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.
WHEN: Saturday, March 5, through Saturday, April 23, 2022, is open for viewing on
Saturdays from 11am -4pm. A reception will take place on Saturday, March 19, from 1-4pm
WHERE: West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road, West Orange, New Jersey.
Panels from the WOHS “Celebrate Pride” mural will also be on view.
On display is the work of Advanced Placement Studio Art Seniors attending West Orange High School. They include Anna Akerblom, Amelie Eder, Ian Gustavson (bottom, left), Olivia Horne (left), Michelle Kawior. E.K. Kong, Abigail Nolan (below, right), Nia Papamichalaki, and Mariana Simpson. The “Celebrate Pride” mural was created in 2021, as a collaboration between WOHS, WOAC, and the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center.
This is the sixth year of the collaboration (with virtual shows in 2020 and 2021) among WOHS Visual and Performing Arts Director Louis Quagliato and Advanced Placement art teacher, Heather Young, WOAC’s Frank Niccoletti, and Lisa Suss, who is also the Gaelen Galleries at the JCC MetroWest gallery manager.
The WOHS Arts Program offers a variety of visual and aesthetic art courses. Students are required to complete two semesters of foundation courses before proceeding to advanced studies like advanced drawing, design, painting, graphics and sculpture. After completing the demanding advanced courses, juniors and seniors may enroll in Advanced Placement Studio Art, producing portfolios for college admission and earning up to six advanced placement college credits.
coordinated by WOAC gift shoppe manager Liana Torrice, “Gallery hosts will have the opportunity to learn about gallery administration, which includes professionally greeting guests, discussing their artwork, and gift shoppe design management.”
“During the past two years, we were still working behind the scenes to keep the arts alive in our community,” states WOAC chair Patricia Mitrano. “This exhibit gives us the opportunity to support young local artists and reconnect with each other.”