Supporting Our Arts Community

August-September 2022

Presented by the Lafayette Chamber
Lafayette Chamber Announcements
Mix, Mingle & Meet New Park Theater Operator, CinemaSF
Wednesday, August 24, 5:30pm-7pm, Lafayette Plaza Park
 
It’s the Lafayette Chamber’s summer mixer in Lafayette Plaza Park with The Park Theater Trust! Lafayette Chamber members and the community are invited to mix and mingle on Wednesday, August 24, 5:30pm-7pm in Lafayette Plaza Park. The Park Theater Trust will be introducing to our community Jaimi Holker and Adam Bergeron, the husband and wife team behind highly regarded CinemaSF and new operators of our much-loved Park Theater.
 
Raffle prizes at the mixer include two subscriptions to Town Hall Theatre's upcoming season, dinner for two at Metro, plus a night's stay at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa; a picnic on the Alameda estuary for ten on an electric boat by BAE BOATS, and a terrific Lafayette Art & Wine package including a parking pass!
 
Learn how you and your business can support the Park and its exciting $5 million renovation. Enjoy a tasting of local wine by Hollie’s Homegrown and a taste of Sideboard’s famous mac & cheese! Get your Park Theater swag! Meet new members and learn about the Chamber's upcoming community events. Generations in Jazz musicians will be playing live music.
 
We look forward to seeing you - please register so that we can have a name badge waiting for you!
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival – 2022 is our 25th Anniversary!

The 2022 Lafayette Art & Wine Festival will be held Saturday, September 17, 10am-7pm and Sunday, September 18, 10am-6pm in Downtown Lafayette, CA.

Featuring 4 stages with 20+ bands, 300 artist / craft booths, 4 kid zones, a wide selection of California varietals and craft beers, dining + shopping! Free Admission. Dog friendly. Take BART to the Festival!

The Festival offers complimentary bike valet parking at 81 Lafayette Circle and is an easy walk or free shuttle ride from free Festival parking in the BART parking lot.

View music schedule and learn more at lafayettefestival.com.

Sign up for updates on the official site: lafayettefestival.com and follow us on social media at @lafayettefestival.
Lafayette Res Run for Education - Support Our Schools!

Registration is now open for the 5k, 10k, or 2 mile fun run/walk option on Race Day, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 or join the virtual Reservoir Challenge which “runs” Oct. 13-22.
𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 100 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐭 𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 1/4 𝐥𝐛 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐤 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐙𝐨𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐞'𝐬!

The Lafayette Res Run for Education is a fundraiser for the programs and services of the Lafayette but also for support our health and wellness programs at our local public schools. Last year we set a record and distributed beneficiary checks totaling $42,568.75! Can we beat that in 2022? Learn more and register at www.lafayettechamber.org/resrun.

Race Descriptions:
  • 5k Certified Race* – flat, “chip” timed course, runners only (No Dogs or Baby Strollers in 5K).
  • 10k Certified Race* – hilly, “chip” timed course around the Lafayette Reservoir, Dogs on Leash & Baby Strollers OK.
  • 2 Miles Run/Walk for Fun – No Timing – Fun Run ONLY, Dogs on Leash & Baby Strollers OK.
  • Virtual race: Lafayette Reservoir Challenge “runs” Oct. 13-22. Lafayette Reservoir Paved Path. No Timing – Dogs on Leash & Baby Strollers OK. Not an option on Race Day.
*Race Certified By: Road Running Technical Council USA Track & Field, Certification Code: CA15004GAN (5K) and CA15003GAN (10K)

Register HERE!
Become a lifetime Friend of the Chamber

A Friend of the Chamber membership provides a way for community members to support the efforts of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. We are 75 years strong and our mission continues “To promote and maintain a healthy business climate and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette.” 

