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Palmer art auction to benefit Waldorf Initiative

Photo courtesy John Ross Palmer The work of noted Houston artist John Ross Palmer will be exhibited and auctioned Friday at the Back Room Wine Bar at a fund-raiser held to benefit the Mountain Meadows Waldorf Initiative.

Photo courtesy John Ross Palmer
The work of noted Houston artist John Ross Palmer will be exhibited and auctioned Friday at the Back Room Wine Bar at a fund-raiser held to benefit the Mountain Meadows Waldorf Initiative.

An art exhibit and silent auction sale will take place Friday at the Back Room Wine Bar at 175 2nd St., with proceeds benefiting the Mountain Meadows Waldorf Initiative.

Houston artist John Ross Palmer will exhbit his work and sell work in a silent auction, 6-8 p.m.

“The Hardest Working Man in the Art Business,” Palmer was born in Houston, Texas, in 1974.  Palmer began painting full-time after the unexpected and tragic loss of his father in 1998.  Since then, after humble roots of showing art at Houston-area bars and restaurants, Palmer’s career has taken a meteoric rise to a global level.  His artwork is regularly showcased at premier international art fairs including Art Chicago, Art Toronto and The Los Angeles Art Show.  He has self-published five books: “Deliverance and More than Words” (2003), “Escapism” (2004), “Seven Years” (2005), “Jane & Co.” (2010) and “Faces” (2012).  His critically-acclaimed book, “The Art of Meaningful Living” (2009) with author Christopher Brown, was released at the Book Expo America in New York City to a national audience.

Palmer’s art accolades are extensive.  For 2010, the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston named Palmer as its Artist of the Year.  For his dedication to the Space City, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau selected Palmer as a member of the My Houston Campaign along with a small group of notable Houstonians including Beyonce Knowles, Clay Walker, Hilary Duff and George and Barbara Bush.   Palmer’s online presence is colossal.  His Facebook Page, John Ross Palmer, as well as his Twitter page, John Palmer Art, have followers in the hundreds of thousands.  The John Palmer Art Blog, updated daily with humorous, inspiring and personal anecdotes from the whirlwind life of John Palmer, has hundreds of loyal visitors every day.   Palmer’s beautiful, chic and unique 4,500 square-foot  Heights art gallery primarily showcases his own abstract pieces in addition to a small number of local emerging artists that he coaches and mentors, collectively known as the “Escapists.”  Palmer’s art movement, “Escapism,” not only refers to his one-of-a-kind abstract genius but also to the positive belief system that, through hard work, ingenuity and devotion, the stereotype of a struggling artist can be forever destroyed.  For John Palmer and his collectors, art is healing.

This story was posted on January 31, 2013.