The Vernon Arts Council, and members of the local community, said goodbye to a decades-long arts advocate.

On Monday, GALLERY ONE ElllEVEN in Leesville hosted a going-away luncheon for Edward Palmer, who will be moving to the east coast to live with his son, Charles.

Edward and his late wife of 60 years, Johnnie Mae Campbell Palmer, started the Vernon Arts Council back in the 1980s, and ran it for years, said Tony McDonald, gallery coordinator at GALLERY ONE ElllEVEN. "They were stalwart supporters and activists in the arts community."

Together, the Palmers helped to bring music and arts from around the world to Leesville. Edward booked several music and theatre acts that were performed at Leesville High School. 

Johnnie Mae was a music teacher, and Edward is a musician. He owned a car dealership, Palmer Motor Company, in Leesville, until the late 1980s, said McDonald.

GALLERY ONE ElllEVEN was bustling between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with dozens of people, who came to to wish Edward well in his new home.