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Posted by Webmaster on August 30, 2014 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)


GOOD NEWS! The Deadline for the contest has been extended! There is still time to participate!  We will be choosing the  winner at our March9, 2015 General Meeting!

Members, here is a cool contest for you to participate in! We are looking for a new LOGO for the Letterhead on the ECAA Newsletter ( This will replace the part on your newsletter that says “Artist Palette”;) You can win $50 for the design chosen by the judging committee. All entries must be submitted by November 10th at the General Meeting. You may mail your entry to our ECAA P.O. Box at PO Box 148, El Cajon, Ca. 92022 or bring your drawing to a meeting. Design must be 2 ½ inches by 14 inches. The final design will be 1 ¾ inches by 7 inches. Members will vote on the winning design from five finalists’ designs chosen by the judging committee at the December 8th meeting.


Happy Holidays

Posted by Webmaster on November 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Holidays to everyone from the East County Art Association!   Our November Meeting was dedicated to our Wounded Vetrans Card Project.  Our amazing artists all got together to create hand made greeting cards and decorate bags filled with cards, pens, stamps and candy for our Wounded Warriors in Sand Diegos Vetran's Hospital.  We filled 72 bags this year!  This project was started several years ago by our wonderful member Claire Peck who passed away last year. We are honored to carry on her tradition of caring and giving.

May your holidays be filled with good friends, family, love, warmth and much much art...

Webmaster Pat

Members' News for June and July 2011

Posted by Webmaster on June 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer has arrived! I hope everyone is having  lots of fun in the sun and please don't forget your sunscreen!

Welcome New Member Marty Armstrong!

Our Masters of the Moment Show is going on right now, from June 1 to June 30 at Sophie's Gallery (109 Rea Ave, El Cajon,Ca.) The Show was a wonderful success! We recieved 135 entries and displayed 70 pieces.  We had a record number of artists from outside of our association enter their artwork.  Thank-you to our Juror Elaine Harvey who commented on the difficulty she had choosing from so many fine and worthy entries.  And a big Thank-you to Sophie's Gallery for providing us with such a wonderful venue for the Show and for all of their help with hanging the show and providing for the reception!  The Masters of the Moment is our biggest show of the year and we awareded a total of $900 in prizes.   The Winners are:

Marie Wordell Award:   Denise Rich "Cow Girl"

1st Place:    Melva Riley "Fun at Lindo Lake"

2nd Place:   Vita Sorrentino  "Janus Horse"

3rd Place:  Pat Yeakey  "Best Friends Forever"

Honorable Mentions:

            Georgina Clemens "Folklorico Dancers Oaxaca"

             Jack Jordon "Paul"

             Kathryn Peterson  "Dancing Backwards"

            Mark Rimland "Tijuana Hillside"

Members' News for May 2011

Posted by Webmaster on April 20, 2011 at 1:16 AM Comments comments (0)



Roberta Labastida, Bob Kelsch and Phebe Burnham have all been juried into the San Diego Portrait Socitey Members Only Show, The exhibit will run from April 30 to May 28th.  This show will be held at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts at 15498 Espola Road, Poway, Ca 92064.  Reception: Sunday May 21, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Our Spring Show at Gallery 21 in Spanish Village was a wonderful success.  We are so fortunate to have so many talented artists in the East County Art Association!   Here is a list of our Winners!


1st Place:   Jack Jordan “Little Sister Creek”

2nd Place:  Cale Vavra “Off the Wall”

3rd Place:  Phebe Burnham “Dia De Lost Muertos”

Honorable Mentions:

Robert Kelsch “Colorful Stream”

Loretta Deczynski “ Pink Serenade”

MortonSaks “Lake Kumeyaay”

Dottie Hayes “Just Slinking”

Our next show will be our Masters of the Moment Show in June.  This show is a Juried Show that is open to artists in San Diego County.  Be sure and check back now and then on our web page for more details!

Don't forget to check out the members' paintings in our online gallery!

Webmaster Pat


Members' News for April 2011

Posted by Webmaster on March 23, 2011 at 5:21 PM Comments comments (0)

Spring has Sprung! My Cala Lillies are blooming and I have baby bunnies romping in our tall grass! 

This looks like a busy month for the East County Art Association! We have our Spring Show coming up on April 6 to April 18th, with our fun Reception set for Friday April 8th!  We have Lois Madeline Nicholls set up to do a demonstration at our General Meeting and a Workshop the Monday after that! We will be changing paintings at the Courthouse this month and Lillian Schuler has set us up for a wonderful Critique session with Artist Bob Kelsch. Be sure to check out our Calendar for dates, times and places for all of the events we have going on in April!

It's also time for the ECAA to Nominate the new Board that will take over in July.  We still need someone from the General Membership to be on the Nominating Committee. This is a fun and easy job which won't take much time at all so please, if you would like to be on the Nominating Committee Give Carolyn Stephens a call. (Carolyn volunteered to be our Nominating Committee Chairman)

Members News:

Betsy Brown will show her work at Studio 23 in Spanish Village from April 1 to April 15.  Way to go Betsy! That coincides with our Spring Show so we can all go to see the ECAA Spring Show at Gallery 21 and them mosey on over to see Betsy's Art!

We now have Sixty-five Paintings in our Online  Members Gallery! Plus we also have a Gallery of the paintings submitted for the Spring Publicity Contest. So be sure to check out our Online Gallery page!

Happy Easter, Merry Spring Solstice and take time to Smell ( or paint) The Flowers!

