Supporting Our Arts Community

March-April 2023

Presented by the Lafayette Chamber
Lafayette Chamber Announcements
2023 Lafayette Citizen of the Year, Mike Anderson

The 2023 Citizen of the Year Dinner Honoring Mike Anderson will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. Reception with no host bar 6pm-7pm. Dinner at 7pm. Evening ends at 9pm. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets for the dinner online HERE.

Learn more about Mike Anderson’s contributions to our community and the Citizen of the Year program in the Press Release HERE. Read the March 1, 2023 article in Lamorinda Weekly: Mayor Mike, Citizen of the Year - diplomacy, patience and grace under pressure.
Taste of Lafayette Restaurant Stroll

Tickets on sale now! Tickets are limited and no tickets will be sold at the door. Only 200 tickets remain! Purchase your tickets now!

Event date: Tuesday, May 16, 5pm-7:30pm, Downtown Lafayette
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Upcoming Events & Special Announcements from our Arts Community
03/10 – 03/11 | College Notes A Cappella
College Notes is back for its fifth year of a cappella performances! The evening will feature a cappella groups from top universities from across the country and is sure to be the perfect harmony of bright minds and bright voices!
03/16 – 03/17 | Dance Theatre of Harlem
Back by popular demand, this unparalleled company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, works by resident choreographer Robert Garland, and innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate Black culture.
Bedford Gallery | Now – 04/02 | Erin Fong | The Sensation of Color
Through dedicated research and experimentation, Bay Area artist and letterpress printer Erin Fong has transformed Bedford Gallery into a vibrant lab full of prints, paintings, and installations that explore how color affects emotional responses and informs our daily lives in subtle, often unconscious ways.

Learn more about Diablo Regional Arts Association here. Purchase your tickets at

Town Hall Education is excited to announce that our annual Young Playwrights Festival is back and in person! The Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) is a part of Town Hall Education's Young Playwrights Program, which connects Bay Area theatre professionals with local high school students to create, write, and develop new theatre pieces. From the many talented writers, four finalists have been chosen whose plays will be performed by professional actors at the Young Playwrights Festival this March 12th at 7pm, at Town Hall Theatre
Our 2023 Young Playwrights Festival finalists are: 
It's Not a Heist written by Ella Bradley and Colin Perusse 
May Lilies Do Die written by Amelia Soong 
Not For Myself written by Hannah Johnson 
The Three Surgeons written by Ivan Smith 
Tickets are open to the public and Pay-What-You-Can. The community is encouraged to cheer on these young playwrights.
Lift Your Voice: An Evening with Angela Harrelson
March 13th at 7:00pm
*Pay-What-You-Can Event

Town Hall Theatre will host Angela Harrelson, the aunt of George Floyd and co-chair of the George Floyd Global Memorial. This is a pay-what-you-can event and 100% of ticket revenue will go to the George Floyd Global Memorial. Ms. Harrelson will read from her book, Lift Your Voice: How My Nephew George Floyd's Murder Changed The World, then have a Q&A lead by Sharon Sobotta who is a journalist as well as the director of the Center for Women & Gender Equity at St. Mary's College.

