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'Sizzling Summer' Pop-Up Exhibit at West Orange Arts Center Features Local Member Artists

West Orange



By: Najla Alexander 

The West Orange Arts Council (WOAC) presents a sizzling summer pop-up art gallery show from July 23-August 13, 2023, at the West Orange Arts Center on 551 Valley Road, officials announced.   

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According to WOAC officials, a summer artist's reception is planned for Saturday, July 29, from 1–3 p.m. in the gallery and sculpture courtyard of the West Orange Arts Center.

This Pop-up exhibition though short-lived and far from traditional in theme, packs a wide range of mediums from sculpture to digital portraiture, expands and harnesses the creativity in us all.

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The features participating West Orange Arts Council member artists: Wendy A. Born, Mary Byrnes, Jeanette Centeno, Colleen Creedon, Kwaku Debrah, Rona Goldfarb, Jackie Hernandez, Jennifer Larsen, and Josiah Millington.

The WOAC has seen a surge in membership this past spring, welcoming both longtime and new community residents, officials said.   

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"We are delighted with the enthusiasm surrounding this exhibit and are excited to welcome the community for these end-of-summer festivities," states Patricia Mitrano, Chair of the West Orange Arts Council.

The West Orange Arts Council understands the value of having a space devoted to arts and culture in our community, and it is happy to have secured funds from the NJ Department of the Secretary of Higher Education.

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"Our NJ Career Accelerator Grant has enabled us to work with two dynamic summer college interns who significantly impact our programming and behind-the-scenes operations."

Officials say the WOAC Gallery and Gift Shop hours are Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sundays from Noon-3 pm, and by appointment until Sunday, August 13, and will reopen on Saturday, September 9, for the installation of a Hispanic Heritage Exhibit, "Unidos."

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Artists Work in Order by Picture

Secret Verona Series, Red Glasses by Wendy A Born

Protect What You Love by Jackie Hernandez

Queen of Hearts by Kwaku Debrah

Keep Going  by Jennifer Larsen

Alien by Jeanette Centeno