The gallery at the Coastal Discovery Museum will feature a family affair of art when "Generations" opens Jan. 5. The exhibit will include works by eight members of the well-known Palmer family of artists.
An opening reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17. The event is free and open to the public.
The Palmers' connection to Hilton Head Island began more than 50 years ago and, since then, family members have been active in the local arts community while also enjoying critical and professional success well outside the Lowcountry.
This exhibition will showcase their art and also share stories of this area's history and personal reminiscences.
Jim Palmer and his wife Barbara moved to Hilton Head Island in 1965, initiating this creative family's long-standing connection to and influence on the community. The couple lived at Honey Horn for a while, and Billie Hack, previous owner of the site, hosted a baby shower for them.
Jim is known for his exquisite oil paintings of Lowcountry scenes that grace homes and businesses throughout the country.
Their son, Addison, and daughter, Elise, will also be included in the exhibit, as well as Elise's daughter, Emily.
Addison is a professional artist who has spent most of his life on the coast of South Carolina, particularly on Hilton Head. Since the age of 13, he has been painting full time, doing commissions, shows, and work for galleries.
He has painted the world around him in his landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, and portraits. He also is a sought-after instructor of art workshops around the country.
Jim's brother, Walter Palmer, is perhaps best known for his bird sculptures, which he has been creating for more than 45 years. He calls them "people ... cleverly disguised as birds."
Palmer's birds "live" all around Hilton Head Island, in private homes as well as at Honey Horn, the Westin Resort, Belfair Plaza, and Van der Meer Tennis Center.
Karen Palmer, Walter's wife, will exhibit her art at Honey Horn with the family.
Wally Palmer and Kevin Palmer, Walter's sons, will join the exhibit as well. Wally is known in Bluffton as a sculptor of sea creatures and creator of mosaics.
"Having a family that is so strong in the visual arts is unique," said Addison Palmer. "Being able to have everyone together to showcase our artwork, and to tell our history of being on Hilton Head Island, is a true pleasure for the Palmer family."
The exhibition will hang through Feb. 25. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Coastal Discovery Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island. For more information, visit coastaldiscovery.org.