Supporting Our Arts Community

January-February 2023

Presented by the Lafayette Chamber
Lafayette Chamber Announcements
Business Person of the Year, State of the City Address and Introduction of Lafayette Chamber Board of Directors

The Lafayette Chamber's Business Person of the Year selection committee chose Tom Stack as the 2023 Lafayette Business Person of the Year for his decades of service to our community. Congratulations Tom! A dinner will be held in his honor on Friday, February 3 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa.

The evening will also include the State of City Address by City of Lafayette Mayor Carl Anduri and the introduction of the Lafayette Chamber’s 2023 Board of Directors. 

📷 Photo of Tom Stack and wife Kiki by Craig Isaacs, BlueGoo Photography
Lafayette Chamber presents “Getting your Business 2023 Ready” hosted by Pillar Cowork.

The Speaker Series will take place scheduled Tuesdays throughout the year from 12pm-1pm. In person and online options available for series with the exception of 2/14.
Speaker Series 1:
1/24 “Pay Yourself First: How a business owner can build their retirement savings.” - Presented by Eric Flett, CEO of Concentric Wealth Management
1/31 “Get Ahead of the Pack - Digital and Video Marketing in 2023” – Presented by Alan Koenigsberg, President of Agile Digital Marketing and Stephanie Shaterian, Owner of fLO Content
2/7 “The Must-Know New Laws of 2023– how they affect you and your business” – Presented by Anthony Hyjer, Business Performance Advisor at Insperity
2/14 “Staying Complaint in a Digital World – Keeping Your Website Accessible to Avoid ADA Lawsuits” – Presented by Craig Wacks, Head of Sales at AudioEye *Zoom Only* *Presentation titles subject to change.
Speaker Series 2:
Topics will be posted shortly, please note dates: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2.
This series is meant to give back to our community by providing knowledgeable speakers about business topics in today's world. 
Please be sure to REGISTER for each event as there is limited "in person" availability. A Zoom option will be provided and a link sent prior to the scheduled date, please choose your option during the registration process. 
Please note: Registration is necessary for each scheduled date.
Now taking nominations for the 2023 Lafayette Citizen(s) of the Year!

Deadline to submit nominations is Friday, February 10, 2023 at noon. 

Criteria for Lafayette’s Citizen of the Year are as follows:
  • Must NOT be a current elected or paid member of any City Council, school board or commission.
  • Must be a current Lafayette resident.
  • Must be someone who has given of their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community, where people will want to live, work and shop.
  • Must be someone who models excellence in everything they do.
  • Must be someone who brings this community together and/or makes us proud to be a member of the community.
Previous recipients: W.B. Ellis, Ralfe Miller, Margaret Bainbridge, Mel Nielsen, John R. Jacques, M.H. Stanley, C.R. Turner, Theron Nelson, William Zion, Stanford White, Jack Hageman, Lou Repetto, Jop Van Overveen, Vern Odegard, Jack Marchant, Donn Black, Charles Franklin, Chris Adams, John Kennedy, Clifford Feiler, James Lloyd, Boardman Moore, Robert Augenthaler, Percy Whitten, Barbara Bupp, Irene Graff, Ed Stokes, Robert Fisher, Ernie Marriner, Ken Clifford, Don Young, Irene Thomas, Ned Robinson, Alice Johnson, Hirsh Morton, Sue Cross, Tom Cleveland, Herb Joyce, Skid Thomas, Su Stauffer, Tom Courtright, Lynn Hiden, Avon Wilson, Bill Wakeman, Richard Holmes, Guy Atwood, Connie & Mike Collier, Judy Garvens, Anne Grodin, Ellen Peterson, Norma Evans, Robert Wood, Mary McCosker, Budd MacKenzie, Kathy Bowles, Ivor Samson, Gwen Watson, Judy Carney, Jeanne Ateljevich, Team Library, Karen Mulvaney, Gayle Uilkema, Greg Moeller, Toni McShane, Marechal Duncan, Tom Steuber, Dick & Robin Holt, Donovan Jenkins, Don Tatzin, Rick and Janet Cronk, William Fraser and Janet Thomas.

