Artfull Holiday Boutique Family Shopping Day
Dec
15
9:00 AM09:00

Artfull Holiday Boutique Family Shopping Day

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It’s FAMILY SHOPPING DAY at our annual Holiday Boutique! Join us for kids crafts, live music, and fun for the whole family. Kids can make a craft from our supplies while you shop.

Live music from 3-5pm from Paul Lombardo and Juliana Carr.

We transform the Community Gallery into creative shopping experience with one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list all from our artist and entrepreneur members. The boutique is open all December with special events planned for 12/1, 12/8, and 12/15.

Make a dent in your shopping list with unique gifts that your friends and family will love!

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Artfull Holiday Boutique: Stocking Stuffer Saturday
Dec
22
9:00 AM09:00

Artfull Holiday Boutique: Stocking Stuffer Saturday

It’s STOCKING STUFFER SATURDAY at our annual Holiday Boutique! Join us for a paper plate mandala workshop led by artist Sarah Langsam at 1pm, live music with Steve Jones from 3-5pm, and fun for the whole family.

Every year, we transform the Community Gallery into creative shopping experience with one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list all from our artist and entrepreneur members. The boutique is open all December with special events planned for 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, and 12/22.

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FREE Laughter Yoga Workshop
Jan
5
1:00 PM13:00

FREE Laughter Yoga Workshop

Take advantage of this FREE laughter yoga workshop and start the new year right!

Laughter yoga combines laughter exercises with childlike play, movement, eye contact, and deep breathing to connect, unwind, and let go. We boost our joy, reduce our stress and we have fun. We laugh for no reason and no sense of humor or flexibility is required! 

Some Benefits of Laughter Yoga:
- Reduces stress and increases joyfulness
- Increased Oxygen and blood flow
- Boosts Self-confidence and focus
- Strengthens connections with others
- Releases Endorphins and reduces pain
- Improves energy & mood & outlook
- Melts away negative feelings

Wear loose clothing and bring water. No Yoga mats necessary. 20 people max. Led by Joan Castellano, certified Laughter Yoga leader. For ages 12+.

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Faces of Veracity: Paintings by Christina Duarte
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Faces of Veracity: Paintings by Christina Duarte

Join us at the opening reception for Christina Duarte's Faces of Veracity exhibit in the Community Gallery. 

Meet the artist, view the work, and enjoy conversation with a glass of wine.

On view through Feb 1, 2018.

Each of us has people that have impacted our lives. John Donne famously wrote, “No man is an island entire of itself.” Yet, in today’s world we are more and more isolated in our daily experiences, living “virtual” lives where we are expected to uphold a certain persona in order to achieve acceptance. This is especially true for women. Society requires us to behave in a certain way, hiding our vulnerability and true selves both for safety and social inclusion. 

The paintings I have created for Faces of Veracity show both the external mask and the internal conflicts of each individual. These are women who have greatly influenced my life and whom have gifted me with a view of their most authentic selves. I have done my best, through paint, to do them justice. In representing these two sides each individual I am creating a dialogue about women who feel the need to cover their true feelings while reflecting the current state of our culture that enforces this behavior. 

As a body of work these paintings represent a collection of narratives of strong women who are willing to allow this revelation as a platform to speak out against prejudice, sexism and the stigma of personal struggle. In the poem I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou writes, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” I am honored and privileged to be allowed to portray these stories. There are many more to be told.

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Financing Creative Placemaking
Feb
14
10:00 AM10:00

Financing Creative Placemaking

There is a wide range of ways to fund creative placemaking, including grants, sponsorships and tax credits. Participants in this workshop will learn how to craft a proposal to appeal to funders of creative placemaking, and how to strengthen their arts or community and economic development programs to become creative placemaking programs. Participants will also receive an inventory of funders that support creative placemaking, and get a better understanding of what funders in this field seek from applicants. Learners will get the opportunity to review and critique mock proposals.

Register here.

Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Site-Based Community Events
Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

Site-Based Community Events

Every place has a story. Narratives can span in time and place, from millennia to centuries, from yesterday to tomorrow, from history to fiction. Parks, historic buildings, waterfronts, town squares, abandoned lots, and storefronts can all be activated and better used through storytelling. Community-inspired performances and events can be a great way to learn more about a particular site and the people who use it every day. Attendees will dig into the story of a particular site, learn how to brainstorm ideas for events, and ultimately bridge the gap between a community and a place through storytelling, listening, making, and experiencing.