All aspects that make up a community are important to us: schools, residents, churches and synagogues, community organizations, activities, and the city government. Chamber members work with representatives of all these groups for the betterment of our community. A lifetime Friend of the Chamber membership is $150 per family. Learn more here>>
Advertise in the Fall Grapevine Coupon Book. Call 925-284-2651 to reserve.
Upcoming Events & Special Announcements from our Arts Community
Please consider supporting our arts community. Did you miss our nonprofit email blast? Read it here!
Have an event to share with our community? Add it to our Community Calendar!
Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church
Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church

Carnival!
Celebrate with the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 14 right after worship with our 2nd Annual Fall Carnival featuring a JUMBO double slide, the chance to DUNK a Pastor and food and games for all on the Courtyard. This is a great opportunity to catch up, to make new connections, and to find out what events and programs we have in store for the year. Invite your friends! You won’t want to miss it! This is a free event.
Day of Service with Project Peace
What is a Day of Service? Come get your hands dirty! We’ve got all kinds of projects where we could use your help! Just register and show up to help with projects for 3 hours on a Saturday morning.

Our Day of Service connects East Bay faith-based groups and community members with schools and non-profits. We tackle their needs to help support work in education, homelessness, youth development, and more.

Our vision is for a more economically and socially sustainable East Bay, and we believe that begins with rolling up our sleeves and working together in our local community. We come together across backgrounds and take ownership of the communities we live in.
Registration is free. Please visit: www.projectpeaceeastbay.org to reserve your spot.
If you have any questions, please contact: rbassett@mvpctoday.org
 
Senior High for High School Kids
Senior High Wednesdays starts on August 17th, gathering every week from 7 to 8:30pm in the Forum, downstairs in the Family Ministry Center (FMC). No sign ups, just come! Students are invited to join us anytime throughout the school year to a safe, fun environment for worship led by our student band, crazy group games, Scripture-based teaching and engaging small group discussions.
Free Speaker
Join us on August 31, 2022, from 7-8:30 pm for MVPC Women’s Ministries Fall Kick-off, with speaker Andrea Coli sharing her faith when life gets complicated! Basing her text on the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead in John 11, Andrea will focus on how to maintain trust, faith and belief. Get ready to laugh and learn. You will come away feeling …

INSPIRED to live more fully in God’s love for you
ENCOURAGED in your faith journey no matter what it looks like
REFRESHED with laughter, authenticity & creativity
CHALLENGED to express God’s all-encompassing grace every day

Andrea has been described as “having the ability to transform a room into a fun atmosphere while infusing it with the truth of God’s word.” She creatively uses her background in improv comedy in Las Vegas and her Biblical knowledge to inspire others.
Please sign up in advance so we can plan accordingly for space! www.mvpctoday.org

Donation Requests!
We have a small missions team visiting the Dominican Republic in early September to serve with Kids Alive who run schools and an orphanages throughout the Dominican Republic. They are looking for used kids clothing, socks and underwear of various sizes. You can drop any donations to the MVPC Church office. One piece bathing suits are needed, flip flops, kids underwear and socks. Please bring donations to Church by the end of August.
Diablo Ballet School Fall Session

Join Diablo Ballet School for their Fall Session starting August 15th. Classes are offered for ages 3 through adult including our new Adaptive Dance, Dance for Parkinson's Power of Dance and Open Technique classes. Students in our Training Program (Levels 2 - 5) have the unique opportunity to perform alongside their teachers and Diablo Ballet Company members in two programs per year. For more information visit diabloballet.org or email school@diabloballet.org. Trial and placement classes are available.
Bringing the best in international and independent filmmaking to Walnut Creek!

