houston, TX).

The 2018 Escapist Artists: Paula Hawkins, Elena Sandovici and AVM Hawkins. (Not pictured Nabarupa Bhattacharjee of New Delhi, India). Photo Credit to Roswitha Vogler.

These four dedicated artists were initiated into the 2018 Escapist Class at an exclusive and inspiring ceremony at Palmer’s Houston Heights Gallery on Sunday, February 4th.  The highlight of the Initiation Ceremony was a rousing keynote address by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg as well as special, uplifting remarks by United States Congressman Al Green.  The Escapist Artists were picked from dozens of applicants from around the world.  Courageous artists submit a written application with art images and essays to a jury panel, and then, as a Finalist, they present themselves for a panel interview in Palmer’s Heights Gallery.  Non-Houston applicants appear via Skype. Scoring well in the Interview Phase was critical to advancing as 9 Finalists were interviewed with only 4 applicants earning the 2018 Escapist Artist honor.  Panels for scoring are comprised of top Palmer patrons, including: Dee Scott, Shubhra Endley, Alicia Hinds, Elizabeth Poirrier, Rosa Pollard, Necole Irvin and Yvette Casares Willis. Read all about the history, mission and goals of this empowering program plus see first-class documentary videos by visiting EscapistProgram.com.

US Congressman Al Green, Paula Hawkins, Ryan Lindsay, John Ross Palmer, Elena Sandovici, AVM Hawkins and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. Photo Credit to Roswitha Vogler.

“I cannot believe this is the 10th year of the program!” exclaims Palmer.  “When I initially wanted to help artists share in success, we met over coffee and took notes in paper journals.  I had no idea the idea would blossom into now having a state-of-the-art artist training ground with the Chrysalis…and fascinating applicants from around the globe.”  The Escapist Mentorship Program, founded in 2009, is now managed and funded by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Art Launch. Palmer and his husband Ryan Lindsay founded Art Launch in 2016.

Palmer’s Art Movement of Escapism is aimed to forever destroy the stereotype of the struggling artist.  The only kind in the world, his mentorship program aims to teach artists how to sell on their own and not be tied to the traditional art gallery system.  Artists are in the program for a year, have their own art studios and work alongside Palmer to learn by example.  Palmer does this as a means of giving back to the art world–it is entirely free for the accepted artists and supported by the generous donors to Art Launch.  The Escapist Artists will look forward to an out-of-this-world black tie Graduation Gala on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

If you have any questions about Art Launch, Artist John Ross Palmer or his Escapist Mentorship Program (EscapistProgram.com), please contact gallery co-owner Ryan Lindsay at 281-224-0968 or Ryan@JohnPalmerArt.com.

John Palmer Art names the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work as its 2018 Nonprofit of the Year

John Palmer Art has named the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (“GCSW”) as its 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.  After a tremendous amount of research and meetings with nonprofit staff and volunteers, John Palmer Art is incredibly excited to now select and support this major institution of learning for the entire calendar year through the raising of funds, increasing awareness and hosting events.  It is the mission of the GCSW to prepare diverse leaders in practice and research to address complex challenges and achieve sustainable social, racial, economic, and political justice, locally and globally, through exceptional education, innovative research, and meaningful community engagement. Just as Palmer empowers artists through his Escapist Mentorship Program, the GCSW empowers its students to meaningfully impact the community by addressing complex social problems in Houston and beyond.  You can learn about the GCSW by visiting Uh.edu/socialwork.

Artist John Ross Palmer, Januari Leo and Dean Alan Dettlaff

Artist John Ross Palmer says, “I am thrilled about this year’s partnership for numerous reasons.  I have personally reaped the benefits of therapy and I’m an advocate for its use in self-awareness and personal growth.  Also, I believe social workers can serve as a conduit in our society to help level the playing field when our culture has pervasive issues with racial, gender, socioeconomic and other inequities.” Palmer continues, “Because of my nontraditional career choice, I’m very familiar with people telling me that ‘I cannot do something.’ Professional counseling truly helped me to unlearn this negative messaging. I am going to work tirelessly to help this institution that is devoted to investing in people and their own individual empowerment.” GCSW Dean Alan Dettlaff explains, “We are so grateful for the support of such an acclaimed artist as Palmer.  I know he is going to bring focused, positive attention to our program.  And, as a personal fan, I absolutely cannot wait to see the art series he unveils in March that is anchored with a theme of social justice.”

