This month’s spotlight artist is Wally Palmer, a sculptor who has been immersed in the art world his entire life. The son of famed sculptor Walter Palmer, he spent his childhood working in his father’s studio.
After studying at the Atlanta College of Art, Palmer moved to New York City, where he held the much-coveted position of studio manager at Rocca Noto Sculpture Studio.
While at Rocca Noto, Palmer worked alongside Frederick Hart and many other world renowned sculptors. Palmer would eventually move back to his beloved hometown of Bluffton to start his own art career.
Once settled in the Lowcountry, he created his idyllic Smoking Bird Studio along the banks of the Okatie River. There, never satisfied with working in a single medium, Pamer has created a diverse collection of work including “Lowcountry” bas reliefs, mosaics, and large conceptual fountains.
Palmer’s pieces available at La Petite Gallerie include “bonded bronze” relief sculptures. He creates them with a hearty resin material, poured into molds (cast), and finished with a bronze coating.
The bronze takes on a gorgeous green patina and weathers beautifully. These pieces are finished with a wax and clear coat seal that will protect the finish whether displayed indoors or out.
In addition to his skills as a visual artist Palmer is a talented musician – you can enjoy his Southern charm and guitar playing on festival days and on Fridays on the La Petite Gallerie decks.
Stop by to see Palmer’s latest creations at 56 Calhoun St. in Bluffton. Gallery hours are 11 a.m-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit lapetitegallerie.com.