Who is your favorite artist today?

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…

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Leeza Meksin – Artist Feature

Hoist Store Shed, Leeza Meksin’s most recent exhibit at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) has now concluded but it has left a mark with me and I’m certain with many others. Leeza’s work which spans painting and site specific installations continues to evolve and expand with each new project. I have been admiring her work…

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ONE RIVER IS COMING TO LONG ISLAND

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…

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Moments and Places That Could Have Been, But Indeed Are – Andrew Fish

What does it mean to take a walk with someone? Is it a time when crucial work takes place, a moment when ideas are shared and discoveries are realized? Maybe it is just a venue for banter and for interpersonal steam to be released. An accompanied walk is also the moment of transition from one…

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Nice People Make a Real Difference

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…

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Kerry Law – Artist Feature

Kerry Law – Stacking paint and mortality There is an endearing seriality about Kerry Law’s painting practice. He is committed to his subjects and often works in isolated bodies of work until he has pushed the idea and subject as far as he can or can stand to. He must care about the subjects to paint…

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Your First Exhibition

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…

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Inside the Wasp’s Nest – The Work of Julia von Eichel

When a Vespula vulgaris—the common wasp—builds a nest, it usually selects an accessible, yet hidden, site. The female does the majority of the work in the assembling process. The Vespidae, which belong to the Hymenoptera order, constructs their nests with wooden materials. The queen begins the process by chewing wood or bark, breaking it down…

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One River Teens Take Over The Capital of Emerging Art!

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…

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Artist Spotlight – EJ Hauser

Artist Spotlight – EJ Hauser: Drawing, Painting and Active Imagination It’s a well known studio adage that drawing is the lifeblood of painting. It’s the bit of advice that gets repeated in school, or you read about in an artist’s monograph, or you overhear that the most prolific artists draw everyday. It’s a habit that…

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