Thursday, October 8, 6-9pm
Opening Reception
ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery
580 Forest Street, Orange NJ

A Raleigh Ceasar Exhibition
in Collaboration with ValleyArts

October 8 through November 21
Co-curated by Raleigh Ceasar & Evelyn Graves

A long walk
A Bisa Butler quilt entitled Wrapped in Rainbows, dedicated to Zora Neale Hurston, 2014; Silk, chiffon, cotton, and netting.

The Valley’s new gallery season kicks into high gear with this special exhibition by Bisa Butler, the internationally celebrated native of Orange. Carrying on the tradition of quilting, the artist and teacher brings her vitality, melding of colors/textures and sense of beauty to her work.

Artist Talk: Saturday, Oct. 17, 3pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 10 to 4pm and by appointment.

Monday, October 12, 6-8pm
ValleyArts Artist Salon
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ


View the latest Orbiting Gallery exhibition featuring The Art of Bill Gallo

And join ValleyArts artists & volunteers for:
Don’t Be a Stranger Mr. Bryant
A Casual Farewell

Visual Arts Advisory leaders Terry Boddie, Nigel Freeman, and Jeremy Moss with Richard Bryant.

Visual Arts Advisory leaders Terry Boddie, Nigel Freeman, and Jeremy Moss with Richard Bryant.

From Jeremy Moss: If you hadn’t heard already; Richard Bryant, ValleyArts Executive Director, is leaving the ‘Valley’ for pastures new. We, the ValleyArts Advisory Committee, would like to invite you to share his last Artist Salon with us and celebrate all he has done during his tenure and all the lives he has touched.
RSVP on Facebook (or just come).

The Artist Salon is held on the second Monday of every month. Free admission plus drink specials.

400 South Jefferson Street, Orange NJ

Thursday, October 22, 6-8pm
Opening Reception


Triptychs, Diptychs & Single Works
by New Art Group
On Exhibit October 22 to December 5

Saturday, November 14, 2:30pm
Meet the artists and join a lively discussion of their work.

Exhibition Hours:
Saturdays 10am – 4pm, and by appointment.


A Themed Exhibition of New Works by:

• Susan Ahlstrom
• Francesca Azzara
• Jane Caminos
• Nanci Ori
• Paul XO Pinkman
• Heidi Sussman
• Gail Winbury

One of New Jersey’s longest standing artist collectives, the New Art Group, challenged itself to create pieces that complement or contrast with the work of other members when arrayed in a series of triptychs, diptychs, and single works. Instead of creating art in isolation, the artists have created a collaborative body of work that is at once beautiful, evocative, and surprisingly cohesive.




Call for Submissions to Juried Photography Exhibition

Deadline: Friday, November 6
Photographers are invited to submit their works depicting the City of Orange and Township of West Orange to ValleyArts’ second Slice of Orange juried photography exhibition, which will take place January 21 through February 21, 2016, at the new ValleyArts Creative Co-op. READ MORE
Open until 2am
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ
The hub of the Valley neighborhood and one of the region’s hottest gathering spots, Hat City Kitchen offers live music, dining, and drinks going until the wee hours.

540-B Freeman Street, Orange

Saturday, October 10, 5-8pm
Opening Reception

The Art of Sheltry Ward
On Exhibit October 2 to 17

The black dress is considered to be the kind of garment that can be dressed up or down for any occasion from a night on the town to a formal event. Ms. Ward presents her take on the black dress with her miniature creations of the dress in a series of stylized, enameled dress bodice forms each with a decorative skirt made from materials such as strands of Swarovski crystals or colored glass.

Saturday, October 10, 2-4pm
Knitting Circle
Join us for our monthly knitting circle. All level of knitters and crocheters are welcome.Cost: $5/person

Saturday, October 10, 7pm
Catfish Friday Women’s Art Collective
The monthly gathering of women visual artists and writers who share and discuss new work and works-in-progress. Artist talk with Sheltry Ward at 8PM.

