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.


580 Forest Street, Orange NJ 07940

No Compass

November 6-23
No Compass
ORNG Ink 2014 Emerging Artist Showcase

With Work by:
Laura Campbell
Stephen Batiz
Khari Johnson-Ricks
Vladmir Jean
Krystle Lemonias
Michael Malbrough
Vaugn Spann
and more…

ORNG Ink is the youth-led and user-driven free creative space for middle school, high school, and college-age artists in the Valley Arts District. No Compass celebrates the dynamic and diverse works created by ORNG Ink’s Emerging Artists in response to their open and unfettered environment.

Thursday, November 6, 6-9pm
Opening Reception
Saturday, November 15, 3pm
Meet the Artists

The Valley’s nationally recognized, award-winning theatre company opens its new season October 9!



555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052


October 9 – November 9

Lines in the Dust

A world premiere by Nikkole Salter
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas


When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. It’s been exactly 60 years since Brown vs. The Board of Education. Lines In The Dust dramatically explores how far we’ve come and where we go from here.

Purchase tickets online at, by phone at 973-395-5551, or in person Tues-Fri 10am-3pm

Recent Event: An Evening with Danny Glover                                                                       

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540-B Freeman Street, Orange

Saturday, Nov 8, 7 – 11pm
House Rent Party
Join us for ARTSETC & Catfish Friday Annual Fundraising Event and enjoy an evening of food, music, dancing and more!
Tickets are $20/person in advance, or $25/person at the door.
Email or call 973-699-3269. RSVP today!

Saturday, Nov 8, 7pm
Catfish Fridays
Catfish Friday Women’s Art Collective provides support and builds community among women artists. Visual and literary artists meet to discuss their works-in-progress, exhibition opportunities and topics of concern to contemporary artists.

Nov 15 – Dec 20
Seasonal Art Show & Sale
On view will be a selection of fine art prints, paintings, photographs, posters, handmade scarfs, sweaters, bags, jewelry & more.

Sat, Nov 15, 12-5PM
Opening Reception
Activities and light refreshments.
Gallery hours are Saturdays from 12-5PM and by appointment.

Sat, Nov 15, 2 – 4pm
Knitting Circle
Monthly Knitting Circle at Yema, featuring crochet workshop with Cynthia Crenshaw. $5/person

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


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

Sat, Nov 1 & 15, 2 -5pm
Gallery Workshop:
Seasonal Gifts with Joan Cummings
Make quick and easy gifts for the holidays. On Sat, Nov 1, try your hand at easy painting, sewing, and wire forming techniques and on Sat, Nov 15, use paper folding techniques, quick and easy painting ideas, wire forming, and simple sewing stitches to create holiday greeting cards.

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

ValleyArts Welcomes our new Arts Partner


Enter for a chance to win for Tickets Jazz and Soul at NJPACThursday, Nov. 13


One winner will receive four tickets to this electrifying event featuring Fantasia, Philip Bailey, and Christian McBride. After the show James Austin of NJPAC’s Advisory Council’s Jazz Committee is curating a jam session featuring local musicians at NICO Kitchen + Bar. More info at

Click here to Enter

Slice of Orange Juried Photography Exhibition

Open October 24 through November 23


An arresting showcase of settings and subjects in the City of Orange and the Township of West Orange by photographers from the region.

The prominent jurors who selected the works to be placed in the “Slice of Orange” photography exhibition are Mansa Mussa of West Orange NJ and Daile Kaplan of Swan Galleries in New York City.

Artists featured in this exhibit:
Dawan Alford
Mel Gattis
George Kopp
Lavanna Martinez
Michael McKenna
John Mitrano
Amelia Panico
Irene Pomianowski
Steven Vannoy
Roy Yokelson

“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.”

Monday, Nov 10, 6pm
ValleyArts Artist Salon
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street, Orange

Featuring the opening of the latest ValleyArts Orbiting Gallery exhibition:
The Art of Rick Hauser

Rick Hauser

The Artist Salon is held on the Second Monday of
every month.

Free admission plus drink specials and half-price appetizers.

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

Starting October 6
3-5pm Monday-Friday
ORNG INK Free Youth Café & Open Studio Hours

Beginning October 6th 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.


555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052

New Moon

Monday, Nov 10, 7:30pm
The Blairsburg Family Picnic
by Ben Clawson

Frank, Bill and Peg are three octogenarians living in the same crumbling, rural American town they were born in, and lived all their lives. They’re still kicking, just not very high. The three must come to face the decaying state of their community and lives as it becomes apparent their town picnic is, like everything else, not quite what it used to be.
No reservation necessary. $5 suggested donation at the door.