ValleyArts Holiday Toy Drive
Nov
11
to Dec 16

ValleyArts Holiday Toy Drive

The Holidays are coming! Let’s come together as a community for the children this holiday season. Bring your donations of new toys for children of all ages - we will make sure they get into the hands of local children.

Toy drive drop-off is Nov. 11 – Dec. 16, 8am – 5pm at ValleyArts, 400 S. Jefferson St., Orange, NJ 07050.

For toy drop-offs outside those hours, or for more information, please contact us at events@valleyartsnj.com

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Artfull Holiday Shopping InsaniTEA!
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Artfull Holiday Shopping InsaniTEA!

Come shop the Artfull Holiday boutique while enjoying live music from Steve Jones and tea from local tea crafters Lily Tea Company... and a special tea cocktail. FREE small coffee with purchase all day!

Find unique gifts for everyone on your gift list - family, friends, teacher gifts, and hostess gifts - all from local artists and makers. Shop local, support local - and have fun doing it!

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Artfull Holiday Shopping and Viva Vinyl Listening Party
Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Artfull Holiday Shopping and Viva Vinyl Listening Party

Come shop the Artfull Holiday Boutique while enjoying our Viva Vinyl listening party and happy hour wine. FREE small coffee with purchase all day!

Find unique gifts for everyone on your gift list - family, friends, teacher gifts, and hostess gifts - all from local artists and makers. Shop local, support local - and have fun doing it!

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Pop-Up Tea Shop with Lily Tea
Nov
25
2:00 PM14:00

Pop-Up Tea Shop with Lily Tea

  • artfullbean artisan boutique cafe (map)
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Come try some craft tea made locally in South Orange by Lily Tea Company. Lily Tea owner Maurice Blackwell will be on hand to talk about the tea, the company, and what makes Lily Tea so special.

Sample the tea, and purchase your favorite. Tea infusers and tea pots will also be available for purchase. Perfect for yourself or as a gift for the tea lover in your life.

Join us and enjoy a cup of tea and good company!

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Makers + Movers Masterclass with Deborah Fineman
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Makers + Movers Masterclass with Deborah Fineman

Join us for an exciting Makers+Movers Masterclass with Deborah Fineman, President and General Counsel of Supreme Energy, Inc.

A seasoned entrepreneur, attorney, and philanthropist, Deborah will share the journey that took her from teenaged building contractor to president of a successful energy company employing 90 people. Sometimes success comes from recognizing opportunities when they come along and throwing oneself into them full force, despite the risks. Come and be inspired by Debbie’s story.

Our evening’s culinary experience will be curated by Garden State Kitchen.

Makers + Movers is the business arm of ValleyArts Inc.

Presented by: Supreme Energy, Inc. and DXN.
In association with: Hands Inc, Greater Newark Enterprises Corp, Garden State Kitchen, Ihsaan Designs, and Les Cayes Partners.

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Afternoon Tea with Lily Tea Company
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Afternoon Tea with Lily Tea Company

Join us for afternoon tea with local tea makers, Lily Tea Company.

Taste a variety of the teas they create while you enjoy scones, tea sandwiches, and live music. Lily Tea will talk about their company and what makes their teas special, as well as describe how you can create your own custom blend.

Teas, infusers, and tea pots will be available for purchase. 

Free event and all are welcome. Bring all your tea loving friends!  

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Art and Music Benefit for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

Art and Music Benefit for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

  • Community Gallery at ValleyArts (map)
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Featuring Frank Meo's Mind Prints series in the Community Gallery and live music in the courtyard. Food, drink, and a great time for a good cause.

Suggested donation of $10 at the door. 100% of donations and 50% of art sales go directly to hurricane relief. Item donations accepted as well. 

Music Lineup:
6:00pm: Ariana Gates & Chrissie Limos
6:30pm: Ito
7:00pm: Switch Mob
8:00pm: Genii Collective
9:00pm: The One 50 Project

Mind Prints: A thought-provoking collection of words without pictures illustrating the creative spark in each of us. Over forty framed prints relating major news stories and cultural phenomena, each graphically illustrated in the viewer’s imagination.

