WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Valley Arts District of Orange and West Orange will hold its first-ever Gallery Artwalk on Friday, Nov. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. Valley Arts Executive Director Richard T. Bryant announced plans for the unique event that will include diverse exhibitions by more than 30 artists at six galleries. Painting, abstract photography, jewelry, and metal arts will be represented in various mediums.

Participating galleries will include the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery; Ironworks Gallery, home of ORNG Ink; Oualie Gallery (artist Terry Boddie's studio workspace); Yema Gallery, home of the Catfish Friday women's art collective; Arts Unbound, the gallery for differently-abled artists; and the ValleyArts Orbiting Gallery at Hat City Kitchen. 

The Friday evening ArtWalk will also feature special mini appearances by performing artists and guided walking tours from gallery to gallery led by Marifanyi Drum, Dance & Song, an African drum troupe headquartered in the Valley. Walking tours will originate at the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery (580 Forest St. in Orange) and commence hourly on the quarter hour at 5:15 p.m.6:15 p.m., and 7:15 p.m.

ArtWalk performers include actors from the Strange Dog Theater Company, pianist Victor Burks, classical guitarist Joe Frank, DJ Juggla, and more to be announced. Free refreshments will be available.

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Exhibition Super Saturday

On Saturday, all six gallery exhibitions will be open during the day as part of the Valley's Exhibition Super Saturday. A Holiday Jewelry Trunk Show & Sale featuring one-of-a-kind pieces made by members of the statewide New Jersey Metal Arts Guild (NJMAG) will also be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ValleyArts Firehouse.

At 11 a.m., the public is invited to see the Kelli J. Copeland Artist Lofts, now under construction at 400 South Jefferson Street. The Lofts are slated to open late Spring 2014.  The building, developed by HANDS, Inc, features 4,600 square feet of ground-floor arts retail, production, and program space. ValleyArts is finalizing plans to launch four Shared Artist Studio Co-ops for more than 30 artists within this facility. 

"With a stable and engaged community and more and more artists and audiences coming here, programs like ArtWalk and Super Saturday further reveal the Valley's growing vitality," said Richard T. Bryant. "Before too long, every weekend may well be like the ArtWalk," he added, "and next spring's opening of the Kelli Copeland Artist Lofts will further propel us along this path."

All ArtWalk & Super Saturday events are family-friendly. There is no charge for admission. Parking is available in several neighborhood church parking lots and on the street. For additional information, visit valleyartsnj.com, or call (862) 252-7035

Participating Exhibitions & Galleries


New Jersey Metal Arts Guild Juried Exhibition

ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery

580 Forest Street

The celebrated metal and jewelry artists of NJMAG gather for the biennial juried exhibition of their latest work. This innovative display of wearable art and table-top sculpture all feature unexpected use of materials or found objects that add conceptual meaning, surprise, and beauty!

TAR: An Intallation

Ironworks Gallery/ORNG Ink

406 Tompkins St.

The gifted artist mentors of ORNG Ink's free afterschool conservatory for teens have transformed the walls of the Ironworks Gallery into a fascinating mural using nothing but black paint. The exhibition also features a brief video that documents the creation of this collaborative installation.

The Art of Terry Boddie

Oualie Gallery

540-A Freeman St.

Master artist Terry Boddie opens his gallery and studio workspace where much of his inspiring photography and mixed media art comes to life. You will also find one-of-a-kind gifts for holiday giving.

Seasonal Art Show & Sale

Yema Gallery/ARTSETC

540-B Freeman Street

This feast for the senses features fine arts and crafts by Catfish Friday artists from the U.S. And the Caribbean, plus African American collectibles..

The Art of Jon Gabry and Tom Weeks

Arts Unbound

544 Freeman Street

These boldly beautiful works amaze and inspire in the great tradition of Arts Unbound, now in its 14th year serving, nurturing, and supporting people whose disabilities do not include the ability to create exceptional art by any standard.

The Art of Maryanne Trent

ValleyArts Orbiting Gallery Installation

Hat City Kitchen

459 Valley Street (corner of Valley and Forest)

One of the Arts District's favorite dining rooms is further enhanced with the vibrant and whimsical art of Maryanne Trent. Now open for both lunch and dinner seven days a week, Hat City Kitchen also hosts in its popular bar one of the widest-ranging original music programs in the region. 

ArtWalk Scheduled Events (others occur randomly)

Friday, November 22, 5pm-8pm

5:00pm -- Musical performance by Victor Burks in the Firehouse Common Space

5:15pm -- Guided Walking Tour of all Gallery Exhibitions led by Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song

6:00pm -- Strange Dog Theater Company performs Quarrels, a 10 minute playlet at Firehouse Gallery

6:15pm -- Guided Walking Tour of gallery exhibitions led by Marafanya Drum, Dance & Song

7:00pm -- Strange Dog Theater Company performs Quarrels, a 10-minute playlet at Firehouse Gallery

7:15pm -- Guided Walking Tour of gallery exhibitions led by Marafanya Song, Drum & Dance

8:00pm -- Free ArtWalk Ends; music begins at Hat City Kitchen ($10 cover) with Bobby Syvarth (8pm) and Damian Calcagne Band (9:30pm); and ($5 Cover) Precious Roy. No cover for dinner service in the main dining room.

Artists, locations, and times subject to change. 

Exhibitions Super Saturday Scheduled Events 

Saturday, November 23, 10am to 6pm

All six gallery exhibitions are open as follows:

ArtsUnbound, 10am to 4pm

ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery, 10am to 6pm

Ironworks Gallery/ORNG Ink, noon to 6pm

Oualie Gallery, noon to 6pm

Yema Gallery, noon to 6pm

ValleyArts Orbiting Gallery Installation
at Hat City Kitchen, 11am to 2am

Additional Super Saturday events are:


NJMAG's Jewelry Trunk Show & Sale

ValleyArts Firehouse Common Space (adjacent to the main gallery)

580 Forest Street 

Just in time for the holidays, NJMAG's forty members will put on a day-long trunk show with hundreds of additional jewelry and metal arts pieces for sale. 


Hard Hat Tour Kelli J. Copeland Artist Lofts (under construction)

400 South Jefferson Street

Your chance to see the progress of the Kelli J. Copeland Artist Lofts, opening Spring 2014. This artist live/work building will house eight affordable artist live/work rentals and 4,600 square feet of ground floor arts retail, production, and program space. ValleyArts is now finalizing plans to launch four Shared Artist Studio Spaces within this facility.


Live music at Hat City Kitchen begins at 8 p.m. ($10 cover) with Harrison Young (8 p.m.) John Ehlis Quartet featuring vocalist Olivia Foschi (10 p.m.). No cover for dinner service in the main dining room.

The ArtWalk & Super Saturday Information Center is located at: ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery 580 Forest St., Orange NJ 07940 Information: (862) 252-7035.

For more information about Valley Arts and Valley Arts District, go to: http://www.valleyartsnj.com/.