“Relaxing Along the Shore” by Addison Palmer

Lowcountry favorite Addison Palmer will be helping Art League celebrate its 50th anniversary this year by displaying his wildlife and landscape paintings at Art League Gallery March 8 through April 16.

An opening reception to meet the artist will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 16 at the gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, inside the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The event is free and open to the public.

Palmer, a life-long artist who grew up on Hilton Head Island, is an award-winning painter and teacher with hundreds of works in private and business collections around the world.

Palmer comes from a strong artistic background. His great grandfather, Harry Palmer, was a pen and ink artist in New York, where he created and developed animation and short films. His father, Jim Palmer, is a long-time renowned landscape artist. His mother, Barbara, is also an exhibiting artist.

The extended Palmer family of artists includes uncles, aunts and cousins who work in various media.

Palmer has been painting full-time since the age of 13, depicting the world around him. He attended Brevard College, known as an arts-infused school, in North Carolina on a full scholarship.

“Addison is truly a local fixture; he’s had several shows at Art League alone. The quality of his work – particularly in his bird paintings – is distinctive and immediately identifiable,” said Kristen McIntosh, Art League general manager. “You know immediately that you’re looking at an Addison Palmer bird. Both the Lowcountry and Art League are lucky to have him.”

In addition to creating art, Palmer also teaches painting classes and workshops, including on over 30 world cruises. His awards include inclusion in the exclusive 2018 “Birds in Art” international art show. His work can be seen in galleries all along the East Coast.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 90 minutes prior to any Arts Center performance. For more information, call 843-681-5060 or visit artleaguehhi.org.

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic art gallery and teaching Academy.

Art League Academy welcomes artists and students in all media at all skill levels, including true beginners. Taught by professional art educators, students can choose from many art classes and workshops that change monthly.