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September 20, 2009

Artist plans visit

Cityans have opportunity to meet muralist

DUNCAN — Dr. Bob Palmer has left his mark on Duncan — and it’s a big mark that cannot be missed by those traveling through the intersection of 10th and Main in downtown Duncan.

Palmer was the talent behind the crapemyrtle mural on the side of the Palace Theatre that celebrates the designation of Duncan as the Crapemyrtle Capital of Oklahoma. His mural is also popping up on postcards, tote bags, T-shirts and other items around town.

In Palmer’s honor, Duncan’s Beautification Committee has arranged a “Meet the Mural Artist” to be held from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Duncan Elks Golf & Country Club. At the sit-down luncheon, Palmer will speak to the audience about his work and his project in Duncan, said Carolyn Rodgers, chairman of the committee.

“We’re really looking forward to his appearance,” Rodgers said. “As a bonus, an original oil/acrylic painting will be raffled during the luncheon. It’s a 30- by 40-inch painting of a white peacock sitting on — what else? — the branch of a crapemyrtle. Many of his countryscapes dot communities all over our state and now Duncan has become one of the ‘special’ towns that feature Doctor Palmer’s work. On Oct. 1, people in the community can come and meet the mural artist and hear his interesting story.”

The painting to be given away is hanging at Arvest Bank. It will be moved to various banks, the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and the country club before the luncheon so the community can get a preview peek.

Palmer’s work is in great demand, Rodgers said. A graduate of Walters High School, he received his bachelor of art education degree from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds a master of fine arts degree in painting and photography from East Tennessee State University and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University.

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