Register here.

Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Creating Public Art
Apr
25
10:00 AM10:00

Creating Public Art

A piece of public art can be a creative beacon that connects an entire community. Or it could be just another object on the sidewalk that some people, some people hate, and too many ignore. The difference often is about how it’s designed, who’s involved, and who’s making what decisions.

This workshop will help you design and develop true community-guided public art initiatives. You will learn all steps of the process, from idea creation through site selection to installation.

Register here.

Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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 Creating Community Murals
Apr
25
1:30 PM13:30

Creating Community Murals

Murals are a popular and inexpensive way to get more art in a community and to get more community members involved in art. A community mural is more than putting art on a surface; it describes ways of engaging community members in the mural making process. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify good spaces and budget for murals, and various ways to engage stakeholders from design to implementation. Participants will also have the experience of creating a mock mural.

Register here.

Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Crowdmapping
May
16
1:30 PM13:30

Crowdmapping

Taking stock of your existing assets and opportunities can help you do more cost-effective creative placemaking. You will learn how to read a community for ‘hidden’ creative assets and opportunity sites. You will also learn how to engage stakeholders in crowd mapping and how to build better creative placemaking strategies from your maps.

Register here.

Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Creative Urban Design
May
16
1:30 PM13:30

Creative Urban Design

Outdoor spaces that are designed to foster creative activity can attract and retain more people over many hours. This can improve quality of life, economic opportunity, and freedom and belonging in your community. This workshop explores how to design outdoor spaces to achieve distinct purposes – such as performances, exhibitions, co-creation, individual creation, or meditation/inspiration. Participants will also learn how to design art-ful spaces to enhance circulation and civic engagement.

Register here.

Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Bracelet Beading Workshop
Dec
8
10:30 AM10:30

Bracelet Beading Workshop

If you are looking for a unique gift or just a new treasure for yourself, join us at this beading workshop. Instructor May Parker leads a class for kids and adults alike to design and create a beaded bracelet. Perfect for a gift or for yourself. Supplies included.

$15/person
Register online.
Cash at the door preferred, credit cards accepted.

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Artfull Holliday Boutique Music Saturday
Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Artfull Holliday Boutique Music Saturday

It’s MUSIC SATURDAY at our annual Holiday Boutique! Join us for:

  • Kids beading workshop with May Parker at 10:30 am (adults welcome to participate, too!)

  • Vinyl request hour(s) from 1-3pm. Bring an album or request on we have on hand.

  • Live music from 3-5pm with Adam Gustavson.

Every year we transform the Community Gallery into creative shopping experience with one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list all from our artist and entrepreneur members. The boutique is open all December with special events planned for 12/1, 12/8, and 12/15.

Make a dent in your shopping list with unique gifts that your friends and family will love!

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Create a Tree of Life Workshop
Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Create a Tree of Life Workshop

Instructor Juanita Martin leads you through different ways to create a Tree of Life, using semi-precious gemstones, seed beads and enameled wire. The Tree of Life is said to connect all forms of creation and dates back to the concept of the Sacred Tree, found in a variety of the world’s religions, myths and cultures. Here is an opportunity to remind you of your connection to the world and the world’s connection to you. All materials and tools provided.

$25/person
Register online
Cash at the door preferred, credit cards accepted.

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Artfull Holiday Boutique Grand Opening!
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Artfull Holiday Boutique Grand Opening!

It’s the GRAND OPENING celebration of our annual Holiday Boutique! We transform the Community Gallery into creative shopping experience with one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list all from our artist and entrepreneur members. The boutique is open all December with special events planned for 12/1, 12/8, and 12/15.

DECEMBER 1, 9AM-5PM join us to celebrate the Grand Opening with a Tree of Life beading workshop led by artist member Juanita Martin at 11am and live bluesy/jazzy music from Ryan Hernandez from 3-5pm.

Make a dent in your shopping list with unique gifts that your friends and family will love!

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Picture This! Life and Art in Palestine
Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

Picture This! Life and Art in Palestine

ValleyArts and SOMa for Palestine present an afternoon with acclaimed political artist Mohammad Sabaaneh to discuss the challenges of living and working as a cartoon artist in the occupied West Bank. Finger food and light refreshments included in the event. A suggested $10 entry fee goes to support the artist. Donations to ValleyArts are appreciated.