📷 Janet Thomas, 2022 Co-Citizen of the Year with Don Tatzin, 2019 Citizen of the Year
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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>>
Did you miss our end of year recap email blast? Read it here!
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Upcoming Events & Special Announcements from our Arts Community
JANUARY COMING ATTRACTION from Mountain Shadow Film Society


Friday, Jan. 13th - 4:30 PM
Friday, Jan. 13th - 7:30 PM
Saturday, Jan. 14th - 4:30 PM
Saturday, Jan. 14th - 7:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek

SYNOPSIS: How should society deal with controversial works of art? Do the intentions of the artist matter? Or the impact on viewers? “TOWN DESTROYER” explores how to look at art and history at a time of polarized national debate over the power of images, racism, trauma, and what should be taught in schools. A dispute erupts at a San Francisco high school over Depression-era murals about the life of George Washington: slave owner, military leader, land speculator, President, and a man Native leaders called “Town Destroyer” after he ordered their villages destroyed during the Revolutionary War. The 13 murals at George Washington High School were painted in 1936 by leftwing artist Victor Arnautoff, a student of Diego Rivera. Non-rated - Documentary - 55 min. - TRAILER

* 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. 
Start the New Year with Gold Coast

Start your New Year with a concert by the Award Winning Gold Coast Chamber Players performing music by Faure, Shostakovich, and Louise Farrenc. Connections in Time. Come in out of the rain this Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 7:30 pm at the Don Tatzin Community Hall in the Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. The concert features the Horszowski Trio and violist Pamela Freund-Striplen. After 23 years in Lafayette, this season will be GCCP’s last. Don’t miss the final three concerts! For tickets and details please visit
Party for the Planet - A Benefit Concert

Good Time, Good Cause! Sustainable Contra Costa is excited for their first ever benefit concert, a fun, high-powered evening with the Jim Ocean Band and many other friends. January 14 at Lafayette's Creekside Commons. Featuring:
  • Live music from the newly released album, "Frankenclime"
  • Trashy Fashion Show
  • Interview with the legendary "Green Mary"
  • Special Guests, including a message from Bill McKibben
  • FUNdraising Games
  • Premium beer/wine for sale
  • Yummy snacks for sale

With soulful harmonies and a tight, driving rhythm section, the Jim Ocean Band has come out swinging with its debut album, “FrankenClime,” a humor-infused rock ‘n’ roll monster mash spotlighting the environmental challenges of the times. Featuring concerned, smart lyrics set to a beat, the in-your-face energy and contagious hooks have audiences dancing, laughing, and thinking all at the same time. This concert is part of the band’s “Fossil Fools Tour” in support of the FrankenClime project.

General seating. Doors open at 7:00, show begins 7:30 p.m.

