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Steve Palmer

On August 3rd- August 14, Three Pines Studio presented, “School of Fish and Shiny Things,” the sculptural work of Steve Palmer. Steve is an award-winning Michigan artist. His bright, colorful multi-media fish are visually fascinating and emotionally uplifting and provocative. Tight and inventive construction allows for an expressive school of fish. Each fish is charged with its own unique personality. Teeth may be constructed of golf tees, fish bellies may be packed with mustard tins or dominos-tails fins made of spatulas, cheese graters or any of a myriad of possibilities. When people attend Steve's openings you can hear them say things like, “how clever-how does he come up with the ideas!” The bodies of the fish begin with vintage crutches, paddles or boxes and are filled with the found objects, then wired and named. Crutches historically symbolize pain and healing. “The use of crutches for my fish represent what humans are doing to the oceans and the fish of the world.” By using the vintage objects for the insides of the fish, Steve shines a spotlight--a better understanding of the harm we do by throwing useable things away. In his fish, these objects are repurposed. Steve was born in Berkeley California, the son of a poet and a painter. “It was in my blood to become an artist. One of my earliest memories is my mom painting by the ocean, using our car as an easel,” Palmer recalls. Professionally, Steve earned a BA, MA Ed.D., and worked as a teacher, principal and retired as Assistant Superintendent from Birmingham Schools. Steve and his wife, Raenette were Harbor Springs residents and now live in Traverse City. Steve’s works are sculpturally strong. Depending on the type of fish, Palmer uses shapes of objects and their color relationships to great advantage—creating works that are not only conversation pieces, they are truly objects of art. Steve has been a long time contributor to Three Pines Studio through his colorful fused glass creations.

Last modified August 5, 2013

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