The Valley’s nationally recognized, award-winning theatre company opens its new season October 9!



555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ


October 9 – November 9

Lines in the Dust

A world premiere by Nikkole Salter
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas


When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. It’s been exactly 60 years since Brown vs. The Board of Education. Lines In The Dust dramatically explores how far we’ve come and where we go from here.

Purchase tickets online at, by phone at 973-395-5551, or in person Tues-Fri 10am-3pm

Extended through October 26

ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery 580 Forest Street
Portraits In Blues Logo
Images from Mike Griot’s South Orange International Blues Festivals 2010-13

These rare and powerful images by photographer Patrick Hilaire capture all the soul, spirit, and sensuality of the blues — America’s classical music. Curated by Raleigh Ceasar.

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

Please note, from October 6 through October 23, the Gallery will have limited hours as follows: Saturdays only from noon until 4 pm (Sat Oct 11 and Sat Oct 18). Normal Gallery hours resume On Thursday, October 23.

October 14 – December 16: Tuesdays 7-9pm


Civic Playwriting: Creating Work for the
Stage and Community

Instructor Jeremy Stoller begins the class with a brief overview of the hows and whys of playwriting, with discussions of how theater can be a powerful tool for engagement within a community. Participants will be trained in interview techniques to engage the community and throughout the 10-week class, will write their own short play based upon these interviews, culminating in a public reading of the plays on Luna’s mainstage.

Registration and Information at 973-395-5551

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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 


Slice of Orange Juried Photography Exhibition

Opens Thursday, October 23, 6-9pm at ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery SliceOfOrangeFINAL.indd

An arresting showcase of settings and subjects in the City of Orange and the Township of West Orange by photographers from the region.

The prominent jurors who selected 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.”

Open October 24 through November 23

Monday, October 13, 6pm
ValleyArts Artist Salon
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street, Orange


No matter how old we are,we still associate fall with going “back to school”. As artists our shelves are filled with books we no longer need. So bring in unwanted art books and trade them for something new. Feel free to bring as many as you wish. All left over books will be donated to ORNG Ink.

The Artist Salon is held on the Second Monday of every month.

Free admission plus drink specials and half-price appetizers.

Valley Arts District in the News


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


Oct 4-31
Annual Arts Unbound Student/Teacher Exhibit
An exhibit of works by students with disabilities and our teaching artists.

Sat, Oct 18, 2-5pm
Opening Reception


Thurs, Oct 16, 5-8pm
Avary Waldron Trunk Show
Trunk show featuring vibrant stationery and scarves by new Arts Unbound artist Avary Waldron. Refreshments provided.

Fall Open Enrollment Classes
Spaces still available for open enrollment classes in drawing, graphic design, printmaking, and decorative painting. Open to people with or without disabilities.

406 Tompkins Street, Orange, NJ

Starting October 6
3-5pm Monday-Friday
ORNG INK Free Youth Café & Open Studio Hours

Beginning October 6th 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.

540-B Freeman Street, Orange
Saturday, Oct 11, 7pm
Catfish Fridays
Catfish Friday Women’s Art Collective provides support and builds community among women artists. Visual and literary artists meet to discuss their works-in-progress, exhibition opportunities and topics of concern to the contemporary artist.

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


555 Valley Road, Orange, NJ

New Moon

October 13, 7:30pm
Dairyland by Heidi Armbruster
Allie, a Food Writer in NYC, is determined to find authenticity in a world of internet dating, baby shower crafting, and journalistic in-fighting. But when she takes on the Local Food Movement, she finds herself on the wrong side of an epic food fight.

No reservation necessary. $5 suggested donation at the door.