Plan to bring an item for the sustainability-in-action “Bring a gift, take a gift” table – a fun way to upcycle a like-new, no-longer-needed household item or that unwanted holiday gift. (Sorry, Mom!) REGISTER HERE 
Lamorinda Arts Council & Community Partners
January 2023 Activities
Lamorinda Arts Council, California Writers Club and Lamorinda Arts Alliance Ekphrasis Exhibit Deadline to Participate January 31
Three art organizations, Lamorinda Arts Council, California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch and Lamorinda Arts Alliance have collaborated to present an unusual exhibit in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library entitled Ekphrasis. Ekphrasis is a Greek word meaning writing that describes art; the curators say art can also describe writing. Authors write about visual artwork and visual artists create artwork about writings by authors. Related artwork and writings are paired for display in the art Gallery at the Orinda Library. Questions? View the Jan. 4 slide show to learn what it’s all about at; scroll down to Workshop #5, “PowerPoint Slides.” Email curator Bill Carmel at [email protected] or go to for more information. 
Art Gallery at the Orinda Library January Exhibit: Focus on Nature with Hand Carved Bird Houses. Animal and Landscape Paintings
Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to view hand carved spirit bird houses by Doug Crooks and paintings by Lois Reynolds Mead, Teresa Onoda and Linda Sutton through Jan. 28 in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. View their artwork online at
Doug Crooks of Hercules has been working with wood for over 50 years and just keeps getting better at it. He won first prize in the California State Fair. The hand-carved spirit birdhouses he is exhibiting are both practical and unique. An active member of the Diablo Woodworkers, he attends meetings and classes at the Pleasant Hill Education Wood Shop. Crooks invites anyone interested in learning more about woodworking to visit to see what this organization offers.
Orindan Lois Reynolds Mead, Lamorinda Arts Council Secretary, is showing a variety of acrylic works in this show. If you are near the front of the CVS building on Moraga Way in Orinda, look for Mead’s 20” x 50” multicolored Artify Orinda painting, Secret Garden. Can you find three butterflies, two birds and five animals? Teresa Onoda’s landscape paintings, several in large format, capture the shimmering beauty that surrounds the East Bay through all seasons. She works out of her studio in Moraga. Linda Sutton of Martinez worked in transparent watercolors long enough to learn how to apply much of her knowledge to oil painting. Her dad was an optical engineer, so she studied light and splitting it up with a beam splitter. Look for this quality of transparency in her oil paintings including a leopard, giraffe and red wolf.
This free exhibit runs Jan. 2 through 28. Visit the gallery at 26 Orinda Way during normal library hours – Mon. – Thu. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. – Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closed Sunday. Close dates are Jan. 1, 2 and 16. Call 925-254-2184 for more information or visit
Art Gallery at Wilder: Illustrations from Elaine Drew’s Graphic Novel “A Knight’s Bad Day”
The Lamorinda Arts Council presents a virtual only gallery of original gouache paintings by featured artist and author Elaine Drew in the Art Gallery at Wilder from Jan. 7 through Feb. 3.
Elaine Drew's love affair with the Middle Ages began when she worked at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. She enjoyed wandering the galleries looking at the luminescent color and gold of Medieval painting. "After I married, I lived in England for four years, surrounded by history. Our small village was within walking distance of Winchester, the royal seat of the early English kingdom of Wessex. Learn more at
Meet a bevy of colorful characters in Drew’s historical fiction graphic novel, “A Knight’s Bad Day.” Knight Egbert, the main character, wishes to join the court of King Beorhtric. First, he must prove himself. You’ll meet a Seer who advises him not to proceed, warriors he must best, a beautiful lady and her ladies-in-waiting, visit a haunted forest and enter an enchanted castle. Her humorous graphic novel is set in Wessex, England, in the year 800, Drew’s favorite time period. Drew anticipates publishing “A Knight’s Bad Day” later this year via Amazon. To view these images visit
“Ramses II the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs” at the de Young Museum through February 12
The de Young Museum presents 181 priceless ancient Egyptian treasures in their exhibit at the Herbst Exhibition Galleries in San Francisco. The Houston Chronicle says, “Feels like stepping into a Hollywood movie set. The lighting, music, desert-like quietude, the rows of replica columns – we’re off to ancient Egypt.” Renowned George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator Renée Dreyfus in charge of ancient art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and others curated this world-class exhibition. It runs through February 12 and includes a virtual reality experience. See for details.
Mocktails & Cocktails, Sunday, Jan. 29 – 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 conversation about your creative journey in 2023 with friends of the Lamorinda Arts Council. Look for our knockoff Picassoesque poster of Dora Maar (Picasso’s muse & model) – that’s us! No host bar. Just show up. Questions? Email [email protected].  
