ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery
580 Forest Street Orange, NJ
A team of 35 people are now envisioning the future of open Spaces in the Valley neighborhood.
For ages 5 and up, 14 weeks of exploring creative arts. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to broaden your child's horizons.
Hat City Kitchen, 459 Valley Street, Orange
Arts Unbound
"Releasing the creative power of people with disabilities."
Festival Producers
Hat City Streets Festival Executive Producer Richard T. Bryant (left) is joined by Director of Volunteer Services Tracye Johnson and Mainstage Producer Mike Griot.


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Now through April 30
Opening Reception – Saturday, April 12, 6-9 PM
Arts Unbound, 544 Freeman Street, Orange

The Annual Friends of Arts Unbound Exhibition
Featuring the work of:
Dawan Alford, Terry Boddie, Kathy Cantwell, Susan Faiola,Ryan Faulkner, Dan Fenelon, Dorothy Ganek, Joan Goldsmith, Susan C. Harris, Rick Hauser, Kathleen Heron, Paul King, Steven Langehough, Gayle Mahoney, Kimberly Maier, Michael Malbrough, Jeremy Moss, Bob O’Brien, Lisa Pressman, Humberto Ramos, Robert Ramos, Toni Thomas, Raúl Villarreal, Fran Wilner, and Alan Wood.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am to 4pm; Weekends by appointment
Phone: 973-675-2787


Saturday June 7, 11am-7pm 

Arts Exhibition and Sales Booth Registration now Open
A day-long arts and family festival capped by professional concert performances. Festival grounds located in the ValleyArts District Orange & West Orange NJ.
Art Exhibition & Sales Booth Sites: $55
Please fill-out the online form to apply for a site and submit payment information. Site locations assigned in order of registration. Booth Application Here
All artwork must be artist originals and no mass produced works will be allowed. Artists are required to provide their owned tented booth at the Festival. White 10×10 tents are preferred.

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April 10 – May 11 – On Luna’s Mainstage
By José Rivera
Luna Stage Theatre Company
555 Valley Rd. West Orange NJ
The New Jersey Professional Premiere of this
Obie Award-Winning Play (Best Play 1993)

Set in early 90s New York City, Oscar Nominee (The Motorcycle Diaries) José Rivera’s powerful and poetic Marisol plunges audiences into the story of a young Latina woman forced to navigate a world left in disarray when her guardian angel leaves her to fight a battle of biblical proportion. In the magic realism style of his mentor Gabriel García Márquez, Rivera creates an urban fantasy, filled with humor and pathos, urging society to recover our long-lost compassion and to wrest our world from the brink of destruction. Tickets at

East Ward Mural Project was  initiated Friday, April 4 at the Project Site Across the Street from Oakwood Avenue Elementary School


ValleyArts, in collaboration with HANDS, Inc. and Orange Board of Education, kicked off the installation of the first mural of the East Ward Mural Project on Friday, April 4, at 150 Oakwood Avenue in Orange, NJ – directly across the Street from the Oakwood Avenue School. Led by Orange artist Ronald Freeman, managing artist Jeremy Moss, and a mural leadership team made up of the artists, representatives of Oakwood Avenue School and parents from the neighborhood, the mural’s theme is “Community.” Neighborhood children and families have contributed to the mural’s design through submission of creative ideas and stories. Oakwood Avenue School’s students will also assist in painting the walls in collaboration with the artist team. For more information contact: Donniee Barnes 908-220-3842


Meet the Artist:
Saturday, April 12, 3pm
Meet Monique Sarfity and join
a lively discussion of her work.

The beauty and complexities of the human form are revealed through Monique Sarfity’s intricate mosaics
made with glass, ceramic, scrabble pieces, and discarded trash and treasures. Her beautiful and mysterious paintings are also featured. The balance between beauty/chaos, rustic/refined, broken/whole unites the contradictory in this rare exhibition by one of New Jersey’s rising stars.

Gallery Hours:
Saturdays 10am to 4pm; Sundays 12:30pm to 4pm,
or by appointment.

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Sunday, April 27, 7:00pm
Music in the Moonlight Jazz Concert
Luna Stage Theatre Company
555 Valley Rd. West Orange

The Oscar Perez & Bob DeVos Quartet
The Latin Side of Jazz
Featuring: Bob DeVos on guitar, Oscar Perez on piano, Andy Eulau on bass and Diego Lopez on drums.
Tickets $18 in advance. $20 at the door.


