Hat-City-OneSheet2015-1-V2 Forest Street, ValleyArts District, Orange, NJ

Be Part in the Celebration! 
Sign-up now to be part of this day-long cavalcade of fun, art, music, food, and family- friendly activities.
Volunteers are needed for many day parts and activities. Choose a day part that works for you and enjoy the rest of the day with music, art, delicious food and fun activities. All volunteers receive a free T-shirt for the festival and take home and keep! 
Apply to Perform (Call for Musicians)
Performing artists are encouraged to apply and take part in festivities. Musicians, dancers, storytellers and others get the party started and continue throughout the day for all to enjoy!
Organizations are encouraged to apply for an activity site –the perfect opportunity to engage with community members of all ages.
This festival celebrates all that is Orange, and every other hue in the rainbow. Artists interested in renting a booth to showcase and sell their art are welcome to apply. Note: Original arts and crafts only. Not all applicants will be invited to join this curated event.
Must Close April 26!

Stacy Swiderski: Suburban Stories

© Stacy Swiderski


© Stacy Swiderski


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

Directed by Cheryl Katz

It is July 1977. Son of Sam is on the loose and New York City is in the midst of a brutal heat wave. Sixteen year old Mary Claire and her best friend Mary Francis start that day sunning themselves on the roof of an Ozone Park row house. Younger sister Reenie is searching for her lost Greek Mythology class project, while their parents are consumed by the battles of their troubled marriage. The boy crazy Marys hatch a plan to stay out all night, but an overstressed electrical grid leads to a city-wide blackout and a sudden loss of innocence.

Luna Stage; 555 Valley Rd.  Tickets:
March 12 – April 5
One Day at a Time

Collage by Sylvia Taylor

With a continuous format of one collage a day for 30 days,One Day at a Time is a reflection of the artist’s changing perspective based on experiences during each day. No two days are the same. The common thread throughout the collages/days is the personality of the artist. The diversity of the collages/days comes into play with the impact of externalevents. Sylvia Taylor Bio


Annual Friends of Arts Unbound Exhibit

Every year, Arts Unbound proudly displays work by wonderful local artists who are supporting our programs for people with disabilities and seniors through an exhibit and sale of their own artwork.

April 16 and 235 – 7pm

Happy Hours

Don’t miss out on two other opportunities to schmooze with the artists and enjoy refreshments at the gallery.

Artists included in the show are Lawrence Berzon, Ronald Freeman, Kathleen Heron, Mike Malbrough, Terry Boddie, and Robert Ramos from Orange, Kathy Cantwell, Susan Harris, Rick Hauser, Jeremy Moss, and Allan Wood from Maplewood, Steve Langehough, Yvette Lucas, and Gayle Mahoney from Montclair, Lisa Pressman and Joan Goldsmith from West Orange, Dominique Duroseau from Irvington, Susan Faiola from Florham Park, Dorothy Ganek from South Orange, Micha Hamilton from Springfield, Bob O’Brien from Nutley, Armisey Smith and Toni Thomas from Newark, Dannielle Mick from Morristown, Joanne Miller Rafferty from Denville, Jo El Lopez from Patterson, and Humberto Ramos from South Carolina.

Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and crafts will all be on display and available for sale, including works by jewelry Joan Cummings from Gillette. Affordable stationery, art, and jewelry by Arts Unbound artists are always on sale at the gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday10am-4pm, and Saturdays 12-5pm. (973) 675-2785.


Ten Years & Growing Investing in People, Place and Possibilities
Join us for a ribbon-cutting and ground-breaking ceremony – as we officially open The Powerhouse; The Kelli Copeland Lofts/ValleyArts Creative Coop; and begin construction on Hat City Lofts.
Ten years ago, the Valley Arts District was established in Orange, NJ. Driven by local residents and working with community partners, HANDS, ValleyArts and many others are creating a vibrant place for people to live, work and raise a family – and a model for other post-industrial urban areas, toward a vision we refer to as a Twenty-First Century Urban Village, a just and beautiful city.
There will be a walking tour of the ValleyArts District immediately after the ceremonies. Please call Christine Jackson at HANDS #973-678-3110 Ext. 8, for direct assistance with registering or any questions or concerns

Thirty-five Artists Selected to Participate in Second Annual OPEN ORANGE Juried Art Exhibition at the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery, May 14-June 14, 2015

ORANGE, N.J. — Thirty-five artists from New Jersey and New York have been selected to show more than 100 works of art in the OPEN ORANGE 2015 juried exhibition organized by ValleyArts, May 14 through June 14, at the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery, 580 Forest Street in Orange NJ, half a block from the popular Hat City Kitchen restaurant. This is the second consecutive year OPEN ORANGE takes place in the Valley Arts District.

According to ValleyArts Executive Director Richard T. Bryant, the artists featured in OPEN ORANGE 2015 hail from throughout the metropolitan area, including twelve artists from The Oranges, four from Maplewood, thirteen from various northern NJ towns, and six from New York City (full list of participating artists follows).

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ValleyArts Executive Director Richard T. Bryant on Comcast Newsmakers 3/16/2015

More than $600,000 in Federal Funds Awarded to Orange Train Station

Award will Strengthen Local Neighborhoods, Economy

Mayor Dwayne D. Warren, Esq. announced today that the City of Orange Township has been awarded $614,000 in Federal Transportation funding for the Highland Avenue Station Rehabilitation Project. These funds were made available to the City by the Transportation Alternative Program through the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), with the goal of strengthening the “cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects” of the nation’s transportation system, according to State Commissioner Jamie Fox.

Said Mayor Warren, “on behalf of the City of Orange we are grateful for these seeds, from which our businesses and neighborhoods will grow and prosper.”

ValleyArts Welcomes Our Newest Anchor Organization
Oasis Urban Farms
406 Tompkins Street, Orange, NJ
Hyper-Local Community Agriculture
Eat Your Veggies!
Members invest in the farm in the beginning of the season in exchange for a weekly share of crops.
Greens include lettuces, salad mixes, baby greens, micro-greens and culinary herbs.
For more information visit or call

Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ
April 13 at 7:30
Here’s Your Hat. What’s Your Hurry
By Eric H. Weinberger

Directed by Jane Mandel

A couple in Orcas Island, Washington gets a call out of the blue from the husband’s Great Aunt Helen Beck who says she is stranded in Seattle and needs a place to stay. The couple invites her to come stay with them which in turn changes their lives forever… and that of the 8-year-old boy neighbor boy who lives next door.

Opening  Soon


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

Watch this space for details about this new cooperative arts facility with shared artist studios for jewelry, printmaking, and clay, 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. More information at:




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! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Monday, May 11 at 6pm
ValleyArts Artist Salon Hat City Kitchen 459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ
Come have a drink. Bring your artist friends and meet your artist colleagues from around the region.
The artist salon is the second Monday of every month.
Free admission plus drink specials.
April 26 at 7pm
Music in the Moonlight
Jazz Series
Luna Stage
555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ
Roseanna Vitro sings 
The Great American Composers

Featuring: Mark Soskin on piano Dean Johnson on bass Tim Horner on drums

Sponsored by CityScience

University of Orange, working with the Orange Adult School, offers volunteer-led courses throughout the community.
For more information and details visit