February 2023 Activities
The de Young Museum presents 181 priceless ancient Egyptian treasures in their exhibit at the Herbst Exhibition Galleries in San Francisco. The Houston Chronicle says, “Feels like stepping into a Hollywood movie set. The lighting, music, desert-like quietude, the rows of replica columns – we’re off to ancient Egypt.” Renowned George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator Renée Dreyfus in charge of ancient art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and others curated this world-class exhibition. It runs through February 12 and includes a virtual reality experience. See for details.
Art Gallery at the Orinda Library: 16th Annual Arts Ambassadors K-8 Student Art Exhibit
The Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) invites the public to stop by to view the wildly creative artwork on display during February as part of the 16th Annual K-8 Arts Ambassadors (AA) exhibit in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way. View Moraga student art Feb. 4 to 16 and Orinda student art Feb 16 to Mar 3. Meet Orinda student artists, their families and teachers at a reception and presentation of AA ribbons on Tuesday, February 28 from 4:30 - 6 p.m.
“Art Educator co-chairs Jill Hudson for Moraga schools and Janet Robinson for Orinda schools deserve a big thank you from all of us,” said LAC Ex. Dir. Aniston Breslin. They are doing the hard work of organizing delivery and return of student artwork to and from the gallery. Hudson and Robinson also curate the entire show, which fills the gallery. AA 2023 is a colorful way to provide the public with an overview of the visual arts programs in Moraga and Orinda K-8 schools. The smiles on student faces are heartwarming as they recognize their artwork in the gallery and receive their AA ribbons.
AA began in 2006 and has been through many iterations. In the past, the following organizations encouraged, expanded and supported AA: Orinda Network for Education, Lafayette Partners in Education and Moraga Education Foundation. But the biggest thank you always goes to our local volunteer art educators, students and their parents who ensure the gallery looks its best.
This exhibit runs Feb. 4 through Mar. 4 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. Close date is Mon. Feb. 20. Call 925.254.2184 for more information about the Library or visit Email the curators with questions at [email protected].
Art Gallery at Wilder: Illustrations from Elaine Drew’s Graphic Novel “A Knight’s Bad Day”
The Lamorinda Arts Council presents a virtual only gallery of original gouache paintings by featured artist and author Elaine Drew in the Art Gallery at Wilder from Feb. 7 through Mar. 3.
Elaine Drew's love affair with the Middle Ages began when she worked at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. She enjoyed wandering the galleries looking at the luminescent color and gold of Medieval painting. "After I married I lived in England for four years, surrounded by history. Our small village was within walking distance of Winchester, the royal seat of the early English kingdom of Wessex. Learn more at
Meet a bevy of colorful characters in Drew’s historical fiction graphic novel, “A Knight’s Bad Day.” Knight Egbert, the main character, wishes to join the court of King Beorhtric. First, he must prove himself. You’ll meet a Seer who advises him not to proceed, warriors he must best, a beautiful lady and her ladies-in-waiting, visit a haunted forest and enter an enchanted castle. Her humorous graphic novel is set in Wessex, England, in the year 800, Drew’s favorite time period. Drew anticipates publishing “A Knight’s Bad Day” later this year via Amazon. To view these images visit
20th High School Visual Arts Competition Submission Deadline: February 17
The Lamorinda Arts Council reminds high school students in the Acalanes High School District to enter submissions by February 17 at midnight. The HSVAC exhibit runs from March 5 through 31 in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. Art in four categories – 2D, 3D, photography and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance sponsored Digital Art category – is accepted into this juried show. The Artists and Awards reception and ceremony is March 16 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. For more information visit, email [email protected] or call 925.359.9940.
Mocktails & Cocktails, Sunday, Feb. 26 – 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 conversation about your creative journey with friends of the Lamorinda Arts Council. Look for our knockoff Picassoesque poster of Dora Maar (Picasso’s muse & model) – that’s us! No host bar. Just show up. Questions? Email [email protected].
Moraga Art Gallery Ignited by "LIGHT and FIRE"
The Moraga Art Gallery announces its initial exhibit of 2023, opening on January 18th. Entitled "Light and Fire," it features the work of two celebrated member artists from Lafayette: Lucy Beck, an award-winning photographer who uses light to capture the astonishing color, beauty and structure of small, everyday flowers, and ceramicist Donna Arganbright, hailed for her functional bowls, mugs, trays, pitchers and plates, as well as "attitude figures," i.e., vases disguised as posturing humans, hands on hips, and clothed in fresh, bright-hued glazes.

