Here's what happened: On Valentine’s Day 1997 I gave a reading from The Book of Love. A friend asked Marc to go. “I’d rather eat bugs,” he said. But went. He walked in and fell in love. One week later, we bought a house together in Taylor, Mississippi, population 320. We married on the front porch with friends playing "Here Comes the Bride" on kazoos. In 1999, against our banker’s advice, we opened an art gallery in an old house across the street. With no phone, no ads, no internet, the odds weren't good. But folks came. They bought. They collected Marc's wood furniture and my paintings, photography, wood fish, and jewelry. We were featured in publications such as Southern Living and USAToday and in guidebooks such as Off the Beaten Path and The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America. Our town won the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Two decades later we have a phone and a webpage, and we're happily still at it. What's more, we're still, happily, in love. The latest news is we're working and teaching at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, as Artists-In-Residence.
Furniture Maker Marc Deloach
Marc spent his childhood summers in Alligator, Mississippi, where he was inspired by the rustic-but-elegant, tenant-house furniture made from whatever material farmers had at hand. In 1990 he made his first table and cabinet for himself from reclaimed cypress. Neighbors asked him to build furniture for them. Soon his work was being showcased in shops and galleries. To kickstart meant years salvaging old wood from Delta buildings. His signature style stems from letting the reclaimed wood determine what it will become: a bed, bench, dining table, side table, bookshelf, cabinet, desk, barstool, you name it. High profile clients from NFL football players to movie stars have commissioned furniture from him. He built a conference table for the Honors College at the University of Mississippi, an entrance table for the FedEx house at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, a dining room table for a Southern Living Idea House that appeared on the cover of the magazine. He’s been featured on television shows such as HGTV and in numerous publications. He works closely with clients to match his furniture to their taste and decor. To talk to Marc about custom making a piece for you call 662-832-7958 or email email@example.com. To see more examples of his work check our Shop or his Portfolio Page.
Artist Christine Schultz
Christine has been a professional writer, editor, and photographer for three decades and a self-taught artist for more than 20 years. In addition to writing The Book of Love, she's been published by Hallmark Books, Rodale, US Airway's Attache, Southwest's Spirit, The Old Farmer's Almanac, Yankee, The Travel Guide to New England, and more. She's the winner of a NEA grant. After years of seeing the world in black and white, she tried her hand at acrylic paints and is now recognized for her vibrant colors, rich textures, and rustic imagery. Magazines have commissioned her photos and illustrations. Art lovers in the U.S. and abroad collect her work. Her wood fish and paintings were showcased in a Southern Living Idea House and on the cover of the magazine. She also makes silver and leather jewelry and was commissioned by Delta Magazine to design a line of "Delta River" earrings and bracelets. You can see her art at the Mon Vert Cafe in Woodstock, Vermont, at BEE Galleries in the French Quarter of New Orleans or online on our Shop Page. To talk to her about painting or making some jewelry especially for you, call 662-234-7958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more examples of her work see her Portfolio Page.