RED BLUFF — 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 exhibit, “Enlightenment: A Passion To Share,” running Friday through April 2. The public is invited to meet the artists at the reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 11. at the gallery, 710 Main St., Red Bluff.
Palmer is a very accomplished artist in many media. 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, Palmer enjoys experimenting with new ideas for his students, painting with them. She says her students have a lot of fun when she says, “I don’t know what I’m doing, but we’ll get through this. She always encourages her students by telling them, “Jump in, don’t be scared and have a good time.
As a young student, Palmer sketched all over her notebooks. The teachers saw his natural artistic talent and encouraged him. Growing up, she was very shy. She 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. “Next thing you know, everyone is standing around and talking with you. I never had to go out to meet a friend. I found that people like to watch other people create things, and I liked that. So it continued all my 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 course. Palmer was the only student, so to advertise her classes, the professor set her up in the window of his shop 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, Palmer began teaching art classes by accident, when he was asked to step in at the last minute as a substitute teacher for a group of artists who had signed up for an art class. local art. She didn’t feel she had the necessary experience, 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,” Palmer said.
Word spread quickly when friends learned that Palmer 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’s become a wonderful life,” Palmer said. “I enjoy teaching my people and passing on what I know, much more than painting myself. For 22 years I painted portraits in 11 states and Canada. It became more of a job, and when you have to paint for hire, it’s not so nice.
Over the past 20 years, most of Palmer’s paintings have been for teaching her students, and few for herself.
“I’m very proud of my students’ work,” Palmer said. “So they’re going to exhibit with me.”
Palmer said both of her parents had artistic talent, 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 paint. I see so many healing forces there. A lot of my friends have had loss and grief, and what got them through it was their art. It is probably one of the best therapies in the world. It is 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 through Saturday. For more information, write to [email protected]