John Hopper of Walnut Creek is the featured guest artist. Acclaimed by both the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and the California Watercolor Association (CWA), he combines realistic and impressionistic styles in spirited paintings that render a world awash with color. 

The exhibit, which runs until March 26th, also includes paintings in numerous media, sculptures, jewelry, woodcraft, ceramics, photographs, etchings, silk scarves, and more by a score of member and guest artists, including Wenda Pyman, K. deGroot, Judy Miller, Kath Balamuth, Margaret Dorfman, and Rick Nelson.

The public is cordially invited to a free reception on Saturday, February 4th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Come to view the art, meet the artists, mingle with other art lovers, enjoy a glass of wine and light snacks accompanied by live music befitting the gallery's gracious ambiance. The gallery, in the Rheem Shopping Center at 432 Center Street, Moraga, is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm. For more information visit or call 925-376-5407.
Yana Verba’s Paintings to be Featured in “Movement,” an Exhibit at Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre Gallery

The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee is very excited to kick off the year with the opening of “Movement,” an exhibit of paintings inspired by the Avant Garde movement in Kyiv by local Ukrainian-Canadian artist Yana Verba, at the Town Hall Theatre Gallery in Lafayette. The exhibition runs January 18 to March 6.
The public is invited to an opening reception on Sunday, January 29, from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre, located at 3535 School Street in Lafayette. The artist will present an artist talk and a new site-specific chalk installation referencing the massacre at the Donetsk Regional Academic Drama Theater in Mariupol beginning at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Public Art Committee and the Town Hall Theatre will host a cash bar. The event is free and open to the public. 
Click Here to read more about artist Yana Verba.
A complementary exhibit in the Public Art Display Case at the library offers a window into the diversity of Ukrainian culture. The materials feature books about Ukrainian artists and Soviet porcelain figures.
Meditative Sound Bath at The Ruth Bancroft Garden
Wednesday, January 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$30.00 – $45.00

Come Experience Music Therapy with Crystal Singing Bowls in the Great Room at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. The acoustics of the Great Room allow for a more immersive, meditative experience. Guests will have the opportunity to walk the Garden after the Sound Bath for 10 minutes.

Open to all who are ready to release and rejuvenate your mind, body + spirit. You are welcome to sit up or lay down for this event. Please bring a YOGA MAT + BLANKET, PILLOW (whatever you need to feel cozy + comfortable).

This event takes place after open Garden hours. We’d recommend arriving early to grab your spot and set up your yoga mat!
My Sailor, My Love

International Film Showcase's January selection is The premiere of My Sailor, My Love a coproduction from Finland and Ireland. Klaus Haro (The Fencer, Elina) directed this touching film.

The film will open at the Orinda Theatre on 1/20/23 for at least one week and at the Jarvis Conservatory, Napa on 1/21/23. The film is in English with English subtitles as well.
Synopsis: Howard, a retired sea captain, refuses any help from his daughter Grace. When she hires Annie as domestic help for him, Howard unexpectedly falls in love. He gives all his affection to Annie and her family, but rejects his own daughter. My Sailor, My Love is a story about a guilt-affected daughter-father relationship. But it's also a love story between two elderly people, proving that a new beginning is never too late.
Please contact me if you want a screener for review. Further information is available on our web site at
New Voices Series: Nanay

Written by Molly Olis Krost, Directed by Yari Cervas
January 20th, 21st, 27th & 28th
Tickets/More Info/Content Advisories:
Angela has arrived to congratulate her twin sister on her new baby but, instead finds Eve “cohabitating” with a Filipino vampire with an infamous hunger for all things fetus. Does Angela believe Eve’s claims that all is well with her new relationship? NANAY, a new play by Molly Olis Krost, incorporates Filipino mythology and tradition to compare eastern and western approaches to sisterhood, trauma and healing.
Rock for SHELTER

Rock for SHELTER is almost here! Presented by SHELTER, Inc. Sat., Jan. 21 at the historic Empress Theatre in Vallejo. Doors open at 5pm; first band takes the stage at 6pm. Enjoy an evening of top music while raising funds for the homeless. Just $35 for five popular local bands playing a range of classic rock music influenced by folk, Americana, blues, funk and the Eagles! Food and beverages available for purchase. Don't miss headliner Dan Ashley, local news anchor/musician and group; Eagles tribute band Midnight Flyer; DW Edwards and Lighting up the Soul; Papa Joe and the New Deal; and Sweet Undertow. Visit:
Diablo Regional Arts Association

We're starting the year off strong with TWO Headliners performances and the kick-off to the new Newsmakers Lesher Speaker Series at the Lesher Center for the Arts!

01.22 Mike Marshall, Edgar Meyer, George Meyer, and Bryan Sutton
01.27 The Peking Acrobats® Featuring the Grand Shanghai Circus
01.31 Newsmakers presents The Second City

Learn more and purchase tickets at
Sip and Paint at The Ruth Bancroft Garden
Friday, January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join The Ruth Bancroft Garden for Sip and Paint Night hosted by Super Paint Party. You will paint a design on a 16×20″ canvas made just for RBG! All Garden members can purchase up to 4 tickets total at Member price! Listen to some music, sip on adult beverages, and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!
The Peter Pan Foundation

It’s time… WUAS 2023. 💚✨
Auditions last weekend in January.
Callbacks first weekend in February.
Performances Memorial Day weekend.
Info & signups out next week.
Make sure you’re signed up for our emails.

