Educational Foundation Exhibit Celebrates Orinda Student Artwork

(Elana O'Loskey, Photographer)
Will Cassriel’s sculpture entitled My Childhood Hero was displayed at a recent Arts Ambassadors exhibit.

    Mark your calendars for the Educational Foundation of Orinda’s (EFO) 13th Annual Arts Ambassadors Exhibit featuring a selection of 180 artworks and performances showcasing talent from all Orinda schools.
    The exhibit runs from March 15-31 at the Orinda Library Gallery. A Celebration of the Arts Reception will be held March 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. where participating students will receive an EFO Arts Ambassadors ribbon.
    The event was organized by: Bene Streubel, EFO vice president of events; Lori Brook, EFO visual and performing arts coordinator; David Wilson, art teacher at Del Rey Elementary School; and Wagner Ranch Elementary School art teacher Emma Taylor, Orinda Union School District (OUSD) aid to Wilson.
    “The art being produced this year by our students is beautifully showing their thoughtful, diligent efforts, and we are very excited for the community to see it. I am certain that people will be moved,” says Streubel.
    Gavin Kermode, art teacher at Miramonte High School says, “The Arts Ambassadors exhibit is a fun and interesting show because it combines all levels of student artwork from K through 12 in our community. It shows how rich of an experience students can have in the visual and performing arts in our schools. As a teacher, I greatly appreciate the continued support of the EFO and their contribution to the student’s art experience.”
    Related events at the March 20 reception include a performance from 4:30 – 5 p.m. by the Orinda Intermediate School (OIS) Jazz Band led by instrumental music teacher Greg Mazmanian. From 5 to 5:45 p.m. in Orinda Library Auditorium there will be welcome speeches from David Wilson, OUSD arts coordinator; David Schrag, OUSD director of curriculum; and Dr. Carolyn Seaton, OUSD superintendent. Speeches will be followed by performances by Miramonte Chamber singers, the OIS choir led by Christina Holling and elementary instrumental music students.
    Because of the foundation’s continued support of the arts in the community, Orinda is one of only a few California public schools able to provide musical and visual arts enrichment programs to every student. For more information about the EFO, see
    The foundation has sponsored all aspects of this exhibit since 2012. “The Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) is delighted the EFO hosts this yearly event so everyone can enjoy the creative output from Orinda students,” says Denise Nomura, co-curator of the gallery. See for more info about the council.
    The gallery is at 26 Orinda Way. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Call 925-254-2184 for more information or visit

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