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Verde Gallery - My journey as an Art gallery owner - Art Tucker

Quite a few years ago I had the opportunity and honor to open an art gallery inChampaign, Illinois. It was a wonderful space that also included a coffee shop. Yes, art and coffee for me are a perfect combination! 
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.
Artist Peter Bodnar
At one point well known artist Artist Peter Bodnar came to me and suggested that I go to New Mexico to meet and consider including the the work of the  Native American artists who were his friends. I did! It was an enlightening experience. I ended up going back and forth from Illinois to New Mexico many times. The work from the artists were truly impressive. and  completely unknown to the local residents of Campaign. The appreciation was wonderful to see! 

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 toNew 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 rifer here on this website. I have expanded the scope to include artists from around the world.

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Verde Gallery - My journey as an Art gallery owner - Art Tucker


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