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Red Grooms Makes Me Smile

By Matt Ross

Last week I had a chance to visit the Marlborough Gallery in New York and it was such a refreshing moment.  The exhibition on display is a survey of work from the iconic 83-year-old Red Grooms and it was just what I needed to feel a moment of joy in…

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Say Hello to One River Clark!

By Matt Ross

This weekend we opened a brand-new location in Clark, NJ. We signed this lease 15 months ago and I’m so proud of our team and our ability to fight through all the challenges we faced to get these doors open today! What makes it even more special for me is…

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One Year

By Matt Ross

We are all sorting through reflections of the last year and it is such a profound moment that is woven in so many complex emotions.  As the Founder of One River, I have so much respect for the challenges that small business owners have had to face…exactly one year ago…

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Great Art Changes You

By Matt Ross

There is something about the human brain that I find fascinating.  As a lover of music, I have been profoundly moved throughout my life by the simple act of listening to a song. There is no question that there is a chemical experience that connects the ear to the brain…

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The Allure of Summer

By Matt Ross

When I was a kid, my family spent our summers in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. My days were spent at camp and the nights and weekends with friends and family. We weren’t rich and this wasn’t fancy, but it was so important to me that every year…

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The Journey of Black Artists in America

By Matt Ross

Over the last ten plus years, I have put in my 10,000 hours to better understand what drives artists to do what they do and how to create a school that teaches people to have fun and make compelling artwork. Along the way, I have also learned about the unique…

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Building a Painting

By Matt Ross

Some of my favorite contemporary paintings are in many ways more than just paintings. Quite often they are collages, or assemblages of materials of unrelated objects that help to make the finished artworks look more complex than the simple flat finish created by a typical painting. For example, Zach Harris…

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Eddie Martinez

By Matt Ross

Ten years ago, I threw my whole body into studying contemporary art. While I was trying to decode what made the art of that moment different, one of the first emerging artists that piqued my interest was Eddie Martinez. I remember going to a bunch of art fairs and thinking…

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Inspiration

By Matt Ross

“The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”.   Inspiration is such a powerful word.  You seemingly can’t have any great accomplishment, creative or not, without profound and clear inspiration and quite often, the most compelling concepts are learned directly from others. …

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2020 Sunset

By Matt Ross

I captured this photo last night as the sunset was creating a constantly changing, kaleidoscopic picture of the sky.  I was watching TV and when I saw what was happening out of the corner of my eye, I sprang off my couch and ran outside with no jacket as if…

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