Mountain Shadow Film Society: AUGUST COMING ATTRACTION: OFFICIAL SELECTION FOR THE CANNES INTERNATIONAL CRITICS’ WEEK
“SKIES OF LEBANON” - SYNOPSIS: A poetic blending of the personal and political, Skies of Lebanon combines live action with animation to create a vivid picture of Lebanon, inspired by the family history of filmmaker Chloé Mazlo. Using stories told to her by her grandmother of life during the Lebanese Civil War, Mazlo crafts a touching and heart-breaking story of love during wartime. Drama / Romance. 92 min. In French, Arabic, Italian, with English Subtitles. TRAILER

FRIDAY, AUG. 19TH, 7:30 PM
SAT, AUG. 20TH, 1:30 PM
SAT, AUG. 20TH, 4:30 PM
SAT, AUG. 20TH, 7:30 PM

Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Public Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek - Doors open 30 minutes before showtimes. 
$12.50 General Admission tickets available at the door, beginning 30 minutes before showtimes. NOTE health & safety protocols listed BELOW.*
MONTHLY FILMS ARE FREE FOR MEMBERS. IF YOU ARE NOT YET A MEMBER, PRO-RATED MEMBERSHIP INFO AND APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE UNDER THE MEMBERSHIP TAB ON OUR WEBSITE HERE
* NOTE: All health and safety protocols will include all attendees provide ID and proof of full vaccination, and booster. At this time, masks will also be required; subject to change in the future. We will also have four portable air purifiers in the room to enhance ventilation. Consider a pro-rated membership, or plan to join us under general admission!
Peter Pan Foundation

We are SO excited to announce auditions for our winter production of “The Sound of Music”!

The Peter Pan Foundation is holding auditions on August 20th and 21st, rehearsals will be on Sundays until tech week-which leads up to our performances the weekend of December 3rd! Audition times are first come first serve, so make sure you fill out your form ASAP. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email ppfmagic@gmail.com.

**The Peter Pan Foundation is committed to equitable casting - which is essential when representing diversity on our stage. We strive to highlight those of all genders, sexualities, mental/physical abilities and cultural backgrounds. We are proud of this standard in our casting, as we recognize how important equal opportunity is on the stage and off. The PPF is very excited for the opportunity to showcase the talent of EVERYONE who wants to participate in this incredible show!**
The Re-Education of Fernando Morales
By Justin P. Lopez, Directed by River Bermudez Sanders
One night only Staged Reading, Saturday, August 20 at 8:00 pm, Town Hall Theatre
 
When young Fernando Morales is sent away by his family to a place that can “fix him" of being gay, he becomes split between the present and future. Surrounded by flashes of electricity, love, and Mozart’s Requiem, he tries to find some way to save himself. Will he succeed, or is the requiem for him?

Yes, And Wine! Adult Improv Class

Are you ready to try something new AND have fun doing it? Join us for a couple beverages and some improv games at Town Hall Theatre this Fall! These one-night-only classes are a great way to stretch your boundaries, meet new people, and have some laughs! Classes are August-December and open to improvisers of ALL skill levels.

Fall 2022 Education

Fall Education registration at Town Hall Theatre is now open! Featuring musicals and skill classes for all ages and abilities in far off swamps, Bikini Bottom, the Land of Giants, and beyond! Join us this Fall for Pre K- High School courses, or sign up for some of our adult classes!

Community Day in the Garden
Sunday, August 21, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the Ruth Bancroft Garden for Community Day in the Garden featuring many local artists vending throughout the plaza and Garden. This event is free. RSVP here: https://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/event/community-day-2
Family Day!

Enjoy a free, family-friendly day at the Lesher Center through Arts Around August! Chalk art, interactive story time, a magician, and activities will be available on the outdoor Rudney Plaza. Sunday, August 21. Don’t miss the ticketed, indoor performances of Wizard of Oz by Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble – get tickets in advance!

International Film Showcase's August selection is the French awards winner Lost Illusions. This film will open for at least one week at the Orinda Theatre on 8/26/22 and will play at the Jarvis Conservatory in Napa on 8/27/22.


Synopsis: Lucien de Rubempré (César winner Benjamin Voisin) arrives in Paris as a sensitive, and idealistic young poet determined to write a reputation-making novel. Instead, he finds himself swept into journalism, whose influence and reach is booming with the help of the printing press, widely available of late. Under the mentorship of cynical editor Étienne Lousteau (César winner Vincent Lacoste), Lucien agrees to write rave theater reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience. With this sweeping adaptation of one of Balzac's greatest novels, Xavier Giannoli crafts a contemporary tale of corruption amidst an early form of "fake news".
 
