Art Embraces Words Events

Our next LIVE program runs from 2:00 to 3:30 pm on Saturday July 23, 2022 at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center Arts & Science Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. The program consists of readings by emerging authors and the display of visual artwork from local artists. We alternate writer and an artist presenters, announced by our Emcee Sue Farmer, LAC Board member and co-chair of Art Embraces Words. Each presenter speaks for approximately 10 minutes with a short Q&A following. A reception follows outdoors with light refreshments in the adjacent Library Courtyard.

Our last program was on June 18 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Emerging authors Al Garrotto of  Concord, Barry Hampshir3 and Ophelia Leong of Walnut Creek each read from their current work.  Artists Lassie Colbourn of Walnut Creek and Tim Hancock of Lafayette displayed visual artwork, spoke about their work, and answered questions from the audience. 

Our 2022 season is scheduled on Saturday afternoons with readings from 2:00 - 3:30 pm followed by a reception. Note that all libraries in Contra Costa County are closed on Sundays.  Look for our next free, live program on October 29 (Costume Event - Come as Your Favorite Literary or Artistic Character - Prizes for Best Costume. View YouTube videos from previous AEW programs click HERE.

"Music Embraces Art," A Collaboration with Composer Jean Ahn & Ensemble ARI September 24, 2022 8:00 - 9:30 pm

The Lamorinda Arts Council collaborates with Composer Jean Ahn and Ensemble ARI musicians for a special free program on Saturday September 24, 2022 from 8:00 - 9:30 pm in the Lafayette Library & Learning Center Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. The musical performance is from 8:00 to 9:30; reception follows with light refreshments. Original artwork will be included in this program  - stay tuned for details.

While COSTUMES are optional for our October 29, 2022 Halloween Program, we invite you to appear as your favorite Literary or Artistic character. Prizes will be awarded. Be there to see which playful characters show up! Find out who inspires lovers of literature and art.


July 25, 2021 Art Embraces Words Webinar

May 30, 2021 Art Embraces Words Webinar

Theme: Courage and Heroism

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Featured Writers:

Greg Coplans of Santa Fe, NM is a retired lawyer who recently moved with his wife from Contra Costa County to Sante Fe, New Mexico. His short story, The Professor, was published by The Fiction Pool, a UK literary journal in 2020.

Sonali Jolly-Wadhwa of Walnut Creek is a writer and poet. She writes in English, Hindi and Punjabi and has published poetry collections in all three languages.  A member of the Diablo Writers Workshop, she often writes about the intersection of her Indian and American lives.

Jane Blomstrand of Walnut Creek is a former teacher, principal, and director of teacher-credentialing. Jane will read a true story from distance learning in school during the pandemic. She is author of Meet the Principal: My Journey Beyond the Curriculum.

Featured Artist:

Lance Jackson trained as a painter/designer at Washington University in St. Louis and Rhode School of Design. After over fifteen years in print journalism illustration and design is now a freelance illustrator. Lance is an adjunct professor at City College of San Francisco and the California College of the Arts.

Documentary Artist:

Elana O’Loskey of San Ramon is a journalist and writer actively involved in building community all over the East Bay. Most recently she was part of a team of seven nonprofits who raised $22K to provide 1000+ box meals, Gratitude Cards & flowers to frontline hospital workers in Contra Costa County. Elana and her husband Bill live in San Ramon, CA.

March 28, 2021 Art Embraces Words Webinar

Theme: Love and Redemption

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Featured Writers:

Barbara Nelson of Lafayette will read “Sis and Marty—A Love Story,” a creative non-fiction tale based on the story of how her parents met. She dedicates this piece to them.

Bill Carmel of San Ramon will read from his artSpace blog article titled “The Ballad of Andy and Rocky” and show his Artify Orinda mural that illustrates the moment of redemption in the story.

Michael Barrington of Concord will read from his novel, “Let the Peacock Sing,” set against the backdrop of the French Resistance during World War II.

