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01oct12:00 pm31(oct 31)12:00 amART GALLERY AT THE ORINDA LIBRARY: Tapestries by Aiko Kobayashi Gray, Paintings by Loralee Chapleau & John Toki’s Photographic Public Art RetrospectiveSat. Oct. 2, 3 - 5 pm: Artist Reception with Light Refreshments; 3:30 p.m. Public Art Presentation by John Toki12:00 pm - 12:00 am (31) Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way

Event Details

The Lamorinda Arts Council presents artwork from Aiko Kobayashi Gray, Loralee Chapleau and John Toki at the in-person and virtual Art Gallery at the Orinda Library during the month of October. You are invited to meet the artists at an outdoor reception in their honor on Sat. Oct. 2 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. where light refreshments will be served. John Toki is presenting a video demonstration of his public art career at 3:30 p.m. He hopes that people will learn more about the public art process and invites questions from the audience.

Aiko Kobayashi Gray is a weaver and textile artist who creates tapestries and other fabric art using natural fiber, wool, linen, silk, and cotton. She likes to dye her own material whether she is using natural or chemical dyes. When she travels to faraway lands, she returns inspired by her experiences. Translating those experiences into woven textiles filled with patterns and colors she experienced on the trip keeps her work fresh.

Loralee Chapleau main focus is painting in oils and acrylics; she tends to work on fairly large canvases. Her true passion is for color. Influenced by the California Colorists, she uses vivid colors, energetic brushstrokes and texture. She tries to present emotion with every stroke. When a piece of art elicits an emotional response from the viewer, that feels like success to her.

John Toki is a sculptor, respected studio artist and retired faculty member of California College of the Arts. He is showing a photographic retrospective of his decades long public art career because of his desire to educate the public about public art projects. His PowerPoint demonstration includes a Del Rey Elementary School Maker’s Day welded metal sculpture made by 20 third to fifth graders in 2016. He welcomes questions from the public about the public art process.

View the virtual gallery of October exhibitor artwork HERE Oct. 1-31. The Council thanks contributing artists for their cooperation in providing photographs that make up their virtual exhibit. Their original artwork is available for purchase online in the virtual gallery or by contacting curators Maggie Boscoe and Bill Carmel by email at

The exhibit runs October 1 through 31 during normal Library hours in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library at 26 Orinda Way. Hours are Mon. – Thur., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Sun. Call 925.254.2184 for more information about the Library or visit To learn more about the Lamorinda Arts Council go to


1 (Friday) 12:00 pm - 31 (Sunday) 12:00 am


Art Gallery at the Orinda Library

26 Orinda Way

12oct7:30 pm9:00 pmPainting Demonstration by Debbie Wardrope7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Alamo Women's Club, 1401 Danville Blvd. Alamo, CA 94506

Event Details

Join us for our October 2021 Alamo Danville Artists’ Society meeting with pastel artist Debbie Wardrope.

Alamo Women’s Club, 1401 Danville Blvd., Alamo CA

Debbie Wardrope is a Bay Area native and longtime Pleasanton resident who has always loved art and has pursued painting for most of her life, even during her 20-year career in mortgage banking.

Debbie graduated “With Distinction” from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland

Debbie’s primary medium is pastel, but she also paints in oils and acrylics. Her recent work focuses on the effects of light at sunset and twilight on the city, landscape and ocean. Debbie says, “I believe that art should be beautiful, accessible and evoke an emotional response in the viewer. I strive to create images that are immediately recognizable but are things that are frequently overlooked in the rush of everyday life. I love to capture the glory of God’s creation through the use of light and color.”

Please visit her website for more info



(Tuesday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Alamo Women's Club

1401 Danville Blvd. Alamo, CA 94506

16oct4:30 pm7:00 pmFeaturedArt of Mixology 2021Craft Cocktail Competition Annual Fundraiser4:30 pm - 7:00 pm PST Orinda Theatre Square

Event Details

Join us for the 8th Annual Art of Mixology event at Orinda Theatre Square which is Lamorinda Arts Council’s largest fundraiser of the year. With an anticipated sell-out crowd, the event will host up to 20 bartenders creating luscious craft cocktails competing for the Mixologist of the Year, Top Amateur, Audience Favorite, and the Art of Staging Award (Table Decorating).

Tickets are $75 with limited availability at the door. We are also offering a Patron level ticket for $125, which includes a $50 tax deductible donation to the Lamorinda Arts Council.

Online ticket sales are closed, but a limited number tickets will be available at the door on 10/16 at 4:15pm.

