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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

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March Show: "Fantasy" & Scholarship Program

Show Dates:
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014

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

Early Drop Off Date:
Saturday, March 1 from 2 to 4p.m.

Drop Off Date:
Monday, March 3 from 2 to 6p.m.

Show Judge:
Carol Zaleski

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

April Artist of the Month is:

Kathy Aldrich

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 2014 Art Scholarship

ESCONDIDO – The Escondido Art Association has launched its 2014 Art Scholarship Program for graduating seniors enrolled in any Escondido-based high school and is well underway with its high school presentation schedule. President, Bjarne Nicolaisen, and Vice President (Programs), Suzanne Nicolaisen, have visited five Escondido high schools to give a brief presentation on the scholarship program to enthusiastic art students and teachers. As popularity of this program has grown, more than 70 pieces of artwork were received for last year’s competition. The scholarship is sponsored once again by a grant from the Stensrud Foundation and a total of $1,000 will be awarded: $500 for First Place; $300 for Second Place; and, $200 for Third Place.

In order to compete, students must: (1) fill out a Scholarship Application/Entry Form; (2) obtain a letter of validation from their scholarship coordinator/art teacher; (3) write an essay about their interest in art; and (4) submit three pieces of artwork (at least one original.) Scholarship materials are available from scholarship coordinators, as well as online at the EAA website All entries must be submitted to the Artists Gallery at 121 Grand Ave. in Escondido on Saturday, March 1, 2014, from 11:00 – 4:00 p.m. or by the deadline date of Monday, March 3, 2014, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. A Reception/Awards Ceremony will take place at the Artists Gallery on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the awards being presented at 6:00 p.m. Winners of the cash prizes will be notified and must be present to receive their awards. For more information please visit our website or call Scholarship Committee Co-chairs Rosemarie Woldin, (760) 743-6634 or Carol Crisci, (760) 745-3585.

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

April Demo Artist

Kazuaki Uehara

Mr. Kazu 1
Mr. Kazu 2
Mr. Kazu 3

About the Artist:

Kazuaki Uerhara

Kazuaki Uerhara; I came from Ishigaki island in Okinawa, Japan and have been working as a chef for more than 27 years in the United States.

I think portraiture is a most challenging subject in art because anyone can accurately evaluate the progress in portraiture.

We humans have been receiving a lot of benefit by understanding the universal truths, such as the law of gravity and the law of magnetism. Each time we find the fundamental laws of the universe, we make a great step in the revolution. At the same time, the pursuit of truth is a fundamental purpose not only as a human being but as a portrait painter. Well, so far, the truth that I found in my life is that...I am a lonely person. Yet, by overcoming this life condition, I will be accomplishing my own human revolution, and it will also be the great revolution through every stroke in my canvas.

"Art is nothing more than my life itself."

STYLES: portrait, figure
MEDIUM:oil, pastel, charcoal
MEMBERSHIPS: Portrait Society of America, San Diego Portrait Society, LJAA
AWARDS: San Diego Portrait Society awards

Please e-mail Kazu for further information about his classes, demonstrations, commissions and more.

General Meeting/Demo Date:

April 9th, 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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