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Spots still available for remaining sessions!
Saturdays, February 7 to June 6, 2015

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 remaining sessions! Children in grades 1 and up. No prior experience necessary.  All students participate in all three subjects each Saturday.

Private music lessons are available at additional charge.

Online Registration Still Open

Onsite registration at 8:30am Saturday, February 7.
This program IS NOT restricted to Orange students only. Children from nearby towns are also welcome and encouraged to attend.



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

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 Mac Watkins, Mike Malbrough, Nyugen Smith, Toni Thomas,
and Adrienne Wheeler
Saturday, Feb 14, 3pm
Figurative Impulse a Gallery talk 
led by curator Terry Boddie

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.


The seventh zine releases online 02.01.15. Winter 2015 The Community Issue profiles local artists Terry Boddie, Lara Gonzalez. Read about the growing district, Hat City Kitchen turns 5!, new segments & more. The deluxe print publication will be available for this month’s Valley Arts Artist Salon Monday February 9th at 6pm at Hat City Kitchen.

Recent Event: An Evening with Danny Glover                                                                       

Danny Glover for newsletter

>> Read the article on

>> See photos from the event


540-B Freeman Street, Orange

Saturday, Feb 14, 2 – 4pm
Knitting Circle
Monthly Knitting Circle, all levels welcome, $5/person.

Catfish Friday meeting & potluck

Saturday, Feb 21, 1-4pm
Learn to Sew with Faith
Learn basics of machine sewing and make a pair of pajama pants.  Workshop is good for all level students. Materials required. For more information and to register visit $35.

Saturday, Feb 28, 6-9pm
Sadee Brathwaite’s, Secret Language of Khemet
Come join us for the opening reception. Refreshments served. Exhibit is free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

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



Feb 6, 5-8pm
Art from the Heart Reception

A group exhibition all about love, featuring four new artists and five returning. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments while you view the exhibit.

Sat Feb 7, 3-5pm
Family Valentines Workshop
Make your own handmade valentine with artists Joan Cummings.
Wed Feb 11, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Orange Drink and Draw at
Arts Unbound Gallery

Join us for an evening of professionally-led life drawing instruction in a relaxed and collegian environment.
The Orange Drink and Draw is suited for

all levels of drawing experience.  Learn the basics, or build on your skills while sipping a glass of wine or beer.

$20 at the Door – RSVP today!

Register online Here.
Call 973-675-2787 for more info.


Opening Spring  2015


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!


Monday, Feb 9, 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

Wednesday, Feb 4, 7:30pm  
A Special Performance of
Abstract Sax/A Suite in III Parts

Luna Stage is proud to welcome back Tony and Grammy nominee and lyricist reg e gaines for a special performance and free workshop celebrating Black History Month with an evening of musical interpretations of his Abstract Sax. Featuring reg e gaines words/sounds, Calvin Gaines bass/guitars, Mark Wilson piano/synthesizer.

Click HERE for tickets. $15 ($10 Students and Seniors) includes autographed copy of Abstract Sax.

Sat, Feb 7, 2pm

Poetry Theatre: A FREE Two-Hour Workshop with reg e gaines

Come watch reg lead 10 aspiring actors, singers and poets through an open two-hour performance workshop. The workshop may or may not culminate in a performance… you never know.  A must-see for all teachers, performers and art lovers!  Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary.

For questions and further information, email Cheryl Katz, Luna’s Artistic Director, at

Luna Stage

555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ

Through 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.

Cast: Segun Akande, Mona Hennessy, James Rana, Linda Setzer

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

555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ

Monday, Feb 9, 7:30pm

Start Down
by Eleanor Burgess

A San Francisco programmer latches onto an idea for a startup that will automate some of the work teachers do in a classroom. But as the idea begins to take off, it becomes clear that his new company may threaten his fiancee’s job. Start Down takes a fresh and funny look at recent economic trends and how they hit home.  There will be a talkback with the playwright following the reading. No reservation necessary. 

$5 suggested donation at the door.

555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ

Sunday February 15, 7pm
The Eclectic Jazz of Nat Adderley, Jr. – from Miles Davis to Stevie Wonder
Featuring: Nat Adderley, Jr. on Piano, Belden Bullock on Bass, Greg Bufford on Drums, James Gibbs on Trumpet.
Nat Adderley Jr. is best known for his work with Luther Vandross and wrote (and arranged) Vandross’ first top 20 pop hit, “Stop to Love,” and the Grammy Award-nominated “Give me the Reason.” More recently, Nat has produced tracks on the last seven Vandross studio albums. Luna’s Music in the Moonlight Jazz series is generously sponsored by CityScience. Click HERE for tickets.
Wednesday, February 25, 8pm
Reflections of a Blessed Soul: A Tribute To Our Beloved Dr. Maya Angelou

Luna Stage is proud to present this forty-five minute documentary based on an exclusive interview with Dr. Angelou at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The screening will be followed by a discussion with award-winning director Hafiz Farid & Shelley Grodner Seidenstein, both award-winning producers & co-writers. One Night Only!

Tickets for the screening and post-screening discussion are $15.  $25 premium tickets include a pre-screening reception with the filmmakers and special guests. Click this link to purchase tickets:

Friday, February 27 – March 1
American Moor: A 90-minute solo play written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb
Directed by Paul  Kwame Johnson

What is the role of a lifetime? What is the role of a life? This intelligent, intuitive, indomitable, large, black, American male actor explores Shakespeare’s Othello, race, and America… and not necessarily in that order.
Friday Feb 27, 8pm
Saturday Feb 28, 8pm
Sunday March 1, 3pm
Tickets are $25. Click this link to purchase tickets.

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.