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Saturdays, January 24 to May 30

Fun-filled Programs Organized by Age in Music, Dance & Visual Arts

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity for your child, grandchild, nephew, niece, or friend to experience and enjoy the arts in a superb setting taught by known experts in the field!

Only $45 for all 14 Sessions! Children in grades 1 and up. No prior experience necessary. All students participate in all three subjects each Saturday.

Private music lessons are also available at additional charge.

Online Registration Now Open

In-Person registration onsite begins at 8:30am Saturday, January 24.

This program IS NOT restricted to Orange students only. Children from nearby towns are also welcome and encouraged to attend.


Through January 18
A Misunderstanding
Un Malentendido
Artwork by 11 Multigenerational Cuban Artist
ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery 
580 Forest Street, Orange NJ
Conciliation by Dania Fleites

Conciliation by Dania Fleites

This powerful exhibition by some of Cuba’s most accomplished artists urges the viewer to explore personal assumptions and perceptions. It is united by one concept: to consider ideas that have previously been excluded.  This is a joint program of ValleyArts and LatinArt Space.
Artist Raul Villarreal discusses the exhibition with WBGO reporter Alex Hill.

Artist Raul Villarreal discusses the exhibition with WBGO reporter Alex Hill.  Listen to Alex’s report.

Artists featured in this exhibition:

Choco (Eduardo Roca), Angel Ramirez, Ibrahim Miranda, Janette Brossard, Norberto Marrero, Aliosky Garcia, Dania Fleites, Osmeivy Ortega, Liudmila Lopez, Luis Miguel Valdes, and invited artist, Raul Villarreal

Gallery Hours:

Thursdays 5-7:30pm; Saturdays 10am to 4pm; and Sundays1pm to 4pm.



January 29 – March 8
Selections from the Estate of

Hughie Lee-Smith



Untitled, 1970-90s, Graphite by Hughie Lee-Smith


This exciting exhibition features striking works on paper selected from the estate of the great painter & printmaker, Hughie Lee-Smith (1915 – 1999). These watercolors, drawings and prints, many to be exhibited in public for the first time, display Hughie Lee-Smith’s great talent as a graphic artist for over sixty years.

See Selections from the Estate of Hughie Lee-Smith

Thurs, Jan 29, 6-9pm
Opening Reception

Sat, Feb 7, 3pm
Gallery Talk


January 29 – March 8
The Figurative Impulse
Concurrent with the Hughie-Lee Smith Exhibition

Art Blakey by Ronald Freeman

Art Blakey by Ronald Freeman

The Figurative Impulse brings together the work of ten contemporary artists who use aspects of the human figure as their primary subject. These artists work in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, illustration, sculpture, drawing and performance.

Kevin Darmanie, Ronald Freeman, Jerry Gant,
Adam Gustavson, Krystle Lemonias, Jennifer Mack-Watkins, Mike Malborough, Nyugen Smith, Toni Thomas,
and Adrienne Wheeler

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 29, 6-9pm

Gallery Talk
Saturday, February 14, 3pm

ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery Hours:
Thursdays 5-7:30pm; Saturdays 10am to 4pm;
and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.



We are excited to announce that ValleyArts is featured in this year’s online Jersey Give Back Guide, an online giving portal designed to take the guesswork out of making year-end donations to New Jersey nonprofits.

Using the Jersey Give Back Guide’s devilishly easy-to-use Generosity Generator, individuals can choose from four categories — Community, Arts, Environment and Newark — to learn about this year’s 22 recommended nonprofits, find one or more that match their passions, and quickly and easily support them. All donations go directly to the organizations.


Sunday, Jan 11
The Valley Gala
Join us for a night of fashion, food, drinks and 90′s music at City Kitchen. $20 admission. Food served by Quiet Fire Catering and chef Jeff Dorch. A special live performance by singer, actor Andre Davis, followed by DJ K Spin playing a special 90′s set. Dress code, formal & stylish. Please RSVP

Recent Event: An Evening with Danny Glover                                                                       

Danny Glover for newsletter

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>> See photos from the event


540-B Freeman Street, Orange

Saturday, Jan 10, 2 – 4pm
Knitting Circle
Monthly Knitting Circle at Yema, featuring crochet workshop with Cynthia Crenshaw. $5/person. Crocheters welcome.