If you have any questions about John Ross Palmer, his naming of the GCSW as his 2018 Nonprofit of the Year or his upcoming unveiling in support of the GCSW, please contact Gallery Owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or Ryan@JohnPalmerArt.com.  Past Nonprofit of the Year selections for John Palmer Art include Outreach United (2011), Heifer International (2012), Writers in the Schools (2013), the League of Women Voters Education Fund (2014), the Lone Star Veterans Association (2015), Houston Habitat (2016) and The H.E.A.R.T. Program (2017). As John Palmer Art’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year, the GCSW will be specifically honored at an art unveiling at Palmer’s Gallery with a dedicated percent of sales going to the college on Saturday, March 3rd from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 1218 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008.

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 ArtLaunchOrg@gmail.com 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 Ryan@JohnPalmerArt.com.

John Ross Palmer unveils Independence supporting The H.E.A.R.T. Program

On the afternoon of March 4, 2017, Artist John Ross Palmer unveiled his first distinct abstract series since 2014, Independence.  The ten-piece contemporary collection dedicated a percentage to Palmer’s 2017 Charity of the Year, The H.E.A.R.T. Program.  Inspired by H.E.A.R.T.’s mission to provide “structured independence” to its trainees, Independence by Palmer featured just that ~ the combination of the beauty of abstract freedom, color and independence with an array of lines and organized form.  Attendees, including Palmer’s elite collectors and H.E.A.R.T.’s top patrons, sipped champagne, admired the series and acquired artwork and unique gifts in support of H.E.A.R.T.

Brian & Janet Franklin, Sherman & Alana Glass and John Ross Palmer. Photo credit to Roswitha Vogler.

Jane Cummins, Phillip Nevels, Necole Irvin, Susan Huerta and Jan Golden. Photo credit to Roswitha Vogler.

For the last five years of his Charity of the Year Program, Palmer kicked off his year of support by unveiling an art series inspired by the mission of the nonprofit and then donating a percentage of his sales to the charity.  In 2017, Palmer upped the ante, and, he pledged 25% of his business’ total sales for the entire week preceding the Saturday unveiling.  Due in part to the sale of his massive 97” x 96” masterpiece “Miss Liberty”, on Tuesday, March 7, Palmer and his husband and gallery co-owner Ryan Lindsay presented The H.E.A.R.T. Program with a check for $8,231.00 at their Board of Directors meeting.  This was the largest one-time donation from Palmer to his selected Charity of the Year since its inception.

John Palmer Art donates $8,231.00 to The H.E.A.R.T. Program

 

“It was an unimaginable feeling of joy to make such a large donation to H.E.A.R.T.,” gushed Palmer. “For my entire career, I’ve lived by the mantra that art is healing.  In recent years, it’s become clear that art is also a powerful tool in my efforts to support the community that supports me and my business.”  Over the course of his two-decade career as a professional artist, through art donations and direct giving, Palmer has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars for Houston-area nonprofits.

John Ross Palmer with Jack & Delaney Bellinger. Photo credit to Roswitha Vogler.

Prior Charity of the Year Honorees include Outreach United (2011), Heifer International (2012), Writers in the Schools (2013), the League of Women Voters Education Fund (2014), the Lone Star Veterans Association (2015) and Houston Habitat for Humanity (2016).

If you have any questions about John Ross Palmer’s Independence art series or his Charity of the Year Program, please contact Gallery Co-Owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or Ryan@JohnPalmerArt.com.

John Ross Palmer Announces the 2017 Escapist Artists

Palmer proudly announces the members of the 2017 Escapist Mentorship Program:

Laura Burlton               LauraBurlton.com                               Houston, TX
Jan Golden                  JanGoldenArt.com                              Houston, TX
Chuck Redick              Facebook.com/ChuckRedickArt         Houston, TX

group-photo-on-stairs

The 2017 Escapists with Escapism Founder John Ross Palmer.

These three dedicated artists were picked from dozens of applicants from around the United States.  Courageous artists submit a written application with art images and essays to a jury panel, and then, as a Finalist, they present themselves for an interview at Palmer’s Gallery.  Scoring well in the Interview Phase was critical to advancing as 5 Finalists were interviewed with only 3 applicants earning the 2017 Escapist Artist honor.  Panels for scoring are comprised of top Palmer patrons, including: FCC Members Alfredo Tijerina, Margaret Ferenz & Owen Yang; Alief ISD Trustee Tiffany Thomas, Construction & Design owner Terri Robinson and the City of Houston’s first Cultural Tourism Officer, Necole Irvin.  Read all about the history, mission and goals of this empowering program plus see first-class documentary videos by visiting EscapistProgram.com.

golden-interview

Interview of Escapist Jan Golden.

