,Verde started as a gallery that only featured local artists. Over the years it expanded to featuring artists near and far.
While I too am an artist I have a deep appreciation for the work of others. In fact I didn't show my own work for the first two years of the gallery.
The space was very popular and eventually I was asked to include other types of events. These included musical performances, dance events, and presentations related to the University of Illinois.
Fortunately as time went by I was able to include Hispanic artists from the US. They too were successful with my clientele. The mutual appreciation was evident! We ended up creating the first Day of the Dead event and gallery show in Champaign.
My visits to New Mexico eventually led to me moving to Santa Fe. Yep, I was bitten by the Santa Fe bug.
As I became acquainted with Santa Fe and and other areas of New Mexico it was clear that creativity was flowing like a river throughout the state.
While I no longer own a gallery, I do promote and assist artists with marketing and publicity and also feature artists I work with here on this website. I have expanded the scope to include artists from around the world.
NEED SOME HELP? I AM HERE TO ASSIST YOU!
Michael R. French - Author
His first love, adult and young adult fiction, tackles diverse subjects from the world of horse racing to politics, focusing on characters as much as a page-turning plot. His novel, Abingdon's, was a bestseller and a Literary Guild Alternate Selection. His young adult novel, Pursuit, was awarded the California Young Reader Medal. He has also co-written two screenplays for Amazon Prime.
Receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University, he focused on creative writing and studied under Wallace Stegner. He received a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He later served in the United States Army before marrying Patricia Goodkind, an educator and entrepreneur, and starting a family. Working under his wife, Patricia, ten years ago they created a non-profit foundation, Dollar4Schools, which continues helping support Santa Fe public schools and its teachers.
An avid trekker and traveler to developing countries, French loves diving and snorkeling, and for the last decade began studying endangered marine and land mammals. He believes climate change is currently the world’s greatest long-term problem.
He and Patricia divide their time between Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Due to enforced shut downs, the bookstore is keeping everything virtual so instead of going in front of a crowd I printed off a set of emailed questions and was recorded responding to them. Public speaking is not one of my strengths so avoiding being in front of people made the event somewhat less nerve wracking. However, I'm not accustomed to talking about anything for an hour and knowing this was going to be seen by an audience was enough to bring some anxiety. I'm happy with how the video turned out!
Book Santa Fe
Book Santa Fe is a project we created simply to express our appreciation of all things book related in Santa Fe New Mexico and elsewhere. It resides on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. We feature book related posts featuring Santa Fe authors, bookstores, readers, book lovers, and of course the authors and publishers we work with.
We are constantly finding new ways to promote books and and writers/authors in Santa Fe and New Mexico.
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Sharing our creative efforts, work and travel.