Artist and Educator

1530 N. Gregson
Suite 2H
Durham, NC  27701

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Phone:  919-452-8526

History:  Beth Palmer is a contemporary visual artist based in Durham, NC. As a longtime cancer survivor, she has benefitted by many psychosocial support programs, and learned the “arts in healthcare” field in a unique way by exhibiting her elementary student art work in the lobby of her oncology clinic, discovering the transformative power of art to brighten the hearts of cancer patients and their loved ones. She has since become active in the arts and healthcare fields in addition to her art education work, and is creating a new imaginative space where those two areas intersect. Her work has been featured in many publications and on WTVD. She has designed the concepts for The Durham Fitness Challenge, the Show Us Your Heart initiative, the Fifty Six Hearts Project, and A Concerted Effort, a music and medicine symposium in partnership with the Durham Medical Orchestra-Duke Health-Durham Arts Council-Durham Public School Arts. Her recent International Joy of Creativity Project exhibit was shown at the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough, NC. in 2019.

Mission Statement:  Beth Palmer’s art is described as beautiful and provocative life affirming landscapes of the spirit. It is informed by mindfulness, integrative health, gratitude practice, and creating beauty in adversity, using soft and nature inspired imagery. Her work is used in medical humanities communities through visual thinking strategies, therapist and healthcare provider offices, and classrooms. She is an active member of the National Organization for Arts and Health and the National/NC Art Education Associations.

Current Projects:  Beth Palmer’s current yearlong project is The Forty Three Trees Project. An art-based initiative designed as a platform to create intergenerational connections, the paintings and interest in tress and their seasonal beauty, is reaching concurrently into art activities for youth and those later years of life, some with dementia, across NC. It will be included soon in area schools of nursing, to both encourage and inform the nursing students for new ways to connect in their new careers. Her Artist-In-Residence studio is based in the Truist Bank (formerly BB&T) office building in Studio 2H in Durham, NC Studio visits are welcomed by appointment, and collaboration with mental health providers are especially welcomed.

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Beth Palmer, a Durham, NC contemporary artist and educator is a member of the National Organization for Arts in Health and the NC Art Education Association, Emeritus Division
Hope for Healing (c) 2006 Beth Palmer Studio mixed media on canvas.