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Art Galleries to Visit in the Montclair Area

by Yarleen Hernandez
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If outdoor weekend plans got canceled because of rainy weather, there are other activities to do indoors. Exploring an art gallery happens to be one of those activities. From works by dozens of artists, have a day at an art gallery admiring all the works on display. From Montclair Art Museum to Paul Robeson Galleries, there is a lot of art to go around. Read more for a complete guide to amazing art galleries that are worth a visit right here in Essex County.

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73 See Gallery + Design Studio | 14 Seymour Street, Montclair


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73 See Gallery and Design Studio specializes in curating Fine Art and pop-up exhibitions as well as artist representation, graphic design in artist catalogs, and promotion pieces. The studio has exclusive online Gallery exhibitions where visitors can also purchase artwork.

DiRasa House of Diversified Arts | 4 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair

This art gallery has easy proximity to various NJ Transit train stops — Walnut Street + Bay Street, also known as the Montclair-Boonton Line. DiRasa welcomes artists far and wide, where their unique works are displayed. Mosaic-inspired art, acrylic-painted art, and even celebrity-inspired pieces are on display to admire. DiRasa also happens to be located in the downtown area of Montclair, where you can also explore all of the surrounding parks, restaurants, and boutiques after a day of exploring DiRasa’s exhibits.

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Festus Marazere | 61 Stanford Avenue, West Orange

For those looking to purchase new art, Festus Marazere’s art gallery is the place to go. Created by a Nigerian-American poet and artist with a specialty in oil paintings, the artist is inspired by the world around him which can be seen through the use of vibrant colors in his work.

Gallery Aferro | 73 Market Street, Newark


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Located in the heart of Newark, Gallery Aferro’s mission statement is to embody the exchange of ideas through art in the service of advancing human dignity and beauty with a focus on visual arts. The gallery offers exhibitions, events, and a studio residency program available all year round. At Gallery Aferro, they believe art is for everyone and since its founding in 2003, the art space has helped connect art collectors and researchers to artists whose works span more than 80 years of history and include paintings, drawings, embroidery, watercolors, photographs, and mixed-media installations. The online art shop contains the gallery’s collection available for purchase including work by Gladys Barker Grauer, known as the “Mother of Newark Arts,” who passed away in 2019. Gallery Aferro is the exclusive curatorial liaison for Barker Grauer’s work.

J Núñez Gallery | 343 Millburn Avenue, Millburn

The J Núñez Gallery is owned by none other than well-known international chef and visual artist Jesús Núñez. The new gallery features original abstract paintings made from high-quality materials that complement a wide range of tastes and styles that are one-of-a-kind.

Montclair Art Museum | 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair

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The Montclair Art Museum was founded in 1914 and was the first museum in New Jersey to grant access to the public + focus only on art. It has preserved American and Native American Art since its inception and contains over 12,000 pieces of artwork including sculptures, ceramics, artifacts, and more. Tickets to the museum must be reserved prior to entering and proof of vaccination is required for visitors aged 5 and up. MAM’s artwork can be enjoyed virtually on the website as well.

Montclair State University Galleries | 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair

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Montclair State University houses multiple galleries including the flagship Segal Gallery, which includes work from professional artists with a focus on contemporary art. The Sculpture Garden has over a dozen outdoor works. University Galleries’ mission is to bring together ideas, perspectives, and dialogues to foster curiosity and shared understandings through art. The spot presents diverse and inclusive exhibitions and programs creating connections that unite the campus experience with the local and global community. The Galleries’ vision is to become a premier destination for modern and contemporary art. Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public.

Paul Robeson Galleries | 54 Halsey Street, Newark

Established in 1979, the Paul Robeson Galleries are located at Rutgers University-Newark in honor of artist and activist Paul Robeson. The Galleries’ mission and programming embody Robeson’s life-long commitment to artistic freedom, cultural democracy, and an activist approach. This commitment includes organizing free exhibitions and public/education programs on local, regional, and international contemporary art and culture, as well as developing civic partnerships through community outreach programs. The galleries are free and open to the public. 

Studio Montclair Inc | 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

For over 20 years, Studio Montclair Inc has celebrated artists by showcasing their work. The studio’s mission is to promote culture, education, equality, and tolerance through art and diversity. Studio Montclair Inc also offers art classes through the Art Academy to people of all ages and abilities. Classes include painting, jewelry design, drawing, fiber arts, and sculpture.

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ValleyArts | 400 South Jefferson Street, Orange


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Founded in 2005, ValleyArts’ priority is to serve, and support artists, creative organizations, and the neighborhood through educational programming, community space, local events, and partnerships. The non-profit gallery produces fun, engaging, and free events as well as donation-based and low-cost workshops on topics relevant to residents.read more button

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