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Artist Reception for Mara Araujo, 2023

Photo: Having fun during an Artist Spotlight artist reception!


The "Artist Spotlight "program features the works of  Michael Palmer through June, 2024

View the exhibits in the James H. Crocker, Jr. Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room on the 2nd floor of Barnstable Town Hall.

It is free and open to the public to view artwork in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis.

HOURS: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed on State and Federal holidays. Free parking in the Town Hall public parking lot.   Enter Town Hall through the front doors on Hyannis Village Green entrance. Take stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor.  ADA accessible through the lower level.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you intend to stop by to see the artwork, first, be sure to check the public meeting calendar on the Town of Barnstable website as sometimes meetings are scheduled and rooms are sometimes closed to the public during these meeting times.


ARTIST RECEPTION: Meet the artist and members of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance during the Opening Reception, Friday, April 12, 2024, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at Barnstable Town Hall.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.


Barnstable Town Hall ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
Now through June, 2024

The "Artist Spotlight" program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall.

The works of Michael Palmer are featured in the James H. Crocker, Jr. Hearing Room and Selectmen’s Conference Room in Barnstable Town Hall, now through June, 2024.

The exhibition is open to the public. Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm (except State and Federal holidays). Town Hall is located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis, free parking in the Town Hall public parking lot. Enter Town Hall through the front doors on the Hyannis Village Green entrance. Artwork may be viewed virtually on the website:


This exhibit is a collaboration between artist Mike Palmer and the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance which focuses on highlighting the range of seafood available from our local waters and its importance to our regional economy. On Cape Cod, seafood is more than just sustenance - it’s a lifeblood. Fishing and related industries are the heartbeat of our coastal community. Fishermen, shellfish farmers, processors, fish markets, restaurants - all depend on the sea’s harvest. The revenue from seafood sales contributes tens of millions to the local economy. Fishing is woven into the very fabric of Cape Cod's history and identity. Tourists flock to Cape Cod in part for its culture and fresh seafood, driving further economic activity and shaping the region's reputation. Cape Cod boasts a strong tradition of responsible fishing, with emphasis on protecting fisheries for future generations. Choosing Cape Cod seafood supports local businesses, reduces our carbon footprint, and ensures fresh, quality food on your plate.

“The Fishermen’s Alliance is nationally recognized nonprofit and I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for the fisheries advocacy work it does,” said Artist Mike Palmer. “As a former fishery scientist, my art comes from years of observation and connects people to the ocean while providing a sense of place. Sharing the work the Fishermen’s Alliance is doing to protect a healthy ocean environment and sustainable fishing practices is important to me.”

The exhibit will feature colored pencil drawings of local seafood species along with information on where, how, and when the local seafood is harvested from our local waters. There will also be a “by the numbers” look at the economic impact of the ports across the Cape and the catch landed. Insider details on the challenges each port faces and work being done on and off the water to grow the industry will also be a part of the exhibition.

“We take every opportunity to educate people about the Cape’s commercial fishing industry and the local seafood available. This seemed to be a unique opportunity to do just that,” said Melissa Sanderson, chief operating officer at Fishermen’s Alliance. “Plus, Mike’s art is amazing and we are delighted to partner with him and share these drawings with the community.”


Mike Palmer is a Mashpee scientist and artist specializing in fish art. Through his artwork, he connects with, translates, and shares his experiences and discoveries about life and place. Drawing and creating have been lifelong pursuits, with minimal formal art instruction beyond high school. Before embarking on a career as an artist, Mike served as a fisheries scientist for the federal government, spending over 200 days at sea on fishing boats and research vessels from Alaska to the Canadian Maritimes. These experiences have profoundly impacted his art and approach to each subject. Mike's style harmonizes scientific accuracy with aesthetic form. Influenced by the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, he embraces simplicity, beauty, utility, imperfection, and the ever-evolving. Working in various mediums but specializing in colored pencil, Mike strives to breathe life into local wildlife and imagery, showcasing a deep appreciation for the natural world. Learn more at

