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West Orange to Hold Festival Fiesta and Feast For Hispanic Heritage Month

West Orange

 The West Orange Arts Council presents “Festivals, Fiestas and Feasts” in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate Hispanic culture and the multicultural community where we live.   

Officials say, this art exhibit features the work of local artists: Judyann Affronti, Rey Arvelo, Maria Estrela, Stanley Gavidia, Carol Jenkins, Fernando Mariscal, Alex Martinez, Patricia Mitrano, Sylvia Padilla, Hector Perez, Luisa Pinzon and Susan Greenwald.

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The show opened on Saturday, September 17, 2022 and runs through October 22, 2022 at the West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road, in West Orange, NJ. An Artist’s Reception is planned for Saturday October 1, 2022 from 1-4pm featuring Hispanic and Latin American music.

Exhibit gallery hours are Saturdays from 11am – 4pm and by appointment. 


The exhibit is an eclectic mix and a festival of color. See work from art educator and West Orange resident Alex Martinez who invites the viewer to his internal diaspora of two cultures. 

View Hector Perez’ Latin American Treasures handcrafted rag dolls, popular in many traditional societies; Sylvia Padilla’s Incan imagery of animals of Native folklore and Rey Arvelo’s miniature detailed paintings, an introspection of the unconscious mind.

Sure to delight are Judyann Affronti’s felt collages, personal reinterpretations of the traditional arts of central Mexico and Maria Estrela's (of Cape Verdean heritage) mixed/media collages, reflecting the work of strong women artists in arts history along with many more.

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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. 

Area artists and community leaders remain the core of this all-volunteer organization that operates the West Orange Arts Center gallery and gift shoppe at 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ.   

The West Orange Arts Council mission is to cultivate, inspire, and support the arts in West Orange and vicinity. For more info visit