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RMCC to Host Champion Trees Presentation and Drawing Debut in the Ouachita Center

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Rich Mountain Community Collegewill be hosting artist Linda Williams Palmer in the Ouachita Center Monday, March 2, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for her Champion Trees presentation and drawing debut.  Linda Williams Palmer began her visual arts career in 1980 by studying with Don Lee and Pete Howard at the Westark Community College, now the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.  With an Associate Degree already in hand, she immersed herself in drawing and painting classes while raising a family, and did so for five years, ending her research with a Special Projects class on “The Landscape.”  From 1985, Palmer directed her focus on establishing her visual arts career.  She opened a studio and The Linda Palmer Gallery in Fort in-the-storySmith, created multiple series of work, entered and was selected for numerous competitions, and was publicly and privately collected.  When she moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1991, she opened her studio and Palmer’s Gallery 800 on Central Avenue.  It has since moved upstairs in the same location and is now known as the Linda Palmer Gallery.  Palmer’s  latest series, Arkansas Champion Trees:  an Artist’s Journey, began in 2007 when she viewed the online list of the largest and oldest examples of each species of tree determined by Arkansas foresters.  The Champion series has entailed over 5,000 miles of travel across the state, accompanying documentary photography, and research into the history and science of the trees.  Part of her journey has been to share her knowledge and artistic expertise with arts groups and institutions, and via educational programs sponsored by the Arkansas Forestry Commission.  RMCC is honored to be hosting Linda Palmer for her presentation and the debut of her latest drawing of a champion tree from Mena, Arkansas.  The tree is the largest water oak in the state of Arkansas and is located on the old Myrick homestead.  This homestead belonged to the grandparents of none other than T. Tyler Texas, the first country western singer to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City whose origins began in Mena, Arkansas.

For more information about this event, contact Kathy Adams at 479-394-7622 or kadams@rmcc.edu<mailto:kadams@rmcc.edu>.  For more information about Arkansas Champion Trees:  an Artist’s Journey, visit www.ChampionTreesExhibit.com<http://www.ChampionTreesExhibit.com>.

Linda Williams Palmer biography information courtesy of http://www.championtreesexhibit.org/

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