For more information call or email at 973-699-3269
or visit



Through Jan 15
Small Works, Big Gifts
Opening of Holiday Showcase. Small works show emphasizing affordable gifts of art.

Saturdays, 10am – 12pm
Photography Class
Join photographer Barry Gray (owner of Location Photography in East Orange) to start mastering digital photography. If you don’t have a camera, don’t worry; we have 5 to share. The fee is $20 per session. Drop-in, or come every week!

Call 973-675-2787 for more info.


Opening Early 2015


At the new Kelli Copeland Artists Lofts
400 South Jefferson Street, Orange, NJ 07050

Watch this space for more details about this new cooperative arts facility with shared artist studios for jewelry and printmaking, an artist service center to support back-office needs, and a programmable gathering space for workshops, meetings, and events.Memberships, Classes, & Workshops On Sale Soon.
Pre-opening Co-op Tour & Reception
Thursday, December 11, 5-7:30pm



Whether you are an artist, audience member, collector, or someone who wants to make a difference in their community, ValleyArts offers a variety of annual membership levels, starting at just $40; and for your your convenience, sustaining membership options, starting at just $10 per month. All members receive a host of benefits to enjoy!


Slice of Orange Juried Photography Exhibition


“The new Slice of Orange juried photography exhibition continues our initiative to serve local artists, and will also enable the public to experience compelling, beautiful, and thought provoking images of our community through the eyes of gifted photographers,” said Richard T. Bryant, executive director of ValleyArts. “This exhibition will also help further spread the word about the burgeoning arts community in Orange and West Orange, sparking even more interactivity and interconnection with artists throughout New Jersey and the greater metropolitan area.”

Best in Show:


St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church by Steven Vannoy

Monday, Jan 12, 6pm
ValleyArts Artist Salon
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street, Orange

Come have a drink. Bring your artists friends and meet your artist colleagues from the Valley Arts District and around the region.

The Artist Salon is held on the second Monday of every month.
Free admission plus drink specials.

Luna Stage

555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ

New Moon

Monday, Jan 12, 7:30pm
by Desi Moreno-Penson

BeigeA Nuyorican journalist searches for her own identity while caught between the reality of her Anglo fiancée and the ideals of the Puerto Rican Nationalist, Lolita Lebron. A surreal tale of race, Puerto Rican politics, and love.

There will be a talkback with the playwright following the reading.

No reservation necessary. $5 suggested donation at the door.

Luna Stage

555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ

Jan 29 – Feb 22
A Perfect Ganesh
by Terrence McNally



A quest for meaning in their lives leads two outwardly unremarkable middle-aged women on a rousing tour of India, each one having her own secret dreams of what the fabled land of intoxicating opposites will do for the suffering she hides within.

Faced with the women’s despair, who but the golden elephant god could intervene? Fluid in his power to assume any guise, at peace with all things, Ganesha is the spiritual center around which the play spins itself, drawing upon the tragic and the comic, the beautiful and the deplorable, until a breathtaking release arrives for both women at his hands.

Tickets online at, by phone (973) 395-5551 or in person Tues-Fri 10am-3pm

Luna Stage

555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ

Beginning January 10, 2015
Children’s Winter Theatre Classes at Luna

Sat. Jan 10 – Mar 7 (no class on Feb 14)
Little Luna: For children Ages 4-7, 10-11am
8 Weeks $72

DramaCreative Drama: For children Ages 8-10, 11-12pm
8 Weeks $72

Song and Dance: For children Ages 4-7, 11-12pm
8 Weeks $80

Musical Theatre: For children Ages 8-10, 10-11am
8 Weeks $80

Sat., Jan 10- June 13 
(no class Feb 14, April 4 and May 23)
Performance Intensive: A brand new performing opportunity for ages 11-13, 12-1pm
20 weeks $240

For those young actors ready to apply all the lessons they have learned in class into a performance!
Prerequisite: At least one session of Creative Drama or permission from the instructor.

Final performance June 13th at 1pm

Valley Arts District in the News


Jill Horner, host of Comcast Newsmakers, speaks with Richard Bryant, executive director of ValleyArts.

406 Tompkins Street, Orange, NJ

ORNG INK Free Youth Café & Open Studio Hours:

3-5pm Monday-Friday

Local youth ages 12-18 are invited to explore visual art and music and enjoy a snack during our open studio hours from 3-5pm, Monday-Friday.