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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:

In the Gallery Now


May 2015, "Anything Goes"

Show Dates:
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Reception Date:
Saturday, May 9 from 5 to 8p.m.

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

Drop Off Date:
Monday, May 4 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

June Artist of the Month is:

Alison Driessen

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.

or visit:


EAA 2015 Visual Arts Scholarship Winners

ESCONDIDO – The Escondido Art Association presented their 2015 Scholarship Awards at a Reception and Awards Ceremony held on March 14, 2015. Awards were presented to the following outstanding young artists as follows: First Place ($500) to Misael Barron, Escondido High School; Second Place ($300) to Alejandra Lopez Lara, Escondido High School; and Third Place ($200) to Elvin Gonzalez, Orange Glen H.S.

Winners were selected from among 23 seniors representing six Escondido high schools. All 69 pieces of amazing artwork submitted by the students were on exhibit at the Artists Gallery on 121 Grand Avenue, Escondido, through the month of March for viewing by members of the community. The EAA was proud to host the work of these budding young artists, sponsored through the remaining portion of a grant from the Stensrud Foundation. EAA President Byron Marler was pleased to announce that Design Moe Kitchen & Bath located at 124 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido, will be sponsoring next year’s EAA Scholarship Program.

EAA Annual “Starving Artist” Sale

The Escondido Art Association will hold its annual “Starving Artist” sale Monday, June 29th, through Saturday, July 4th, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Artists Gallery on 121 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido. For a mere $50.00 per item, or far less in many cases, you will have the opportunity to take home an original piece of artwork, jewelry, print or unique treasure from a huge selection of items. Your participation will support our local artists and assist the Escondido Art Association, a non-profit 501c(3) organization, in its mission to promote the arts in North County San Diego through education, exhibition and professional development. New members are welcome and Membership Applications are available here.

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.

Dear Artists,

The Artists Gallery, owned and operated by the Escondido Art Association (EAA), now offers the opportunity for artists to exhibit their artwork on rented wall space.

Three (3) sections, each 7 1/2' wide x 4' tall hanging space, are available for rent on a monthly basis. The price per section is $60/per month. Should you wish to rent all three (3) spaces, the monthly rent will be $150. The three sections are located at the rear of the gallery. The back wall allows for excellent display and is perfect for a private showing of multiple pieces of artwork.

The rental period would correspond with an EAA monthly juried art show. The artwork displayed in the rental space will not be included in the monthly art show judging.

If sales of your work ensue, the EAA will collect the sales tax and reserve a commission of 15%. Your artwork should be priced accordingly.

Membership is not required.

Please contact the Gallery Director, Joan Segel,

Phone: (760) 489-0338 or email: for further information.

A rental Agreement will be entered into between the exhibitor and the Escondido Art Association (EAA).

Upcoming Art Demonstration

May Demo Artist

Chuck McPherson


Afternoon Moon
Fusion Pond
Newport Nocturne
Show Stopper

About the Artist:

Chuck McPherson
He has been called an intuitive painter...

Entering his eighth year as a watercolorist, Chuck has garnered hundreds of awards for his paintings, earning triple Signature status with the National Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies and The San Diego Watercolor Society. He served as Third VP on the 2011 NWS Board and two years as the Member Shows Director on the SDWS Board, plus a concurrent three year stint as Newsletter Chair on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild.

This intuitive 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 and building a reputation.

He entertains large and intimate audiences with a quick wit and a 6" brush, flamboyantly embellishing his painting with props borrowed from the crowd like lipstick and coffee ~ all giving his transparent watercolors a unique "emotion".

This artist brings an open, fun and entertaining attitude to his paintings, demonstrations, workshops and classes. He also serves as a juror for art shows...

General Meeting/Demo Date:

May 13th, 2015 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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