Our mission is to cultivate, inspire and support the arts within our community.


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  • 29 Apr 2020 9:09 PM | Patricia Mitrano (Administrator)

    Through an exciting partnership with the Visual and Performing Arts Program at West Orange High School (WOHS), the West Orange Arts Center’s (WOAC) latest show features rising stars of our arts community.  The installation took place on March 8 and shortly after the West Orange Arts Center closed and adjusted its programming until further notice. While our doors may be closed to abate the spread of the coronavirus, we are working to stay connected and keep the arts alive. 

    View it here:

    We are delighted to present the  West Orange High School Virtual Exhibit at It includes the work of the Advanced Placement Studio Art Juniors and Seniors. Senior artists include: Brandon AndradeOlivia Callender, Ruth  Donagher, Tricia GarchitorenaChristina GilioMalabreCassidy JoyceJason Latchman, and Jack Mault.

    To participate in AP Studio Art, students are required to complete a one-semester foundation course in studio art before proceeding to advanced studies like advanced drawing, design, painting, graphics and sculpture. After completing demanding advanced courses, juniors and seniors may enroll producing portfolios for college admission and earning up to six advanced placement college credits. 

    The virtual exhibit was compiled by WOAC Vice-Chair Carol Black-Lemon and Advanced Placement Studio Art teacher Heather Young.  "Even though we are closed to the public, we wanted to continue our mission to aspire and support the arts in our community, and what better way to do that then by acknowledging these talented young artists," said Black-Lemon.  Young concurs "Although the students did not get their big reception, in light of the situation, this is a very exciting alternative." This is the fourth year the show is being coordinated by WOAC Board Members Lisa Suss and Frank Niccoletti. 

    The community is invited to visit the virtual exhibit and take the opportunity to provide feedback to the students. WOAC is currently developing additional virtual opportunities. Most recently the WOAC partnered with the West Orange Environmental Commission and Open Space Commission and coordinated by Councilwoman Susan McCartney to "Celebrate Earth Day, the Social Distancing Way" with an Art In Nature Community Photography Campaign. The work is on view on Facebook. The striking images came from far (Italy) and near (West Orange and surrounding community).

    This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.  For more information, visit

  • 1 Dec 2019 3:36 PM | Patricia Mitrano (Administrator)

    The West Orange Arts Center's (WOAC) Annual Holiday Boutique Extravaganza returns for two back-to-back weekends, Dec. 7 & 8 and  Dec. 14 & 15, 2019 at 551 Valley Road in West Orange, NJ. Extended hours forshopping are Saturdays from Noon- 7:30pm and Sundays from 1-5pm. The WOAC will be transformed into a shopper's paradise, featuring holiday treats, soft music, daily door prizes and special coupons from local businesses.

    Gift items for everyone on your list include unique and eclectic hand-crafted jewelry (Cheryl Forbes, James Hemmel, Michelle Trapani, Leon Sangster), hand-knitted neck wraps (Zena Spevak), honey fresh from the Watchung Mountains (Astof Apiary-Joan Tak), Rock & Roll art (Timothy Shields), natural bath and body products (Keep Yourself Smelling Sweet-Renee Marshall-McKinley), luxurious home textiles (Vivienne O'Neill), upcycled glassworks (HMP Glassworks-Harene Pitter), fine art pendants (Carol Black-Lemon), pottery (Second Stage Creations-Tina Burk), pet fashions (Charlotte Wescott), and wearable art (Hats-Monique David), headbands (Kate McCartney).

    "What makes our holiday boutique special is the festive, warm and inviting atmosphere we create; it's a vibe that you simply can't get online or at the mall," states holiday boutique chair Carol Black-Lemon. "We look forward to welcoming artists, arts supporters and shoppers to explore this arts neighborhood."

    The Small Works Members Exhibition features over 60 one-of-a-kind keepsakes, all priced under $200. Local exhibiting artists include Balkrishna E., Carol Black-Lemon, Lois Condon, Irene Dunsavage, Daniel Epstein, Maria Estrela, Debbie Galant, Joan Gantz, Adam G. Gustavson, Candice Harris, Kathleen Heron, Mary Howe, Carol T. Jenkins, Shoshana Kertesz, Cansuela Lawrence, Barbara Motley, Mansa Mussa, Denis Orloff, Cindy Wolf, Denise Toney, Michelle A. Trapani, and Amy Wax.

