Your First Exhibition

This past Saturday, I went to our Millburn, NJ school to be a part of their first student show. Late morning before the opening, I ran into an adorable little girl who was searching for her artwork among a sea of objects. I could tell she was sad and I was committed to helping her…

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Inside the Wasp’s Nest – The Work of Julia von Eichel

When a Vespula vulgaris—the common wasp—builds a nest, it usually selects an accessible, yet hidden, site. The female does the majority of the work in the assembling process. The Vespidae, which belong to the Hymenoptera order, constructs their nests with wooden materials. The queen begins the process by chewing wood or bark, breaking it down…

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One River Teens Take Over The Capital of Emerging Art!

Yesterday, I walked around the lower east side of New York visiting galleries and looked at some of the most compelling emerging art in the world. This dense and cool part of Manhattan is one of the most important proving grounds for contemporary artists worldwide. And, there we were! One River School Teen Students from…

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Artist Spotlight – EJ Hauser

Artist Spotlight – EJ Hauser: Drawing, Painting and Active Imagination It’s a well known studio adage that drawing is the lifeblood of painting. It’s the bit of advice that gets repeated in school, or you read about in an artist’s monograph, or you overhear that the most prolific artists draw everyday. It’s a habit that…

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Creativity and Aging

One of the things that I have been studying, which also happens to be a substantial part of the book I am writing, is “why do some people in middle age thrive while others decline”? There are countless theories and a lot of obvious elements that make up the general health and well-being snapshot for…

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Ask me a Question / Part II

I opened up my social networks to see what questions I would get from artists about painting, curating, teaching, and much more. Check out the questions and answers below! By, Dana B There’s a lot of mystery about how to approach galleries, how to get your work shown. I’d love to know how artists actually…

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On the Works of Chris Arabadjis

The Butterfly Effect was named in the 1960’s by Edward Lorenz. He used to describe how a very simple system could yield immensely greater effects in varyingly unpredictable ways. Lorenz described the details of a tornado: its form, its velocity, path, etc., as being influenced by exceedingly minor disturbances in the weather. As the story…

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John Descarfino- Pressing the Space of the Middle

“Spiritually I am wherever my spirit allows me to be, and that is not necessarily in the future.” – Willem de Kooning In Arnold van Gennep’s book Les rites de passage (The Rites of Passage, 1909) he writes about the three phases and the journey that was observed in cultures, from an anthropologist perspective. He…

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Tyree Guyton

For 30 years, Tyree Guyton has shared his Heidelberg Project and tried to shed some light on the urban blight of Detroit and the role art can play in creating hope. Now the artworld is sharing back. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit has celebrated Tyree with an exhibition this fall that runs till January 9th and this past…

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Painting on Paper as a Form of Drawing

What are the benefits of working on paper? Can painting on paper be a kind of drawing? Working on paper has a certain liberation to it, one does not have to be precious with it. Working on paper allows me to work through a process. The thought process reveals itself differently. Because of the casualness…

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