This week, we will exclusively post the work of Black artists, Black-owned galleries and art spaces to honor the talent, craftsmanship and cultural contributions of Black creative communities.

Here is a small selection from a wide and diverse landscape of wonderful emerging, mid-career and established Black artists. Click the images to learn more about them, follow them on social media, subscribe to any communications, or best of all, make a purchase.

“Lesson learned? Essential lesson learned! You can erase what you draw, even what you’ve spent a long time drawing and sweating over it. You can throw away what you paint and, as I learned to do later, cut it up and incorporate it into a new painting. A lesson to take straight to heart, and not only in art making.” ― Nell Irvin Painter, Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

Opportunities to Support Black Artists:

Black Art Futures Fund

Association of African-American Museums

National Black Arts Festival

Black Art in America

It shouldn't be hard to find, champion and invest in Black art, and indeed there are many extremely successful Black artists. But in many ways, it is also true that we as a society have made it harder than it needs to be in terms of general visibility, support and encouragement, creating opportunities and driving investment in Black art and the careers and creative journeys of Black artists. We are trying to do our small part to help this week, and will pledge to continue to do so going forward.

Digital finds and virtual art activities to keep you informed and entertained.

SFA Mast Arboretum, Nacogdoches.

Even the trees were interesting at the SFA Mast Arboretum and sculpture garden in Nacogdoches. We were in East Texas for some essential travel, and saw a small window for a quiet, uncrowded art adventure along the way. The arboretum is full of interesting sculptures, like this one by Dewane Hughes.

"Doo-Dah" by Dewane Hughes, at the SFA Mast Arboretum.

In other news, you may have noticed that we have redesigned our Web site. This time of reflection, refocus and pivots continues, and we wanted to make sure that it is easy for readers to find what interests them, and also to understand where we fit in the greater art ecosystem. I (Stephanie) designed the site to focus more on content, tips and tools for DIY art adventures, as our timing for in-person service delivery seems to move farther out each week. We are grateful that we're small, new and agile enough that we can adapt to fulfill our mission in many different ways!

Online Art Adventures:

Frieze New York opened its viewing room this week, through May 15. Check out our highlights, and click through to discover your own.

The Autry Museum of the American West is building an archive of objects and experiences from this quarantine period. They're asking anyone based in the American West to send images of objects of particular significance during this quarantine period, especially images of face masks, recipes, home photos, and journal entries. Click here to participate.

Artists turned their lawns into socially-distanced gallery space for Drive-By-Art, a public, community art initiative experienced from the safety of one's car.

Damien Hirst has created a Snapchat filter!

Gallery Digital Spotlight:

This week's digital spotlight is on Meessen-De Clercq, a Belgium gallery representing international contemporary artists. Here are some of our favorite pieces from the artwork it offers. Click the images for more info, and please contact the gallery directly if you're interested in making a purchase, or learn more on Artsy.

These weekly Highlights and Online Art Adventures are produced by K.Co to help people discover art museums, galleries, creative spaces and art engagement opportunities, whether they're traveling on vacation, at home on stay-cation, or especially these days, exploring art from home. 

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Like many other art fairs, Frieze New York has gone virtual this year. Viewing rooms give a different experience, for sure, but they also open up the fair and its art to a larger audience, which is great for both potential collectors and the exhibited artists.

Here are some of our favorite discoveries exhibited in the Frieze New York Viewing Room.

If you are interested in making a purchase or learning more about any of these pieces, please contact the gallery directly.

The Frieze Viewing Room is up through May 15, 2020. Click here for artists talks, dialogues and more. The next Frieze New York in-person art fair is scheduled for 2021.

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