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What Works in Times of Crises?

What works in times of crisis? The same things that work best when things are going well …. clarity on how you should spend your time. Let me share some thoughts I hope can help paint a clear picture on how to spend your time and catch yourself when you are off track. In 1991,…

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Art and Optimism

Last week I received a note from one of our older adult students that put everything that we are going through in perspective. Barry Fredericks wrote: “I started my painting career at your art school in Englewood. From your school I have progressed to three solo shows and individual works hung in several local galleries….

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Perspective

per·spec·tive /pərˈspektiv/ Noun a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view Last week, I met with my team at One River to help them sort through what was happening and hopefully add some calm and “perspective” for how to “view” this rapidly moving crisis. Today, I’m “the old guy” in…

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Special Offer for New American Paintings Publication

So many of my students and people in our community ask me about what they can do to become fluent in “the art of today”. My subscription to New American Paintings has been one of my most important and enjoyable tools. It helps to inform my taste, the art I purchase and the curriculum we…

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What a Weekend on Long Island!

We opened our 13th school this weekend in Port Jefferson Station, New York and it was an overwhelming success! Hundreds of people stopped in, participated in workshops, and helped us take the wrapper off this gorgeous new location. Teens, Adults and Kids of all ages created Manga, Digital Art, Collage, Paintings, Drawings, Print Projects and…

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Connecting Emerging Artists With Our Communities

When was the last time you visited a gallery that showed emerging artists’ work? Trick question! If you have been to any one of our schools recently you will have seen compelling artwork in our gallery spaces that embody the “art of today”. When I started One River, among the most important drivers for me…

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Coming Together Around the Super Bowl

There is nothing that can make up for the unbelievably sad week we just endured. Kobe. Coronavirus. Impeachment. Not sure how many things to add to this list but I am so aware that we all needed a reset for just a moment or two. Yesterday I had some friends over and personally needed a…

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Kobe’s X Factor

Some people behave and perform differently than the rest of us. Whether you are talking about sports or the arts, we often use the term “X Factor” to try and bottle up their differences into a simple term that is often hard to characterize in words…you just know it when you see it. Michael Jordan…

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Betty White and I Share Something

Betty White turned 98 last week!  Who doesn’t love her?  When asked about her keys to aging, Betty said: “I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside”.  Betty and I are genuine optimists…not head in the sand people, but people who tend to look…

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Digital Art and Design Revolution

I had an aha moment last week. While traveling to our schools to view our student exhibitions, I took time to pop into our classrooms to observe. Something really cool and organic is developing that I need to share. While I am convinced that we have built the most fun and compelling art program for…

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