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Laughing Yoga Class
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Laughing Yoga Class

“Mirthful laughter” has been shown to help reduce chronic pain, improve immune response, alleviate depression, and improve cardiovascular health. Wear loose clothing and bring water. No Yoga mats necessary. 20 people max. Led by Joan Castellano, certified Laughter Yoga leader.

$15/person
First come first served. Cash at the door preferred, credit cards accepted.

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Harvest Fest + Meet and Greet with the McClure Twins
Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Harvest Fest + Meet and Greet with the McClure Twins

CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the weather has forced the cancellation of this event. We hope to host the McClure Twins another time.

Bring the kids out to our FREE Harvest fest event! It’s a great afternoon filled with fun:

  • Meet and Greet with the McClure Twins

  • Harvest themed fun and games

  • Performance by Soul Xpressiion

  • Mini Daddy Greek Potato Pie giveaways

We will be collecting for for local food pantries in Orange and West Orange - Please bring a donation if you can!

11am-1pm in the ValleyArts courtyard (in case of bad weather, an indoor location will be announced.)

Presented by CC Minton and ValleyArts.

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Coaction: A Collaborative Art Show
Oct
11
5:00 PM17:00

Coaction: A Collaborative Art Show

What happens when artists make a conscious effort to collaborate actively and in a relatively short space of time? Coaction showcases what happens when artists conceive and execute collaborative projects with other artists, in their immediate circle or beyond. When artists work together to produce a work of art, the resulting piece is greater than a single creator and transcends the individual vision.

This show is presented through a collaboration between ValleyArts and Arts Unbound.

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Knick Knack: A different type of flea market
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Knick Knack: A different type of flea market

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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!

2018 Fall Knick Knack takes place:
Saturday, Sep 29, 10AM-3PM
Nia Fellowship Baptist Church, 174 S. Valley Rd, West Orange.

RAIN OR SHINE! If it rains, we will be inside!

WANT TO BE A VENDOR?

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

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Community Development for Artists, Designers and Makers
Sep
27
10:00 AM10:00

Community Development for Artists, Designers and Makers

Arts are powerful vehicles for all goals in community development--from helping children succeed in school to addressing cultural tensions in communities. This session explores the ways that arts affect people in communities. Participants will identify key, community development issues in their communities and develop strategies to address them through arts activities. Participants will also get robust, data-backed talking points to help them influence key audiences. Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP is the instructor.

Register here.

Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Celebrate Creativity! Fundraiser
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

Celebrate Creativity! Fundraiser

Join us for an evening of creativity – live music, delicious food, and art - all from our local creative community!


When: Friday, September 14, 6:30-10pm
Where: In the ValleyArts courtyard
Tickets: $75 (includes food, open wine bar, and live music)
Tickets available now at http://bit.ly/celebrate-creativity

Honoring Elliot Lee, Chairman of the HANDS Board of Directors, for his dedicated service to the Valley Arts District community.

Live music starts at 7pm:
7:00 – 7:30 PM Miguel “ITO” – Guitarist Singer Songwriter
7:45 -8:15 PM Jinmi Kim Project – Straight Ahead Jazz
8:30 – 9:00 PM Ife Basim Masterpieces - Storms Weathered Dramatic Reading
9:15 – 9:45 PM Zach Brock Live (Grammy Award Winning Violinist)

Food from 11 local food entrepreneurs: 
Food coordinated by our partners at Garden State Kitchen.

Aah Veggie Delights - Create your Own Vegan Tacos
Fairy Lunch Mother - Make a Monfongo Broth Bowl with your choice of topping
Chef Jesse Concepts, LLC - Shrimp & Grit Cakes to Order
Pristine Catering LLC- Nigerian Vegan Bean Balls & Meat Pies
B&C Soul Food Catering LLC
Jessica Alfreds Food
Rhythm N Food
Sweeta Boo's Cakery & Catering - Decorate (or just eat!) a cupcake
Kremeandkrumbs - Create your Own Ice Cream Sundae
Karen's Cookies
Three Daughters Bakery

We will also have a ribbon cutting for our newest outdoor art by local artist Sarah Langsam, a participatory art project, a mystery balloon raffle, and more!

Your ticket purchase supports our local creative community and ValleyArts creative programming for youth, artists, and entrepreneurs.

This event is generously sponsored by the Harvard Printing Apts. and HANDS New Jersey.