    In addition, the West Orange Arts Center Gift Shop will also be open during this time with local artists’ work available for purchase. For more info visit or email

  • 22 Dec 2018 5:34 PM | Patricia Mitrano (Administrator)

    The JCC MetroWest Gaelen Galleries presents the 2oth Annual Juried Art Show & Sale!


  • 2 Jun 2018 12:27 PM | Carol Black-Lemon (Administrator)

    West Orange Arts Council Calls for Artists, Collaborative, Creative Pop-Ups & Workshops

    Visit the West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road for this summer's on-going Pop-Up exhibits featuring the art of local artists/members.  Read more...

  • 26 May 2018 12:37 PM | Carol Black-Lemon (Administrator)

    JSDD Wae Center visits ‘Art from the Heart’

    WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled Wae Center in West Orange recently visited the West Orange Arts Council’s “Art from the Heart” exhibit at the West Orange Arts Center and received a private gallery tour by exhibition manager Lisa Suss.

    “These trips are important to the overall well-being and holistic development of our members,” Wae Center Art Studio manager Harry Klein said in a press release. “Art is a language understood by all and this artwork certainly had a lot to say.”

    The Wae Center Art Studio is a place where members are invited to explore creating fine art through painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, jewelry design and digital art. Members work both independently and with the guidance and support of trained facilitator mentors in an environment that is founded on neutrality and inclusion.  Read more...

  • 25 Apr 2018 12:28 PM | Carol Black-Lemon (Administrator)

    WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Arts Council’s current show “Art from the Heart” at the West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road, features 17 exhibiting artists’ diverse interpretations of the heart. Their works range from representations of the organ inside the chest to images of the heart as the emotional center of a ...Read more...

  • 31 Mar 2018 12:43 PM | Carol Black-Lemon (Administrator)

    West Orange High School Artists in Exhibition at West Orange Arts Council Through March 31

    WEST ORANGE, NJ – The second annual art exhibition featuring West Orange High School AP art students opened on March 3 with an afternoon reception and will remain on display through March 31.

    A diverse sampling of paintings, portraits, sculpture, collage, digital design, anime, and collage representing the artists and their unique points of view are placed throughout the WOAC gallery. All participating students are seniors.  Read more...

    AP Art Students

  • 20 Oct 2017 12:47 PM | Carol Black-Lemon (Administrator)

    WOAC masquerade raises funds for local community arts and arts programming

    WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Arts Council masquerade party fundraiser, held Oct. 20 at the West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road, drew close to 50 people in support of community arts, including “Vincent Van Gogh and his sunflower,” the “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” two “Frida Kahlos” and a peacock. The night marked the debut of the West Orange Community Coloring Book and the opening of the WOAC Member’s Small Works Show, featuring more than 30 artists. A silent auction and costume contest, entertainment by Tyrone Daniels, and musical performance by Lily Sanchez Ruiz enhanced the evening festivities.


  • 15 Oct 2017 12:51 PM | Carol Black-Lemon (Administrator)

    ‘¡Bienvenidos a las Artes!’ opens

    WEST ORANGE, NJ — “¡Bienvenidos a las Artes!” opened to great fanfare, kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month. The arts exhibit honors the artistic and community contributions of Hispanic and Latino individuals within the community. The exhibit is a joint effort from the West Orange Arts Council, the West Orange Hispanic Foundation and the West Orange Public Library and will run through Oct. 15 at the library and at the West Orange Arts Center.   Read more...

  • 8 Jul 2017 12:57 PM | Carol Black-Lemon (Administrator)

    WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Arts Council is pleased to announce the latest art exhibit at the West Orange Art Center galleries, “3 Women … 3 Perspectives,” featuring the art of WOAC board members Amelia Panico, Lisa Suss and Heidi Sussman. Each of the three women, who are West Orange residents as well, offers her own distinctive perspective, showing a diversity of subject as well as a wide range of process.

    Located at 551 Valley Road, West Orange, on the same block as Luna Stage, the show will commence on Friday, April 28, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be on display through May 28.


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