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!

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.


As each day unfolds with new information on COVID-19, we are working diligently to stay on top of the moving pieces, and to focus on strategies that we can continue to implement to keep everyone healthy and safe.
California is officially under a stay-at-home order, In light of that, we have made the decision to cancel all remaining classes and workshops through the end of June. We are also communicating via our social media so please check those outlets regularly. Do your best to continue your artistic skills at home.
While we go through these difficult times enjoy some galleries online:

San Diego Museum of Art

Inspiration Feed

July 2020


Theme; Red, White & Blue

A Juried Exhibition

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 new whale of a gallery is full of creative art by local artists driven by love and passion for creativity.



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


About the

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 showed at local community shopping centers. These open air shows were highly successful for crafts, but 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. Learn more >>