For further information please check our web site at www.internationalshowcase.org.
Whitchurch Glass Designs
 

In preparation and anticipation of this year's art and wine festivals, Cynthia named this new product line Life and Hope. The circular design represents the cycle of life and the iridescent glass that changes with light represents hope. Life and Hope, 9.5" plate, $79

You can see her work at two upcoming art festivals:
 
•  August 27 & 28, Bodega Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival at Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega Highway, Bodega, CA.
 
•  September 17 & 18, Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
 
If you miss us at the festival, you can always check out this design and others at www.WhitchurchGlassDesigns.com
 
Lafayette artist and resident, Cynthia Whitchurch creates her art by melting and bending colored glass into custom molds producing beautiful pieces including bowls, plates, dishes, coasters, night lights and more. She welcomes the opportunity to partner with local retailers to showcase her work. Contact Cynthia at WhitchurchGlassDesigns@yahoo.com.
 
Come meet Cynthia at the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival September 17 & 18. Mention this article and get 10% off your purchase.
Music Beats Cancer
 
Join the Notes4Hope community in the fight against breast cancer on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at the historic Lafayette Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School Street in Lafayette, CA.

5:30 Doors/Food/Bar; 7:00 Toree McGee followed by HEADLINER LUCE.
 
Bar & delicious food by The Fourth Bore (& Forge) available for purchase.

Notes4Hope builds a community around the healing power of music to raise funds and provide education on breast cancer prevention initiatives.

Your involvement allows FREE Wellness And Recovery (WAR) kits to land in the hands of those facing cancer, AND also helps fund FREE programs and services through the Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area.
Closing Night of Sculpture in the Garden
Saturday, August 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Get your last looks in! Ruth Bancroft Garden's 28th Annual Sculpture in the Garden is coming to a close. Live music by ZOLA, adult beverages, and mingling in the Garden at golden hour – what more could you ask for?! Learn more here.
LCG and OLC Open House
Sunday, August 28, 11 am - 2 pm, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 
 
You are invited!!!  The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center is celebrating its 11th year with a COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, August 28 from 11am to 2pm. The event is free and will feature inspirational speakers. Jim ‘Doc’ Hale will share fascinating information about the people who lived on this land for centuries before the 1800’s and a beekeeper from Mt. Diablo Beekeepers will talk about the amazing nature of bees and art of beekeeping
 
In addition to the speakers, there will be guided tours of the garden, information on raising chickens, master gardening, family crafts, edible treats, iced tea and lemonade, and an opportunity to walk a labyrinth and see the garden’s Miwok Village.
 
Garden members will be on hand to answer gardening questions and show off a variety of gardening methods and practices including hinged covers that prevent critters from eating crops, vermiculture (worm composting), mulching, a butterfly garden, deer resistant plantings and so much more.
 
We look forward to seeing you on August 28! If you have questions, you can call (925) 946-0563.
“Unique Expressions" Opening at the Moraga Art Gallery
 
The Moraga Art Gallery announces the debut of "Unique Expressions,” an exhibit featuring world-class jewelry from the Lafayette workshop of K. de Groot and ever-enticing, abstract acrylic paintings by Irene Needoba. Clearly, neither artist ever looked over her shoulder to view artistic trends of the past. Rather, each has conjured collections of unique, easy-to-admire pieces of art.  
 
The exhibit, from Wednesday, August 31st until November 6th, also contains 500-plus works in numerous media and styles by the gallery's members and several guest artists, including Orinda's Judith Feins, whose incomparable oil paintings celebrate with striking luminosity California's land and water. In addition, the gallery's special boutique offers a wide selection of original hand-made gifts--silk scarves, coasters, greeting cards, wooden bowls, pizza cutters, and much more.
 
Save the date: On Saturday, October 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm the public is invited to a free reception at the gallery, located at 432 Center Street in Moraga's Rheem Shopping Center. Come to meet the artists, enjoy the art as well as wine, light snacks, and live music. For more information, visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.