“I cannot believe this is the 9th year of the program!” exclaims Palmer.  “This grassroots effort to destroy the stereotype of the struggling artist through entrepreneurial training has gained world prestige.  I had no idea the idea would manifest into having a state-of-the-art artist training center with the Chrysalis…complete with solo shows and a black tie graduation.”  The 2017 Escapists will have their first group meeting on Wednesday, January 11th.  They have already completed their first “challenge” to announce their acceptance into the program in a captivating and meaningful manner via their social networks.  The 2017 Escapist Artist Initiation Ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18th at Palmer’s Historic Heights Art Gallery (1218 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77008).  The event is open to the public and will feature Alief ISD Trustee Tiffany Thomas in a keynote address before the new Escapist Artists take the historic Pledge of the Escapist.

group-photo-in-studios

2017 Escapists Jan Golden, Laura Burlton and Chuck Redick.

Palmer’s Art Movement of Escapism is aimed at forever destroy the stereotype of the struggling artist.  His mentorship program, founded in 2009, aims to teach 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.  Since May of 2016, the program has been operated through the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Art Launch.

If you have any questions about Artist John Ross Palmer, his Escapist Mentorship Program (EscapistProgram.com) or the nonprofit Art Launch, please contact Art Launch Executive Director Ryan Lindsay at 281-224-0968 or ArtLaunchOrg@gmail.com.

John Palmer Art names The H.E.A.R.T. Program as 2017 Charity of the Year

John Palmer Art has named The H.E.A.R.T. Program as its 2017 Charity of the Year.  After a tremendous amount of research and meetings with non-profit staff and volunteers, John Palmer Art is incredibly excited to support this 501(c)(3) organization for the entire calendar year through the raising of funds, increasing awareness and hosting special events.  It is the mission of H.E.A.R.T. to promote structured independence for persons living with developmental disabilities by providing innovative education, training, housing and employment programs. H.E.A.R.T. trainees operate more than 90 vending machines across the city, and, they serve as the exclusive vendor for Papa John’s Pizza at numerous professional sports venues in Houston.  Just as Palmer empowers artists through his Escapist Mentorship Program, H.E.A.R.T. empowers individuals living with disabilities to achieve the pride and accomplishment possible through education and employment.  You can learn about H.E.A.R.T. by visiting HeartProgram.org.

heart-program-announcement

John Ross Palmer with Jane Cummins and H.E.A.R.T. Trainees

Artist John Ross Palmer says, “I believe everyone deserves a chance to succeed independently.  Although I serve a very different population with my artist mentorship program, I’m very familiar with people being told ‘they cannot do something’ and then the training and confidence coaching it requires to undo those barriers.  My two visits to H.E.A.R.T. headquarters have been unbelievably inspiring and I’m exhilarated to support their mission throughout 2017.” Jane Cummins, Executive Director of the H.E.A.R.T. Program, shares Palmer’s excitement, “Everyone at The H.E.A.R.T. Program is thrilled to partner with John Ross Palmer through his Charity of the Year program and to join the impressive list of charities selected in the past.  We are very excited about his commitment to our work benefiting people with intellectual challenges in our community.  We are honored that he sees the beauty in us, and we thank John Ross Palmer from the bottom of our hearts.”

If you have any questions about John Ross Palmer, his naming of the H.E.A.R.T. Program as his 2017 Charity of the Year or his upcoming unveiling in support of H.E.A.R.T., please contact Gallery Owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or Ryan@JohnPalmerArt.com.  Past Charity of the Year selections for John Palmer Art include Outreach United (2011), Heifer International (2012), Writers in the Schools (2013), the League of Women Voters Education Fund (2014), the Lone Star Veterans Association (2015) and Houston Habitat (2016).

As John Palmer Art’s 2017 Charity of the Year, H.E.A.R.T. will be specifically honored at an art unveiling at Palmer’s Gallery with a dedicated percent of sales going to H.E.A.R.T. on Saturday, March 4th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 1218 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008.

Art Launch hosts Inaugural Gala

On October 15, 2016, the newly-formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit Art Launch hosted its inaugural black tie gala at the Chrysalis in the Historic Houston Heights.  Art Launch is the charitable organization that now operates and funds the empowering Escapist Mentorship Program, founded in 2009 by renowned artist John Ross Palmer.  The chic gala honored the graduates of the 2016 Escapist Mentorship Program (EscapistProgram.com) by unveiling their recently created original artwork to scores of Houston’s top art patrons.  The 2016 Escapist Artists are Tatiana Escallon, Jeffrey Alonzo Karahamuheto and Hugo Perez.   Escapist Artist Hugo Perez was named “Escapist of the Year” by a panel of twelve judges that scored the artists on their art acumen throughout the year of their training program.  Escapist Artists Nubia Gala-Seibert (2011) and Tina Duryea (2013) were honored with the Escapist Alumni Award for their accomplishments after graduation that furthered the Art Movement of Escapism.  Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed October 15, 2016 to be Art Launch Day in the City of Houston and Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards attended the gala to present the Proclamation on his behalf.

