A Thank You and the Year in Review

This has been a banner year for ValleyArts, all owed to the generosity and participation of everyone who contributed to our mission and programs during 2017. 

Thank you for your support throughout the year - without all of you, this wouldn't be possible. We look forward to working together for another successful year inspiring creativity and vitality through the arts, serving creative entrepreneurs, and encouraging everyone to participate in the arts, culture, and creativity as a part of everyday life.

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Your continued support will help us continue our work and programs focused on community through creativity in the coming year.

Right now is the perfect time to join, renew, or send a donation. ValleyArts is a tax exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code 501 (C) 3. Your contribution is tax deductible. Just go to our website or send your donations to ValleyArts, 400 South Jefferson #10, Orange, NJ 07050. Credit cards accepted by phone or on site.

Wishing you a peaceful and joyful holiday season full of friends, family, and art!

Candace Lee
Executive Director, ValleyArts

ValleyArts Annual New Seen Exhibit Features Local Emerging Artists

Every August, ValleyArts hosts a show for emerging artists, called Artfull New Seen. The goal is to give young artists the experience and exposure of a solo or small group show in a gallery environment.

This year, ValleyArts invited three young local artists, Stephen Wiggins, Ken Lowe, and Jonathon Butler to exhibit in the Community Gallery. Wiggins is a barista in the artfullbean café, which is part of ValleyArts.

The show, called Handcrafted, is works of ink and pencil on paper, much of it in a comic book or animation style. Each artist selected five drawings from their recent works to hang in the exhibit. Poet Lorenzo Lloyd, who is also a barista at the artfullbean, contributed three poems which are mounted and hung as part of the show.

This show is curated each year by Jeremy Moss, Deputy Director of ValleyArts. In discussing how he selected this year’s participants, Moss says, “I would always see Stephen drawing during downtime at work, often with his friend, Ken, who would come in to the café to draw and have a coffee. Their good rapport and mutual support was inspiring. When they introduced another good friend, Jonathon, I saw the makings of an interesting exhibit in how their work complements each other.”

The opening reception was well attended with a great show of support for these talented artists. Several pieces from each artist sold during the event.

Last year’s New Seen featured artist Skye Volmar, resident of Orange and student at the Rhode Island School of Design.

This exhibit is on display through August 31. The Community Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 10-2.

Community Spirit Returns to the Valley Arts District in September 2017

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It’s almost time for round two of this 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.

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.

“Our inaugural event was a huge success,” says Candace Lee, Executive Director of ValleyArts, “with over 200 people attending we were able to raise some good seed money for projects to benefit and celebrate the neighborhood. We’re looking forward to another outstanding evening this year.”

Community Spirit raises money for projects in the Valley Arts District such as signage, gardens and plantings, art installations, and community events. As a result of last year’s event, the committee was able to design, order, and install 14 new identifying banners throughout district, plant flowers and install planters around the arts organizations, create Neighborhood Pride packets for new and existing residents, and begin work on two new signage projects - a large banner and an LED sign announcing events - both visible from the train.

This year’s event, which will take place in the courtyard of the ValleyArts Creative Cooperative building, will raise funds to continue efforts for gardens and plantings, identifying banners and signs, resident-created murals, and a wayfinding 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.

Community Spirit is produced by the arts and community organizations of the Valley Arts District: ValleyArts, Arts Unbound, HANDS Inc., Arts in SOMa and the Valley, Garden State Kitchen, PWI Media, Hat City Kitchen, Luna Stage, and West Orange Arts Council. This year the committee welcomes The Rectangle Studio and Gallery.

More info.

For more information, contact:
Candace Lee
Executive Director, ValleyArts