Through December
CAW at Yema Gallery
The Community Art Workshop (CAW) fall session is underway. Youth age 10 to -18 years are mentored in crochet, knitting, weaving, jewelry making, sewing and fine art. Classes are held on the second and third Saturdays of the month. Registration required. Space is limited. Cost: $10 for start-up kit. Classes are free.

Classes at Yema Gallery
Explore Quilting Class; Dollmaking Class; Workshop-Learn to Sew with Faith; Workshop-Introduction to Weaving.
View list of classes and to register at link below:

ValleyArts Joins More Community Coalitions

ValleyArts is now a partner in the Robert Wood Johnson Grant-Healthy Orange. The goal of this grant is to form a citywide coalition of resources between the schools, city and non-profits. They are also collaborating with the Urban Essex Commission for Smart Growth to plan transit oriented revitalization of the city. VAI is a primary partner in two federal grants: Full Service Community School and 21st Century Learning Center in which it is the organization to tie together all the arts related activities connected to the schools. The underlying goal of all these initiatives is collaboratively to thoughtfully revitalize a city rich in culture and form a coalition of local resources to sustain positive change.

Valley Arts District in the News



ValleyArts Next Executive is
Candace (Goldstein) Gabbard

Farewell to Richard Bryant Planned for the Artist Salon, Monday, Oct. 12, 6pm at Hat City Kitchen


Candace Gabbard

Candace (Goldstein) Gabbard has been named to succeed Richard T. Bryant as the next executive to lead ValleyArts. Richard initiated a transition process last month when he let the Board know he was stepping down as part-time executive director after nearly four years. The transition will be complete October 23.

After her recent retirement from the Orange Public Schools, Candace joined ValleyArts as Director of Community Programming. For the last 11 of her 31 years with the school system, she served as Director of Special Programs. Candace also helped guide the creation of ValleyArts a decade ago as a member of its original Board of Directors. She has partnered with ValleyArts on a number of projects, including the Saturday Arts Academy, Hat City Streets Festival, and after-school programs. Candace also has a long history of collaboration with HANDS, Luna Stage, ORNG Ink, PWI Entertainment, City of Orange, and other Valley stakeholders.

“I look forward to continuing the amazing work happening in the Arts District,” Candace said. “It will be a privilege to work with such a creative group of people.”


Ribbon cutting for the Kelli Copeland Lofts and the ValleyArts Creative Co-op last May with Kelli Copleland’s family, Patrick Morrissy, Mayor Warren, Elliot Lee, and Richard Bryant.

“Working with the wonderful people of the Valley has been a defining experience for me,” said Richard. “The decision to step away has not been easy, but this appears to be the best time. On top of everything this community has already achieved, the arrival of our largest grant ever from ArtPlace and the opening of the new Creative Co-op are very positive steps for the Valley and Orange. I look forward to great things to come.”

Saturday, October 10, 7 to 9pm
Launch Party
West Orange Arts Council
551 Valley Road Orange NJ

Come celebrate the opening of the West Orange Arts Council’s new home in the Valley Arts District, right next door to Luna Stage!


Saturday, October 10 and Sunday October 11, 1 to 4pm
Open House
Enjoy two days of sample workshops that will be offered beginning October 17 including including drawing, painting, and photography. You will also see examples of artwork that will be available for sale along with other fine arts and crafts on display in our gift shop.

More information

October 8 to November 1 
555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ
The East Coast Premiere of
The Tall Girls
by Meg Miroshnik
Directed by Jane Mandel
The tiny hamlet of Poor Prairie doesn’t see a lot of folks coming into town – least of all men – so when one gets off the train, everybody talks, especially since he has the only inflated basketball in town.
Set in the historic 1930s Dust Bowl in the rural Midwest, The Tall Girls explores class, gender, and the history of women in sports, and asks just who can afford the luxury of play.
Sunday, October 25, 7pm
Music in the Moonlight Jazz Concert
Luna Stage
544 Freeman Street, Orange NJ
Charlie Apicella & Iron City
A Tribute to Grant Green

Charlie Apicella

Dan Kostelnik

Mayra Casales

Alan Korzin

Tickets $18 in advance; $20 at the door.


