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Escondido's Oldest Art Association and Operator of the Artists' Gallery

Welcome to the Escondido Art Association

The Escondido Art Association is dedicated to promoting fine arts in our community. Through our gallery on Grand Avenue we provide an outlet for our members and other local artists to display their work. We also host demonstrations by local and nationally known artists at our monthly meetings, providing a place for members to learn new techniques and socialize with fellow artists.

The EAA is active in the community of Escondido: hosting shows benefiting local causes, giving scholarships to local high school students, and even showing member artwork in downtown businesses. Anyone with an interest in the visual arts or the desire to support the EAA is welcome as a member!

Our gallery, The Artists Gallery, on Grand Avenue in Escondido, is open in the evening during the monthly Second Saturday Artwalk. We focus on representational art in all media. Admission is free and we offer a hosted wine bar and hors d'oeuvres. Come see the art and meet the artists!

EAA Gallery

Quick Links for New Members:

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September 2014, Noah’s Art

Show Dates:
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014

Reception Date:
Saturday, September 13 from 5 to 8p.m.

Early Drop Off Date:
Saturday, August 30 from 2 to 4p.m.

Drop Off Date:
Monday, September 1 from 2 to 6p.m.

Show Judge:
Chuck McPherson

This is a juried show with ribbon awards.

Note that you may join the EAA on the same day as drop-off, or join now!

Framing & Jurying Guidelines for Gallery Shows 

For more information, contact the Gallery Director.

Artist of the Month

September Artist of the Month is:

Suzanne Nicolaisen

The Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street, and the new Library hours are: Mondays and Tuesdays - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Sundays)

For more information about this program, call Joan Segel at the Artists Gallery, 760-489-0338, or at 760-741-3117.


EAA Free Trial Membership & Invitation to Show

The Escondido Art Association is offering a free three-month trial membership with all the advantages associated with a fully paid membership. Interested artists are welcome to call or pick up a trial membership voucher with a three-month expiration date entitling them to participate in the following benefits: monthly art competitions at the Artists Gallery with opportunities to show and sell their artwork at the same entry fees as fully paid members; monthly general meetings with free art demonstrations by notable guest artists; informal art competitions judged by guest artists at the general meetings with ribbon awards presented to the winners; and participation in a peer critique group held on scheduled Wednesday afternoons at the Artists Gallery on 121 Grand Ave, Escondido. The Escondido Art Association also extends an open invitation to all non-member artists wishing to exhibit their artwork in the monthly competitions at the Artists Gallery. Non-member fees for a max of three works of art are as follows: $30 for the first piece, $10 for the second; and $10 for the third. For more information about the Escondido Art Association please visit our website at or call the Artists Gallery, (760) 489-0338.



The quarterly EAA Art Rotations have changed. Per July 1st, only one artist will be allowed to hang multiple pieces at either the US Bank or the Best Western Hotel. To apply for a slot at these locations, please contact Joan Segel.

The process is as follows;
The artist who has been assigned to show their art during the next period, contacts the artist currently showing at that location. They will arrange a meeting so that any equipment needed to hang the show is passed on. The artists may agree to help each other take down the show and hang the next. The duration of a show at the US bank and the Best Western Hotel is 2 months. The duration of a show at the library is one month, starting at the beginning of that month. For more information, please contact Joan Segel at the Artists Gallery, 760-489-0338, or at 760-741-3117.

Rent-an-Easel program

As of August 5th, the Rent-an-Easel program was introduced in the Artists' Gallery. This program allows artists to rent an easel located in the window of the Artists's Gallery. This location is considered highly desirable due to the high visibility from the street which will increase the probability to sell the art on display.

Up to five easels can be rented by one or more artists at any given time. The cost to rent an easel is $40 per month. The art on the easel can be swapped by the renting artist at their discretion. The art placed on the easel DOES NOT participate in the judged gallery show for that month. However, when an artist rents an easel, he/she can also add up to three works in the judged gallery show at a cost of $5 per painting.

For more information about this program, call Joan Segel at the Artists Gallery, 760-489-0338, or at 760-741-3117.

Upcoming Art Demonstration

September Demo Artist

Chuck McPherson NWS, SDWS

Chuck McPherson

Afternoon moon
Fusion pond
Newport nocturne
Show stopper

About the Artist:

With hundreds of awards for his paintings since 2008, this unique and flamboyant artist’s artwork has been called ‘...a unique blend of draftsman’s skills and the playfulness of a mind young-at-heart.’

Watercolor is his medium of choice and he paints full-time, following his passion while building a reputation.

You can often catch him entertaining large and intimate audiences with a quick wit, color applied with his now infamous 5-inch brush, and marks made with sandpaper or lipstick and coffee borrowed from the crowd.

Chuck brings an open, fun and entertaining attitude to his workshops and demonstrations and often serves as a discerning and respected art exhibition juror.

Signature Member | San DiegoWatercolor Society | Board, Member Shows Director 2009 -11
Signature Member | National Watercolor Society | Board, 3rd Vice President 2011
San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild | Board, Newsletter Chair 2008-11
Co-founder, Ballast Point Gallery | Barracks 14, Studio 103, Liberty Station NTC

San Diego State University | BA with Distinction in GraphicComm, Journalism Minor
Art Center College of Design | Pasadena, CA | Illustration Major
Workshops: Bud Shackelford, AWS / Tom Fong, WW / James Millard, NWS / Jerry Stitt, AWS, NWS
Frank Francese, NWS, TWSA Master, WHS, WW, SDWS, WFWS, TWS, CWS

General Meeting/Demo Date:

September 10th, 2014 from 7p.m. - 9p.m.

Park Avenue Community Center
210 East Park Avenue
Escondido, CA 92025
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Non members will be charged a $5 entry fee

For More Information, Contact:
Suzanne Nicolaisen, V.P. of Programs
By Phone at (760) 294-6255 or by;

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