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.


Award-Winning Art of Mixology Cocktail Kits On Sale Through Oct. 30

Congratulations to the Winners of Art of Mixology 2020! Their fabulous craft cocktails have been turned into Art of Mixology Cocktail Kits so you can try them at home. To purchase your kits now through October 30th, click HERE!  

Click HERE for a list of remaining pickup dates and times in Orinda Theatre Square.

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

And be sure to check out our Restaurant Partners HERE! Order a delicious takeout meal to pair with your Mixology Kit! For more details on Art of Mixology, 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.


Announcing Lamorinda Idol Winter Edition

We are thrilled to announce our first ever Lamorinda Idol Winter Edition! Registration opens October 1st and is open to youth singers from all over Contra Costa County and Idol alumni from past years! Audition videos are due January 3rd. Click HERE for details.

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.


Art Embraces Words Online Edition

Please join us for Art Embraces Words, a recurring Webinar series, on November 15th at 2pm. Registration link will be available soon!

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 and HERE for August. October recording coming soon!


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!

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NOW is the time to order and pick up your Art of Mixology Cocktail Kits! There are only two more weekends left, and we are SO CLOSE to our goal of selling 300 kits to raise funds to support the arts in Lamorinda. lamorindaarts.org/product-category/mixology-kits/

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NOW is the time to order and pick up your Art of Mixology Cocktail Kits! There are only two more weekends left, and we are SO CLOSE to our goal of selling 300 kits to raise funds to support the arts in Lamorinda. lamorindaarts.org/product-category/mixology-kits/

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #artofmixology #craftcocktail #bayareabartender #fundraiser

Missing your tribe of creative pals? Join our tribe TODAY, Sunday 10/18 at 2pm for Art Embraces Words, online edition! Click to register and join this FREE event, made possible through a grant from the Lafayette Community Foundation: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZKOOChqqSxqt738DgOtvFA

Panelists include emerging writers Jo Mele and Jane Youn of Moraga, and Michael Banister of Oakland, who will read excerpts of their work. They are joined by artists Christian Ehrhorn and Nancy Vachani, both of Orinda, whose artwork is currently exhibited in The de Young Open exhibition in Golden Gate Park. LAC President Denise Nomura will introduce our panelists and lead discussions.

#LamorindaArts #lamorindaartscouncil #artembraceswords #emergingwriters #localartists #deyoungopen #lafayettecommunityfoundation
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Missing your tribe of creative pals? Join our tribe TODAY, Sunday 10/18 at 2pm for Art Embraces Words, online edition! Click to register and join this FREE event, made possible through a grant from the Lafayette Community Foundation: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZKOOChqqSxqt738DgOtvFA

Panelists include emerging writers Jo Mele and Jane Youn of Moraga, and Michael Banister of Oakland, who will read excerpts of their work. They are joined by artists Christian Ehrhorn and Nancy Vachani, both of Orinda, whose artwork is currently exhibited in The de Young Open exhibition in Golden Gate Park. LAC President Denise Nomura will introduce our panelists and lead discussions. 

#LamorindaArts #lamorindaartscouncil #artembraceswords #emergingwriters #localartists #deyoungopen #lafayettecommunityfoundation

WOW! What an amazing time we had celebrating our Art of Mixology winners! Thank you to Justin Cole, our emcee extraordinaire, to the winning bartenders who joined us LIVE to tell us about their masterpiece cocktails, to our sponsors and restaurant partners, and to the entire LAC community for supporting our event this year!

BUT...Art of Mixology is not over yet! You can still order cocktail kits through October 30th! Didn't try them all yet? Tried one and want to mix up another batch? Order today to pick up or have it shipped to you or a loved one. lamorindaarts.org/mixology-kits

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #artofmixology #craftcocktail #bayareabartender #FUNDRAISER
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WOW! What an amazing time we had celebrating our Art of Mixology winners! Thank you to Justin Cole, our emcee extraordinaire, to the winning bartenders who joined us LIVE to tell us about their masterpiece cocktails, to our sponsors and restaurant partners, and to the entire LAC community for supporting our event this year!

BUT...Art of Mixology is not over yet! You can still order cocktail kits through October 30th! Didnt try them all yet? Tried one and want to mix up another batch? Order today to pick up or have it shipped to you or a loved one. lamorindaarts.org/mixology-kits

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #artofmixology #craftcocktail #bayareabartender #fundraiser

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I’ve tried one, ready to try the rest now! 🍸Congrats to all!

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻What a FUN event during these crazy times!!!! Thank you to Justin for hosting!!!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

They were all delicious!

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