Arts & Culture
Contra Costa County to hold 5 Community Visioning Sessions for Arts and Culture Planning
Artists, arts and cultural leaders, and the community are getting together to share their vision for the future of Contra Costa County’s arts and cultural landscape.
During the week of March 14, five Arts & Culture Community Visioning Sessions will be held throughout the County. The events are free, and all are welcome.
The County is developing an “Arts & Culture Strategic Plan” as part of its effort to identify an organization that will serve as a new countywide arts council. The County has contracted with Arts Orange County, the nonprofit arts council in that community, to lead the planning process as the project manager and to facilitate the visioning sessions.
The goal is to guide an arts and cultural planning effort through an inclusive community engagement process that recognizes and respects the geographic and demographic diversity of the County. It will also inventory the County’s arts and cultural assets, including organizations, venues, and public art.
The Arts & Culture Community Visioning Sessions will be held in various locations around the county in Danville, Oakley, Pittsburg, Richmond, and Walnut Creek. Each session is approximately 90 minutes in duration, and light refreshments will be provided. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be available at each session to assist.
The following are the dates, locations, and registration links for each Visioning Session:
Tuesday, March 14 – 5:00 PM Heather Farm Community Center 301 North San Carlos Drive Walnut Creek
Welcome remarks by District 4 County Supervisor Ken Carlson
Wednesday, March 15 – 5:00 PM Oakley Recreation Center – 1250 O’Hara Avenue, Oakley
Welcome remarks by District 3 County Supervisor Diane Burgis
Thursday, March 16 – 5:30 PM Pittsburg Senior Center – 300 Presidio Lane, Pittsburg
Welcome remarks by District 5 County Supervisor Federal D. Glover
Friday, March 17 – 5:00 PM Danville Veterans Memorial Building – 400 Hartz Avenue, Danville
Welcome remarks by District 4 County Supervisor Candace Andersen
Saturday, March 18 – 10:00 AM Richmond Art Center – 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA 94804
Welcome remarks by District 1 County Supervisor John M. Gioia
Masks required at this venue
Art Gallery at Wilder: Hilary Mills Lambert’s “Carnival of Animals”
Lamorinda Arts Council presents a virtual gallery of original oil paintings by featured artist Hilary Mills Lambert in the Art Gallery at Wilder, through Saturday April 1. Lambert's life-long love of animals is evident in all her work; it pulls you in. To view her work go to
Art Gallery at the Orinda Library 20th High School Visual Arts Competition
The Lamorinda Arts Council is thrilled to kick off the 20th High School Visual Arts Competition March 6 through 31 in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. The competition showcases and acknowledges art in four categories: 2D, 3D, Photography, and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance Digital Art category. Student artist reception and awards ceremony Mar. 16 from 7 – 8:30 pm. All work is by high school students who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette, or Moraga, including all schools in the Acalanes Union High School District. Learn more at
Art Embraces Words: Saturday March 18, 2 – 3:30 pm; Featured Poet & Scientist David Seaborg
The Lamorinda Arts Council features poet and scientist David Seaborg with writers Alvin Ziegler and Quỳnh-Uyen Trinh; artists Kim and Jeanette Lavoie plus Jennifer Lothrigel at its first program in 2023. Lafayette Library Arts & Science Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Reception follows outdoors in the Library Courtyard. Visit for more information or call 925.359.9940.

Mocktails & Cocktails, Sunday, Mar. 26, 3:00 – 5:00 pm – The Coop, 32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
Join friends of the Lamorinda Arts Council for conversations about the creative life. Bring whatever artwork, music, digital art, writing, etc., you are working on as a “prompt.” We want to know what is stirring up (or blocking) your creative juices. Look for our Piccassoesque poster of a crazy art lady – that’s us! No host bar. Just show up. Questions? Email 

April 2023 Activities
Art Embraces Poetry Saturday April 15 1:30 – 3:30 pm; Featuring Poet Ophelia Leong
Lamorinda Arts Council presents Art Embraces Poetry at the Town Hall Theatre Lobby, 3535 School Street, Lafayette from 1:30 – 3:30 pm with a no host bar available. Featured poet Ophelia Leong will read "The Guardian of Lafayette Reservoir." Lafayette Public Art Committee hosts Bay Area Studio Artists exhibit “A Show of Hands” through May 5. To be part of the program or for more information visit or call 925-359-9940.

May 2023 Activities
Ekphrasis Author & Artist Reception Sat. May 6, 3-5 pm – Art Gallery at the Orinda Library
The Ekphrasis exhibit is a collaboration between the Lamorinda Arts Alliance, California Writers Club and Lamorinda Arts Alliance. Ekphrasis is a Greek word defined as writing that describes art; Ekphrasis curators says art can describe writing. Deadline for Responder Artists or Authors to submit work is March 31. Install is May 1 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy light refreshments as well as author readings in the Auditorium. Visit for more information.
MARCH COMING ATTRACTION from Mountain Shadow Film Society
Bringing the best in international and independent filmmaking to Walnut Creek!

