THERE IS A RADIANCE to Jess Yurwitz. A comfort and a positivity that, when you have been warmed by it, stays with you.
She is an artist and a teacher with over 30 years of experience in alternative schools. But when we met five years ago, and began walking our dogs together, she had just left her position as a high school principal and was looking for something new. She wanted to create a space where adults could come together, open up, and push past the things that hold them back; the things that hold us all back. A place to create, try, laugh, and just be. (And, of course, share her warmth and everlasting radiance.) She did. In 2019 Slow River Studios adult art school opened in a lovely studio space on Eastern Avenue in Essex, just across the way from Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation where Sharon Pacione worked — and saw a possibility.