Donations will go to the Hispanic Federation's Unidos Fund for hurricane relief. All supplies will be collected in the name of Iglesia Presbiteriana en Country Club, Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Items needed:
  - Toothpaste
  - Hand soap
  - Baby wipes
  - Paper Towels
  - Feminine hygiene products
  - Plastic bags
  - Toilet paper
  - Diapers
  - Bottles of water
  - Crackers
  - Non-perishable canned foods

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Knick Knack: A different type of flea market
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Knick Knack: A different type of flea market

  • Nia Fellowship Baptist Church (map)
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Join your friends and neighbors at the Knick Knack Neighborhood Flea Market/Rummage Sale!

Find something new to you that you just can’t live without. There will be knick knacks, antiques, vintage items from individuals and professional vendors alike. Decor, household items, dish ware, art, furniture, clothing, vinyl records, and more. Don’t miss this chance to browse the treasures that lie right here in your own neighborhood!

2017 Knick Knack takes place:
Saturday, September 30, 10AM-3PM
Nia Fellowship Baptist Church, 174 S. Valley Rd, West Orange.

WANT TO BE A VENDOR?

$15 gets you a dedicated space and a 6ft. table. Register online.

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Community Spirit Gala
Sep
15
6:30 PM18:30

Community Spirit Gala

It’s time for the annual event celebrating the Valley Arts District! Live music, delicious food from neighborhood establishments, a wine bar, art, and both silent and live auctions come together for one amazing evening for both residents and visitors to the district.

TICKETS

Last year, local restaurants such as Hat City Kitchen, Libretti’s, and Southern Comfort Cafe provided food and bands played throughout the night, interspersed with presentations from movers and shakers in the community. This year’s event will have a similar format - but with some notable additions and surprises.

Community Spirit raises money for projects in the Valley Arts District such as signage, gardens and plantings, art installations, and community events. This year’s event will take place in the courtyard of the ValleyArts Creative Cooperative building and will raise funds to continue efforts for gardens and plantings, identifying banners and signs, resident-created murals, and a way finding project.

Mark your calendar to attend the celebration on Friday, September 15, 2017. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets. You can also support the event and the Valley Arts District through donations of goods and services and by spreading the word about this amazing evening.

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Meet the Vendors
Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

Meet the Vendors

An evening of shopping, music, and mingling.

Our vendors are all local small businesses with unique and interesting stories. They each take time to carefully curate their spaces in the boutique. Come out and meet them! 

Shop for interesting and beautiful gifts, chat with the vendors, have refreshments, and listen to live acoustic music by local artist and musician, Adam Gustavson.

Participating vendors may include: Artisans Gallery Pop-Up, Bien Abyé, Julie's Jewelry, Family Assistance Resource Center, Vetiver Les Cayes, Valley Book Works, Zesa Raw, and others!

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Makers + Movers Breakfast
Jun
20
8:30 AM08:30

Makers + Movers Breakfast

Join us for the next Makers + Movers Breakfast with special guest:
Richard Everhardt Groves Jr., Managing Director, FFL-Kendell Financial Group

Life style retirement planning specialist. Richard is the author of the self-help book - Oh God, I need a Job, and a Public Speaker on personal development. His goal - "helping families".

Richard will discuss:

  • how to reduce the stress associated with retirement
  • how to create a vision for the lifestyle you want at retirement
  • how not to outlive your money
  • how to create a lifestyle that leaves a legacy for loved ones!

Presented by:
FFL-Kendell Financial Group
richardegroves.advisorprofiles.com
In association with:
ValleyArts
GNEC
Hands
Ihsaan Designs
Les Cayes Partners

RSVP by emailing events@valleyartsnj.com

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Open Orange Reception and Artist Talk
Jun
10
3:00 PM15:00

Open Orange Reception and Artist Talk

Join us for the artist talk and closing celebration for our annual Open Orange juried contemporary art exhibition.