ABOUT CAPE COD COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN’S ALLIANCE: Formed in 1991 by a group of fishermen, the Fishermen’s Alliance works with fishermen to create solutions for both a balanced ecosystem and profitable fishing communities. It is now a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and the leading voice for commercial fishermen on Cape Cod. Fishermen’s Alliance is taking action now to make sure there will be a future for fish and fishermen by: Working towards a healthy ocean environment with sustainable fishing practices; supporting the small boat independent fishing fleet by making sure they have a voice at the local, state, and federal level; engaging in fishermen-driven science and research to inform sensible and forward-looking fishing regulations; investing in fisheries to provide opportunities for today’s fishermen, and future generations, to build successful businesses; connecting the community to commercial fishermen to educate consumers on the history of the industry, the current challenges they face, and to create a connection to the food on their plates. Learn more at

Barnstable Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm (except State and Federal holidays).  Town Hall is located at 367 Main Street, Hyannis, free parking in the Town Hall public parking lot.  Enter Town Hall through the front doors on the Hyannis Village Green entrance.

Artwork may be viewed virtually on the website:


The Town of Barnstable ‘Artist Spotlight’ program is an opportunity for artists (or groups) to display work at Barnstable Town Hall. Some artists have never before displayed their work in a public setting and this is a chance for them to learn how to frame and present their work.  Others are well established and delighted to share their work with those that pass through Town Hall each day.

Many visitors may not typically head to galleries or other organizations to view artwork.  This program is an opportunity for both artists and visitors to connect in an unexpected way. Visitors have an opportunity to learn about some of Cape Cod's local artists.

For more information on this program email
508-862-4767 l

Artist Spotlight

Michael Palmer

Artist Bio:

I am a scientist, writer, and artist specializing in fish art. Through my art, I connect with, translate, and share what I’m experiencing and discovering about life and place. I’ve been drawing and creating since I was a kid, though I’ve had little formal art instruction beyond high school. Instead, I chose a different career path. In a former life, I was a fisheries scientist for the federal government. Having spent over 200 days at sea on fishing boats and research vessels from Alaska to the Canadian Maritimes, I’ve been able to touch, observe, and study fish and other sea life first hand. These experiences and visuals continue to impact my art and how I approach each subject. My artistic style combines both my scientific and creative sides and can best be described as ‘stylized realism’ - a balance of scientific accuracy and aesthetic form. My approach has been greatly influenced by the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi - I embrace the simple, beautiful, utilitarian, poorly defined, multipurpose, imperfect, and ever-evolving. Working in a variety of mediums, but specializing in colored pencil, I strive to bring to life local Cape Cod wildlife and imagery.

2024 Schedule

January - March: Kevin Haynes and Arthur Tsicoulias

April -June: Mike Palmer

July - September:

October -December:



Prior Participants:

Kevin Haynes
Arthur Tsicoulias
CCAC Plein Air Painters
Jacqui Hawk
Sarah Thorington
Susan Fey
Nancy Orbe
George Booth
Diane Longchamps
Andrew Newman
Barnstable High School students
Donald Gauland
Creative Hands Gallery
Hyannis HyArts Shanty Artists
Hyannis Historic Association
Barnstable Village Historic Association
Alan Salvaggio
Students of Paul Schulenberg
Anne Tochka
Joan Lockhart
Mara Araujo
Cape Cod Art Center
Marie Grady Palcic

Mellissa Morris
Leslie Altman
Rick Branscomb
LaVerne Christopher
Ellen Moran
Alan Belanich
Betsy Payne Cook, Sandy Neck Beach workshop artists
Betsy Payne Cook
Roberta Anslow
Gallery Artrio
Alexandria Boudreau
Kristi Beisecker
Mitali Chakraborty
Donna Bragg
Harriett Zabusky-Zand
Lynne Carreiro
Kate Walls
Amy Davies
L. Michelle Law

Cape and Island Art Educators
Collen Corson
Sarah Colvin
Viola Holmgren
Gail Burke
Donna Davis
Kat Szmit
Michelle Noiset
Jesse Stacey
Karen Ryder
Susan French Overstreet
Anita and Robert Rourque
Mary Richmond
Susie Glover
Jack Ahlin
Barry Olofsson

Studio 35 and NAMI
Joline Diehl
Lucy Loomis
Deede Tonnelli
Mary Moquin
James Wolf
Jason Eldridge
Stephen Roth
Jean Carbonell
Claudia Borden
Carl Lopes
Heather Arrascue
Cotuit Painters Group
Joce Groemmer & Barbara Brahmin
Richard Neal
Melanie Chartier
Jackie Reeves
Ursula Coute