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.


High School Visual Arts Competition is Going Virtual!

Registration is now OPEN for the 18th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition! The Artists & Awards Recognition Show will be held online on March 11, 2021. Entries accepted for VAC will be on display online for public viewing starting March 1, 2021.

To register, click HERE

The High School Visual Arts Competition showcases and acknowledges art in four categories: 2D, 3D, Photography, and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance Digital Art category.  All work is by high school students who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette, or Moraga, including all schools in the Acalanes Union High School District.  The competition features cash awards, merit citations, and an online public exhibit of entries on the Lamorinda Arts Council website. Click HERE for more details and a look at past winners in each category.


Art Embraces Words Online Edition

Please join us for Art Embraces Words, a recurring Webinar series, on November 15th at 2pm. To register for this FREE event, click HERE.

The program features emerging authors reading excerpts of their work, artists displaying their visual art in a slideshow, and Q&A with audience members led by emcee, Denise Nomura, President of the Lamorinda Arts Council. This event is FREE and open to all.

Click HERE to learn more about this beloved program.

Did you miss our previous Art Embraces Words events in July, August, and October? To view the recordings, click HERE for July, HERE for August, and HERE for October.


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!


Lamorinda Idol Winter Edition Is Underway

We are thrilled to announce our first ever Lamorinda Idol Winter Edition! Audition videos are due January 3rd. Registered singers click HERE to submit your video!

To see the full list of Winners and Finalists from Lamorinda Idol 2020, which wrapped up in August, visit the Lamorinda Idol Winners page HERE.


Congratulations to the Winners of Art of Mixology 2020!

Their fabulous craft cocktails were turned into Art of Mixology Cocktail Kits so you could try them at home.

Missed the Awards Show? Click to view it HERE.

1st Place, Mixologist of the Year - Two Faced by Hailey Coder, Bar Cava, Martinez
2nd PlaceBetty's 7pm by Sadé Stamps, Sobre Mesa, Oakland
3rd Place - Smog In The Noggin by Ben Dimond, Bardo Lounge & Supper Club, Oakland
4th Place - Chipotle Bloody Mary by Mike Whipple, Canyon Club Brewery, Moraga
Audience Award - Fall'ifornia Dreamin' by Brian Gamble, Independent Mixologist

For more details on Art of Mixology, click HERE.

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Creating in Place gives Bay Area artists a space to share artwork created while sheltering in place. View the gallery and get inspired to submit your own piece! LamorindaArts.org/Creating-in-Place/

“When we began sheltering in place, I had more time to work in my studio. I got to thinking about the many artists I have learned from and been inspired by over the years, especially those from my early years as an artist. Shahzia Sikander is a well-known artist now who I met at the beginning of her career. From her work, I learned a way of keeping true to heritage while melding with the visual language of an adopted homeland. I began making thank you notes to artists in their studios, sometimes using image transfers of photos of them, which I then printed on top of with drypoint etched plates, and then adding paint to the printed pattern. By tessellating the image into patterns, I am sharing the inspiration of seeing other artists working to get to my own work.” – Bushra Gill

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #CreatingInPlace #bayareaartist @bushradraws @shahzia.sikander
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Creating in Place gives Bay Area artists a space to share artwork created while sheltering in place. View the gallery and get inspired to submit your own piece! LamorindaArts.org/Creating-in-Place/

“When we began sheltering in place, I had more time to work in my studio. I got to thinking about the many artists I have learned from and been inspired by over the years, especially those from my early years as an artist. Shahzia Sikander is a well-known artist now who I met at the beginning of her career. From her work, I learned a way of keeping true to heritage while melding with the visual language of an adopted homeland. I began making thank you notes to artists in their studios, sometimes using image transfers of photos of them, which I then printed on top of with drypoint etched plates, and then adding paint to the printed pattern. By tessellating the image into patterns, I am sharing the inspiration of seeing other artists working to get to my own work.” – Bushra Gill

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #CreatingInPlace #bayareaartist @bushradraws @shahzia.sikander

Artwork makes a beautiful gift for the holidays! Visit our online exhibits for the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library and the Art Gallery at Wilder and our Creating in Place gallery, open to all Bay Area artists, for one of a kind pieces by local artists.

Creating in Place: lamorindaarts.org/product-category/creating-in-place/

Orinda Library Gallery: lamorindaarts.org/product-category/gallery/orinda-library-online-gallery/

Wilder Gallery: lamorindaarts.org/product-category/gallery/wilder-online-gallery/

Wilder and Orinda Library galleries are updated the first of each month, so check back for new work after Dec. 1st. Creating in Place is updated on an ongoing basis.

All artwork shown in the image above is currently for sale on our website. See galleries for details!

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #creatinginplace #artgalleryatorindalibrary #artgalleryatwilder #bayareaartist #localartists #artfortheholidays
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Artwork makes a beautiful gift for the holidays! Visit our online exhibits for the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library and the Art Gallery at Wilder and our Creating in Place gallery, open to all Bay Area artists, for one of a kind pieces by local artists. 

Creating in Place: lamorindaarts.org/product-category/creating-in-place/

Orinda Library Gallery: lamorindaarts.org/product-category/gallery/orinda-library-online-gallery/

Wilder Gallery: lamorindaarts.org/product-category/gallery/wilder-online-gallery/

Wilder and Orinda Library galleries are updated the first of each month, so check back for new work after Dec. 1st. Creating in Place is updated on an ongoing basis.

All artwork shown in the image above is currently for sale on our website. See galleries for details!

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #CreatingInPlace #ArtGalleryatOrindaLibrary #ArtGalleryatWilder #bayareaartist #localartists #artfortheholidays

Creating in Place gives Bay Area artists a space to share artwork created while sheltering in place. View the gallery and get inspired to submit your own piece! LamorindaArts.org/Creating-in-Place/

“During this period I have been “playing” and learning new techniques, trying out new products (for me). I used a Gel Press for the first time and collaged a piece from that experiment onto a watercolor painting of fruit. I also collaged a balancing print of a cup. I enjoy the mixed media result!” – Rita Sklar

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #CreatingInPlace #bayareaartists
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Creating in Place gives Bay Area artists a space to share artwork created while sheltering in place. View the gallery and get inspired to submit your own piece! LamorindaArts.org/Creating-in-Place/

“During this period I have been “playing” and learning new techniques, trying out new products (for me). I used a Gel Press for the first time and collaged a piece from that experiment onto a watercolor painting of fruit. I also collaged a balancing print of a cup. I enjoy the mixed media result!” – Rita Sklar

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #CreatingInPlace #bayareaartists
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Lamorinda Arts Council
Mail: PO Box 121, Orinda, CA 94563
Email: info@lamorindaarts.org
Phone: 925-359-9940