Image: Artwork by Judith Feins
Guitars Not Guns Children's Music Charity Annual Fundraising Concert Event

All Proceeds will Benefit the Contra Costa County Chapter of Guitars Not Guns 501(c)(3) non-profit music program for children.

DATE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2022 PLACE: TOMMY T’s - 5104 HOPYARD RD, PLEASANTON, CA 94588 TIME: DOORS AT 6:00 PM AND SHOW 7:00 PM TO 10:30 PM COST: $15.00 – AGES 12-18, $40.00 AGES 18 AND UP

On Wednesday, August 31, 2022, Tommy T’s and The 925 Entertainment Group invites everyone to the Guitars Not Guns of the Contra Costa County Chapter benefit fundraiser with an evening of comedy, live music, dancing, dance contest, raffle prizes and more. $1 Raffle prize tickets, and silent auctions items, which will include a very special Gibson Les Paul autographed by Rich and Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, during their 2022 - 40th Anniversary Reunion Tour. Free parking and easy access to public transportation. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT EVENTBRITE.
Always…Patsy Cline, followed by Clue

Center Repertory Company, the resident professional theatre company of the Lesher Center for the Arts, kicks off its 22/23 season in September with Always…Patsy Cline, followed by Clue at the end of October! Single tickets are now on sale at www.LesherArtsCenter.org.
World Premiere of Lear at Cal Shakes

Returning to Cal Shakes after his acclaimed production of black odyssey, Marcus Gardley brings his world premiere of Lear, a deconstruction of the classic story of power, betrayal, and madness to the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater.
 
Set in San Francisco’s Fillmore District from the eminent domain crisis through to the subsequent displacement of the 1960s, and infused with a jazz score, Gardley’s deeply personal Lear reckons with uncomfortable legacies, with the consequences of our actions, and with the vulnerability and ultimate resilience of the human heart to find its way back again.
 
Go to calshakes.org for tickets.
In the mood for an afternoon of classic rock music, incredible food, beverages and more?
 
On Saturday, September 10 from 1-7pm at The Moraga Commons Park, Notes4Hope presents full electric music from 3 legendary rock bands performed by 3 of the greatest cover bands of our time!

The Beatles – presented by The Sun Kings
Led Zeppelin – presented by Hey Hey Mama
Tom Petty – presented by The Big Jangle
 
Food provided by The Forge Pizza Fire Truck, Slow Hand BBQ, La Hacienda Mexican Buffett, Loards Ice Cream and more. Craft Beer from Canyon Club Brewery, Cider from 2 Towns, Wine, Numi Ice Tea and other non-alcoholic beverages. Vendor Village with collective apparel booth, face painting, temporary tattoos, jewelry, wellness and more. Learn more at https://www.notes4hope.org.
Lamorinda Arts Council
LAMORINDA ARTS COUNCIL SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2022 ACTIVITIES
Art Gallery at the Orinda Library: “What’s Next …” Art from the Edge of Discovery”
The Lamorinda Arts Council presents artwork from “The Seven,” a group of local artists who came together to display their eclectic show in the Art Gallery in the Orinda Library. Meet Cindy Baker, Kath Balamuth, Jules Campbell, Susan Erickson, Christina Finnie, Pam Jameson and Jim Jordan at the reception in their honor Saturday, September 10 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm where light refreshments will be served and Bryan Kemler plays his acoustic guitar on the patio. Their theme, “What’s Next …” describes their commitment to discover what is hidden within their life experience to share with the world via art. One hundred artworks from different genres fill the gallery during September. Visit the online gallery at www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries/.

Due to circumstances related to COVID-19, Wilder Gallery is temporarily closed for September.
Kids Art Table at Lafayette Art & Wine Festival – September 17 & 18
The Lamorinda Arts Council invites art lovers to join us in Local Artists Alley on Sat. Sep 17 and Sun. Sep 18 at our Kids Art Table. Spend and hour or two helping young artists take a break from the crowds to create something colorful and fun from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. We provide all materials in our two sheltered booths. Advance sign up helpful for planning – email info@lamorindaarts.org or call 925.359.9940.
Art Embraces Music: Saturday, September 24, 8:00 - 9:30 pm, Lafayette Community Hall
Musicians take us places in a language without words. Artists tell stories with form and color. Together they enrich our community.

