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Established since 1979

Originally known as "El Cajon Art Association"

The East County Art Association is a non-profit (501 C3) group composed of professional and fine artists as well as admirers of the arts, and supporters of the development of fine art in San Diego’s beautiful East County.

From 1979 to 1984, the El Cajon Art Association displayed their artwork at local community shopping centers. In 1984, President Dorothy Cohen arranged for the Association to use an empty small store on East Main Street in El Cajon as an gallery until the owner found a permanent tenant. The ECAA gallery relocated several times. For many years, meeting and workshops were held in the Rancho San Diego Library with exhibits in various places.

In 2020, the El Cajon Art Association formally changed its name to The East County Art Association to better reflect the breadth of their membership base.

In 2020, the ECAA Gallery relocated to 124 E. Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020. We offer our members juried and non-juried shows, art education programs, workshops and critique sessions.

The Association’s annual juried “Masters of the Moment” Show has been one of San Diego premier art exhibitions, open to members and non-members. We are currently in a collaboration with the Olaf Wieghorst Museum to provide a safe outdoor venue for our workshops in their beautiful cactus garden.

Information about our meetings, workshops and all thing relating to our membership is sent via our newsletter each month.

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Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors are committed to helping our local community of artistic individuals cultivate modern activites without losing sight of the very roots of our creative culture

Gloria Chadwick


Linda Baltodano

Vice President / Marketing

Annette Cirillo


Todd Hilts


Andrea Rodriguez

Membership Chairman

Jackie Grace

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