COVID-19 SHELTER IN PLACE (SIP) UPDATE:
All Contra Costa County Libraries are closed for entry but curbside pickup is allowed. Both the City of Orinda Art Gallery at the Orinda Library and the Art Gallery at Wilder Art & Garden Center are closed. Until the SIP order is lifted all scheduled Lamorinda Arts Council gallery activities will be virtual.
If you are already scheduled to exhibit in one of our galleries, please do the following:
1) Become a Gallery Arts Partner
All artists who show work in the galleries curated by the Lamorinda Arts Council are asked to join our Arts Partner program as a condition of showing their work. Fees are currently reduced while the physical galleries are closed, and we are able to offer virtual exhibits only. The reduced fee for a one month show in one of the four exhibit spaces in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library is $15 for individuals and $60 for organizations that use all four exhibit spaces. The reduced fee for a one month solo exhibit in the Art Gallery at Wilder is $25. These fees can be paid here or by mailing a check made payable to the Lamorinda Arts Council at PO Box 121, Orinda CA, 94563 within 3 months prior to your exhibit. Becoming an Arts Partner will allow you access to many wonderful perks associated with the Lamorinda Arts Council, such as posting to our online Arts Calendar, submitting articles for potential inclusion in our Newsletter, and being a part of our searchable Artist Directory. Please renew these fees yearly to continue receiving benefits.
2) Review the Gallery Dimensions
Click here to review specific gallery dimensions for each gallery. Use these dimensions to plan the scope of your exhibit.
3) Review Your Collection for Eligibility
The Art Gallery at the Orinda Library and the Art Gallery at Wilder Art are public spaces visited by patrons of all ages. Artwork displayed must be appropriate for children. No nudes are permitted. Artwork will be approved for display at the discretion of the Lamorinda Arts Council and the City of Orinda. If you have questions about the suitability of your content, contact the curator of the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library here, and/or the curator of the Art Gallery at Wilder here.
4) Download the Instructions for Installation and Take Down of Art
Artists are required to install their own art. We suggest artists not install or take down their art alone as the logistics of mounting, toting the art to and from the car can be time consuming.
5) Accessing the Galleries
Art Gallery at the Orinda Library is on the second floor of the Orinda Library building and is usually reached by elevator or stairs. To simplify access, the driveway behind the library building will be open for use on installation days. Enter the parking lot of the library building, pass the underground parking entrance on your left, and then turn left towards the back of the building. This will allow you to access the gallery space without the need of an elevator. You can unload at the back door to the Garden Room, which is usually open, or you can drive near the end of the driveway and unload to your left via the patio which leads to the glass doors of the Gallery. A ladder will be provided to assist you with your installation. If you plan to use the ladder please bring a helper to assist you.
Art Gallery at Wilder: Take Highway 24 towards the Caldicott Tunnel. On the East side of the tunnel (Orinda side), take the Wilder exit. Upon entering the Wilder development take the first right into the field parking lots. You will see a sign for the Art & Garden Center. Drive through the lots as far as possible until you see the stairs and ramp up to Fields 4 and 5. Park here. The Art Gallery at Wilder is in the Art & Garden Center. For a map of Wilder, click here.
4) Art Sales and Commissions
We encourage you to sell your art during your exhibit through direct contact with patrons. Any sales contracted as a result of or related to an exhibit in a Lamorinda Arts Council gallery is subject to a 20% commission paid to the Lamorinda Arts Council. These proceeds help fund art programs throughout the Lamorinda community.
If sales occur during your artist reception, please place a “red dot” on your artwork labels. Curators who are present during the artist reception will provide red dots for you. If your work is in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library glass cabinets, ask the curator to open it for you so you can access your labels and place the red dot(s).
Once you have made a sale, you may submit your commission by check or online via this link.
For sale of artwork through our online galleries, payments will be made through the LAC website and then forwarded to the artist. Sales price set by the artist is subject to CA state tax, which will be included in the sales price listed in the gallery. LAC will retain a 20% commission on all works sold.
Receptions are a lot of fun and a good opportunity to sell your art!
Artist receptions at the galleries have been pre-scheduled by the Lamorinda Arts Council. They typically take place the first weekend of the month. Although scheduled by the Lamorinda Arts Council, the receptions are planned directly by the Artists exhibiting that month. When you arrive, please ask the librarian or curator to unlock the Gallery Room to access the tables and chairs you will need.
For specific reception information related to the Art Gallery at Wilder, click here.
For specific reception information for the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, click here.
Recommendations for successful receptions:
We recommend that the Artists provide refreshments at the reception, to encourage your guests to stay longer. As required by The Contra Costa Department of Health, food must be bought from a certified kitchen. You cannot bring home made food. You can buy food at any grocery store or bakery. Red wine or colored drinks are not allowed to avoid staining the carpet. The cost of these refreshments should be shared among the Artists.
Designate some friends to oversee/replenish the refreshments for you and take pictures. This will free the Artists to mingle with guests and discuss their work.
Be sure to send invitations to your guests! We recommend notifying your guests 3 months, 2 months, 1 month and a short reminder a few days before the event. Feel free to copy the calendar listing about your reception and exhibit from our Event Directory here. Attendance at receptions is always related to how many personal invitations each artists sends out.