Hear the artists speak about their process and work, then mingle and enjoy wine, music, and light bites while viewing this exhibit of two dimensional work from local NJ and NYC metropolitan area artists.

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 3pm-5pm
Closing Celebration: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 5pm-7pm

 

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Makers+Movers Breakfast and Workshop
May
31
8:00 AM08:00

Makers+Movers Breakfast and Workshop

You're invited to the next Makers+Movers Breakfast!
 
Featuring Special Guest:
Lisa Ascolese, “The Inventress”
Inventor, Agent, Television Personality and Consultant

  1. Learn how to develop and pitch your product from concept, to fruition and have fun doing it. 
  2. Join Lisa Ascolese as she takes you through a 90-minute, hands on workshop that will leave you wanting to invent the next big THING!

8:00 AM to 9:30 AM: Networking and Q&A Session with Lisa Ascolese

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM ($10 Members, $20 General Public)
- “Inventing A-to-Z” ™ Workshop
- “Problems, Challenges and Solutions”

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch

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Meet the Vendors
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Vendors

Meet the vendors while shopping the boutique at this special evening event!

Our vendors will be on hand to discuss their products and businesses while you browse their carefully curated and hand-crafted artisan art, crafts, and products. Discount on all items purchased during the event. This is the perfect opportunity to find out more about what makes our boutique special while picking up some gifts (or something special for yourself!) 

Refreshments will be served and music will be provided by ValleyD Radio.

Participating vendors will include: Artisans Gallery Pop-Up, Bien Abyé, Julie's Jewelry, Family Assistance Resource Center, Vetiver Les Cayes, Valley Book Works, Zesa Raw, and others!

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Meet The Makers
May
12
6:30 PM18:30

Meet The Makers

An evening of discovery, cocktails, and networking.

MEET THE MAKERS: Kris Ohleth, owner of Garden State Kitchen; Brad Finkel, owner of Hoboken Farms; and featured artist Cat Delett. Tickets $20. Appetizers and Cocktails. Presented by Green Street Solar Power.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Makers + Movers, an arm of ValleyArts, is a membership organization for entrepreneurs focused on the Valley Arts District. Our aim is to fuel economic opportunities for our members and to enhance the community with new business opportunities. We look to innovatively promote the businesses of our members, create signature programing with industry thought leaders, and educate our members on relevant topics and opportunities to amplify their business.

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Open Orange Art Exhibit
May
11
to Jun 10

Open Orange Art Exhibit

  • Community Gallery at ValleyArts (map)
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Opening Reception Thursday, May 11, 6-9pm at the Community Gallery at ValleyArts. Exhibit runs through June 10.

Open Orange 2017 is a juried exhibition of contemporary art from NJ and NYC metropolitan area artists working in two-dimensional media.

The exhibition is shown in the ValleyArts Community Gallery in the Valley Arts District, and celebrates this growing artist community. Open Orange is a project of the ValleyArts Visual Arts Advisory Committee and is chaired by Jeremy Moss, who is the Deputy Director of ValleyArts. Open Orange was founded by Nigel Freeman and Jeremy Moss.

The nationally prominent jurors are:
Diedre Harris-Kelley: co-director and curatorial lead of the Romare Beardon Foundation and an accomplished artist.
Nigel Freeman: director of African-American Fine Art at Swann Auction Galleries, advisory board member of the Hampton University Museum in Virginia, and print appraiser on the PBS show, Antiques Roadshow.
Caro Kalb-Marr curator and owner of Gallery Ovo. Daughter of an accomplished artist, Kalb-Marr has spent her whole life in the art world.