The Lamorinda Arts Council in collaboration with Ensemble ARI presents Art Embraces Music on Saturday, September 24 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Ensemble ARI takes the stage surrounded by original artwork and streaming video; thus art embraces the music.

"ARI" is a Korean word meaning big river, wisdom & beauty. Led by Composer Jean Ahn, “Ensemble ARI” is a group of Korean American musicians in the Bay Area who want to share this quality with the community through music. Join us for this unique concert featuring traditional and original classical music; light refreshments will be served following the performance. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Lafayette Community Foundation. See https://lamorindaarts.org/art-embraces-words-events/.
Mocktails & Cocktails, Sunday, September 25, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Join those who love art, literature, music and everything in between at The Coop, 32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, from 3-5 pm. Time for some artsy conversation with Ani Breslin and Elana O’Loskey of the Lamorinda Arts Council. No host bar. Just show up. Questions? Email literary@lamorindaarts.org.
The Art of Mixology – Saturday, October 22, 4:30 - 7:30 pm – Orinda Theatre Square
Join us for this fun event where professional and amateur bartenders create luscious craft cocktails for the audience and professional judges. Come and taste samples with your own shot glasses to vote in the Audience Favorite category. Cash prizes in six categories for winning bartenders. All COVID-19 precautions observed. Tickets are $75 for the Lamorinda Arts Council largest fundraiser of the year. Visit https://lamorindaarts.org/mixology/ for tickets and details.
Art Embraces Words - Saturday, October 29, 2:00 - 3:30 pm – Costume Event
Writers paint images with words. Artists tell stories with color. Together they enrich our community.

The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to show up as your favorite literary or artistic character at its free program in the Lafayette Library. Emerging writers read from their work surrounded by artwork from local artists. In this way art literally “embraces” the spoken word. The final 2022 program will be a Webinar hosted by AEW alumni Denise Nomura and Natalie Samuels Wheeler in November; date TBD. Visit https://lamorindaarts.org/art-embraces-words/ for more information. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Lafayette Community Foundation.
Mocktails & Cocktails, Sunday, October 30, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Join those who love art, literature, music and everything in between at The Coop, 32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, from 3-5 p.m. Time for some artsy conversation with Ani Breslin and Elana O’Loskey of the Lamorinda Arts Council. No host bar. Just show up. Questions? Email literary@lamorindaarts.org.
Opening Night at the Gold Coast Chamber Players

Romance abounds on Opening Night at the Gold Coast Chamber Players concert, Brahms Reunion, on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 7:30 pm at the Don Tatzin Community Hall in the Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. This passionate program of Brahms’s Cello Sonata op. 99 and Piano Quintet op. 34 features the Principal cellist of Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Luigi Piovano, performing with his 330-year-old Ruggeri cello. GCCP welcomes back Piovano whose previous performances have dazzled Gold Coast audiences. Single tickets are $15-45 and are available online at www.gccpmusic.com or by calling (925) 283-3728.  
Luigi Piovano stars as cellist and chef! 

Luigi Piovano stars as cellist and chef in this uniquely Italian fundraiser for the Gold Coast Chamber Players.
 
Sunday, September 25, 2022 | 4:30 PM
Private Residence - Lafayette, CA
Set in a beautiful Lafayette home, this intimate evening includes a serenade of heartwarming Italian music and a menu featuring Rustichella d’Abruzzo pasta, Il Cappero Cru Orrico olive oil, and Podernuovo a Palazzone wines imported from Italy, especially for this event. Every course will be prepared by Luigi himself! 
 
