Even though the weather is getting nicer, it’s always good to have a solid backup plan if weekend plans get rained out. From Newark to Montclair, Essex County has an incredibly rich history filled with a community of talented artists ready to showcase their work. We have created a guide to an array of amazing art galleries in Essex County to enjoy. Read on for a guide to amazing art galleries that are worth a visit in Essex County.
73 See Gallery and Design Studio | 73 Pine 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. 73 See Gallery and Design Studio’s current exhibit is by artist Howard Berelson .
Arts Unbound | 544 Freeman Street, Orange
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Arts Unbound is a studio and gallery specializing in the visual arts for youth and adults with disabilities. Located at the Dora Stern Gallery in the city of Orange, the studio provides visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete in the retail market. The retail store features fine art and hand-made accessories by artists with disabilities alongside artwork by the teaching artists.
Clerestory Fine Arts | 40 Church Street, Montclair
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Clerestory Fine Arts is a female-owned gallery that opened its doors in 2019. According to the mission statement, “Clerestory” has multiple meanings and is the architectural term for the most elevated row of windows in a church, designed to “let light in.” The art space is intended to showcase artists from Montclair and surrounding northern NJ towns by presenting museum-quality work and collaborating with local arts organizations and collectors. The gallery is open by appointment only and the artwork catalog is available online for your viewing pleasure.
Festus Marazere | 61 Stanford Avenue, West Orange
If you’re 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
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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
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 current exhibition here is Ajamu Kojo’s Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparations, which is on view until April 23. 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
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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
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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 their Art Academy to people of all ages and abilities. Classes include painting, jewelry design, drawing, fiber arts, and sculpture.
World of 5 D | 2 Church Street, Montclair
The locally-owned business curates art that depicts cultural icons, from actresses to athletes, that are created in a 5D approach. The owners are a group of old friends who grew up together in the Essex County area and have known each other since they were kids.“We curate our exclusive “5D” printed images which we also describe using the French word “Giclee” which refers to a technology for fine art or photograph,” Mike told us. The gallery and shop will also sell collages, oil paintings, recently made sketches and canvas paintings by local artists, and regular printed images.
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 local residents.