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Escapist Artist Gallery and Studio breaks ground in Houston Heights

John Ross Palmer and Escapism patrons
John Ross Palmer and Escapism patrons
Christine Tremoulet

It was a project designed to be phenomenal in every sense of the word when Houston artist, John Ross Palmer, set out to create the Escapist Artist Gallery & Studio with his Refuse to Struggle campaign.

On January 4, 2014, Palmer hosted a groundbreaking ceremony complete with a champagne toast as result of the massive private and public fundraising endeavor that began in May 2013 and ended in October 2013. The Refuse to Struggle effort raised over $50,000 in private contributions and over $76,113 on Indiegogo in 46 days from over 300 donations from across the world.

Palmer’s concept, Refuse to Struggle, is to construct an Escapist Artist Gallery & Studios in the Houston Heights adjacent to his current art gallery, studio and residence at 1218 Heights Boulevard. The state-of-the-art facilities will serve as the ultimate artist training ground for artists that are accepted to his prestigious Escapist Mentorship Program (

Founded in 2009, the program teaches artists the necessary skills on self-promotion, wise business practice and how not to just ‘survive’ as an artist—but how to thrive.

Palmer elaborated, “This is a definite team effort. My art collectors as well as the current and former Escapist Artists have stepped up in a major way to assist in fulfilling this gargantuan effort.”

The 2013 Escapist Artists are Tina Duryea, Joe Mendietta, William H. Miller, Lan Norwood and Lee E. Wright.

John Palmer Art has calendared a tentative Grand Opening for the weekend of June 21-22nd that will feature 2013 Escapist of the Year William H. Miller. Miller earned the Featured Artist spot by selling all 50 of his Refuse to Struggle prints that he donated to the online campaign. After the grand opening, the space will be dedicated to the use and education of the current Escapist.

Ryan Lindsay, Palmer’s husband/attorney, explained how Palmer’s commitment to the Escapist Artists have aided in developing their art careers.

“John dedicates hundreds of hours per year helping the Escapist artists—entirely for free. That’s why we’re seeking community support to make this dream a reality. But, it’s also a living example to artists. If you work hard and use your resources, anything is attainable,” he said.

For more information, contact Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or

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