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Ric and Roll

By Matt Ross / September 16, 2019

Special things are undeniable. Whether it is visual art or music, the best work jumps out at you and sticks with you. That’s how I felt about The Cars when I heard their music for the first time. So sad to hear of Ric Ocasek’s passing and I want to share some Monday Thoughts about…

Learning Life From Artists

By Matt Ross / September 9, 2019

When I set out to learn all I could about contemporary art, I decided that I needed to get to know as many working artists as possible and study not just the work that they made, but also take a closer look into how they approached their lives. I was interested in developing connoisseurship for…

Letting Go

By Matt Ross / August 26, 2019

As we move from summer into fall, there are so many things that we all are dealing with today. The world is complicated and noisy…quite often when I talk with people these days, they are overwhelmed and fearful. My natural orientation is to guide people to look through another lens and focus on what they…

My Eyes Are Fixed on Creative Expression

By Matt Ross / August 12, 2019

I often walk through our schools and get stopped in my tracks by an artwork on the wall or in a studio that demonstrates profound skill and creative expression. Last week it happened during my visit to Millburn, NJ. The image that you see above is from our Teen Manga class and this artwork is…

Looking at Art

By Matt Ross / July 29, 2019

In a world where our senses are bombarded and overwhelmed to the point of submission, I have found that looking at art provides a profound meditative experience that more people need to experience. But, in a world of intense noise, on demand video, sound and social engagement, a painting has a hard time competing with…

Invest In What You Love

By Matt Ross / June 24, 2019

Last week there was a story that said the best collectible category for return on investment was what? Rare Whisky! Wow, who would have thought that? Over the last few years we have seen a tremendous boost in Baby Boomers / Gen X’s buying wine, watches, cars and many other things. Years ago, people used…

Digital Art and Design

By Matt Ross / June 17, 2019

I saw this digital artwork in one of our schools last week and it just inspired me.  My curiosity for art and design education led me to open One River seven years ago and I am convinced that there has never been in a time in our history where creative thinking has translated into a…

The Best Art Investment You Can Make

By Matt Ross / June 10, 2019

Buy a Basquiat painting?  How about opening a One River School Franchise! I started One River because I felt that there was a massive need to provide great art & design experiences for people of all ages in communities across America.  Today, I am deeply interested in finding passionate franchise partners to help me bring…

Summertime in Connecticut!

By Matt Ross / June 3, 2019

The month of June brings us the end of a school year, graduations, proms, and the shift of seasons from Spring to Summer. It also brings us our first One River School location in Connecticut! Located at 833 Post Road East in Westport, our twelfth location is a summer celebration for the One River family…

After Graduation: Lifelong Creative Learning

By Matt Ross / May 20, 2019

Every time I logged into Facebook this weekend, I saw countless friends and acquaintances celebrating college graduations with their children. It is a special time and a moment to honor these kids who have grown into adulthood and this rite of passage finally puts the books behind them and brings “real life” challenges to the…

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