Valley Arts District Organizations Plan Holiday Shopping Day

If you haven't been to the Valley Arts District yet, Saturday, December 2 is the perfect day to visit! Several of the arts organizations in the Valley have banded together to plan a Holiday Shopping Day, with special events and sales. 

West Orange Arts Center has their annual Small Works Show, and also a Holiday Boutique with one-of-a-kind gift items created by local artists. This boutique is in addition to the Gift Shop which is open year round in the Arts Center.

Yema Gallery also has their Seasonal Art Show & Sale kicking off this same day, with local artists providing beautiful art and gifts.

ValleyArts continues their Artfull Series with the second annual Artfull Holiday Boutique. This extension of the artfullbean café boutique is filled with unique art, gifts, and products from local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs. Shoppers can receive a free small coffee with purchase all day. 

From 2-5pm, ValleyArts artfullbean café hosts Viva Vinyl - a vinyl listening party - and happy hour with complimentary wine and beer. A perfect way to wind up a day of shopping for unique, beautiful, and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list - from family and friends to teachers and hostesses.

West Orange Arts Center: 
Open Sat. and Sun. 12-5 p.m.
551 Valley Road, West Orange

Yema Gallery:
Open Sat. 1-5pm
540B Freeman St., Orange

ValleyArts and artfullbean café:
Open Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 10am-4pm; Tue-Fri 8am-5pm
400 S. Jefferson St, Orange

A Letter From Our Chairman

Dear ValleyArts Friend,

We are writing you today with mixed emotions. Candace Lee has decided to step down from her role as Executive Director at the end of 2017. Since returning to ValleyArts in October 2015, Candace’s leadership and dedication to our mission has contributed immeasurably to the growth and vision of ValleyArts.

Although saddened by Candace’s departure as Executive Director, we are pleased to announce she will remain part of ValleyArts as Director of Development. We look forward to her continued guidance as an important part of our organization.

In light of Candace’s departure, the Board of Trustees is now positioned to hire a new Executive Director who will allow us to remain focused on our mission of building community through creativity, while increasing our fundraising and visibility. To this end, the Board of Trustees has asked Jeremy Moss to serve in this role, effective January 1, 2018.

Jeremy has worked as our Deputy Director since October 2016 subsequent to serving as our Director of Marketing. Prior to that, Jeremy worked as a consultant and volunteer with ValleyArts since 2010, and he is familiar with our programs, funders, and needs.  As an artist, resident of the Valley Arts District, and active participant in the local arts scene and community, Jeremy is well-suited for this position, and has been working closely with Candace for the past year to ensure a seamless transition for our organization's continued growth and success.

ValleyArts plans to continue the good work it has been doing for the past 12 years in the Valley Arts District, from programs for the community and youth to providing opportunities for artists and local entrepreneurs.  If you have questions about ValleyArts, I would be happy to answer them. In the meantime, please congratulate Candace on all that she has achieved, and wish Jeremy every success in taking us forward.


Scott Schultz
ValleyArts Board of Trustees

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