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

John Ross Palmer Announces the 2017 Escapist Artists

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

Laura Burlton                                    Houston, TX
Jan Golden                                      Houston, TX
Chuck Redick             Houston, TX


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


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.


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 ( or the nonprofit Art Launch, please contact Art Launch Executive Director Ryan Lindsay at 281-224-0968 or

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


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  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 ( 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 Escapism Founder John Ross Palmer. Photo Credit Anthony Rathbun.


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. Photo Credit Anthony Rathbun.


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


Nathan & Emily Vaughn. Photo Credit Anthony Rathbun.

If you have any questions about the inaugural Art Launch Gala (, Escapism Founder John Ross Palmer or his Escapist Mentorship Program (, please Executive Director Ryan Lindsay at 281-224-0968 or

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 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

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

John Palmer Art Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Daniel MacFadden

On September 10, 2016, the John Palmer Art Gallery & Studio will award its Lifetime Achievement Award to top collector Daniel MacFadden. This is the third annual presentation of the honor that goes to a significant collector of artist John Ross Palmer.  The John Palmer Art Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and celebrates an individual, couple or business that has demonstrated the highest level of support to Palmer’s professional career as an artist since its inception in 1998.  The award presentation night is known as “Collector’s Night” to Palmer’s top cadre of patrons and it has a long history of phenomenal entertainment, art auction and exclusive access to the Founder of Escapism.  MacFadden will be the guest of honor.

MacFadden & Palmer Toast Award

Palmer toasts MacFadden for his years of support

MacFadden is blown away by the distinction, “From my first original ‘Palmer’ purchase in 1999 through the years of watching the evolution of Escapism, John’s artwork has always enriched my life.  I love the art itself, the stories, the people and the experiences.”  MacFadden continues, “I’m honored to be a part of John and Ryan’s trip in this life.”  MacFadden is a well-deserving recipient of this high accolade that is based on three criteria: longevity supporting Palmer, consistency supporting Palmer and an overall passion for the career of artist John Ross Palmer.  MacFadden, in addition to owning scores of Palmer originals, is a current member of his First Class Club and took part in the artist’s art mecca to Greece with a small number of top collectors in 2007.

Daniel MacFadden

One of MacFadden’s favorites, a 40″ x 70″ Palmer Balcony Series Original from 2012

The inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award was presented in 2014.  The recipient was Mr. Julio Montano.  The award presentation took place at the legendary Tony’s in Houston, Texas on August 19, 2014.  The 2015 recipients of the award were inaugural First Class Club members Richard & Joan Jennings.

If you have any questions about Artist John Ross Palmer or his Lifetime Achievement Award, please contact gallery co-owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or

John Ross Palmer unveils Havana 2016

On July 29, 2016, Artist John Ross Palmer unveiled his international art series Havana 2016 to much fanfare at his Historic Houston Heights Art Gallery.  Guests sipped mojitos, devoured Cuban sandwich bites and crunched on plantain chips while admiring Palmer’s vibrant 11-piece original art series.  Prior to the unveiling through private previews by his First Class Club (“FCC”), Palmer had successfully placed 9 of the paintings from the series into private collection.

Dr. Molly Beth Malcolm with John Ross Palmer

Dr. Molly Beth Malcolm with John Ross Palmer

From June 23-26, Palmer was a guest of the Texas Lyceum ( on a learning adventure to the enigmatic island of Cuba.  The Texas Lyceum is the state’s pre-eminent non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization whose mission is to develop the next generation of leaders for our state. Since 1980, the Lyceum has engaged in civil discourse to educate diverse Texans on pressing policy issues facing the state. In addition to touring, dancing and dining, the group of Texas leaders learned from panelists including former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Otto Reich and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett on both historic context and a potential future relationship with Cuba as a business partner.

Necole Irvin, Russ Frank, Jerri Paul and Sanjay Ramabhadran

Necole Irvin, Russ Frank, Jerri Paul and Sanjay Ramabhadran

“It was fascinating to incorporate learning from such exceptional leaders into my annual international art adventure,” explains Palmer. “Havana 2016 combines powerful imagery of the Cuban people, the Hemingway estate, a cigar factory, the Tropicana and many more iconic symbols to give my collectors a true taste of Havana, Cuba.  I am so thrilled and humbled that it has been so well received by my collectors.”  The original art series Havana 2016 is complemented by a documentary produced by acclaimed filmmaker Neiman Catley and a first-class catalogue.  On July 29th, Palmer honored his First Class Club members by presenting them with gifts of original art, Cuban cigars and champagne flutes with “Havana 2016” he personally etched in the glass. Palmer will determine the destination for his 2017 adventure in January of 2017 after an essay contest by his FCC.

John Ross Palmer with members of his First Class Club

John Ross Palmer with members of his First Class Club


If you have any questions about Artist John Ross Palmer or his art series Havana 2016, please contact gallery co-owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or

Construction & Design Inc. will serve as 2016 Corporate Sponsor for John Palmer Art

Construction & Design Inc., a full-service residential and commercial construction company of Houston, Texas, has partnered with Artist John Ross Palmer to become his Heights Art Gallery’s Corporate Sponsor for 2016.  The mutually beneficial partnership is the fourth for Palmer and the first for Construction & Design.  For Palmer, having his gallery supported by a company that delivers state-of-the-art design services adds tremendous clout to his flourishing career.

John Ross Palmer with Terri Robinson

Artist John Ross Palmer with Builder Terri Robinson

“I have known John Palmer personally for over 30 years. I was honored to serve as the Builder for his 2008 Art Gallery construction and The Chrysalis addition in 2014,” says Owner, Terri Robinson. “Signing on as his 2016 Corporate Sponsor was a fantastic opportunity. Our industries go hand-in-hand, and, I’m truly inspired to help underwrite his artist journey and evolution.”  Palmer explains, “I never expected my friendship with Terri to expand into booming business…but thank goodness it did.  Her company’s construction of my Art Gallery and The Chrysalis made it one of the most unique and exquisite art complexes in the Southwest.  I cannot wait to promote her business and innovative skill set in 2016.” Robinson, a native Houstonian just like Palmer, is inspired by the Artist’s 2016 Charity of the Year, “It’s extremely fitting to sponsor John Palmer Art during this year when he’s supporting Houston Habitat for Humanity. I’m thrilled we’re all working to build a better community.”

1218 Heights Spring 2015

Robinson built Palmer’s Art Gallery in 2008 and The Chrysalis in 2014.

Construction & Design Inc. was established in 2005.  At the encouragement of customers and subcontractors, the community needed a company to streamline and coordinate all facets of the construction process.  With C & D Inc., you have one contact.  Robinson personally oversees all subcontractors to guarantee quality and efficiency.  Just like Palmer, Terri Robinson’s business is driven by top-notch customer service.  For more information, visit or call 281-766-7722.

For questions about the gallery, Artist John Ross Palmer or the 2016 Corporate Sponsorship by Construction & Design Inc., please contact Art Gallery Owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or

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