Community Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm; Saturdays, 10am – 4pm; Sundays, 11pm – 4pm. You may also arrange appointments for other times by calling 862 252 7035.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY GALLERY
The ValleyArts Community Gallery, located at 400 S.Jefferson Street in Orange, is a beautiful new space that opened in 2017 as a signature visual gallery space for ValleyArts and its artists. The gallery hosts an array of exhibitions, shows, and events throughout the year. 

 

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bardbeatz Poetry Festival
May
7
1:00 PM13:00

bardbeatz Poetry Festival

A day of poetry and spoken word workshops for high school students.

Open to all interested high school students. To sign up, please email Leslie Duval, led830@gmail.com

Schedule: 
1-5pm: Workshops
7pm: Special Presentation by reg e gaines
7:45pm:   Poetry Reading / Open Mic

WORKSHOPS
Each workshop limited to 20 participants (Observation seats open for an additional 20 people)
Workshop 1: Recording Your Sound: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM reg e gaines
Recording Studio Time: (limited to 12 people) 2:10 PM – 3:00 PM Jeremy Moss
Workshop 2  Writing Exercises: 2:10 PM – 3:50 PM Peg Vassallo
Workshop 3  Shakespeare to Miranda: 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Andrew Blais

Workshops take place at:
Community Gallery at ValleyArts
400 South Jefferson
Orange, NJ 07050

Evening presentations take place at:
Luna Stage Theatre
555 Valley Road
West Orange, NJ 07052

Sponsored by Luna Stage and VallyArts

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Earth Day Clean Up
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Earth Day Clean Up

We will provide garbage bags and latex gloves. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and we'll walk the neighborhood and clean up!

Who: ALL are welcome
When: 4/22, meet at noon - rain or shine
Where: Meet at the Creative Co-op building, 400 South Jefferson St., Orange
Why: To help clean up our neighborhood in honor of Earth Day

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artfullbean café and boutique - Grand Opening!
Mar
11
12:00 PM12:00

artfullbean café and boutique - Grand Opening!

Grand opening of the new artfullbean café! Help us celebrate the opening with champagne and, of course, coffee! 

The artfullbean café provides a welcoming space in the Valley Arts District for locals and visitors to grab a coffee, have business meetings, meet up with friends, or just enjoy a quiet moment during the day. Our coffee is made from artisan fair trade federation coffee beans from Haiti. These beans are taken from various altitudes and roasted according to where they are picked. The results are delicious and the farmers get 80% of the profit.

Stop in the  boutique shop to browse a selection of curated, artisan items from local vendors. You will find jewelry, glass art, books, beads, accessories, art from ValleyArts artist members, and more.

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Color of Energy / Energy of Color
Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

Color of Energy / Energy of Color

Co-curated by Aida Jones and Mikel Frank “The Color of Energy; Energy of Color” exhibition focuses on highly expressive paintings that embrace color, gestural marks, shapes, textures and forms to create energetic works. 

The exhibition opens Saturday, February 4th with an artist talk and reception at 7pm at the Firehouse Gallery. The evening includes an opportunity to meet the artists on exhibit, live musical performance by Steve Jones and an open wine bar. The show highlights art from 25 artists whose juried paintings represent energy and vitality through a variety of artistic techniques. All pieces are for sale and are on exhibit through February 25.

To learn more about the artists and the exhibit go to: https://sites.google.com/site/colorofenergyexhibit/

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Makers + Movers Breakfast
Jan
23
8:00 AM08:00

Makers + Movers Breakfast

Join other local business owners at this networking breakfast led by Leo Vasquez, Creative Placemaking, and the Nishuan Group, The Nishuan Group is in charge of creating the Master Plan for Orange, NJ. This is a free event and will be held at the ValleyArts Creative Co-Op, 1/23/17, 8-9:30 am. 

Makers + Movers, an arm of Valley Arts, is a membership organization for entrepreneurs focused on the Valley Arts District. Our aim is to fuel economic opportunities for our members and to enhance the community with new business opportunities. We look to innovatively promote the businesses of our members, create signature programming with industry thought leaders, and educate our members on relevant topics and opportunities to amplify their business.

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