Enjoy the rare privilege to not only see, but also hear, a 330-year-old Italian cello on loan from the Micheli Foundation. Luigi will bring his magnificent cello by Francesco Ruggeri all the way from Rome for Gold Coasters to enjoy! Get your tickets and more information here.
Saint Mary's College Museum of Art

Two new exhibitions open at Saint Mary's College Museum of Art on September 14 that explore and reenvision the permanent collection. Fake It Till You Make It: A Quest for Authenticity explores how authenticity is defined and determined in institutions, museums, and among art experts and artists. From forgeries to Tourist art, Pop Art to NFTs, these selected works from the college collection question value and originality in art history through ways of seeing, artist intent, and the cultural value placed on Art. The exhibition, Interdisciplinary Voice, comprises faculty, scholars, and staff across campus responding to objects in the permanent collection. Offering a space for dialogue, these voices interpret the selected works to facilitate conversation, provoke ideas, and consider academic and interdisciplinary perspectives.

The exhibitions are on view through December 11, 2022. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The opening reception will be held Thursday, September 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission and programs are free for all visitors. More information can be found at: www.stmarys-ca.edu/museum.

Image credit: Jerrold Turner, Mount Diablo Portal, Oil on Canvas, 1994, Saint Mary's College Museum of Art Permanent Collection, 2021.6.27
OLLI@Berkeley Fall Registration Now Open

Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley and spend fall diving into history, literature, art and architecture, music, and more. Many classes start the week of September 19, and others in mid-Oct. OLLI is also thrilled to announce that it's expanding the number of online and in-person courses available, which means more choices, more flexibility and more dynamic learning ahead. Check out the fall brochure and start making plans. No Cal connection necessary. Just a love of learning!
Diablo Symphony Orchestra’s Diamond Jubilee Season

Diablo Symphony Orchestra’s Diamond Jubilee Season celebrating sixty years of musical excellence in the Contra Costa County community is just around the corner!

Connections to folk music and folk traditions form a thread throughout the five- concert season, with programs ranging from folk-song-inspired music by Gustav Mahler and Alex Saratsky to a new family chamber opera based on the stories of Brer Rabbit, coproduced with Walnut Creek’s Festival Opera.
Season tickets are now available from our website at www.diablosymphony.org or at the Lesher Center for the Arts Box Office at 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek (phone: 925-943-7469). A season package secures your favorite seat at each of the four concerts being held at the Lesher Center for the Arts—the package also includes the annual Holiday Concert at the spacious Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, but seating there is not reserved. Details of the season’s diverse programs and featured guest artists, choral groups and ensembles are also available on the DSO website, being updated regularly as the season approaches and additional photographs and biographies become available. We look forward to seeing you at the symphony—right here in your own backyard! 
Support our Local Artists ...
Art Room by Chari

Chari began painting when the COVID-19 struck the world as a form of therapy. Most of her subject matter is abstract. She likes to experiment with techniques and form art in colors. She adds her personality and opens her work to your interpretation, encouraging conversation.

For more information please visit art_room_by_chari on Instagram or call 510.381.4634.

Take Self Love, Harmony, Courage wherever you go with you or buy them as a gift for a beloved one.

Dinart is all about finding joy in creativity and all the good energy that we need to carry with us everyday and everywhere we go. To fulfill this goal I came up with the idea to transform my watercolor painting to different types of custom wearable arts. My hand-crafted art pieces can be seen at www.etsy.com/shop/dinartgift and din-art.com. Currently, my handmade painting jewelry is available online and is also sold exclusively at a local high-end boutique in Oakland, CA. Every collection has a name which is inspired by my personal journey such as Self Love, Harmony, Courage, Wisdom, Hope, ....

To learn more about me and my art, please refer to the above links. I was recently highlighted in the Lamorinda Weekly & Rossmoor News.  

Visit Dinart in the Local Artists Alley at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Sept 17 & 18, 2022!
Enumero Cribbage Boards
 
Enumero Cribbage Boards are hand crafted in small batches using beautiful, warm hardwoods and richly colored inlay. Each and every board is unique in its appearance, name, and the series (or batch) it belongs to. I humbly believe that an Enumero Cribbage Board will be played on and enjoyed for generations to come.
 
