June 12, 2017
It is that simple. Whenever I slow down a bit and reconnect with the outdoors, I am reminded of two things. How much better I feel and how much my brain responds to the visual stimuli of the outdoor.
Given the technology available to us today, it is so easy to create highly credible photography of the environment. Ansel Adams may be rolling in his grave, but the current capabilities of the iPhone and iPhoto have given people so much potential to capture the beauty of the world in front of them.
The picture above is an Ansel Adams photo. Click here to see some simple shots I took last week in Aspen. If you want to get in on this, email me some landscape / outdoors photos that you are proud of and I will share them.
And, you don’t need to go to Colorado to connect with nature so get outside and enjoy the pure art that is all around us.
Ansel Adams, 1942
The Tetons and the Snake River
August 10, 2015
During summer camps at One River, I have a chance to meet new students who are here for the first time and I often walk away completely inspired by them. Sometimes it is their energy, sometimes it is the artwork, sometimes it is their intellect and sometimes it is all of the above.
I walked into one of our studios on Tuesday to catch Liana Shtern working overtime on her project. She was in the process of creating a cool diptych and we started to chat about the project, her approach, her commitment to doing something cool and the fun she was having.
I have such a sense of pride when I see someone so excited with so much potential at such a young age. I often talk about the “joy of doing” and the “joy of sharing.” This is what One River is about. We are thrilled to have people making cool work here at One River and I am certain this is just the beginning of Liana doing great things. Our team has great pride in our ability to help her and so many other cool creative teens in our community.
August 11, 2014
Last night I was driving home and was fascinated by the full moon, aka Super Moon. Did you see it? It was outta control…larger, clearer and brighter than I have ever seen it in NJ. Apparently this was a phenomenon that everyone saw over the last week and Huffington Post (scroll down to see slideshow) did a great job documenting shots from around the world that were breathtaking.What is it about the full moon that engages us so? According to Wikipedia, “Full moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity (hence the terms lunacy and lunatic) and various ‘magical phenomena.”For thousands of years, artists have also documented the sky, the stars and the moon in particular. Van Gogh’s Starry Night may be the most famous painting of all time but today we pay homage to the moon over the stars. Vincent van Gogh painted dozens of Wheat Fields borne out of his religious studies and sermons, and Landscape with Wheat Sheaves and Rising Moon (above) shows the drama the moon creates. Check it out and get outside tonight to see the real thing.Monday, August 11, 2014
April 28, 2014
July 10, 2013
We Have Friends Worldwide
One of the great things about our business is we really get to know our customers. During the recurring process of helping people learn to create things, we tap into what makes them tick and we get to spend time with them that helps to build real relationships. This summer on the other hand, we have also enjoyed a slightly different experience.
Ana Salitan just spent time visiting from England and our whole team fell in love with her. In no time she jumped right into our Street Art Painting class and wowed us by creating the fun and inspirational work above. Her collage from her Mixed Media on Canvas class blew us away. Then there’s Liya and Yuli Groberman, two adorable young girls visiting from Israel who are attending camp here with Chen Ariely from Tenafly. Our Spirit Masks and Mural Paintings class made them feel comfortable right away and any concerns about not speaking English quickly evaporated in the universal ideas of creating art in an interactive setting.
I am wowed by how quickly we were able to assimilate new guests in our summer camps. It helps when the people you are working with are open and interested in the possibilities we help to create. One River has just built new friends many oceans away.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
July 29, 2012
One River rocked the Englewood Sidewalk Sale with street artist Eric Inkala created an amazing mural and Nik Rael laying down some acoustic music. What a day…new students enrolling in the program and a new vibe beginning to take shape in Englewood, NJ
Sunday, July 29, 2012
June 4, 2012
Sometime in the future, we will look at the changes that occurred in Brooklyn around the turn of the 21st that continue through today as a watershed moment in art history. Bushwick Open Studios was the past weekend and hundreds if not thousands of artists opened their spaces and their streets to people from all over. The result…one of the coolest, hippest, real events we have seen. And, a ray of light on the NY and American art scene.
Check out the photos of some of the best street art that was part of the event at our Facebook page at OneRiverSchool
Monday, June 4, 2012