Artist Sandi Palmer likes to paint for fun. She has a passion for nurturing other artists and encouraging them to do the same. Palmer and friends are the featured artists in the Main Event Gallery’s exhibition, “Enlightenment: A Passion To Share,” from March 11 through April 2.
The community is invited to meet the artists at a reception Friday, March 11, 5:30 to 8 p.m., 710 Main Street, Red Bluff.
Palmer is a very accomplished artist in many mediums. Her energetic and engaging personality, enthusiasm and positive attitude inspire artists to attend her weekly art classes, taught at her home art studio, located in Cottonwood. She also hosts workshops for well-known artists from across the United States.
Teaching all forms of mediums, she enjoys experimenting with new ideas for her students, painting with them.
Palmer said her students benefited greatly when she said, “I don’t know what I’m doing, but we’ll get through this.”
As a young student, she drew all over her notebooks. The teachers saw his natural artistic talent and encouraged him.
Growing up, she was very shy and would go out on the playground and sit by herself.
“I would pull out a piece of paper and start drawing the kids playing kickball and basketball,” Palmer said. “The next thing you know, everyone stands around and talks to you. I’ve never had to go out to meet a friend. I’ve found that people like to watch other people create things, and I liked that life.”
Drawing caricatures of people was one of his specialties.
Palmer and her parents moved to Cottonwood from Southern California. Her mother signed her up for six weeks in an oil painting class. She was the only student, so to advertise her classes, the teacher set Palmer up in her shop window with her paints and canvases and came to teach her new techniques.
“All of a sudden, half the people of Cottonwood would be crowded around that window,” Palmer said. She continued to take art classes on her own.
In 1982, she started giving art classes by chance, when she was asked to step in at the last minute as a substitute teacher for a group of artists who had enrolled in a local art class. . She didn’t feel qualified, but she went ahead anyway.
“I brought my art supplies, turned on the radio, and we took the class and also did exercises while they painted and had a great time,” she added.
Word spread quickly when friends learned that she was teaching. People would come to her house and ask to take lessons with her. She settled into her dining room and stayed up until after midnight helping various friends with their art. Her husband finally suggested that she set specific hours and stick to them and she did.
“It has become a wonderful life, she said. I love teaching my people and passing on what I know, much more than painting myself. For 22 years I painted portraits in 11 states and in Canada. It’s become more of a job, and when you have to paint for hire, it’s not as enjoyable,” Palmer said.
Over the past 20 years, most of Palmer’s paintings have been for teaching her students, and few for herself.
“I am very proud of the work of my students. So they will be exhibiting with me,” she added.
Both of her parents had an artistic flair, so she taught them to paint. She will have some of her father’s art in the show.
“Art is a passion and for me it’s a gathering of friends,” Palmer said. “It’s not just painting. I see so many healing forces in it. A lot of my friends have had losses and grief, and what’s helped them through that is their art. C “It’s probably one of the greatest therapies in the world. It’s the healing touch of the soul. It can bring you great satisfaction.”
The exhibit is sponsored by the Tehama County Arts Council. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For information: [email protected]