Enumero is derived from the latin word "enumeratus" which means "to count". Cribbage has been played for over 400 years and continues to grow in popularity.
 
An Enumero Cribbage board can enhance your playing experience or can be given as a memorable gift to your favorite Cribbage Player. Each Enumero Cribbage Board comes with metal pegs that are kept in a small storage compartment at one end of the board. This compartment is secured with a small threaded hardwood cap.
 
Cribbage and cutting boards have been recently re-photographed to show the exquisite detail. View etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/enumerocribbageboard.

Metz Gallery

I’m a mixed media collage graffiti-style pop/street artist, born and raised in the gritty, industrial city of Bradford, Yorkshire, in the North of England; living there for most of my childhood until moving to London in my late teens. The effects of growing up in these urban environments have obviously left an indelible mark on me. I’m very passionate about photography, music and entertainment, vintage movies and icons within pop culture and politics. My approach to art is to capture, memorialize and transform fleeting fragments of the world around us. I’ve taken these somewhat disparate elements and selectively layered pieces together, blending them into transform into a patchwork. I add colored acrylics and spray paint that adds depth and a multi-dimensional aspect to my work.

As part of my process, I try to first create and then develop common linkages and themes. I develop these unique fragments into a multi-layered, mixed media collage that that connects to create a common thread and overall narrative. Ultimately, I like my art to be dramatic, vibrant, colorful and provocative, evoking a sense of energy and passion.

I currently reside in Moraga CA. My website is www.metzgallery.com and Instagram @jaweedmetz and email metz@metzgallery.com.

Visit Metz Gallery in the Local Artists Alley at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Sept 17 & 18, 2022!
Onodaart
 
If you like California land you will like my work! I paint the joy I see in our landscapes. Most of my work is done on location within 60 miles of Lamorinda. I paint Napa, the Bay, small farms, orchards, and trees that I fall in love with. Teresa Onoda, www.onodaart.com.

Visit Onodaart in the Local Artists Alley at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Sept 17 & 18, 2022!
Tom Taneyhill Art

My artwork hand painted on tile. For more information send me an email: taneyhillart@gmail.com

Prints of my work are also available on www.fineartamerica.com (search Tom Taneyhill).

Drawing and painting the local landscape. Connect with me!
FACEBOOK @taneyhillart
INSTAGRAM @taneyhillart
Whitchurch Glass Designs

📷 The Classic, Glass Beverage Coasters, $45/set

Beautiful colored glass is adorned with dots and stringers. These beautiful glass beverage coasters have been sold at art galleries and art/wine festivals in Northern California. Each set contains four 4” x 4” coasters, with rubber pads affixed at base to protect furniture. They make the perfect bridal, housewarming, birthday or host/hostess gift. Various colors are available online at www.WhitchurchGlassDesigns.com.
 
Lafayette artist and resident, Cynthia Whitchurch creates her art by melting and bending colored glass into custom molds producing beautiful pieces including bowls, plates, dishes, coasters, night lights and more. She welcomes the opportunity to partner with local retailers to showcase her work. Contact Cynthia at WhitchurchGlassDesigns@yahoo.com.
 
Come meet Cynthia at the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival September 17 & 18. Mention this article and get 10% off your purchase.
Wood Whisperer

I am a 65 year on and off again resident of Lafayette and graduate of Acalanes and Cal Berkeley. I spent 12 years operating a produce store and juice bar in Lafayette and Walnut Creek. After an opportunity for reflection I decided to pursue working with wood as that has been my passion since I was 10 and built 20 or so skateboards. My brother and I began doing wood display cases for Sennelier art products but eventually settled on doing hardwood floors. This financed eventually a complete woodshop and over time a large collection of rare and highly figured wood with the eventual goal of working on furniture featuring this wood. Finally I retired this year and I am building beautiful furniture as art.

Visit Wood Whisperer in the Local Artists Alley at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Sept 17 & 18, 2022!

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