“Spirited and sensuous” - The Hollywood Reporter
Friday, March 17th - 4:30 PM
Friday, March 17th - 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 18th - 4:30 PM
Saturday, March 18th - 7:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Straight from the Palm Springs Film Festival: In this pre-theatrical release film, Mountain Shadow brings the story of Hilma af Klint, a Swedish woman who revolutionized the art world when her work was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in 2019. Unknown and unrecognized as the woman who invented abstract painting, filmmaker Lasse Hallström brings to the big screen the life story of a woman who defied late nineteenth century conventions, when women were not allowed to attend art school with their male peers. The film reveals the impetus behind her work; from the sudden death of her younger sister, to the writings of Rudolph Steiner, and the strong influence of the Theosophic Movement and her belief in mystical philosophy. From Sweden / Bio-Pic – in English, with CC – 120 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.
Miramonte High School presents: Grease

Leather jackets, poodle skirts, and Greased Lightnin’! Watch out, Lamorinda, Rydell High is coming to Miramonte! One of Miramonte High School’s most anticipated annual events returns in March when more than 80 cast, crew, and band members will be cruising the halls of Rydell High, dreaming of “Summer Nights” and “Beauty School Dropout’” as they perform the rollicking musical Grease.
Since 1999, Miramonte has had a tradition of producing high-quality musicals that are student-centered. Our productions engage and foster collaboration between student designers, technicians, builders, stage managers, actors, and musicians. This year's musical is a collaboration between Musical Theater, Drama, Choir, and Instrumental Music programs and is directed by Heather Cousins, musically directed by Meredith Hawkins, conducted by Thomas Dwyer, and choreographed by Justin Cole of Joy in Motion.
Come out to support the arts at Miramonte High School. These performing arts programs are vital opportunities for creative and artistic expression for our students. Be there or be square!
Performance dates and times:
Friday, March 17, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 26, 4:00 p.m.

We are taking local sculpture artist’s submissions for our annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibit until March 19th!! Learn more here.
March 29th: Sound Bath

Our Annual Gala is coming up on May 6 at 5:00pm in Ruth’s Garden! We’re also always looking for sponsors for this fundraising event! Inquires can go to
International Film Showcase

International Film Showcase's March selection is Sweden Oscar submission and a prize winner at Cannes: Cairo Conspiracy. We played Tarik Saleh’s film The Nile Hilton Incident a few years ago.
The film will open at the Jarvis Conservatory on March 18th and at the Orinda theatre on March 24th.
Synopsis: Adam, the son of a fisherman, is offered the privilege to study at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the center of power of Sunni Islam. Adam becomes a pawn in the conflict between Egypt's religious and political elites.
Trailer: Further information is available on our web site at
Donuts and Drawings: A Sweet Exploration of Web3 for Girls

A hands on family friendly event focused on educating girls about NFTs and Web3. Come create and learn with us!

Sun, March 19, 2023, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Create & Flow - Versatile Studio & Event Space 3391 Mount Diablo Boulevard #Suite D Lafayette, CA 94549

Please join ThreeSpaces and Miss O Cool Girls for coffee, donuts, art, and NFT exploration focused on empowering girls in tech. Thank you to Miss O Cool Girls, we will be sharing cutting edge educational content designed for girls to learn more about NFTs and Web3.

Please note, while the educational content is aimed at girls, ALL are welcome to join! Attendees will get to create their own pieces of art either hand drawn or digitally created (please bring a personal device if you wish for your child to create digital art).

*All children must be accompanied by an adult if under the age of 12. Learn more and register here.
Sustainable Lafayette 2023 Film Series: Game Changers
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6:30 PM thru 09:00 PM
Lafayette Room of the Soda Center (Saint Mary's College, De La Salle Drive, Moraga)

Sustainable Lafayette, in partnership with Saint Mary's College, is proud to present a community screening of The Game Changers: a shocking new documentary that will change the way you look at meat. Panel discussion to follow. Free to the community.
Spring Equinox Celebration and Dance Party
Saturday, March 25th

