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Champion of trees: Linda Palmer



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Artist Linda Williams Palmer of Hot Springs has always had an affinity for nature, trees and forest scenes in particular, and her talent along that line is considerable. Palmer has gone from the general to the particular, with the colored-pencil drawings, photographs and anecdotes in her exhibition “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey,” which opens Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Terry House Community Arts Center of the Arkansas Arts Center.

Champion trees, for the botanically green, are the largest of their species known.

This is a highly anticipated exhibition; Palmer has been working on it for more than five years, driving 7,000 miles to document and draw Arkansas’s most commanding elders. The show, which will tour the state under the aegis of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, features 18 large-scale color drawings accompanied by information about the trees depicted; detail drawings of foliage, 18 documentary photographs and text panels. See examples at this link.

Meet the artist at a reception from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. The exhibition runs through Nov. 4, after which it travels to the Thea Center in North Little Rock for a show running Nov. 11-Dec. 1. It will continue to travel to Arkansas galleries through Dec. 6, 2014.

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