Catch Open Orange: May 9 Through June 8

Girl with Black Hair by James Long
This Friday, more than 100 works of art by 36 artists from New Jersey and New York will go on view at the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery in Orange, NJ as part of the inaugural Open Orange exhibition.

Swann's own Nigel Freeman helped to organize this impressive show, which was juried by prominent figures in the art world: Antonio Sergio Bessa, Director of Curatorial and Educational Programs, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Diedra Harris-Kelley, Co-director, Romare Bearden Foundation; and Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem.  
  
Tormented Dragon by Ann Vollum

Open Orange artworks were submitted online and include paintings, photographs, prints, mixed-media works and works on paper. A top prize of Best in Show will be announced at the Opening reception on May 9, and provides that artist the opportunity for a one-person exhibition in the Firehouse Galley's 2014-15 season. 

The show remains up through June 8 at 580 Forest Street in Orange, NJ, with gallery hours: Thursdays, 5 pm to 7:30 pm; Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm; Sundays, 12:30 pm to 4 pm; or by appointment.


On Saturday, May 24 at 3 pm, Nigel Freeman will lead a lively discussion with and about the artists.
Our Lady of the Valley by Eric Richards

Here is the complete list of Open Orange artists:

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
Andrea Zinn, Brooklyn NY

More information on Open Orange is available at: http://www.valleyartsnj.com/openorange

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