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 and, new in 2023, Art Embraces Poetry, Both are recurring free series.

Art Embraces Words features emerging authors reading excerpts of their work; local artists speaking about their visual art; and a Q&A with audience members. An outdoor reception with light refreshments follows. Our 2023 Art Embraces Words season is scheduled on Saturday afternoons with readings from 2:00 - 3:30pm.

We alternate emerging writer and artist presenters, announced by Co-chair and Emcee Linda Hartmann of the California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch. LAC Board President Sue Farmer keeps us on time throughout the program. A media table is provided for authors, artists, and information of interest to the literary and artistic community. Book sales are encouraged.

This program is funded by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Lafayette.

For information about Art Embraces Poetry scroll down this page or visit our "Events" page HERE.                                                                                                              

Saturday March 18, 2023 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Featured Poet & Scientist David Seaborg and Writers Quỳnh-Uyen Trinh and Alvin Ziegler plus Artists Jennifer Lothrigel and Kim & Jeanette Lavoie

Join us at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center Arts & Science Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette 94549 from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday March 18.

Featured Poet and Scientist David Seaborg and writers Quỳnh Uyen Trinh and Alvin Ziegler will read from their work. Local visual artist Jennifer Lothrigel will speak about and display her photographs. Mother/daughter artists Kim & Jeanette Lavoie will display and speak about the quilt they worked on together. Emerging authors alternate with visual artists speaking about their work. A short Q&A from the audience follows each presentation.

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Art Embraces Poetry-April is National Poetry Month

Saturday April 15 1:30-3:30 pm
Poets Ophelia Leong, Linda Foley & Jennifer Granat; BASA Artist Lassie Colebourn "Show of Hands" and Singer Sue Farmer - How Poetry becomes Lyrics 

New in 2023, the Lamorinda Arts Council presents two free art and poetry programs held in the lobby of Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School Street, Lafayette 94549 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. To apply to read at this program go HERE.

No host full bar is open for snacks and drinks. Our featured poets include Ophelia Leong, a recent Saint Mary's College grad whose poems often reflect life in Lamorinda and East Bay. Her poem, "The Guardian of Lafayette Reservoir" is about her journey around the reservoir while traveling to distant times then back to home. Linda Foley will read from her fictional memoir, "The Legacy." Jennifer Granat will read from her poem, "Red, Yellow, Blue." Sue Farmer, co-chair of Art Embraces Poetry and LAC Board President, is also performing on April 15. Farmer, an accomplished pianist and singer, will show us how poetry becomes lyrics. July 15 featured poet is TBD.

We are fortunate that the Lafayette Public Art Committee (LPAC) is hosting art exhibits featuring local artists at Town Hall Theatre at the same time as our April 15 and July 15 programs. Thus, art "embraces," or surrounds, the spoken words of poetry. To learn more about Town Hall Theatre go HERE.

Bay Area Studio Artists' (BASA) eight member group exhibit, "A Show of Hands," runs through May 5. Each artwork on display exemplifies the myriad ways hands facilitate and enhance our daily lives. BASA member Lassie Colebourn will speak about the exhibit.

David Lew's "Freedom of Abstraction" exhibit uses textures and colors to effect fluid movement throughout his work. Lew's exhibit runs from June 26 to August 4. To learn more about LPAC’s art exhibit program go HERE.