Our History

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.

The ECAA used this first store-front gallery for six months. During this time, the first Annual Juried Awards Exhibition was held in February 1984.ECAA’s second gallery was located in the Rancho San Diego Shopping Center. The 3000 square foot gallery was home to the Association for more than five years. After this period the ECAA gallery relocated several times. The new location at 124 E. Main St., El Cajon, CA, 92020, occurred in 2020.

Presently the ECAA offers members juried shows, non-juried shows, art education programs, workshops and critique sessions.

The Association’s “Masters of the Moment” Annual Juried Show has become one of San Diego County’s premier juried art exhibitions.In 2002, in order to better reflect the breadth of their membership base, the El Cajon Art Association formally changed its name to the East County Art Association.

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.

Our Board of Directors

Gloria Chadwick

Vice President
Linda Baltodano​

Annette Cirillo

Todd Hilts
Attorney At Law

Membership Chairman
Andrea Rodriguez

Jackie Grace

Marketing & Newsletter Chairman
Linda Baltodano