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Bloom Where You're Planted
Sep
3
3:00 PM15:00

Bloom Where You're Planted

Artists of the Valley presents

Bloom Where You're Planted 

Featuring:
Poet on Watch, Visual Artist
Indigo Providence, Fashion
Lisa Marie Bronson, Poet
German Pitre, Visual Artist

3pm Talk Back
4pm Open Mic
5pm Music

Labor Day Jam
Monday, Sep 3, 2018 3-7pm
Community Gallery @ ValleyArts
400 S. Jefferson St. Orange

In partnership with ValleyArts

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Layered Ladies: Deep Skin, an Art Sale and Enlightened Discussion of works by Armisey Smith
Aug
4
6:00 PM18:00

Layered Ladies: Deep Skin, an Art Sale and Enlightened Discussion of works by Armisey Smith

Magenta Arts & Cultural Events curates thought-provoking works by artist Armisey Smith and a lively talk on cultivating a layered understanding of art, race and gender given by Prof. April Grier (Rutgers Univ.) and  founder of M.A.C.E.

Tickets $10.

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Make It Happen Workshop Series: Access to Financing
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Make It Happen Workshop Series: Access to Financing

The last in a series of four workshops, Access to Financing is a workshop for anyone who has a vision and wants to make it a reality.

Financing one’s business can involve a great deal of navigating.  Do you know the different ways to finance your new or existing business? Learn what's trending.

Get the inside information on:

  • The myths vs realities of small business financing.
  • What types and sources of capital are available for you to start or expand your business.
  • What funders and lenders require when you request a loan.
  • The importance business goal setting.
  • The amount of money required for your business.
  • Why a business concept statement is so important.  

    Join us and join in on the conversation with other entrepreneurs.

You did not need to attend the previous workshops to participate in this one. Workshop will include an expert from GNEC and a local entrepreneur sharing their experiences. 

Workshop is $10; FREE for Makers + Movers members. RSVP at makersmovers@gmail.com

Light apps provided by Garden State Kitchen.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:
A Makers + Movers series presented by ValleyArts and Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation. Each workshop will include an expert from GNEC and a local entrepreneur sharing their experiences. 

This workshop series is part of ValleyArts Community Workshop Program.

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Make It Happen Workshop Series: Understand Personal and Business Credit
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Make It Happen Workshop Series: Understand Personal and Business Credit

The third in a series of four workshops, Understand Personal and Business Credit is a workshop for anyone who has a vision and wants to make it a reality.

The issues surrounding business or personal credit can be overwhelming, join us to learn about:

  • How to put together a financial checkup plan.
  • Why do you need to rebuild your existing credit to obtain business financing?
  • How to obtain your credit reports and scores.
  • How to dispute items on the reports.·     

Join us and join in on the conversation with other entrepreneurs.

You did not need to attend the previous workshops to participate in this one. Workshop will include an expert from GNEC and a local entrepreneur sharing their experiences. 

Workshop is $10; FREE for Makers + Movers members. RSVP at makersmovers@gmail.com

Light apps provided by Garden State Kitchen.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:
A Makers + Movers series presented by ValleyArts and Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation. Each workshop will include an expert from GNEC and a local entrepreneur sharing their experiences. 

Next Workshop in the Series:

  • 7/25/18: Access to Financing

This workshop series is part of ValleyArts Community Workshop Program.

PRESENTED BY:

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ValleyArts Members Show Opening Reception
Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

ValleyArts Members Show Opening Reception

We are excited to present this exhibit of work from our Artist Members. Our members come from a wide spectrum of art disciplines and this show will have something for everyone to enjoy.

Join us at the opening reception to meet the artists and take in the art.

Show runs through July 30, 2018

Gallery Hours:
Tue-Sat 9-5
Sun 11-3

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Open Orange Artist Talk and Closing
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Open Orange Artist Talk and Closing

Join us for the closing reception of Open Orange 2018. The afternoon will start with an artist talk and be followed my mingling and conversation with the artists. Don't miss this final opportunity to see this beautiful show.

Open Orange is our flagship art exhibition. It's an annual juried contemporary show open to NJ and NYC metropolitan area artists, 18 and over, working in two-dimensional media. Each year, we carefully select independent jurors to select the work to be exhibited as well as the Best in Show winner.

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Unity In Community Block Party
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Unity In Community Block Party

Fiesta de la cuadra! Venga a un día de diversión familiar con entretenimiento!

