The Queen of Abstraction: Hilma af Klint

By Matt Ross / March 18, 2019

For the last few months, every artist that I follow on Instagram posted photos of their experience viewing the Hilma af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum and last week was my chance to see what it was all about. I was stunned…I knew nothing about her and the show was breathtaking. This is the…

Teaching Through the Lens of Living Artists

By Matt Ross / March 11, 2019

A few weeks ago, I sat for an interview with Steve Adubato. Steve has a program titled Caucus on NJ TV and it airs throughout the state of New Jersey on PBS stations. I had a chance to talk a little bit about why we do what we do and thought that he asked me…

Channel Your Ideas

By Matt Ross / March 4, 2019

The other day I was talking to a friend who was telling me about a new business concept that he had and I was astounded with the creativity that went into conceptualizing it.  Once we got past the “why”, we got deeper into the discussion about “how”.  How would he take the product to market…

Perspective

By Matt Ross / February 18, 2019

What do you see when you look at the picture above? The obvious answer is a group of interesting teenagers, perhaps a range of ages 13-18, assembled in front of some cool artwork with some interesting looking adults who may be artists and educators. That is one perspective. The other perspective gets at the root…

Who is your favorite artist today?

By Matt Ross / February 11, 2019

When someone asks you this question, they generally don’t add the “today” and the answers that follow almost always include the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and others. Once in awhile Warhol will slide in there. Truth be told, for most people it is a very hard question to answer because they simply…

ONE RIVER IS COMING TO LONG ISLAND

By Matt Ross / January 28, 2019

This March we open our 10th location in Woodbury, NY, our first location on Long Island in the heart of northern Nassau County.  Sometime this spring we will open a second location in Suffolk County as well, in the quaint town of Port Jefferson.  I am so excited to bring our concept to Long Island since I…

Nice People Make a Real Difference

By Matt Ross / January 21, 2019

A few weeks ago, I was working behind the counter at our school in Englewood, NJ, when one of our regular members came in. After chatting for a while, I asked her “how are things going here for you and your kids”? She said “they were in love with One River” and then she hit…

Your First Exhibition

By Matt Ross / January 14, 2019

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…

One River Teens Take Over The Capital of Emerging Art!

By Matt Ross / January 7, 2019

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…

Creativity and Aging

By Matt Ross / December 17, 2018

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…