Welcome to the Lamorinda Arts Council
The mission of the Lamorinda Arts Council is to ignite and sustain artistic expression and appreciation for all ages throughout Lamorinda.
We are an engaged group of volunteers and donors who develop and produce events, partner with professional organizations and artists, give financial support and awards, and advocate for a vibrant, local culture of visual, performing, and literary arts.
Founded in 1950 as the Orinda Arts Council, the Lamorinda Arts Council has been stimulating, supporting, and advocating for the visual and performing arts in the schools and community for over sixty years. Key contributions to the schools and community include Lamorinda Idol, the High School Visual Arts Competition, Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest, Art in Public Places, Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, school musicals, and much more!
Lamorinda Arts Council Gallery Schedules and Events Calendar
As California begins to reopen since the Shelter in Place mandate, we remain cautious with moving forward with our events which take place in a public forum. We are strictly following the guidelines set forth by Governor Newsom and the CDC. The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library and the Art Gallery at Wilder are currently closed but will reopen when allowed by the state and the City of Orinda. Please check gallery schedules HERE for updates on artist receptions and exhibits.
To view our Events Calendar for the latest information about events hosted by the Lamorinda Arts Council, as well as our Arts Partners and other community organizations, click HERE.
Visit Our Gallery Artists Online
Although our two brick and mortar galleries remain closed, we have created a virtual space for our scheduled gallery artists to display and sell their work in our newly opened Online Galleries!
Each month, you can visit our Online Galleries page HERE to browse a selection of work from each of the scheduled artists for the month and see Video Previews created by the artists themselves.
Lamorinda Idol 2020 Audience Voting Is OPEN
Now is your chance to help select the winners of Lamorinda Idol 2020! Online voting is open August 3rd-10th, and your votes will be combined with the judges’ selections to determine the winners in each category, including an Audience Award winner!
We just posted NEW videos for many of our Finalists over the weekend (Aug 1st-2nd) in preparation for the Finals round, so if you looked before, please be sure to look again before voting to see all the hard work these young performers have put in over the summer.
Click HERE to view the full list of Finalists, enjoy their amazing video performances, and VOTE! Winners will be announced August 16 at 7pm in a live Zoom event.
Creating in Place Online Gallery is OPEN
Call for local artists of all ages! The new Creating in Place online gallery welcomes Bay Area artists to exhibit and optionally sell their artwork created at home or in studio during the Covid-19 shelter-in-place period starting in mid-March 2020.
The online gallery "opened" on July 1, with entries ongoing at least through the end of the year. To view program guidelines and submit your artwork for consideration, click HERE.
Enjoy a sneak peek at the first few pieces in our gallery HERE!
The 2020 Art of Mixology is going VIRTUAL
You will have the opportunity to mix with the mixologists by watching how the experts mix their concoctions and by purchasing Art of Mixology Kits with directions to make delicious cocktails. There will also be an Audience Award for your favorite drink and mixologist! Finalists will be chosen to compete for the top prize of Mixologist of the Year!
Here are the important dates:
August 1-25th - Bartender Registration (click HERE to register)
September 7th - Finalists Selected and Pre-Orders for Art of Mixology Kits begins
October 1-30th - Art of Mixology Kits available for pick up or shipping.
October 16th - 2020 Art of Mixology Awards live online event