Come for a day of family fun with entertainment, bouncy house, music, children's crafts, and activities for all. It's a celebration of innovation and vitality in the City of Orange!

Rain date: Saturday June 16
Fecha de la lluvia: Sábado 16 de Jen

Location: Main St. in front of Orange Public Library and Cleveland St. in front of Rosa Parks Community School.
Dirección: Main St. delante de la Biblioteca Publica de Orange y Cleveland St. delante de Rosa Parks Community School.

Presented by ValleyArts, Orange Community Schools, Healthy Orange, Municipality of Orange.

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Make It Happen Workshop Series: What It Means To Be an Entrepreneur
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Make It Happen Workshop Series: What It Means To Be an Entrepreneur

The second in a series of four workshops, What It Means To Be an Entrepreneur is a workshop for anyone who has a vision and wants to make it a reality.

How do YOU define your business?
What does it take to run a business?
 
Often business ownership can be a gratifying and a financially rewarding experience. However, successful entrepreneurs know that running a profitable business starts with organized and detailed business planning. This interactive workshop will help you to take the vision that you have created for your business and aid you in understanding how to holistically think about defining, planning, and operating a business for success.  Join us and join in on the conversation with other entrepreneurs.

You did not need to attend the previous workshop to participate in this one. Workshop will include an expert from GNEC and a local entrepreneur sharing their experiences. 

Workshop is $10; FREE for Makers + Movers members. RSVP at makersmovers@gmail.com

Light apps provided by Garden State Kitchen.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:
A Makers + Movers series presented by ValleyArts and Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation. Each workshop will include an expert from GNEC and a local entrepreneur sharing their experiences. 

Next Workshops in the Series:

  • 6/20/18: Understand Personal and Business Credit
  • 7/25/18: Access to Financing

This workshop series is part of ValleyArts Community Workshop Program.

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Urban Farming Workshop
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Urban Farming Workshop

Urban Farming With Bushie & Shujaa

Urban farming provides self sustainability, delicious fresh food, better health, and promote community in your neighborhood - and it isn’t as hard as you might think!

Join Bushie and Shujaa as they lead you through the process - from crop selection to planning - and explain the different methods of farming possible in an urban setting. Plus, the first 15 people to RSVP will leave with a container, soil, and something to grow!

RSVP to events@valleyartsnj.com
RSVPs help us plan, but drop ins welcome.

Suggested donation to participate is $5, but no one will be turned away.  All donations go to our teachers and to fund other workshops.

WHEN: Sat. May 19, 2-4pm

WHERE: ValleyArts, 400 S. Jefferson St., Orange, NJ 07050

Workshop will take place in the courtyard, through the gates next to the artfullbean café.

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Knick Knack: A different type of flea market
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Knick Knack: A different type of flea market

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, May 19, 10AM-3PM
Nia Fellowship Baptist Church, 174 S. Valley Rd, West Orange.

RAIN OR SHINE! If it rains, we will be inside!

WANT TO BE A VENDOR?

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

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Open Orange Opening Reception
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Open Orange Opening Reception

Join us for the opening reception of Open Orange 2018. See the work, meet the artists, and enjoy conversation and a glass of wine. Best in Show winner will be announced during the evening.

Open Orange is our flagship art exhibition. It's an annual juried contemporary show open to NJ and NYC metropolitan area artists, 18 and over, working in two-dimensional media. Each year, we carefully select independent jurors to select the work to be exhibited as well as the Best in Show winner.

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Make It Happen Workshop Series: Create and Shape Your Vision
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Make It Happen Workshop Series: Create and Shape Your Vision

The first in a series of four workshops,  Create & Shape Your Vision is a vision board workshop to awaken you to the awareness that there really are possibilities for your life and business – and that you can actually create your world exactly the way you want it to be.  Join us as we help to evoke some mind blowing realities.

Workshop is $10; FREE for Makers + Movers members. RSVP at makersmovers@gmail.com

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:
A Makers + Movers series presented by ValleyArts and Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation. Each workshop will include an expert from GNEC and a local entrepreneur sharing their experiences. 

Other Workshops in the Series:

  • 5/23/18: What It Means To Be an Entrepreneur
  • 6/20/18: Understand Personal and Business Credit
  • 7/25/18: Access to Financing

This workshop series is part of ValleyArts Community Workshop Program.

PRESENTED BY:

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