“Love will be the victor in this struggle”
Words I heard and loved at the Black Lives Matter rally in Newport yesterday
When I worked for the co-chair of the Whitney Museum in New York City I got to see a lot of beautiful art by American artists like Kara Walker and Glenn Ligon. I was fortunate enough to be in the presence of and champion an incredible collector that saw the importance of supporting black artists. And although I thought I was educating myself by learning more about African American art in the art world, I am struggling to even name any others I learned of at that time. Or black curators, or black gallery owners or black museum directors. So I can go ahead and admit I don’t know a single thing about African American culture or art and I certainly can’t relate to the struggle of being a person of color in a racist country. What I can commit to doing is clean up my own house and continue to dismantle hate around me with love. I will continue to engage with and support organizations that support the black community, especially here in Newport where I feel like I can make a difference both through my business and personally. And as I educate myself, I will share as I do with everything I learn, in the way I hope to be effective and inspiring to you. My business and the work I do has always been a place of love and unity and I stand united with the Black Lives Matter movement in hope that love is the victor I know it can be in this struggle.
This beautiful new piece by Andreina Bates just arrived framed and ready to hang
Last week I spent some time putting together orders with new artists and artisans and working on new paintings to fill the shop. I am now taking in-person appointments daily and I am hopeful to open with set hours later in the month. I cannot wait to share with you all the new things I have coming for summer. In the meantime I am wrapping up installations with Hammetts Hotel in the next two weeks and I am so happy to share that they will open their doors for business June 26. I hope you get the opportunity to see the hotel, all of the art and the revolving art gallery exhibitions - which I can't wait to share with you the details for the inaugural show so soon! Thank you for the amazing online orders - it has been so fun to see all of you at the back door for pickups and I feel closer now to reopening with the recent in person appointments and how wonderfully they have been! Thank you!!
Much love XO Kristen
The Shop Stats
Most overall viewed on website this week Calliope by Rebecca Adler
Best seller this week artwork by Kristen Coates - thank you!
New work online from me... with so many more coming this week!
Composed while toasting a glass of champagne with Michael for our anniversary and my birthday this week and we just needed a little sparkle this weekend!