Our Mission

It’s not so easy starting and building an art school.  Take a look around…how many really cool, super successful art schools exist in the community?  How many don’t rely on grants and external funding…virtually none.I don’t ask this question to toot our horn or to offer some “woe is me” story, I bring it up…

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Homeland

Homeland (don’t worry—I don’t reveal what happened!) I watched the finale of Homeland on Showtime last night and was proud that I actually watched the season finale when it aired.  Remember when watching TV was a real appointment and the best you could do was tape it on your VCR?  Not that long ago–wow how the…

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Thanksgiving Hunger Games

When I was growing up, I used to play this game on Thanksgiving that was my form of the hunger games.  I would eat as little as possible (or virtually nothing) until the Thanksgiving meal was served… then the game was on.  And, like most rigorous games, there were consequences to how I called my…

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JFK

I was a baby when JFK died — only 1 year old — but growing up as a small child in the 60s, the impact of his death was never lost on me. Yesterday, I watched CBS Sunday Morning’s tribute to JFK and it recalled a time when the world operated in black and white, literally and…

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Zappa There & Here

Last week I celebrated Halloween by doing something that used to be an annual routine for me.  I attended a concert in NYC titled: Zappa Plays Zappa.  For those of you who know me well, I am a Frank Zappa freak and I saw him play live 30 times.  To me, Zappa’s music is the highest form…

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Food = Art

Isn’t it crazy that we have so many people who are obsessed with their weight and at the same time obsessed with watching TV shows about food?  That’s torture.  Ya know what I am obsessed with?  Neither.  My obsession is eating!  Yes, I am a glutton and I simply can’t help it.  Anybody having dessert?  …

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John O’Connor

One of the coolest things about the art galleries in our area is that they present exhibitions that rival museum shows from around the world.  While there are many gallery shows worth seeing right now, I want to share one of particular importance to me:  JOHN O’CONNOR:
 The Machine and the Ghost at Pierogi Gallery in Williamsburg…

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Meet Gabby

Doing what I do at One River, I come across many amazing students who exemplify the essence of One River School.  This week I would like to showcase Gabby, a very talented and inspirational student in our Teen Art Program. Last August, Gabby and her father Eduardo (whom we have grown to love as well)…

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Mollie And Agnes

I write every Monday about different topics that I think will provide some food for thought.  This week I want to brag.  My two Assistant Director’s, Mollie and Agnes, have helped me make One River a huge success in our first year and I thought I would devote today’s note to sharing my appreciation for the work…

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Blue Laws Stink

Call me crazy, but do the Blue Laws here drive you nuts?  Why can’t I buy something on Sunday?  Since most businesses in Englewood can’t transact, our town is dead on Sunday. Not this Sunday!  Live music all day from School of Rock and our coolest exhibition opening so far will take place this Sunday, September 15th from 11AM to 5PM.…

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