Hat-City2015PosterSmall Forest Street, ValleyArts District, Orange, NJ

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Be Part in the Celebration! 
Sign-up now to be part of this day-long cavalcade of fun, art, music, food, and family- friendly activities.
Volunteers are needed for many day parts and activities. Choose a day part that works for you and enjoy the rest of the day with music, art, delicious food and fun activities. All volunteers receive a free T-shirt for the festival and take home and keep! 
Apply to Perform (Call for Musicians)
Performing artists are encouraged to apply and take part in festivities. Musicians, dancers, storytellers and others get the party started and continue throughout the day for all to enjoy!
Organizations are encouraged to apply for an activity site –the perfect opportunity to engage with community members of all ages.
This festival celebrates all that is Orange, and every other hue in the rainbow. Artists interested in renting a booth to showcase and sell their art are welcome to apply. Note: Original arts and crafts only. Not all applicants will be invited to join this curated event.

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544 Freeman Street, Orange NJ

Thursday, May 75-8pm Soft Sculpture & Wearable Art Opening Reception

Exhibit runs through May 31

WednesdayMay 67-9pm Orange Drink and Draw

Live model and drawing instructor. BYOB. $20 at the door.

May 16th noon to May 17th noon Arts Unbound & Jerry’s Artist Outlet Art Marathon 

Sign up at to raise pledges per piece of art. Make art with provided supplies at Arts Unbound or at home and share with #AUartmarathon. Jewelry, printmaking, and knitting demos, live music, and a live model drawing session. The MAM truck from the Montclair Art Museum will also be there Saturday afternoon! Prizes from Jerry’s for the participant who raises the most pledges! All pieces created will be auctioned at Arts Unbound on May 22nd2-9pm.



540-B Freeman Street, Orange, NJ   

Saturday, May 2 Opening of Spring Art Show and Sale A collection of fine art paintings, drawings and handmade scarves, shawls and other fine crafts. Runs through June 13. 

Window Dressing #2 featuring visual artist Eleta Caldwell 

Saturday, May 9 CAW Mentoring Program 2-4pm (for youth 10-18 years of age)

Knitting Circle 2-4pm Cost: $5/person

Catfish Friday Potluck and Meeting 7pm

Friday, May 15 Open Art Studio Prayer Pouches with Linda Parker 7-9pm 
Participants should bring their own supplies. Cost: $5/person
Saturday, May 30 Learn to Sew Part 2 with Faith Valentinetti 1-4pm
For a supply list and to register go to 

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



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On Hat City Streets Festival Eve

ValleyArts Creative Co-op at Kelli Copeland Lofts
400 South Jeff erson Street, Orange, NJ 07050

Casual Supper, Drinks, Music, and Fun!

New and old friends of ValleyArts are cordially invited to our Pre-Hat City Streets Festival Kick-off Party! 

Mix, mingle, and socialize with the artists and musicians up close and personal before the main event.

Take pictures with your favorite performers, view artwork for sale from local artists, tour the new artist lofts. Join us as we launch a weekend of exceptional art, entertainment, and fun!

Come and enjoy food and music as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Valley Arts District with supporters and art enthusiasts like Mayor D. Warren, Dr. K. Warren, Pat Morrissy, Richard Bryant; Members of the ValleyArts Board, Visual Arts and Festival Committees; Members of HANDS Board; artists who live and work around the Kelli Copeland Courtyard and vendors and neighbors and friends like you!

Tickets: $75 

In addition to casual food, drink, and entertainment, your ticket also includes:
-Donation to ValleyArts (501c3 organization)
-VIP viewing of Mainstage on Saturday at Hat City Streets Festival.

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All proceeds go to ValleyArts


Ten Years & Growing Investing in People, Place and Possibilities
Join us for a ribbon-cutting and ground-breaking ceremony – as we officially open The Powerhouse; The Kelli Copeland Lofts/ValleyArts Creative Coop; and begin construction on Hat City Lofts.
Ten years ago, the Valley Arts District was established in Orange, NJ. Driven by local residents and working with community partners, HANDS, ValleyArts and many others are creating a vibrant place for people to live, work and raise a family – and a model for other post-industrial urban areas, toward a vision we refer to as a Twenty-First Century Urban Village, a just and beautiful city.
There will be a walking tour of the ValleyArts District immediately after the ceremonies. Please call Christine Jackson at HANDS #973-678-3110 Ext. 8, for direct assistance with registering or any questions or concerns
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Swimmer 4 (teal) by Adam Gustavson

May 14 – June 14
Thursday, May 14, 6-9pm

Opening Reception 

Thirty-five artists from New Jersey and New York have been selected to show 97 works of art in a variety of 2D media — including paintings, photographs, prints, mixed-media works and works on paper.
Featured artists include:
Luis Alves, Tina Bernstein, Mary Jean Canziani, Amy Charmatz, Marilyn Cvitanic, William Daniels, Catherine Delett, Deborah Druick, Eileen Ferara, Ronald Freeman, Sandra Gottlieb, Adam Gustavson, George Kopp, Tara Kopp, Yvette Lucas, Lisa Macchi Joanna Madloch, Michael Maier, Rudy Martin, Michael McKenna, John Meola, Jeremy Moss, Elizabeth Munro, Amelia Panico, John Piccoli, Szilvia Revesz, Patricia Ritchie, Jonathan Robbins, Herb Rosenberg, C. Shofed, Mark Steigelman, Heidi Sussman, Louis Toledo, Richard Xuereb, Andrea Zinn.

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ValleyArts Executive Director Richard T. Bryant on Comcast Newsmakers 3/16/2015

More than $600,000 in Federal Funds Awarded to Orange Train Station

Award will Strengthen Local Neighborhoods, Economy

Mayor Dwayne D. Warren, Esq. announced today that the City of Orange Township has been awarded $614,000 in Federal Transportation funding for the Highland Avenue Station Rehabilitation Project. These funds were made available to the City by the Transportation Alternative Program through the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), with the goal of strengthening the “cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects” of the nation’s transportation system, according to State Commissioner Jamie Fox.

Said Mayor Warren, “on behalf of the City of Orange we are grateful for these seeds, from which our businesses and neighborhoods will grow and prosper.”

ValleyArts Welcomes Our Newest Anchor Organization
Oasis Urban Farms
406 Tompkins Street, Orange, NJ
Hyper-Local Community Agriculture
Eat Your Veggies!
Members invest in the farm in the beginning of the season in exchange for a weekly share of crops.
Greens include lettuces, salad mixes, baby greens, micro-greens and culinary herbs.
For more information visit or call



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! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Monday, May 11 at 6pm
ValleyArts Artist Salon Hat City Kitchen 459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ
Come have a drink. Bring your artist friends and meet your artist colleagues from around the region.
The artist salon is the second Monday of every month.
Free admission plus drink specials.


University of Orange, working with the Orange Adult School, offers volunteer-led courses throughout the community.
For more information and details visit