ryan-lindsay-alonzo-karahamuheto-tatiana-escallon-hugo-perez-and-john-ross-palmer

Ryan Lindsay, Alonzo Karahamuheto, Tatiana Escallon, Hugo Perez and Escapism Founder John Ross Palmer. Photo Credit Anthony Rathbun.

ryan-lindsay-cm-amanda-edwards-john-ross-palmer

Ryan Lindsay, Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards and John Ross Palmer. Photo Credit Anthony Rathbun.

Guests to the high-end affair enjoyed catering by Tony’s and a rousing performance by the legendary Kofi.  At the onset of the evening, Escapism Founder John Ross Palmer created a painting live in his studio that was auctioned later with 100% of the proceeds supporting Art Launch.  Art Launch Executive Director Ryan Lindsay says of the event, “Operating under Art Launch will grow the Escapist Mentorship Program immensely and this sold-out fundraising gala is just one shining example. Artist John Ross Palmer concurs, “One artist at a time, we are going to defeat the stereotype of the struggling artist.”

owen-yang-margaret-ferenz

Owen Yang & Margaret Ferenz. Photo Credit Anthony Rathbun.

jennifer-black-with-steve-darlene-morgan-steen

Jennifer Black, Steve, Darlene & Morgan Steen. Photo Credit Anthony Rathbun.

nathan-emily-vaughn

Nathan & Emily Vaughn. Photo Credit Anthony Rathbun.

If you have any questions about the inaugural Art Launch Gala (ArtLaunch.org), Escapism Founder John Ross Palmer or his Escapist Mentorship Program (EscapistProgram.com), please Executive Director Ryan Lindsay at 281-224-0968 or ArtLaunchOrg@gmail.com.

John Palmer Art presents 2016 Vallone Award to Vivien Azer

On September 10, 2016, the John Palmer Art Gallery & Studio will present its annual top collector honor, the Vallone Award, to Vivien Azer.  Azer, a financial analyst in New York City, is the first non-Houston-resident to receive the prize since its inception in 2009.  The Vallone Award is named after Houston’s most famous restaurateur, Mr. Tony Vallone and his wife Donna, the 2010 winners of the top collector accolade.

palmer-azer-in-trinidad-tobago

Palmer and Azer volunteer in Trinidad & Tobago.

Azer met artist John Ross Palmer in 2015 when they volunteered on a Habitat for Humanity build in Trinidad & Tobago.  First attracted to Palmer’s spirit and keen mind for business, Azer soon fell in love with his talent and abstract paintings.  In March of 2016, Azer traveled to Houston and was treated to a private dinner in Palmer’s chic Historic Houston Heights art gallery.  That evening Azer selected a classic Palmer Escapism painting as well as a spectacular piece by one of the artists in Palmer’s prestigious Escapist Mentorship Program, Hugo Perez.  Later this year, while overseas on another Habitat build in Chile, Azer added Carnivale panels to her collection of Palmer originals. At the conclusion of her volunteering, Palmer created an original painting of the Chilean mountains for his 2016 top collector and gifted prints of the piece to all of her teammates on behalf of Azer.  Honoring Azer with the 2016 Vallone Award recognizes not only her tremendous support of Palmer’s career but also her worldwide philanthropic work and boundless generosity of spirit.

vivien-azer-with-leah-salloway-in-chile

Vivien Azer with Leah Salloway in Chile

Azer is humbled by receiving the Vallone, “I am truly honored to be recognized as a supporter of John’s work, to which I feel so grateful to have been exposed.  It’s clearly apropos that we met through a Habitat build.  When I delight in John’s work hanging on my walls, I am reminded of the importance of being present. John’s commitment to that through service and mentorship rings through in his work and it inspires me every day.”

Prior Vallone Award winners include Christopher F. Brown, LCSW, MBA (2009), the Vallone Family (2010), David, Lamar, Steven & Brittany Douglas (2011), Brian & Janet Franklin (2012), Dr. Lynn Dickens (2013), Karen Bean (2014) and Steve & Darlene Steen, Morgan Steen and Chris & Jennifer Black (2015).

If you have any questions about the Vallone Award, its history or its 2016 recipient Vivien Azer, please contact gallery co-owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or Ryan@JohnPalmerArt.com.