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Nine Viewpoints
“Nine Artists/Nine Viewpoints” at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery!
Come see the work of a diverse group of nine women artists who have shared their artistic explorations, struggles, and successes for the past 23 years with the exhibit, “Nine Artists/Nine Viewpoints,” opening February 2, 2023, at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery! 
Their discussions, critiques, and support has enabled them to learn from each other and appreciate the varied styles and mediums in which they work. Their mediums include acrylic, oil and silk painting, printmaking, mixed media and clay work.
Participating artists are Susan EricksonJudy Feins, Carla W. Gelbaum, Danguole Rita Kuolas, Jill Landau, Margaret Lucas-Hill, Judy Miller, Pat Prosek and Linda Yoshizawa. 
The exhibit “Nine Artists/Nine Viewpoints” is a snapshot of where they are now, as mature, but still growing, artists. 
The Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery is located in the San Ramon Community Center at 12501 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon. It is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm. Please contact the Center at 925-973-3200 for weekend hours.  The exhibit will be available for viewing throughout the month of February.
We want to thank the City of San Ramon for giving us this opportunity to display our artwork at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery.
Celebrate Our Schools

Friday, February 10, 2023, 4:30-7:30pm
Lafayette Park Plaza (corner of Mt. Diablo & Moraga Rd)

Join LPIE for a festive family night in celebration of all we have done together to enrich our schools over the last 40 years and the potential of what is to come!

  • Games, Art, and Activities
  • Perry the Magician
  • Lafayette Student Performances
  • Live Music by David Martin’s House Party
  • Food Trucks and Restaurants
  • A Special LPIE Announcement

Entry is complimentary; food and drinks available for purchase. RSVP HERE. Guests who register will automatically be entered into a drawing to receive a Valentine’s dinner for two! Must be present on February 10th to win.
Diablo Ballet

The magic and artistry of the legendary ballet Swan Lake comes to Diablo Ballet audiences this February, featuring highlights from Act 1, White Swan and Black Swan Pas de Deux, variations, and coda featuring the entire company, accompanied by the legendary score by Tchaikovsky. Also included in the program is the thrilling Tarantella by George Balanchine and set to the Grande Tarantelle by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; a command performance of the glorious Sur Le Fil by Penny Saunders; and a new work, Existing in Parallel by company dancer and choreographer, Michael Wells and Derion Loman who was featured on “World of Dance”. Swan Lake Suite performs February 10 - 11 at the Lesher Center for the Arts. For tickets and information, visit
New Spring Exhibitions Open at Saint Mary's College Museum of Art 
On Wednesday, February 15, new exhibitions open at Saint Mary's College Museum of Art (SMCMoA). 
Jacob Lawrence: Three Series of Prints, a traveling exhibition, brings forward 31 graphic prints created by renowned American artist Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000). Grappling with historical struggles and cultural injustices, the exhibition highlights selected prints from the Hiroshima Series, the Genesis Series, and the Toussaint L’Ouverture Series created in the 1980s and 1990s. On view through May 14, 2023, and from the collections of Dr. & Mrs. Leon Banks and Alitash Kebede. The exhibition and museum tour were organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, CA.

From the Ground Up
Louis Siegriest (1899-1989) captured the vast changes in built and unbuilt land in the West through his 20th-century paintings. This exhibition brings forward an oeuvre of work that contextualizes the artist's influences and exploration of land, memory, and materials –unearthed from the ground up. This exhibition is on view through June 18, 2023. 
The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to exhibitions and programs are free. A public reception will be held on Thursday, February 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. More information can be found at   

Image credit: Jacob Lawrence, The Opener from Toussaint L’Ouverture Series, 1997 silkscreen print on Rising Two Ply Rag paper, 28 ½ x 33 ½ inches. Courtesy of the Collections of Dr. & Mrs. Leon Banks & Alitash Kebede.
Diablo Symphony Orchestra