Creekside Commons of Lafayette presents a community event designed for the whole family. Come honor the moment when the moon and sun reach a balance point that invites everything hidden underground to burst free from winter and explode into spring. Live music, hula hoop performer, activities for kids, a collective art project, taco food truck, adult drinks, and a moment of reflection from Soul Forum Podcast host, Dan Senter. It’s a party with purpose! Loosen up those hips and get your tickets in advance on Eventbrite, or at the door. Doors open at 4:30 pm.
Pacific Chamber Orchestra
Pacific Chamber Orchestra (PCO) is dedicated to sustaining and extending the rich heritage of classical music for chamber orchestra through inspiring performances and engaging educational programs designed to enrich local communities. This premier regional ensemble, comprised of eight to 42 experienced professional musicians, blends the intimate clarity of chamber music with symphonic power to create an enticing palate of tonal textures. Maestro Kohl’s programs include a versatile repertoire ranging from Baroque to classical to more contemporary, and are uniquely designed to illuminate connecting threads of works performed. PCO’s main thrust is to bring most talented Bay Area musicians to the Lamorinda and Tri-Valley regions, so that top artistic quality can be experienced by local audiences in an accessible, intimate fashion. Beyond the concert hall, PCO serves thousands of individuals through educational outreach programs. Now in its 34th season, PCO is known for its dual traditions of artistic integrity and community engagement. 
Pacific Chamber Orchestra (PCO) presents Passionate, Saturday, March 25th at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Orinda (7:30 pm) Spring forward with uplifting music. The performance celebrates the beginning of Springtime with exhilarating music such asc and travel from the dazzling urban world of Nuevo Tango with Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, to the lyrical grace of the Baroque masters, Telemann, Carelli and Vivaldi. Audiences will relish the enchanting sounds of Telemann's Concerto for Oboe d'amore, elevated by Soloist Robin May, Corelli's Suite for Strings, and Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins. These four masterful composers revolutionized the traditional music world, by creating timeless works that still captivate and mesmerize audiences today.


The creativity of two acclaimed Lafayette artists -- Donna Arganbright, a ceramicist, and Lucy Beck, an award-winning photographer, is featured at the Moraga Art Gallery's current show, "Light and Fire."

Also presented at the gallery, located at 432 Center Street in the Rheem Shopping Center, is the work of two dozen talented members and guests of every stripe: painters, jewelry designers, woodworkers, sculptors, glass artists, and more. "Light and Fire" runs until March 26th and is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm. For more information, visit or call 925-376-5407.
On behalf of Lafayette Chamber member, Wandah Parenti, Best Life Ever Placement Agency
Celebrate Diablo Ballet’s 29th Anniversary

Celebrate Diablo Ballet’s 29th Anniversary with a special one- night only performance on March 31st at the Lesher Center for the Arts. The performance features Diablo Ballet’s premiere of the festive Confetti by Gerald Arpino, the former Artistic Associate of the Joffrey Ballet, in honor of his 100th Anniversary celebration; the classical ballet Paquita featuring the whole company; and Elevator Operator, by company dancer Amanda Farris, Diablo Ballet’s first Dance Laboratory choreographer winner. The celebration continues immediately following the performance with a dinner and a champagne toast with the dancers at The Garden (formerly Scott’s Garden). For tickets and information, visit:
OLLI at UC Berkeley spring courses start soon!
In the mood to be surprised, inspired, intrigued, challenged and delighted? Join OLLI at UC Berkeley and experience all of that — and more — in stimulating in-person and online courses taught by Cal faculty and other scholars and experts. From explorations of the universe to examinations of how music impacts the brain, there's a lot to learn. Classes start the first week of April. All are welcome! No Cal affiliation needed. Learn about the many benefits of being an OLLI @Berkeley member. See you in class!
Diablo Symphony Orchestra

The Diablo Symphony Orchestra joins forces with Festival Opera on April 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in a coproduction of the new mini-opera Tales from the Briar Patch, inspired by traditional African stories. In this 30-minute operatic treat by composer Nkeiru Okoye and librettist Carman Moore, Sister Sparrow (a silly show-off), Sister Robin (the practical one) and Madame Partridge (the bossy one) retell the antics of the famous archenemies Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox. Paying tribute to the African tradition of storytelling for all ages, Okoye’s score blends jazz, blues, and gospel styles with contemporary musical sounds, and Moore’s text is filled with both humor and wisdom. The characters are portrayed by tenor Marcus J. Paige, baritone Omari Tau, soprano Shawnette Sulker, mezzo-soprano Aisha Campbell, and soprano Leberta Lorál. Setting the stage is the concert’s toe-tapping and energetic first half, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Described as a “rhythmic potpourri,” Berstein’s overture delivers a succession of themes at breakneck speed, all of which join in a riotous conclusion. And, beginning with its now-iconic glissando in the clarinet, Gershwin’s work for piano and orchestra—with its melodies inspired by jazz, ragtime, and rhythm and blues—reaches out to audiences of all ages. At the piano is 15-year-old Minna Fu, this season’s Yen Liang Young Artist Competition winner. A resident of Pleasanton, Fu has won multiple national piano competitions, and was invited to perform in the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in 2019.

