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By Kiki Von Glinow

If you’re like me, you dream of going to an art gallery opening and joining a conversation about the dramatic use of color and texture in the artist’s latest collection while attempting to hide the fact that you know absolutely nothing about art. Solution: Artlog, an NYC based art community that takes you out of hiding and into the world of art, where it’s all about interaction rather than your art IQ.

This accessible art project was co-created by ex-Wall Streeter, Manish Vora, who, at 26, left his high-stakes lifestyle to pursue his passion for art. This community of art lovers connects people who may not necessarily know the difference between the Baroque and Renaissance aesthetic to more knowledgeable and experienced art connoisseurs to the artists themselves. The site also provides a virtual forum for artists to promote their own work by enabling them to upload their portfolios to and getting involved in its expanding community. In addition, the site offers a totally comprehensive list of the best NYC gallery openings and events that are sure to inspire you to learn more.

The startup also organizes “Art Crawls” where galleries keep their doors open late as participants walk from gallery to gallery while sipping on free champagne. Once you’re done crawling, a trendy after party usually ensues, giving the perfect ending to a night of culture and creativity.

Check out to get involved in their summer events so you can stop pretending and join the conversation.

Originally published June 2009

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