Featured Artists:

Lucy Beck of Lafayette is drawn to photograph the fleeting beauty of botanicals and is especially captivated by the beauty of flowers. You can view her work at the Moraga Art Gallery.

Mary Lou Correia of Martinez is an inveterate plein air painter who says, “I am most alive and most peaceful when painting.” Mary Lou is represented by galleries throughout the Bay Area and teaches plein air workshops at Walnut Creek Continuing Education.

January 31 2021 Art Embraces Words Webinar

Click HERE to view the Jan 31 Art Embraces Words event on youtube.

Featured Writers:

Judy Bebelaar of Berkeley will read from the published book And Then They Were Gone about the students she and Ron Cabral of Concord came to know in Peoples Temple. Video trailer of And Then They Were Gone.

Jim Gunshinan of Walnut Creek, is a poet and freelance writer who will read from his piece of creative nonfiction, The Broken Door.

Joni Keim of Lafayette will read a harrowing true story about her grandfather on a desolate stretch of road on the out outskirts of Los Angeles in 1937.

Featured Artists: 

Tim Hancock of Lafayette, is a local illustrator, fine artist and arts advocate who has been teaching art in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Tim is showing illustrations from his work-in-progress graphic novel entitled Secret Ocean.

Peeta Tinay of Orinda has been making large scale intricate baskets since 2008. She teaches basketry at all levels, both nationally and internationally. Peeta is currently showing her work at the Christian Ehrhorn Fine Art Gallery in Orinda.

November 15 2020 Art Embraces Words Webinar

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Featured Writers:

Marlene Dotterer of Pleasant Hill reads from her science fiction novel, Worlds Apart.

Grey Johnson of Moraga, a novice memoir writer, reads from her story, Birthday Boy

Joan Goodreau of Chico, CA reads “First Words” from her recent memoir, Strangers Together: How My Son's Autism Changed My Life.

Featured Artists: 

Judith Feins of Orinda is an oil painter who is continually fascinated by the natural world, especially when watching the play of light in the sky and over the earth.

Karen Frey of Oakland works in watercolors and encaustic, capturing intimate still life moments, sweeping landscapes and bustling urban scenes

October 18 2020 Art Embraces Words Webinar

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Featured Writers:

Jo Mele of Moraga will read from her cozy travel mystery entitled Mystery in Monte Carlo.

Jane Youn of Moraga reads from her work-in-progress illustrated memoir Jiyun's Korea.

Michael Banister of Oakland reads from his novel Mystics and Warriors.

Featured Artists 

Christian Ehrhorn of Orinda Mr. Ehrhorn's features three paintings, one of which is featured in The de Young Open exhibit through January 3, 2021.

Nancy Vachani of Orinda Ms. Vachani is one of only 50 artists in The de Young Open who had two of her artworks selected.

August 30 2020 Art Embraces Words Webinar

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Featured Writers:

Nancie Clare, The Battle For Beverly Hills

Alfred J. Garrotto, Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words

William Martin,  an excerpt from his memoir, My Nana Introduces Me To My Imagination

Lucinda Jackson,  an excerpt from her memoir, Betel Juice

Michelle Hoffmann, The New Management Blueprint: Spark Talent To Ignite Winning Teams & Create Valuable Results

Featured Artists 

Donna Marie Arganbright, Ceramics. Ms. Arganbright's Ceramics can be seen HERE.

Grant Rusk, Photography. Mr. Rusk uses photography to reflect his locale, investigating familiar places and his surroundings.

Lara B. Horoupian, Paintings. Ms. Horoupian's theme for this event is “Contemplation in Place.” See more of her work at HERE.


July 19th 2020 Art Embraces Words Webinar

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Featured Writers 

Joni Keim of Lafayette reads the introduction to her new book Angels and Aromas, a celebration of the association of angels and aromas.

Anindita Basu 

Jane Blomstrand

Aaesha Ali

Sandra Roe

Featured Artists

Sharon Tama

Joanne Taeuffer

Marie Cotter

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