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.


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.


Lamorinda Idol Winter Edition Finalists Announced Jan. 15th

Finalists have been named for our first ever Lamorinda Idol Winter Edition!

The full list of Finalists and their audition videos is available HERE.

And save the date for the live online Awards Show on Sunday, March 14th!

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


High School Visual Arts Competition is Underway!

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

We hosted our final Art Embraces Words event of the year on November 15th at 2pm. To see the video of this event, click HERE.

The AEW 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. These events are 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!


 

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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January Artist Spotlight: Maureen Rosati-Wee
View the virtual exhibit: lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries

The Lamorinda Arts Council presents photographs of rare and protected animals taken on safaris in Africa, mostly in national parks, by five local photographers. Maureen Rosati-Wee of Orinda visited Africa because of her admiration for what the people of Botswana have done for their country as far as preserving wildlife. She returned with her entire family so they could share the experience.

“I love the Okavango Delta in Botswana because of the care they have put into their natural resources, wildlife and endangered species,” said Rosati-Wee.

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January Artist Spotlight: Maureen Rosati-Wee
View the virtual exhibit: lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries

The Lamorinda Arts Council presents photographs of rare and protected animals taken on safaris in Africa, mostly in national parks, by five local photographers. Maureen Rosati-Wee of Orinda visited Africa because of her admiration for what the people of Botswana have done for their country as far as preserving wildlife. She returned with her entire family so they could share the experience. 

“I love the Okavango Delta in Botswana because of the care they have put into their natural resources, wildlife and endangered species,” said Rosati-Wee.

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #artgalleryatorindalibrary #localartists #artistspotlight

January Artist Spotlight: Rashmi Rajesh
View the virtual exhibit: lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries

The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to view a virtual exhibit of 12 watercolor and oil paintings by Rashmi Rajesh to ring in the New Year. Rajesh, of San Ramon, is a self-taught artist who was drawing pencil sketches at a very young age in India. As an adult she relied on her drawing skills again as she pursued first acrylics, then oil paint and watercolors. Initially she didn’t take to painting with acrylics. Instead of giving up she tried oil paint and says both the process and the results were delightful. After painting with oils for some time she began exploring watercolors.

“The looseness and transparency of watercolors instantly draws you in as a viewer. As an artist they keep me challenged enough to have control over the medium to know when to let go to achieve lightness in my creations. The more I paint, the more there is to learn. That’s what keeps me coming back to these two media, oil paints and watercolors,” says Rajesh.

You’ll find florals, landscapes, abstracts, and still life works in her show. To keep her work fresh she experiments with different techniques and subject matter. She hopes her work sparks some kind of connection for viewers because for her, connecting people together one of the beautiful qualities of art.

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January Artist Spotlight: Rashmi Rajesh
View the virtual exhibit: lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries

The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to view a virtual exhibit of 12 watercolor and oil paintings by Rashmi Rajesh to ring in the New Year. Rajesh, of San Ramon, is a self-taught artist who was drawing pencil sketches at a very young age in India. As an adult she relied on her drawing skills again as she pursued first acrylics, then oil paint and watercolors. Initially she didn’t take to painting with acrylics. Instead of giving up she tried oil paint and says both the process and the results were delightful. After painting with oils for some time she began exploring watercolors. 

“The looseness and transparency of watercolors instantly draws you in as a viewer. As an artist they keep me challenged enough to have control over the medium to know when to let go to achieve lightness in my creations. The more I paint, the more there is to learn. That’s what keeps me coming back to these two media, oil paints and watercolors,” says Rajesh. 

You’ll find florals, landscapes, abstracts, and still life works in her show. To keep her work fresh she experiments with different techniques and subject matter. She hopes her work sparks some kind of connection for viewers because for her, connecting people together one of the beautiful qualities of art.

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #artgalleryatwilder #localartists #artistspotlight

January Artist Spotlight: Jeff Halliday
View the virtual exhibit: lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries

The Lamorinda Arts Council presents photographs of rare and protected animals taken on safaris in Africa, mostly in national parks, by five local photographers. Jeff Halliday’s photos focus on African bird life. When you view his African Darter photograph showing the water bird drying its 47 inch wingspan, you’ll understand why. It is also dubbed “snakebird” (slanghals in Afrikaans) because it typically swims underwater with only its neck and head sticking out. This gives the bird the appearance of a swimming snake.

#lamorindaartscouncil #LamorindaArts #artgalleryatorindalibrary #localartists #artistspotlight
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January Artist Spotlight: Jeff Halliday
View the virtual exhibit: lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries

The Lamorinda Arts Council presents photographs of rare and protected animals taken on safaris in Africa, mostly in national parks, by five local photographers. Jeff Halliday’s photos focus on African bird life. When you view his African Darter photograph showing the water bird drying its 47 inch wingspan, you’ll understand why. It is also dubbed “snakebird” (slanghals in Afrikaans) because it typically swims underwater with only its neck and head sticking out. This gives the bird the appearance of a swimming snake. 

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