Looking to the conclusion of the DSO's Diamond Jubilee (60th) season, the orchestra will join forces with Brian Rice and the Berkeley Choro Ensemble on May 14 for a range of compositions from Brazil, including the world premiere of a concerto for pandeiro, the Brazilian tambourine. The orchestra will also premiere a new work by San Francisco-based composer Jean Ahn, and perform Darius Milhaud's uproarious work Le Bœuf sur le Toit with a screening of Charlie Chaplin's film The Adventurer, providing a lighthearted finale to the season.

Tickets to the DSO's concerts are available at the Lesher Center for the Arts box office (925-943-7469) or by visiting Costs are $40 for adults and $10 for youth 13–17. Children 12 and under are free but need a ticket, and a discounted ticket price of $30 is available for groups of 10 or more seniors ages 62 and up. Tickets are also available at the door.
Moraga Art Gallery
Arrival of "Spring Exhibit '23" at the Moraga Art Gallery

Moraga Art Gallery announces “Spring Exhibit ’23,” opening on April 5th and featuring the eye-catching work of two member artists residing in Lafayette: Danguole Rita Kuolas and Pat Prosek.
Kuolas specializes in linoleum prints with eye-catching black and white designs and patterns that speak to current environmental issues such as the shocking impact of war on the world's natural beauty. Far from despairing, however, her collected works suggest the promise of hopeful and long-lasting renewal.

Prosek’s appealing prints also spring from both her love of nature and her affection for the centuries-old artistic Chinese tradition of rendering birds--especially cranes--whose quiet grace she captures in subtle, colorful tones.  

Also featured are watercolors of classic California landmarks: Half Dome, Carson Pass, Rodeo Beach, and others, by guest artist Donald Dupont. The exhibit, which runs until June 4th, also includes work by more than two dozen gallery members and guest artists. 

A free reception will be held on Saturday, April 22nd from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The public is invited to view the art, chat with the artists, enjoy wine, light snacks, tasteful music and the company of fellow art lovers. The gallery, at 522 Center Street in Moraga’s Rheem Shopping Center, is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. For more information, visit or call 925-376-5407.
Front Porch Presents
Kicks off at Town Hall Theatre
In early April, the Town Hall Theatre will kick off a quarterly performance series featuring local musicians performing well-known as well as original songs in an entertaining evening for the whole family. Entitled Front Porch Presents, the first show will happen on Friday, April 7th at 7 to 9 pm on the main stage at Town Hall Theatre and will feature special guest, Lafayette's Stevie Coyle of The Quitters, along with eight other musical acts. Tickets are on sale now at

A collaboration of the Town Hall Theatre and Front Porch Open Mic, the series hopes to showcase and elevate local musicians. "We are now celebrating our 5th year of Front Porch Open Mic," says Lafayette resident Andrée Hurst, who launched the performance community with her husband Austin Hurst ... on their own front porch. She says, "It has been amazing to see how many talented musicians come out every month to perform, from Lamorinda east to Danville and west to Marin and San Francisco. We're very excited and honored to be able to share some of that amazing talent with the community at large." Austin says, "We are thrilled about this collaboration with Town Hall Theatre which is so supportive of locally generated performing arts." Austin and Andree say they are also deeply grateful to Lamorinda Music in Lafayette, which has allowed them to utilize their Big Room performance space in the winter months. During the summer, the event moves to their farm here in Lafayette. Musicians can learn more at
Lamorinda Arts Alliance Announces the Exhibit “Wellness & Wellbeing”
Lamorinda Arts Alliance (LAA) is pleased to announce our member show “Wellness & Wellbeing” at the John Muir Health Auxiliary Gallery at John Muir Health, Aspen Center, Walnut Creek, Monday, April 10 through Thursday, May 18.
Soak in the power of healing through art at the LAA exhibit.  Wellness and wellbeing are reflected in the artwork creating an ambiance of healing which is important to the patients, their families and friends, staff, volunteers, and healthcare practitioners.
All are welcome to visit the exhibit at the John Muir Health Aspen Center Gallery, located at 133 La Casa Via Suite 150, Walnut Creek. 
Hours are Monday-through Friday 7 am - 6pm, and alternate Saturdays with shortened hours. Please check with the Aspen Surgery Center’s reception desk at (925) 937-8100 if visiting on a Saturday. 
The show features 13 artists and 31 original artworks in acrylics, oils, watercolors, etchings, monoprint, mixed media and photography. 
Participating Artists: Karen Baden Thapa, Annette Laurel Batchelor, Helen Chu-Hirschberg, Denise Hillman, Elizabeth Kennen, Nora Krauss, Melchia Kutches, Connie Millholland, Anne Morrison Rabe, Zahra Nafar, H. Newbury, Paula Oesterling, Adrienne Rogers, Marian Sims Harris 
We want to thank the John Muir Health Walnut Creek Medical Center Auxiliary for giving the Lamorinda Arts Alliance this opportunity to display our artwork.
Lamorinda Arts Alliance is an organization of local artists and friends who reside or work in the area. Its purpose is to provide coordination, education, and service to promote and increase knowledge, appreciation, and practice of the arts, and to enhance the cultural development of Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, and the surrounding communities.  The group seeks to foster a better understanding of art within the community and encourage the exchange of ideas for the mutual benefit of all members through its programs, exhibits and other activities within the community. 
Lamorinda Arts Alliance website:
Art: "The Paraglider” by Zahra Nafar
APRIL COMING ATTRACTION from Mountain Shadow Film Society

