On Friday, April 29th, internationally acclaimed artist John Ross Palmer will unveil a dynamic art series, Ocean Isle Memories, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Palmer, a native of Houston, Texas, has been traveling to Ocean Isle every summer for the last ten years to vacation with his husband’s extended family. The series is inspired by their gatherings, fun time on the beach and iconic imagery from this beautiful family beach destination.
In the summer of 2013, Palmer, the Founder of the Art Movement of Escapism, visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina and was enthusiastic to learn about the museum’s mission and operations. He presented the staff with a painting, More than a Museum, that now hangs in the museum’s entry. Although the primary purpose of the museum is education related to maritime life on the coast of North Carolina plus astronomy through its planetarium, Palmer, in typical entrepreneur fashion, lobbied for an unveiling of his original artwork. Two summers later, Ocean Isle Memories by John Ross Palmer will run from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend with an initial unveiling coinciding with the museum’s annual Wine Fest fundraiser.
Ocean Isle Memories will feature between fifteen and twenty original Palmer paintings created with acrylic on canvas. The smaller paintings show the time-honored pier, playing in a tide pool, a storm rolling in from the Intracoastal Waterway, walking to the beach with supplies in a wagon and many more classic Ocean Isle visuals. Palmer is thrilled with the opportunity. “Ocean Isle is one of my favorite places on earth. I work constantly, and, it is my only ‘true’ vacation each year. It’s a tremendous honor and pleasure to honor Ocean Isle with my artwork.”
If you have any questions about Artist John Ross Palmer or his unveiling at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, please contact us [email protected] at 713-392-6882 or Museum Executive Director Terry Bryant at 910-579-1016. Sales from all of Palmer’s paintings and prints from the Ocean Isle Memories art series will have a dedicated percentage that is donated to the Museum of Coastal Carolina.