Art Embraces Words

Writers paint images with words. Artists tell stories with color. Together they enrich our community.

Please join us for Art Embraces Words, a recurring free series. The program features emerging authors reading excerpts of their work; artists displaying their visual artwork; and a Q&A with audience members. 

Announcing Art Embraces Words first Live 2021 Event to be held outdoors on Sat, Oct 30th, 2 - 4pm at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center Amphitheater

Oct 30 Halloween Theme, Costumes Optional - Appear as your favorite literary or artistic character. Best Costume Prizes awarded by Jill Gelster of Starlight Village Playes theater company. 

Saturday LIVE Program held at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette 94549. Zoom access provided for those who cannot attend. Outdoor Reception Follows.

Click HERE to view videos from previous events.  

Our most recent program was recorded live on Sunday, July 25 from 2 - 3:30pm and edited by Program Director Shelly Rose .

For more information, contact us here.

For Writers

Who Should Apply to Read
Adult emerging writers 18 years of age or older (non-published or newly published).  We prioritize applicants who live or work in Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda, California but we welcome all writers. Occasionally national or international guest writers will be invited to participate. Unless you are Danielle Steele or James Patterson you are an emerging writer.

Call for Writing Entries
We request submission of up to 1250 words from emerging writers, newly published and non-published writers, to read from their work. Each writer will be given up to 10 minutes to read including transition time.

Type of Writing
All creative writing, fiction and non-fiction, will be considered.  All content must be G-rated and appropriate for audiences of all ages.

Criteria for Selection

Applicants will be juried by Professional Writers.  Criteria sought after includes strong writing skills, a fresh and/or unique voice, and a compelling story.

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Writers Apply Here

For Visual Artists

Who Should Apply to Display Artwork

We prioritize visual artists who live or work in Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda, California but we welcome all artists. Occasionally national or international guest artists will be invited to participate.. Content must be G-rated and appropriate for audiences of all ages. Artwork will be reviewed by a professional curator and displayed via a video feed in our free Zoom Webinar.

Preparation of Art

Artist presenters are scheduled at each Zoom webinar interspersed with writer presenters; occasionally we invite a national or international guest artist. Artists are visible to the Audience on the video feed and will be introduced by our emcee. All attendees will then view a slideshow of original artwork described below. After the slideshow our emcee will field questions from the audience about your work. Be prepared to answer questions about the works you are showing.

We ask each artist to provide three high resolution photographs of original artwork and a headshot. Artwork can include any mixture of: ceramics, sculpture, collage, acrylic paintings, watercolors, oil paintings, fabric art, drawings, lino prints, digital art, mixed media or photographs.

Your photos will be made into a slideshow presentation and displayed on the Zoom video feed for all to see. For each photo we need: your name, title, size, media and price - if not for sale we will list it as "NFS." The entire Webinar program is recorded, reduced in length and made available on our website. Your artwork will be promoted in various  media and on the Lamorinda Arts Council's social media platforms. View our July 19, 2020 program HERE. View our August 30, 2020 program HERE.

Artwork Sales

The Lamorinda Arts Council requires a 20 percent commission from the sale of any artwork connected with Art Embraces Words.  Commissions can be paid online here, or via check to PO Box 121, Orinda, CA  94563.

Artists Apply Here