One River School student Dillon Corsair with his “Untitled (Snail)” at the Boston exhibit
PHILADELPHIA -- The Savery Gallery in Philadelphia will be introducing the Delaware Valley to a transformative new direction in art education as host of the free, pop-up Art Effect exhibit for one day only this Saturday, November 5 from 5 pm to 8 p.m.
Art Effect features more than two dozen works by 11 teen students at the innovative One River School of Art + Design in Englewood, New Jersey, some of whom will be on hand for the exhibit. The school is the first in a new, national network of franchised art schools to launch with the mission to “develop the next generation of Basquiats and Warhols,” as recently noted by the New York Times.
Tory Savery, director of Savery Gallery, said, “I was so fortunate to have access to high-caliber education in the arts from a very young age. It was transformative for me then, and those courses at a young age also absolutely helped shape my career path. One River School offers the same outstanding opportunities I had to suburban youth who might otherwise go without. Savery Gallery’s mission is to exhibit artists making serious and innovative work across all disciplines, and we are always looking for new voices and new ideas. And with One River School bringing new artists into our community, it is a perfect collaboration.”
Since 2012, One River School’s innovative art programs and exhibits have introduced kids and adults to exceptional, creative learning experiences. “Our interactive process focuses on current concepts, and celebrates the most important artists and themes of the last 50 years,” said Founder and CEO Matt Ross. “Simply, our proprietary method delivers an experience that changes people’s lives.”
Ross, the former founding CEO of School of Rock, will open another One River School in Allendale, NJ, and will soon announce a number of franchise agreements across America, including the Philadelphia area.
For Art Effect, the 11 featured teen students were selected from 300, based on quality of work and level of commitment to personal growth. The reward for their commitment was for their work to be exhibited in three major U.S. cities: Boston (Oct. 8), Philadelphia (Nov. 5) and New York City (Dec. 10-11).
“We wanted to test the ‘effect’ we could have on motivated young artists by creating an audacious goal, and challenging them to make the best artwork of their lives,” explained Ross. “As an educator, I’ve seen that we have helped them cultivate new ideas and techniques that will serve them for their lifetime, and they have produced some very impressive new artwork as a result.”
During the Art Effect exhibit on Nov. 5, Ross will provide curator presentations and discuss the One River School concept, while its young artists will talk about their work and immersive experiences at the school.
Exhibit hours for Art Effect will be from 5 pm to 8 pm this Saturday, November 5 at Savery Gallery, 319 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, phone (267) 687-7769. For additional information, visit One River School at www.OneRiverSchool.com, or call its national headquarters at (201) 266-5244.