March 28, 2017
April is National Autism Awareness Month and we are trying to shed some light on the mission of supporting those with Autism in America. Despite all of the efforts that have been made over the last ten years, Autism remains a great mystery with no clarity around the cause and no method to prevent it. The tragic challenge of figuring out the “puzzle”…how to raise and advocate for an Autistic child, falls straight into the hands of people who simply have no preparation for this.
I know because I am one of them. My son Alex was diagnosed at 18 months of age and is now 21. He was diagnosed with severe Autism and despite all of our efforts he remains severely disabled today. Notwithstanding that fact, Alex has single handedly taught me more about life than anything else thrown my way. My wife and I fight everyday to provide the best therapeutic, educational and supportive tools we can uncover and he has stepped up and challenged himself to adapt to a world that is unbearably difficult for him.
As the Founder of One River, I am committed to using visual arts as a tool to drive developmental skills in people of all ages and all levels. We honor Autism Speaks and the great work they are doing with our April art project called “The Puzzle Project”. 60 students in our two schools made a dedicated “puzzle piece” and the work will be shown at the Westfield Garden State Plaza for the month of April.
‘The Puzzle Project’
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7th 6-8PM
Exhibition on View through May 15, 2017
Westfield Garden State Plaza
1 Garden State Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
Near AMC Movie Theater Corridor
@AutismSpeaks #MondayThoughts #OneRiverSchool #ThePuzzleProject
January 24, 2017
Next Sunday we open a new exhibition at One River School Englewood with artwork from Caroline Larsen. Caroline lives in Brooklyn by way of Toronto, Canada and she is doing some things with paint that you simply have to see.
When you first look at Caroline’s paintings, you think they are woven…perhaps embroidered. But, when you take a look up close something really cool reveals itself. The intricate and somewhat obsessive lines are made with acrylic paint and they are somehow “drawn” in tight lines as if they are squeezed from a tube. The end result is a buildup of paint in so many layers that it creates a rich and incredibly textured surface.
Caroline is going to join us this Sunday from 1-3PM and I urge you to stop in. We are blessed to have some of the greatest emerging artists in the world exhibit their work at One River AND spend time with us in person. You will be amazed by this artwork…I hope to see you this Sunday.
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 29th 1-3PM
Exhibition Dates: January 29 – March 5, 2017
December 5, 2016
We took 11 teen students.
Gave them a studio of their own.
Connected them with a mentor / teacher.
Asked them to make an original body of artwork…akin to a professional assignment.
We told them we would exhibit the work in multiple locations.
They did the work …and we are exhibiting it!
I couldn’t be more proud.
Art Effect by One River is coming to NYC this Saturday, December 10th, 4-8PM.
Bravin Lee Gallery in Chelsea is the setting for our this third and final leg of a three-city tour: Boston, Philadelphia and New York.
It will be a wonderful celebration of the amazing commitment our students made.
Please join us.
#MondayThoughts #ArtEffect #TransformingArtEducation
November 22, 2016
This past summer, One River did an exhibition with Shara Hughes and I am honored to announce that Shara was selected last week to participate in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. I am so proud of Shara and so grateful for the chance to share her work with our community.
Our commitment to presenting work from emerging artists is hard wired in our DNA. We share and teach what we think is “current, relevant and potentially important”. It is our hope that more people appreciate contemporary art and support living artists by collecting artwork.
Tomorrow we present our final opening of the year and I am so excited to share Yevgeniya Baras’work here at One River School. There is something unique and quite mystical about this artwork…it feels both contemporary and at the same time, it feels like it may have been found in a cave 1,000 years ago.
Yevgeniya is special…friend, curator, artist and teacher who represents exactly the voice that we are trying to share and promote. Our opening is from 6-8PM and I will participate in a Q&A with her at 7PM. Come check it out.
PS: I am personally going to teach a class on Art Collecting / Appreciation in the New Year… more details to follow soon.
#MondayThoughts @SharaHughes @YevgeniyaBaras
September 19, 2016
February 29, 2016
Siebren Versteeg is a one of a kind and this coming Saturday, March 5th, Siebren will share a site-specific installation that he has created for One River. The exhibition called “Video/Wallpaper” will feature a 28-ft. digital painting mural generated entirely by computer algorithms of his own design. This is the largest work Siebren has done to date and I couldn’t be more proud to present it to our community.
People ask me what art I am most attracted to. That often creates a long answer that winds into multiple different types of aesthetics. But, when they ask me what type of artists I like, I always begin with smart. Siebren sits at the top of the smart artist mountain.
January 11, 2016
Andrea Williams has been taking our adult art classes since we opened here in the Fall of 2012. Once a week that door opens and I greet Andrea and we both smile. She smiles because this a place that allows her to escape the world for two hours and challenge herself to create new and different artworks. I smile because she embodies our adult art student…someone seeking to tap into another part of their brain through art making. People talk about One River as a place for kids to learn art…guess what? We are all Kids!
This past weekend we had our student show and Andrea’s artwork was right there on our walls with kids of all ages…. some over 50 and some younger than 5. The wall tells all and you can see the story line across all ages, all media and all subject matter.
All kids and I’m a damn proud papa.
Image: Andrea Williams, 2015, Adult Art Shuffle
June 8, 2015
Our student show is this Friday night from 5-8PM and I want to tell you a little story.
In a world of distraction and constant noise, it is gratifying to watch our students come here and create with their heart and soul. This Friday, One River students of all ages share their work with the world at One River Gallery and I invite all of you to come by and see first hand the results of their labor and talent.
We do these shows twice a year and it serves so many purposes. On one hand it is our concert or recital for art students. On the other hand it is a social event where we get to embrace the pure joy of making something. It is also a great way to benchmark your growth when you see your work side by side with others. You also get to compare your current work with the objects you made a while ago. This is about growth in so many ways.
Speaking of growth, check out my very short video of the current student exhibition installed at Garden State. Our Teen Students crushed it…65 paintings that spoke to the emotion of overcoming breast cancer. I really don’t like to boast but I am blown away by the work our team and our students did…this is live at the mall near the AMC theater for two more weeks…please check it out if you are there.
Monday, June 8, 2015
May 4, 2015
OK, I’m about to get on my soapbox. We have the coolest new exhibition opening this Saturday. Amy Lincoln and JJ Manford are two accomplished, young artists going against the grain…they are doing still lifes and landscapes with a totally new, hip flavor.
If you follow contemporary art, today’s trend is all about abstraction. Many of New York’s top galleries are afraid to buck the trend and show more representational work. It may have something to do with the fact that it is harder to find new, unique ways to paint people or things and much easier to manipulate materials and process to create a unique outcome.
Join us this Saturday from 7-9PM for the exhibition and some food and drinks. We are excited to also have a live performance from the School of Rock and a special surprise for attendees. Amy and JJ will be in the house and it should be lots of fun.
Monday, May 4, 2015