The Diablo Symphony Orchestra continues its Jubilee (60th) Season on February 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts with a program that features Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Florence Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor. We’re excited to welcome Orinda native—and daughter of Bob Athayde, recently retired music director at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette—Juliana Athayde, violinist, back to the Bay Area for perform the concerto. Athayde is concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and an associate professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music. A graduate of the Concertmaster Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she was appointed concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic at age 24 and was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School fellow for six years. She holds residencies at San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival and Idaho’s Sun Valley Music Festival, appears as soloist with orchestras throughout the country, and is in demand as a chamber musician.
Florence Price's Dances in the Canebrakes, being performed in honor of Black History Month, was originally composed for solo piano. After Price’s unexpected death in 1953, the suite was revised for orchestra by Black composer William Grant Still. Drawn from Black folk songs and dances of the 1920s and ’30s, the suite opens with a rag titled “Nimble Feet” in the style of Scott Joplin. The second movement, “Tropical Noon,” features a “slow drag” rhythm that supports a dreamy melody, reflecting a nostalgic dance. The third movement, “Silk Hat and Walking Cane,” combines theatrical dance with ballroom dancing in a “cakewalk” that captures the energy of a crowded Harlem ballroom.
The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky's emotionally programmatic Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, written during 1877–78, particularly difficult years for the composer. The powerful first movement opens with a motive in the horns that represents (in the composer’s words) fate, which periodically interrupts themes of suffering and joy throughout the movement, with fate ultimately vanquishing joy. A melodically beautiful yet melancholy second movement is followed by a playful third movement with pizzicato strings in a series of “capricious arabesques.” The final movement erupts in a blaze of sound, leading ultimately to a conclusion that reflects the composer’s prescription for happiness: ““Rejoice in the happiness of others, and you can still live.”
The program will be conducted by music director and conductor Matilda Hofman as well as “conduct-the-orchestra” auction winners Kathryn Crandell and Bill Rudiak. Advance tickets are available through the DSO’s website (, at the Lesher Center for the Arts box office (1601 Civic Dr., WC) or by phone to 925-943-SHOW (7469). Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for youth 13–17. Children 12 and under are free and a discount of $30 each is available for groups of 10 or more seniors ages 62 and up.
The Park Theater Trust
This just in: Results of the TPTT $350,000 Challenge Match!
2023 is off to a terrific start for our much-loved Park Theater. Despite the wet and windy weather, spirits are VERY sunny and bright indeed as thanks to generous support form the greater community, The Park Theater Trust (TPTT) not only met the challenge of matching $350,000 for the Park Theater Renovation Capital Campaign, the all-volunteer nonprofit CRUSHED it, bringing in over $460,000 during the time period of August 1 and December 31, 2022. 
Add the $350,000 donated by two generous Lafayette families and a total of $810,072 was raised this last part of the year. The Challenge was a huge success and a major contributor to an overall strong fundraising year for the campaign to bring the Park Theater back to life: Total 2022 giving was $1,290,900.
Fundraising is more than just a numbers game, it’s a participation game, and TPTT is especially thrilled to report that 752 individuals, businesses, and foundations have donated to the Park Theater effort since 2018, with 190 new donors just from November 15 to December 31, 2022 alone. The $3 million raised to purchase the historic Park Theater in December 2021 represented a huge showing of community support for this effort; these 2022 fundraising totals show that the desire to bring the Park back burns very bright indeed. Just think - if EVERY Lafayette resident and EVERY Lafayette business contributed to the Park’s Renovation Capital Campaign, TPTT's goal of reopening in 2024 would be well on its way.
Help keep the momentum going! Stay tuned for news of upcoming TPTT events and opportunities in 2023, particularly the TPTT golf tournament fundraiser to be held at Orinda Country Club on Monday, August 28. TPTT is also excited to announce the formation of the Acalanes High School TPTT Booster Club led by two very enthusiastic students, Steph Boustani and Julia Johnson, and their faculty sponsor, drama teacher Ed Meehan. TPTT is so grateful for this interest and support because, certainly, the Park Theater is sure to be a favorite of the younger generation when it reopens!
TPTT has received City and County support (most recently $25,000 from The Livable Communities Trust, thanks to Supervisor Candace Anderson), and is working with other government streams to secure additional funding. TPTT continues to seek major donor support, corporate and business donations, and other grant opportunities so critical to this transformational effort on behalf of Lafayette, Lamorinda, and the entire East Bay.
There are many ways to give: one can donate directly, pledge throughout 2023, donate stock or money out of an IRA, or even donate a vehicle through Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary's Cars2ndChance program. Donations and pledges are cumulative toward fun Park Theater perks and meaningful recognition. EVERYONE can make a difference. For more information, please visit
Summer Conservatory Camp at Cal Shakes
Our Shakespeare Conservatory will return in 2023 with both a 3-week and 2-week training option! Classes will take place safely outside at the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater this summer for grades 6-12. 
Students will develop and improve their performative skills by studying with Bay Area experts in such areas as ActingVoiceMovementText Analysis and more, all while rehearsing one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays for a performance on the Bruns stage!
3-week session | June 12th-30th*
9 am-3 pm
$1,875 tuition | financial aid available
2-week session | July 17th-28th
9 am-3 pm
$1,250 tuition | financial aid available
*No camp on June 19th in observance of Juneteenth. Final performances will take place on the last day of each session. Limited financial aid is available. Please fill out this form if you’re interested.
Non-refundable deposit of $100 due upon registration. Conservatory sessions will be held in person, outdoors, following social distance and masking guidelines as outlined by the Contra Costa County Health Department and the CDC.
Participants spend the morning playing and creating in a wide variety of theater disciplines, taught by working theater professionals. They then spend their afternoons in rehearsals, cultivating, crafting, and putting their newly-acquired skills to the test in fully-staged Shakespeare performances. The experience culminates in Shakespeare performances for family and friends at the end of the program on the famous Bruns stage.
  • Acting
  • Stage Combat
  • Movement
  • Voice
  • Shakespeare History/Text
Conservatory participants receive complimentary tickets to at least one Cal Shakes production as well as discounts to other productions. Register HERE
Three Thirty Three Arts

