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.
Art of Mixology Craft Cocktail Kits On Sale Now
Congratulations to the Finalists for 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 today, click HERE!
Betty's 7pm by Sadé Stamps, Sobre Mesa, Oakland
Chipotle Bloody Mary by Mike Whipple, Canyon Club Brewery, Moraga
Fall'ifornia Dreamin' by Brian Gamble, Independent Mixologist
Smog In The Noggin by Ben Dimond, Bardo Lounge & Supper Club, Oakland
Two Faced by Hailey Coder, Bar Cava, Martinez
Kit pre-orders are now OPEN, with the option to ship via USPS or pick up locally in Orinda Theatre Square starting October 1st. Winners will be announced in a live online event at 7pm on October 16th.
And be sure to check out our Restaurant Partners HERE! Order a delicious takeout meal to pair with your Mixology Kit!
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!
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 and Idol alumni from all over Contra Costa County! 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 Events
Please join us for Art Embraces Words, a recurring Webinar series. 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. Upcoming dates are October 18 and November 15.