New Two-story Mural by Sterling Brown to be Installed in the Heart of Orange


Working in collaboration with the Unity Baptist Church, neighbors, and Tracye Johnson’s Healthy Family Adventure, artist Sterling Brown has created a new mural designed to capture the spirit and hope of the neighborhood. The two-story mural, painted on parachute cloth with techniques perfected by the Philadelphia mural program, is now nearing completion at the temporary ValleyArts MuralWorks studio at the YWCS . Weather permitting, it will be installed in the next few weeks at 160 S. Center Street in Orange. Special thanks to the City of Orange Township for its support of the project and to Pastor Holcomb and his congregation. Details regarding the dedication will be announced soon. Mural illustration by Sterling Brown.


ValleyArts Announces $150,000 ArtPlace America Grant

Grant Funds Multi-Faceted Artistic and Social Project to Help Mitigate the
“I-280 Divide” in Orange

ValleyArts is proud to announce that ArtPlace America has granted $150,000 for a multi-faceted arts, culture, and community development collaboration led by ValleyArts, University of Orange, ORNG Ink, Montclair State University, HANDS, Inc., and City of Orange Township.
Titled “Unearthing the Future: The Art of Reverse Archaeology – Interstate 280 in Orange,” the project is designed to help mitigate the physical/social bisection of Orange that accelerated in the 1960s with the construction of the I-280 freeway. ValleyArts is one of 38 recipients of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program, selected from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants. ArtPlace is one of the nation’s largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking. This is the only ArtsPlace grant awarded in New Jersey this year. READ MORE



ValleyArts Named Primary Partner for City-wide Arts Education in Two Federal Grants Awarded to the School System


ValleyArts has expanded its relationship with the Orange Public Schools and will now serve as the Primary Arts Partner in the Full Service Community School initiative and the 21st Century Learning Center, both funded by the Federal Government for five years. In its expanded role, ValleyArts will provide teaching artists and help tie together all the arts-related activities connected to the Orange Public Schools when school is not in session.

The relationship began two years ago when ValleyArts and the Orange Public Schools entered into a partnership to bring art education to the children of Orange outside of school hours. As a long time vision of Superintendent Ronald Lee to open up experiences in all art forms, the Saturday Arts Academy was born. Entering its third year, ValleyArts offers visual arts through the study of Romare Bearden, exploring the history and music of the Blues, and creating with found art. Attendance has tripled. At the same time, a mural project, funded by HANDS, was executed in collaboration with Oakwood Avenue Community School. This can be viewed across the street from the school on Oakwood Avenue.

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Monday, October 12, 7:30pm  
New Moon Play Reading 
Luna Stage
544 Freeman Street, Orange NJ
The Kneeling Position
by Erik Gernand
A man confronts his high school bully twenty years later when he learns that the bully is running for Congress. A confrontation at the candidate’s campaign headquarters exposes a dark secret they’ve kept since childhood that threatens to derail the former bully’s entire campaign. Is reconciliation still possible, or is forgiveness too late for both men?
No Reservation Necessary.  $5 Suggested Donation at the door.

544 Freeman Street, Orange NJ
Saturday, October 10 at Noon
Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
Arts Unbound Showcase
100 Baker Street, Maplewood NJArts Unbound invites you to join in celebrating an important milestone for artists with disabilities and senior artists in our community — the opening of the new Arts Unbound Showcase in Maplewood.
Saturday, October 17, 2 to 5pm
Opening Reception
Six Over 65
Arts Unbound Gallery
544 Freeman Street, Orange NJ
On Exhibit October 17 to November 21
Age is an asset when you are an artist. Arts Unbound presents Six Over 65, an exhibition of six contemporary artists with flourishing careers beyond the conventional retirement age of 65. The featured artists include Ida Ballard (East Orange, NJ), Douglas Florian (Manhattan, NY), Helen Levin (Staten Island, NY), Ruth Marten (Manhattan, NY), Roger Ricco (Woodstock, NY), and Florence Wint (Maplewood, NJ)