March 19 – April 26
Stacy Swiderski: Suburban Stories

© Stacy Swiderski

This abbreviated retrospective of all Swiderski’s work for the past five years is an exhibition of night photography based on the examination of suburban identity.

Ms. Swiderski is ValleyArts’ Open Orange 2014 juried exhibition Best in Show winner, and returns to the Firehouse Gallery with a breathtaking exhibition this spring.


© Stacy Swiderski


Thursday, March 19, 6pm – 9pm
Opening Reception

Saturday, April 11, 2pm
Gallery Talk with artist Stacy Swiderski

ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery Hours:

Thursdays 5-7:30pm

Saturdays 10am to 4pm

Sundays 1pm to 4pm.


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
540-B Freeman Street, Orange, NJ
March 12 – May 710am-12:30pm
*Explore Quilting with Faith Valentinetti.

*Dollmaking with Faith Valentinetti
Discount available for students taking both classes.

Saturday, March 14, 2-4pm
Knitting Circle
Open to all levels of knitters and crocheters. $5/person

Saturday, March 14, 6-9pm
Sadee Brathwaite’s, Secret Language of Khemet
Come meet the artist.  Exhibit, which runs through March 28, is free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

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


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.

Recent Event: An Evening with Danny Glover                                                                       

Danny Glover for newsletter

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>> See photos from the event




Ida Ballard, Secret I, 2014, mixed media

Friday, March 6, 5-8pm
Opening Reception
Pages: Artwork inspired by Books

This show will include artwork inspired by books – the concept of storytelling, the physicality of books, the materials they comprise and the forms they can take. On exhibit will be works by Kristen Zachares of Montclair, Tim Jackson of Morristown, Ida Ballard of East Orange, NJ DeVico of Titusville and more. Exhibit runs throughMarch.

Saturday, March 7, 3-5pm
Saturday Family Workshop
Join us to make some book-related art celebrating our “Pages” exhibit, explore the gallery, and enjoy refreshments.
$5 suggested donation. Open to all ages; all supplies provided.Have your art professionally photographed!  Terry Greene, photographer, will be in the Arts Unbound Gallery to take photographs of your artwork on Monday,March 30.

Prices:2D: $25 eachSmall 3D (jewelry, small pottery, sculpture, etc.) $25 eachMedium 3D: $35 eachLarge 3D: $45 eachAppointments must be booked with Terry. Call her at 404-271-5330. See her work at  Call 973-675-2787 for more info.



Call for Art Submissions

Application Deadline:  April 3

Call for Art Submissions
Register Here:
ValleyArts Launches Open Orange 2015 Juried Art Exhibition
Deadline is April 3 for Submissions of Paintings, Photography, Prints, Mixed-Media, and Works on Paper

Exhibition to Be Held May 14-June 14 at ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery and Nearby Spaces
Artists (18 years or older) from New Jersey and the New York City metropolitan area are invited to submit their works.  Online image submission of works in any 2D medium – including paintings, photographs, prints, mixed-media works and works on paper.
The nationally prominent jurors who will evaluate and select the works are Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Curator of American Art at New Jersey’s Newark Museum and Victoria L. Valentine, founder and editor of Culture Type, an exploration of modern and contemporary black art through the lens of books, catalogs and magazines.

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, March 9, 6pm  

ValleyArts Artist Salon 

Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ

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.


Valley Arts District in the News


Jill Horner, host of Comcast Newsmakers, speaks with Richard Bryant, executive director of ValleyArts.


555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ
March 13 – 15

Two One-Act Plays
by Phoebe Farber

Home Care
Directed by Kate Redway

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.

Featuring Vicki Kulkin, Melissa Schaffer, Bonnie Cushing, Kate Redway.

Jump It
Directed by Gama Valle

Stu has never left home. He runs a tow truck company, still lives with his parents, and doesn’t expect much out of life. Then Wendy, an old high school crush shows up, and sparks fly.
Featuring Phillip Cruise, Eli Ganias, Bethany Geraghty.

Friday & Saturday, Mar 13,14 @8pm
Sunday, Mar 15 @3pm
Tickets online at, by phone (973) 395-5551 or in person Tues-Fri 10am-3pm, $15

555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ

Children’s Spring Classes

Saturday Mornings
March 28 – June 13 
Little Luna: Ages 4-7
Creative Drama: Ages 8-10
Song and Dance: Ages 4-7
Musical Theatre: Ages 8-10
Complete information Spring Classes.

University of Orange, working with the Orange Adult School, offers volunteer-led courses throughout the community.

For more information and details visit