Bringing the best in international and independent filmmaking to Walnut Creek!

Based on a true story, ‘The Forger’ follows the young man’s quiet, reluctant journey into heroism.” –
Friday, April 14th - 4:30 PM
Friday, April 14th - 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 15th - 4:30 PM
Saturday, April 15th - 7:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Berlin, 1942. Cioma Schönhaus is a young Jewish man who won't let anyone take away his zest for life, especially not the Nazis. Since the best hiding spots are in plain sight, Cioma audaciously adopts the identity of a marine officer to escape being deported. Drawing on his art school background, he joins a network of underground rescuers and becomes infamous for his masterfully forged IDs save the lives of hundreds of Jews by allowing them to escape the country. Meanwhile, he throws himself into the city's nightlife and even finds a fragile hope for love during the darkest moments of the war. Based on a true story. Germany / Luxembourg | 2022 | 116 min | In German, with English subtitles. Trailer
* NOTE: All health and safety protocols will include all attendees provide ID and proof of full vaccination, and booster. At this time, masks may be required; or subject to change in the near future. We also have four portable air purifiers in the room to enhance ventilation.
Gold Coast Chamber Players

After 35 years of performances, the Gold Coast Chamber Players final concert, Souvenir, will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 7:30 PM in the Don Tatzin Community Hall at the Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette and includes both a pre-concert talk at 7 PM and post concert reception. Souvenir is a blockbuster program of music by Beethoven, Mozart, Kummer, and Tchaikovsky with leading musicians from coast to coast. Voted Best Concert Series of the East Bay two consecutive years, GCCP is known for electrifying performances that engage and inspire audiences and is sure to sell out. An on-site celebration follows the performance. For tickets and more information: or call (925) 283-3728.
Whitchurch Glass Designs

Amphitrite, Queen of the Sea, $750

In Greek mythology, Amphitrite is a goddess and wife of the Greek sea god, Poseidon, and lives with him in a golden palace beneath the sea. This 18" x 21" fused glass panel contains a mystical fish-eye lens that makes you want to know more. It was created for the Ekphrasis Exhibit and will be on display at the Orinda Art Gallery at the Orinda Library during the month of May 2023. A writer from the California Writers Club, Diablo Branch (CWC) is writing a story/poem about this panel and we can't wait to read it! Mark your calendar and stop by the gallery to check it out!

Whitchurch Glass Designs will be attending Sebastopol's 77th Annual Blossom Festival on April 29-30. Details about this festival and other 2023 events is posted on Learn how Cynthia 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 panels, bowls, plates, dishes, coasters, night lights and more. She welcomes the opportunity to partner with local retailers to showcase her work. Contact Cynthia at
New Exhibition! Oil Paintings by Michiko Sakai at the Library Public Art Gallery
The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee invites you to visit the exhibition of local artist Michiko Sakai's work entitled “Michiko's World” at the Library Public Art Gallery. The exhibit runs through May 4, 2023.
The granddaughter of a Japanese paint brush artist, local Benicia artist Michiko Sakai began oil painting as a teenager. She is a graduate of Asagaya Art School in Tokyo, Japan and worked on cloisonné art works at the Hirabayashi Shippo company in Tokyo. Sakai says that her paintings are a means of expressing herself through color when language is difficult and words are not sufficient. For inquiries or to read more about the artist, please visit
The gallery is located in the lobby of the Don Tatzin Community Hall at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., and is open during public events occurring in the Community Hall. Now that public meetings are being held in person in the Community Hall, please visit the exhibit on your way to the next meeting.
New Utility Box Art Celebrates Lafayette's History

