This year’s theme for the series is based on transportation. First Class Club (“F.C.C.”) Members were asked to submit an essay to Palmer on which type of transportation would be the most inspiring for his next famed series: a plane, a train, a boat, a car or by foot. Palmer selected Molly Butterworth, the Director of the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO, to decide the winning essay this year. Palmer met with her personally in St. Louis where she announced the winning essay on the automobile written by F.C.C. Member Judy Lindsay as “the best.” Palmer and his husband will rent a car in the French capital and then take a week to speed across Europe to Florence, Italy—and all the while Palmer will take photographs and draw inspiration from the glorious countryside, quaint villages, the majestic Monaco and the breathtaking beauty of Tuscany. The trip is anchored by two important life events for Palmer and his husband Ryan Lindsay. On Sunday, June 1st, Lindsay will become the Godfather to Miss Louise Sprotti of Charleston, SC at her Christening in Breuillet, France and on Saturday, June 7th Palmer and Lindsay are invited guests to the wedding of Miss Lauren Clark of Santee, SC and Mr. Ollie Miles of London, England at the Castello di Meleto in Tuscany.
Palmer hopes to serve as proud ambassador of his hometown of Houston, Texas while staying in Nice, a sister-city of Houston since 1973. It is currently his goal to present the Mayor of Nice with a gift of art from the Space City.
Since the creation of the F.C.C. in 2010, Palmer has amazed the group with unique series from Berlin (2010), Dublin (2011), Jerusalem (2012) and Sao Paulo (2013). Previews for the F.C.C. at Palmer’s gallery will begin on Monday, July 14th. A VIP unveiling for Palmer’s collectors will take place on Friday evening on July 25th with a public unveiling scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, July 26th.
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