September 12 through October 5, 2014 Patrick Hilaire: Portraits in Blues Images from Mike Griot’s South Orange International Blues Festivals 2010-2013

ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery 580 Forest Street
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Friday, September 12, 6-9pm Exhibition Opening
These rare and powerful images by photographer Patrick Hilaire capture all the soul, spirit and sensuality of the blues — America’s classical music. Presented by Mike Griot and Richard Bryant in association with ValleyArts and curated by Raleigh Ceasar.

Saturday, September 27, 3pm
Meet Patrick Hilaire, Mike Griot, and Raleigh Ceasar

Firehouse Gallery Hours:
Thursdays 5-7:30pm, Saturdays 10-4pm, Sundays 1-4pm and by appointment

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Transformed: Looking at the Age of Edison Through the Witness Trees of Glenmont                                                              

August 28 – October 5, 2014

Lena Champlin Man and Machine

Lena Champlin Man and Machine

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION The meaning and impact of Edison’s inventions on American life are the subject of this rare exhibition of student artworks made from trees downed by Hurricane Sandy at Glenmont, the estate of Thomas and Mina Edison. This is a joint program of Rhode Island School of Design, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, and ValleyArts. Full Story

Press Release 




Call for Entry Deadline for Submissions of Photographs is September 24


Exhibition to be held October 24 through November 23 at ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery 

Photographers are invited to submit their works depicting the City of Orange or Township of West Orange to ValleyArts’ inaugural “Slice of Orange” juried photography exhibition.

There is a $35 non-refundable entry fee per application (discount available for Orange and West Orange residents). Entry applications and fees should be submitted online by September 24 to – please see the website for full terms and conditions for submission and exhibition.

Up to three works per artist may be submitted, each with maximum dimensions of 36 by 36 inches including frame. Only 2D photographic works depicting images or evoking facets of Orange and West Orange are eligible. All submissions must be framed and glazed. Still images only.

The prominent jurors who will evaluate and select the works to be placed in the “Slice of Orange” photography exhibition are Mansa Mussa of West Orange NJ and Daile Kaplan of Swan Galleries in New York City.

“The new Slice of Orange juried photography exhibition continues our initiative to serve local artists, and will also enable the public to experience compelling, beautiful, and thought provoking images of our community through the eyes of gifted photographers,” said Richard T. Bryant, executive director of ValleyArts. “This exhibition will also help further spread the word about the burgeoning arts community in Orange and West Orange, sparking even more interactivity and interconnection with artists throughout New Jersey and the greater metropolitan area.”

Orngink 406 Tompkins Street, Orange, NJ

Saturday, September 13, 6-10pm DEMIURGE Art Exhibition
The Ironworks Community Art Gallery Presents “Demiurge” a Duo Exhibition Featuring new work by Khari Johnson-Ricks and Krystle Lemonias. Join us for vibes, drinks and more special stuff to come.

Friday, September 19, 4-9pm ORNG Ink “THE SPOT” Opening and Open Mic
Join us as we open our new youth led creative café with the first Open Mic of the fall.

Donations to The Spot at ORNG Ink Help Outfit the New Free After-School Youth Cafe
The Spot is a new initiative for 2014 by ORNG Ink. Designed by local teens, The Spot is a casual meeting place for Valley youth to do homework, hang out and have a safe and diverse environment to call their own. We need donations of furniture such as couches, chairs, throw rugs, café tables and the like. Barista equipment, mugs and plates are also great. Help us create a safe and beautiful youth space in the Valley. We also accept monetary contributions.

Contact Mike at if interested.


540-B Freeman Street, Orange

Saturday, Sept 13, 2-4pm Knitting Circle with Jody Leight
$5/person. Crocheters are welcome.
7pm Catfish Friday Meeting

Tuesday, Sept 16, 6:30-9pm Open Painting with Gladys Grauer
$20/person. Bring painting supplies. Watercolors and acrylic painting recommended.

Friday, Sept 19, 7-9:30pm Open Studio Series: Block of the Month with Jody Leight
$10/person. Bring own materials; sewing required. Some supplies available for use and for purchase. For more information or to register call 973-699-3269 or email Gallery hours: Saturdays from 12-5pm & by appt. Gallery opens Sept 13.