WEST ORANGE, NJ - Thirty-six Artists have been selected to participate in the Valley Arts District Inaugural Juried Art Exhibition entitled "OPEN ORANGE". Eight of those artists are West Orange residents. The Exhibition will run from May 9 through June 8 at the Valley Arts Firehouse Gallery, located at 580 Forest Street in Orange.
The opening reception will be held on May 9 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Admission is free and all artwork is available for sale.
"With the wide range of exceptional artists drawn to participate in the selective OPEN ORANGE process, this exhibition is a testament to how quickly the Valley Arts District is becoming known as a home and a destination for creative people from the Oranges and throughout the region," said Richard T. Bryant, ValleyArts Executive Director.
ValleyArts is the arts service and activist organization of the Valley Arts District of Orange and West Orange. OPEN ORANGE is a project of the ValleyArts Visual Arts Advisory Committee co-chaired by artist Jeremy Moss and committee member Nigel Freeman, Director of African American Fine Art at New York's Swann Auction Galleries. Advisory Committee members are Sarah Canfield, Chris Cosmillo, Ronald Freeman, Leah D. Smith, and Heidi Sussman.
Nationally prominent jurors determined the selections: Antonio Sergio Bessa, Director of Curatorial and Educational Programs for the Bronx Museum; Diedra Harris-Kelley, Co-director of the Romare Bearden Foundation; and Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Artwork was submitted online and included 2D mediums - paintings, photographs, prints, mixed-media works, and works on paper. A Best in Show will be announced at the Opening Reception, and that artist will be offered the opportunity for a one-person exhibition at the Firehouse Galley in 2014-15.
This year's juried artists are: Peter Alessandria, Dover NJ; Daphne Arthur, Arverne NY Aliza Augustine, West New York, NJ; Amy Becker, Madison NJ; Kerrie Bellisario, Morristown NJ; Michael Benevenia, Montclair NJ; Randolph Black, West Orange NJ; Sarah Canfield, West Orange NJ; Kathy Cantwell, Maplewood NJ; Amy Charmatz, Springfield NJ; Erin Kyle Danna, Brooklyn NY; Emilyann Gachko, Cranford NJ; Adam Gustavson, West Orange NJ; Richard Koch, West Orange NJ; George Kopp, West Orange NJ; John Kuczala, Maplewood NJ; James Long, New York NY; Paul Lurrie, Belle Harbor NY; Michael Maier, South Orange NJ; Amelia Panico, West Orange NJ; Gregory Pepe, New York NY; Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Asbury Park NJ; Isabella Pizzano, Denville NJ; Irene Pomianowski, East Orange NJ; Mike Reilly, South Orange NJ; Eric Richards, Orange NJ; Jennie Schaeffer, West Orange NJ; Monique Schubert, Brooklyn NY; Leona Strassberg Steiner, Jersey City NJ; Heidi Sussman, West Orange NJ; Amy Swartele, Potsdam NY; Stacy Swiderski, Fords NJ; Daniel Valentin, Brooklyn NY; Ann Vollum, South Orange NJ; Jaclyn Woudenberg, Hawthorne NJ; and Andrea Zinn, Brooklyn NY.
OPEN ORANGE gallery hours are Thursdays, 5pm to 7:30pm; Saturdays, 10am to 4pm; Sundays, 12:30pm to 4pm; or by appointment.