Monday Thoughts: The Puzzle of Autism is a Personal One

April is National Autism Awareness Month and we are trying to shed some light on the mission of supporting those with Autism in America. Despite all of the efforts that have been made over the last ten years, Autism remains a great mystery with no clarity around the cause and no method to prevent it.…

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Monday Thoughts: The NEA…Culture Matters

I don’t want to be political here…I simply want to talk about the NEA because they provide support to something that is at the center of my heart and soul. Arts and Culture. We are living in a moment of time where there is so much noise.   It is really hard to make an argument for…

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Monday Thoughts: Bad Weather…Make Art!

Why do we freak out about the weather? Sometime ago, people would set out by land or sea and get utterly crushed by the unpredictable force of nature. Today, we track weather models a good 15 days in advance with amazing certainty. So, what is it about us and our brain that can’t handle an…

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Monday Thoughts: Johannes VenDerBeek

Johannes VanDerbeek is one of the most compelling young artists in the world and I want to tell you a little more about him. But, before I do, I also want to tell you right at the top of this note that his new exhibition opens this Thursday at Marinaro NYC and you need to…

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Caroline Larsen Exhibition

Next Sunday we open a new exhibition at One River School Englewood with artwork from Caroline Larsen. Caroline lives in Brooklyn by way of Toronto, Canada and she is doing some things with paint that you simply have to see. When you first look at Caroline’s paintings, you think they are woven…perhaps embroidered. But, when…

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One River…University???

No we are not starting a college. But, last Friday I visited Michael Rees and The Center for New Art at William Patterson University and I was so happy to see the innovative approaches to teaching art at the college level that exist right here in our backyard. Michael Rees is the Associate Professor and…

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Monday Thoughts: Digital Art Rocks!

When we started One River School four years ago I was trying to figure out how to create a cool place in suburbia that made learning digital art fun. DONE…we have taught thousands of students and I believe we are becoming the first choice for innovative art classes in Bergen County. I also wanted to…

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Monday Thoughts: Art Effect Comes to New York!

We took 11 teen students. Gave them a studio of their own. Connected them with a mentor / teacher. Asked them to make an original body of artwork…akin to a professional assignment. We told them we would exhibit the work in multiple locations. They did the work …and we are exhibiting it! I couldn’t be…

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Monday Thoughts: On the Pulse

This past summer, One River did an exhibition with Shara Hughes and I am honored to announce that Shara was selected last week to participate in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. I am so proud of Shara and so grateful for the chance to share her work with our community. Our commitment to presenting work from…

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Monday Thoughts: Vote For Humanity

So many things have been said about the election that I will try to avoid the obvious here. For whatever it means, I am not in the game of governing and I respect people who try to make a difference. I may not always agree with them, but I can’t imagine how hard it must…

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