As part of the 175+ celebration, the City of Lafayette Public Art Committee and the Lafayette Historical Society (LHS) have created a series of beautifully designed, photo-realistic history wraps and installed them on seven utility boxes along Mt. Diablo Boulevard between First Street and Delores Drive. The wraps utilize archival photos from LHS’s impressive collection and show pioneer and farming days, Lafayette's early recreation and social clubs (including Town Hall Theatre and the infamous 1930s horse show that drew thousands from far and wide), the growth of the downtown, and the birth of what Lafayette is today. Visit for more information on the new utility box wraps.
Community Foundation of Lafayette
Excellence Grants Application 

The Community Foundation of Lafayette's Excellence Grants application deadline is April 30, 2023. For almost 25 years, the Community Foundation has been giving grants to community nonprofits in the categories of Human Services, Seniors, Youth Development & Education and Arts & Culture. If you are interested in applying for an Excellence Grant, please click HERE. To learn more about the Community Foundation, please visit Selected grantees will be notified in mid-May. If you have any questions about the grant application process, please email
New Chamber Member Jeff Heyman to Have Solo Photo Exhibit at Lafayette Library

New member Jeff Heyman, an Orinda-based photographer, will be having a solo photography exhibit in May at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. The exhibit, "Everyday is Memorial Day," features a solemn look at the Crosses of Lafayette, which are also known as the Lafayette Hillside Memorial. A talk by the artists and an informational walk to the Crosses, which coincides with Memorial Day, will be held as part of the exhibit. Dates and gallery information are forthcoming. You can see a preview of "Everyday is Memorial Day" here

Heyman, the principal behind Outcasts Revisited Media LLC, a media consulting firm, recently held an exhibit at Orinda Books and last year a solo exhibit, "Triptychs," at the Town Hall Theatre Gallery in Lafayette. Both "Everyday is Memorial Day" and "Triptychs" are part of the City of Lafayette Public Art Committee's program to enhance art in the city. Make sure to follow Heyman on Instragram @heymanfoto to see his photos and for more information about his upcoming exhibit. 
New Spring Exhibitions Open at Saint Mary's College Museum of Art 
New exhibitions 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. 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.
The Peter Pan Foundation proudly presents: PETER PAN JR

We are thrilled to announce that we will be presenting Peter Pan Jr this summer! This weekday summer camp is geared towards our incredibly talented young performers in elementary and middle school. 

We'll spend three fun-filled weeks from June 5th to June 23rd learning and rehearsing the show, and end our time together in a fully costumed outdoor performance! We will be rehearsing Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM with shows on Friday June 23 @ 3 PM and Saturday June 24 @ 3 PM.

Peter Pan Jr is a condensed version of the Tony-award winning musical based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook! Learn more and register here.
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
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
Amphitrite, Queen of the Sea, $750
In Greek mythology, Amphitrite is a goddess and wife of the Greek sea god, Poseidon, and lives with him in a golden palace beneath the sea. This 18" x 21" fused glass panel contains a mystical fish-eye lens that makes you want to know more. It was created for the Ekphrasis Exhibit and will be on display at the Orinda Art Gallery at the Orinda Library during the month of May 2023. A writer from the California Writers Club, Diablo Branch (CWC) is writing a story/poem about this panel and we can't wait to read it! Mark your calendar and stop by the gallery to check it out!

Whitchurch Glass Designs will be attending Sebastopol's 77th Annual Blossom Festival on April 29-30. Details about this festival and other 2023 events is posted on Learn how Cynthia 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 panels, bowls, plates, dishes, coasters, night lights and more. She welcomes the opportunity to partner with local retailers to showcase her work. Contact Cynthia at
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
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 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.

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Sara Regan, Executive Director 
251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, Lafayette, CA
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