Three Thirty Three Arts recently worked with Kaiser Permanente to help activate a large parking lot they own in Oakland to get a face lift. The structure was in a particularly challenging spot and prone to constant graffiti vandalism for many years. We provided a unique design which is the entrypoint for the Koreatown Northgate District. It's very fitting for the set and setting of that particular spot, which is how we approach all projects.
Three Thirty Three Arts is an all volunteer organization that has the resources to design and paint for any environment, indoors or out, and we should be one of Lafayette's first considerations for a local community arts organization to support! Our revenue goes to support arts and culture programming, which provide opportunities for young emerging and aspiring artists, many of whom are in CoCo County.
Lafayette Chamber Local Artists
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. - Steve Johnson, Wood Whisperer. Learn more here!
Whitchurch Glass Designs
Copper Heart, Glass Coaster $11 each. 
Gift love, joy, and happiness to your favorite person! Copper turns a lovely red-blue when fused between layers of glass to create these simple, yet stylish coasters. They are sold individually, so that you can design your own color palette. Many colors are available online at Free shipping available for Lamorinda residents. 
Over the next couple of months, Cynthia's preparing two glass panels for the Ekphrasis Exhibit at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library in May 2023, finalizing her 2023 events calendar, and completing custom orders. Learn how she makes her designs and keep up to date on studio projects by following her on Instagram @WhitchurchGlassDesigns
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 [email protected].
Tom Taneyhill Art

For more information send me an email: [email protected] or call (925)286-9346.

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

Drawing and painting the local landscape. Connect with me!
FACEBOOK @taneyhillart
INSTAGRAM @taneyhillart
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,
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 and Instagram @jaweedmetz and email [email protected].
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
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 and 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.  
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 about Art Room by Chari please visit art_room_by_chari on Instagram or call 510.381.4634.
Amber DeSilva Art

I am an artist living in Orinda. I work in multiple mediums, and my work is made to inspire, comfort and connect. Learn more on TikTok.

Quick Links to Lafayette Chamber Resources

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Sara Regan, Executive Director 
251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, Lafayette, CA
Office hours by appointment only:
Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-1pm
Closed M-Thr 12:30-1pm for lunch.
Closed Monday, January 16 for the holiday.

(925) 284-7404