East County Art Association

East County Art Association

Visit us today and enjoy member-juried shows, non-juried shows, art education programs, workshops and critique sessions, and so much more!

Our Mission

The East County Art Association is a non-profit organization with goals to promote friendship, fine art appreciation in all media, and provide art education for members and the community.

Current Showcase

Ocean Expressions


A Juried Exhibition  October 05, 2020 – November 05, 2020

Think of those good old days and fun memories to paint your canvases. Let’s paint the times we remember and have a little fun down memory lane. Paint things that may be gone but not forgotten

Our Story

About the East County Association

The East County Art Association was initially established as an arts and crafts organization. The first meeting of what was then called the El Cajon Art Association was held in 1979. From 1979 to 1984 the East County Art Association hosted exhibits at local community shopping centers. Although these open-air shows were proven to be highly successful for crafts, they proved to be a problem for the showing of fine art paintings.

In 1984, then President, Dorothy Cohen, convinced the owner of a local shopping center on East Main Street in El Cajon to allow the Association the use of a small store for a Fine Art Gallery and meeting place until the space was rented.In the tradition of many art organizations, the ECAA members enthusiastically transformed the former shoe store into a suitable place to display their art works and to hold monthly meetings.

Exhibits & Events

Attend one of our amazing exhibitions and events designed to help bring the community together by means of fine art and creative culture.


Our Gallery

Our new ‘whale of a gallery’ is full of creative art by local artists driven by love and passion for creativity. Come by and visit our gallery during open hours!



We offer a variety of classes in different mediums from our artist to show you techniques and teach you how to create art of your own.


Join the East County Art Association

Join our community and become a member!

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