  • Sample 15+ craft cocktails
  • Bites from 5 local restaurants
  • Souvenir shot glass
  • Vote for your favorite drink
  • Bartenders competing for cash & prizes
  • Exclusive take home Mixology Kits will be on sale at the event!

*You must be 21 or older to purchase a ticket and attend. We reserve the right to check ID. Attendees can only drink within the Orinda Theatre Square plaza. We encourage all participants to use BART, taxi or other transit options. If you feel you cannot drive at the end of the evening, please call a taxi, an Uber, or a Lyft. Phone numbers will be available at each entrance. Alcohol will be served according to the requirements of the ABC alcohol permit, and in accordance with the safety and well-being of all patrons. We discourage all excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol, and reserve the right to refuse service to maintain a safe and sane event. Alcohol will not be served to any person who is intoxicated. According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.*

*COVID-19 Protocols*
Proof of Vaccination: All patrons are required to show proof of full COVID vaccination for entry into the event. “Fully vaccinated” means that the patron’s final vaccine dose was at least 14 days before the event date of October 16, 2021. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes either your physical vaccination card, a picture of your vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record.

Masks Required: All patrons are required to wear masks inside the event at all times except when actively consuming food or beverage. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking—masks must be worn between bites and sips.

Purchase Agreement: By purchasing a ticket to Art of Mixology 2021, you agree to the following:

  • You will not attend the event if you or your guests have tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the date of the event.
  • You will not attend the event if you or your guests have had symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the event, including fever of 100 degrees or more, cough, chills, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell.
  • You will follow safety protocols stipulated by Lamorinda Arts Council and the Art of Mixology volunteer committee in accordance with County, State, and CDC guidelines.
  • You understand that non-compliance with these protocols by yourself or your guests will result in your party being asked to leave the event, and no refund or credit will be available.
  • By voluntarily attending this event, you assume all risks associated with COVID-19 as well as the risks associated with drinking alcohol.


(Saturday) 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm PST


Orinda Theatre Square

21oct5:00 pm8:00 pmThird Thursday | Late Night in the MuseumInuit Legends & Printmaking5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road

Event Details

Join the Museum of Art for an evening exploring the exhibition Collective Memories: Stonecuts from Cape Dorset.

  • 5:30 p.m.  | A guided curatorial look into the Cape Dorset prints through exploring Inuit legends and animal stories.
  • 6:30–8 p.m. | Learn about printmaking practices through this workshop, supplies included.

Register for Printmaking Workshop here >> 


(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Saint Mary's College Museum of Art

1928 Saint Mary’s Road


St. Mary's College

30oct(oct 30)12:00 pm31(oct 31)3:30 pmART EMBRACES WORDS: Live Program - Halloween ThemeMEET OUR PRESENTERS: ANINDITA BASU, TOM FRANCO, JILL HEDGECOCK, ELLEN REINTJES & ALINE SOULES12:00 pm - 3:30 pm (31)

Event Details

Join us at the last FREE  Art Embraces LIVE program in 2021 on Saturday October 30. This special Halloween Theme program is presented by the Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) featuring an optional Costume Contest.  Show up as Your Favorite Literary or Artistic Character. Prizes will be awarded by Jill Gelster, Costumer for the Orinda Starlight Village Players.  The  following artistic and literary celebrities are showing up in costume: Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) and Yayoi Kusama, 90 years and going strong. Find out who else inspires lovers of literature and art by attending this outdoor program in the spacious Amphitheatger at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center. 

LAC President Denise Nomura, an artist herself, is our Emcee. She introduces each writer and artist, plus fields questions from the audience. The program features emerging authors reading excerpts of their work alternating with local artists displaying and speaking about their visual art.  Authors and artists answer questions live, which makes for a lively discussion. The artwork and portions of the program are uploaded to social media thanks to c0-chair Natalie Samuels Wheeler. A reception with light refreshments follows the program. Join us! “Ars Vita Longa, Vita Brevis” – art lives forever, life is short.

For more details, to apply as a Writer, Artist or sign up as an Audience Member, go to Click HERE to view a YouTube video from our July 25, 2021 program. Questions? Contact us at All COVID-19 precautions observed for your safety.

Many thanks to those who help make this program possible: our generous sponsor, the Lafayette Community Foundation; Lafayette City Council Member Cameron Burks; Andrea Firth and Janine deBoisblanc of Diablo Writers’ Workshop; Lamorinda Arts Alliance; California Writer’s Club, Mt. Diablo Branch; LAC PR Intern Ricky Gjersten Jr.; LAC volunteers and LAC Marketing & Organizational Director Shelly Rose.


30 (Saturday) 12:00 pm - 31 (Sunday) 3:30 pm