Monday, April 21, 7:30pm
New Moon Play Reading
Luna Stage Theatre Company
555 Valley Rd. West Orange
A Wire In Water
By Justin Warner
Did Alexander Graham Bell steal a key element of the telephone patent? That question was hotly disputed in headlines and multiple trials in the late 19th century, and some scholars today believe he did. A WIRE IN WATER explores the complicated relationships and conflicting interests that may have forced Bell’s hand, and his struggle to neutralize his actions after the fact.
No Reservations Necessary. $5 suggested donation at the door.




May 9 to June 8
ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery
580 Forest Street, Orange
Opening Reception
Friday , May 9, 6-9pm

Our inaugural juried exhibition will feature more than 100 works by 37 artists. Don’t miss it!


April 11-May 4

Call Me: The History of Communication
ValleyArts Firehouse Common Space (adjacent to the Gallery)
580 Forest Street, Orange

A Collaborative Exhibition by Visual Artist April Tracey and musician Victor Burks
Friday, April 11, 6-9pm
You are invited to the opening of this art and sound collaborative exhibition at which Victor will perform his interpretations of April’s paintings.
Sunday May 4, 1:00 pm
Artist talk with Victor Burks and April Tracey on collaboration and the creative process.
The exhibition is during regular open hours of the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery, or by appointment. For appointment, please call 862-226-8379. More info at, or



540-B Freeman Street, Orange

April 12
Knitting Circle with Jody Leight, Monthly knitting circle for all level of knitters. Crochet is also welcome. Cost: $5/person, Time: 2 – 4PM

April 22-24
Art 101 for Tattoo Artists
Make your ordinary tattoos extraordinary with this art refresh class series that will help you fine tune your art skills to improve your tattoo work. Classes are held at Yema Gallery 540b Freeman St. in Orange. Time: 7-9:30PM, Cost: $75/person. Some materials are included. For serious students only. Registration required.
Email: or call 973-699-3269.

April 26 – May 10, 2014
Spring Art Show & Sale
Featuring art prints, paintings, jewelry, knit and crochet garments, hand-painted scarves & more.
Gallery hours: Saturdays from 12 – 5PM & by appt.

For information call: 973-699-3269;


Catfish Friday Women’s Art Collective meeting & potluck, 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 12, 7pm
Yema Gallery, 540-B Freeman St., Orange NJ
For women in the visual and literary arts. Bring your art work and food or beverage for the potluck dinner. FREE.


On display until May 11
Goddess On Earth: Women of Essex

Photographer Lisa Levart’s ongoing multi-media installation celebrates the strength and self-esteem of contemporary women and girls by photographing them portraying ancient archetypes and sacred myths.
The exhibition is open prior to all Luna Stage events, on select Saturdays from 1pm-3pm and by appointment only on select Wednesdays from 12pm-2pm. Weds afternoon appointments may be made by calling 973-395-5551 Tues.-Fri. from 10am-3pm. No appointment is necessary for Saturday hours.

Meet artist Lisa Levart on Saturdays April 12 and April 19, 1pm-3pm.



Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road West Orange
For children entering Grades 3 through 6
Five Weeks: July 7th to August 8th; Mon. to Fri. from 9 am to 1 pm

* Professional Training In All Areas Of The Performing Arts
* Special Guest Instructors And Workshops
* Children Create & Perform A Fully-produced Original Theatre Piece
* A Fun and Noncompetitive Environment

Register by May 1st and Pay Only $495!
Pay in full up front and save even more.
Sibling discounts available.
Visit or call 973-395-5551 for more information.

Monday, April 14, 6pm
ValleyArts Artists’ Salon
Hat City Kitchen, 459 Valley Street, Orange

Come, have a drink. Bring your artist friends and meet your artist colleagues from the Valley Arts District and around the region!
The Artist Salon at HCK is held on the Second Monday of every month.
Free admission plus drink specials and half-price appetizers.

Hat City Kitchen Presents
459 Valley Street, Orange
Live music is a standard at this Valley Arts District landmark featuring American cuisine with a New Orleans influence. Enjoy an eclectic mix of artists playing original music across genres – rock, blues, funk, R&B, soul, and jazz.
For event listings:

Inspiring students in the visual arts

Themed art classes that create a fun and engaging atmosphere