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

14 Sessions
January 24 to May 30, 2015
9am – 12pm

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!

Children grade levels 1 and up. No prior experience necessary. All students participate in all three subjects each Saturday.

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

Private music lessons and songwriting lessons are also available at additional charge.

Click here to learn more.


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.


A Misunderstanding
Un Malentendido
Artwork by 11 Multigenerational Cuban Artists
December 5 – January 18
ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery
580 Forest Street, Orange NJ

Friday, December 5, 6-9pm
Opening Reception

Saturday, December 6, 3pm
Gallery Talk
With Astrid Martinez-Jones and Raul Villarreal

 Dumbo and the Candies, A Misunderstanding by Ibrahim Miranda

Dumbo and the Candies, A Misunderstanding by Ibrahim Miranda

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.

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

Invited Artist:
Raul Villarreal


ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery
580 Forest Street, Orange NJ 07050
Gallery Hours: Thursdays 5pm to 7:30pm; Saturdays 10am to 4pm; and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.
(Closed Christmas & New Years Day)

Luna Stage

555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ

December 4 – December 21

Tilt the Unlit Candle

A world premiere by Ben Clawson
author of The High Water Mark

Directed by Artem Yatsunov
A Co-Production with StrangeDog Theatre


It’s time for the annual Christmas Eve service in a small town at an even smaller church. Last year didn’t go well, and this year isn’t shaping up much better. The congregation is too old, the pastor is too young, and the choir is badly out of tune. Plus, there’s a drunk who refuses to get off the church steps. Join these wacky revelers as they attempt to celebrate the holiday season and figure out just what the heck it is that they all seem to be searching for.

Tickets online at; or call 973-395-5551, or in person Tues-Fri 10am-3pm.


Friday, Dec 12
Don’t Drop the Mic presented by Soundbox Banditz 
A hip hop showcase featuring SYKEZ, Capital Ode, Mouse Sucks, Juice, Oz, AIM Squad and more. FREE
Held at Ironworks Gallery (ORNG Ink) 
406 Tompkins Street Orange, NJ 07050

December is…
Leading up to the dopeness that is sure to be Don’t Drop the Mic, we want to feature the up & coming hip hop artists on the site. You can submit your mixtape, album, single, music video, and/or get profiled.

Top OMG Moments of 2014!
Submit your most memorable moments from the year in the Valley Arts District, such as memorable experiences, exhibits, events, musical performances, meals at Hat City Kitchen, etc. Visit here to submit MASCONSUMPTION.COM/2014

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, Dec 6, 2 – 4pm
Stamp Printing Workshop
Learn how to make a small journal and handmade greeting cards using stamp printing, Donation:$5 – 10

Saturday, Dec 13, 2 – 4pm
Knitting Circle
Monthly Knitting Circle at Yema, featuring crochet workshop with Cynthia Crenshaw. $5/person. Crocheters welcome.

Sat, Nov 13, 6 – 8pm
Artist Talk on Brick City Project with Malik Whitaker
View this exhibition on display at Yema Gallery this month. Artist Talk with Malik Whitaker from 6 – 8PM, Catfish Friday meeting and Holiday party to follow.

Friday, Dec 19, 6:30 – 9pm
Portrait Painting with Gladys Grauer
Bring own painting supplies. Some supplies will be available.
$20/person. For more information call: 973-699-3269.

Through Dec 20
Seasonal Art Show & Sale
Support local artists by purchasing original works of art: fine art prints, paintings, photographs, posters, handmade scarfs, sweaters, bags, jewelry & more.

Gallery hours are Saturdays from 12-5PM and by appointment.

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


Sat, Dec 6, 2 -5pm
Jewelry Workshop with Jeweler Joan Cummings
Learn easy techniques to create fun jewelry using wire and beads. Makes great gifts!

Through Dec 15
Small Works, Big Gifts
Opening of Holiday Showcase. Small works show emphasizing affordable gifts of art running through January 15th. In addition to our regular hours, we will be open until 8pm on Thursdays December 4th, 11th, and 18th.

Saturday, Dec 20th, 4-6pm
Artists’ Holiday Party
Arts Unbound Gallery, 544 Freeman St, Orange, NJ 07050
sponsored by Arts Unbound and the ValleyArts Artists Salon. Bring a small wrapped handmade gift or artwork to exchange.

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


Double Your Impact! 

Your generous gift of any amount – from $5 up to $5,000 – to ValleyArts, from now until December 31, 2014, will be DOUBLED!

 Please Give Now

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, December 8
ValleyArts Artist Salon
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street, Orange

Come celebrate with us with free appetizers and lots of art talk with your community of artists.


The Artist Salon is held on the Second Monday of
every month.  Free admission plus drink specials and half-price appetizers.

Luna Stage

555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ

New Moon

Monday, Dec 8, 7:30pm
Just Hit Me
by Brian O’Neill

Brian O'Neill

A romantic comedy with a contemporary twist! A transgender woman ignites a domestic crisis when she turns up at the doorsteps of the family of her beloved, an elderly gambler who has slipped into an irreversible coma. Then she learns that her lover’s son has lost his father’s burial plot in a card game, the clan is forced to come together to rectify the transgression and restore the rights of the old man’s unconventional companion.

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

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540-B Freeman Steet, Orange

Saturdays: Dec 6, 13,20, 12 – 5pm
Mon, Fri, Sun by appointment
Contemporary Art Sale and
Open Studio

Contemporary Art Sale

Give the gift of art. It doesn’t lose its value. Original mixed media prints & edition works on paper – Limited edition b/w & color photographs – Hand crafted artist books. 917-340-1446


Sunday, December 14, 7pm
Music in the Moonlight:
Jazz Series Presented by LunaStage

Pianist Tomoko Ohno
Accompanied by Steve LaSpina
Conversations with Bill Evans

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Tokyo born Tomoko Ohno began piano studies at the age of 4. After graduating from Rikkyo University in Law and Politics, she moved to the U.Ss and entered the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University, where she studied with Harold Mabern and Rufus Reid. During this time she performed with such artists as Jerome Richardson, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, and Joe Henderson.

Tickets online at ; or call 973-395-5551.

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.