Beth Palmer’s art and her life as an artist can bring fresh perspective and openness to how we see our health, our lives and our relationships. After experiencing a cancer diagnosis and challenging side effects of treatments, Beth drew on her career as an art teacher to begin creating artwork that has been described as “joyful and colorful”, “beautiful and provocative,” “life affirming landscapes of the spirit,” and “Insider-Outsider art.” She is active in both the arts education and arts in healthcare fields, and through her artwork is creating a new imaginative space where those areas connect.
A contemporary American facilitative artist and designer, Beth lives and works in Durham, NC. Beyond North Carolina, her work is collected nationally and internationally, has been in galleries on both the east and west coasts, and is in homes, offices, and schools from pre-school to university levels. She also works with a variety of organizations to facilitate community partnerships and residencies.
Beth’s current project, The Joy of Creativity, included a 2018 trip to our Sister City, Durham, UK, and time in Scotland, then a 3 month exhibit at RTP’s Hotel Indigo, which included a closing reception as a benefit for the youth dance program, NC Arts in Action. She recently returned from The Joy of Creativity 6 week sabbatical in New South Wales, Australia, where she spent time visiting with artists, designers, museums, galleries, entrepreneurs, and plenty of dog owners, while she was dog sitting at the world famous Coogee Beach, right outside of Sydney. She hopes to return to Australia soon.
Her painting, David's Legacy, painted for David Turner as he approached the end of his journey with lymphoma, was on the 2009 Durham Public Schools Teacher Appreciation Week poster. Her art and community work have been featured in the Durham Herald-Sun, The Durham News edition of The Raleigh News and Observer, The Wilson Times, Carolina Parent Magazine, and on WTVD-ABC news. She has written columns in The Durham News about her new life as an artist after illness, and an essay and painting were published in Touched by Cancer magazine.
“Beth Palmer is a clear-sighted, heart-centered, skilled visual artist; she is also a passionate and inspiring life artist. Rarely do we see an artist so completely embody the message of her artwork in the way she lives and in the way she creates more aliveness for others through personal contact and canvas. She lives those hearts; she speaks those symbols; she IS those vibrant colors. There is no separating the artwork from the artist in the painted worlds of Beth Palmer; so enjoy the dialogue with both, and be happier, healthier and more whole as a result. Her paintings are not just beautiful; she and they together, in contact with you, make the world a better place.”
--Eric Booth, former Julliard Faculty, National Arts Learning Consultant, Author of The Everyday Work of Art, The Music Teaching Artist's Bible, and Playing for Their Lives, and Senior Advisor for El Sistema USA
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