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One River Art School Opening In Allendale

One River School of Art + Design is coming to Allendale. Classes start this January on Franklin Turnpike in the space previously occupied by Talk of the Town.
One River School of Art + Design is coming to Allendale. Classes start this January on Franklin Turnpike in the space previously occupied by Talk of the Town. Photo Credit: One River School Englewood Facebook
Matt Ross, founder of the innovative One River School of Art + Design, is on a mission to transform art education
in America, and “change people’s lives” in the process.
Matt Ross, founder of the innovative One River School of Art + Design, is on a mission to transform art education in America, and “change people’s lives” in the process. Photo Credit: Agnes Zabawa/One River School

ALLENDALE, N.J. -- A contemporary art school in Englewood is expanding to Allendale.

One River School of Art + Design will begin Allendale classes in January. The Allendale location will be under the direction of Agnes Zabawa.

The school has developed a new method for teaching art that is built on years of research and adapted for today’s times.

One River is looking to “Transform Art Education in America," said founder and CEO Matt Ross, who is previously founded of School of Rock.

Classes are open to students of all ages and offer an opportunity to engage in contemporary art and play an integral role in today’s artistic movement.

"Our world class teachers and artists challenge our kids, teens and adults to explore new ways in studio art making and digital art making – helping to develop the next generation of great artists," said Ross, who founded the flagship Englewood location in 2012.

Each school also presents exhibitions from emerging artists as part of its commitment to be the voice of contemporary art in its communities.

Ross brings a deep background in creative education and the national franchise business model to One River School. “We believe that Allendale will be a very successful second New Jersey location for us,” said Ross. “I love the challenge of inspiring people through compelling art education while making it fun at the same time. This is my calling, my mission and the purpose of One River.”

One River School also offers such one-of-a-kind opportunities as the pop-up Art Effect exhibit. Students from its Englewood location have exhibited their art in Philadelphia and Boston.

Teen students will exhibit in Manhattan on Saturday, Dec. 10 at BravinLee programs gallery Featured will be 25 pieces by 11 student artists.

A weekend full of special events and guests will mark the grand opening of One River School of Art + Design in Allendale, with more details to follow. The school is also recruiting local residents for its staff positions. The phone number is 201.266.5244.

Click here to schedule a pre-opening tour.

See its website for more information, call 201.466.1372 or email allendale@oneriverschool.com.

The Allendale location will be located at 319 Franklin Turnpike.

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