Webmaster Pat

Members' News for March 2011

Posted by Webmaster on February 21, 2011 at 3:11 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to new members Christina Matchett and Charles Weekes!

Our Guest artist for the March General Meeting will be Norma Soule.  Norma's work is generally impressionistic and non-objective and she loves to add texture and dimension to her work.  We are very excited to have her come and do a demo and a workshop for us.  

One more time we would like to give a big BIG THANK YOU to Chuck McPherson for filling in at the last minute as our Demo and Workshop artist for February.  Chuck is not only a great artist, he is very entertaining and his demo was great fun.  I'm sure his workshop is going to be fun and enlightening!

Clair Peck will be the February featured artist at Foothills art Gallery, Porter Hall, located at University and La Mesa Blvd.  Claire will be at the Gallery on each Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00. Be sure to stop by and see her!

Sue Blass and Carolyn Curtice are featured at the San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care Exhibit until March 7th.  The Gallery is located at 4311 Third Ave. San Diego.

Congratulations to Esther Beisch who has opened her own Gallery the "Maine Street 5 Gallery" located in the Glamour Girls Botique at 124 East Main Street in El Cajon.  Esther has also been accepted into the San Diego Art Institute 50th International Award Exhibition!

Congratulations to Christina Thomas,  Sue Blass, Loretta Deczynski, Dottie Hayes  and  Ida Desolina Candelaria!   Ida was accepted into the 51st International Exhibit.  Sue, Christina and Ida  were accepted into the One-Foot Show at the San Diego Art Institute. Loretta was accepted into the "Top 100" Juried Show at Gallery 23 in Spanish Village. Dottie has been excepted into the St.Claire 26th Invitational Art Exhibit at the Gallery at 270 Douglas St. in El Cajon.


Happy St. Paddy's Day to all!

Webmaster Pat

Members' News for February 2011

Posted by Webmaster on January 25, 2011 at 9:06 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Presidents Days and Happy Valentines Day!

On Monday, January 24, we had a wonderful, fun workshop with Artist Celeste Roberts.  The medium was Acrylic and the subject was pets. We ended up with many wonderful paintings of a variety of critters.  If you come to our February General Meeting perhaps some of the artists who took the workshop will bring their finished paintings for you to see!

The Spring Publicity Show Contest is over and we have chosen six paintings that will be used for our publicity poster for our Spring Show at Gallery 21 in Balboa Park.   We had 23 entries by 11 different artists.   Our winners are:  Suzanne Callahan "Apples", Ida Candelaria "Four Seasons", Roz Orserin "Jamaican Wind",  Carol Roberts "Loquats" and Dixie Sampier "Sunflower Glory".    All 23 Entries will be featured in an online Gallery, here on our website.

Welcome to new ECAA Members: Christina Thomas, Morton Saks, Kimberly Cotton and Dorothy Cotton!

Be sure and check our Calendar for upcoming meetings and workshops.  This month our guest artist will be Richard Schiele. Richard works in both oils and acrylics.  He will be doing a demonstration at our General Meeting followed by a workshop at the end of the month.

Mark your Calendars for April 6! That's when our Spring Show at Gallery 21 starts!  This is a Juried Members Show and each member can submit up to four paintings so it's time to get busy and start painting!


Tom Spring has been awarded 2nd place for photography in the internationally juried"Art Buzz The 2011 Collection".  He will have 2 images published in the publication which is due to come out in January 2011.

Phebe Burnham  was delighted to receive notification of her prestige in being included in the UMass/Dartmouth Fall  2010 Alumni Magazine.  Phebe's painting " The Old Gray Mare" was included in the article. Congratulations Phebe!!!

One of our newest members, Esther Beisch, is having a Grand Opening for her new Gallery the "Main Street 5 Gallery" at the "Glamour Girls Botique" at 124 Main Street, El Cajon, Ca. 92020.  The event is on Friday, February 4, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Stop by and check it out! 

We are still looking for a member to take over as Treasurer and also need volunteers to help with our easy and fun art program with the  Boys and Girls Club in El Cajon.  If you are interested in being Treasurer  or helping with the volunteer program, please give President Claire a call.



We are moving right along into 2011!



Webmaster Pat





Members' News for January 2011

Posted by Webmaster on December 21, 2010 at 12:03 AM Comments comments (0)


Welcome to new ECAA Members, Carolyn Roberts, Ivan Harwood, Ida Candelaria and Magdalena Jones!

Members, if you haven't entered the "Spring Show Publicity Contest" you have until January 5, 2011 to do so! Hurry Hurry!   All of the information you need is in your newsletter.   So get those digital  pictures of your artwork submitted to Donna McCullough either by e-mail or CD.  Cost is $5 per entry. Six images will be chosen  by a committee, one per artist.  The images will be used by the ECAA and Gallery 21 for publicity purposes as representative work for our show.  They will be featured on a new Gallery 21 website as well as used on the advertising posters for the show.

Artist Celeste Roberts will be doing a demonstration at our January General Meeting.  Vice President Fran Hill and I met Celeste at the Holiday Faire at Summer's Past.  Celeste is a wonderfully talented artist and I am looking forward to her demonstration.  Celeste will also be doing a Workshop for us using Acrylics on January 24.

It will be time to Hang New Paintings at the El Cajon Courthouse on January 15,2011.  This is a wonderful, FREE  venue for us to show off our artwork.  Our paintings hang for three months at a time. All artwork should be for sale and members have sold paintings at this venue.  The Courhouse is a busy place and this is a great way to be sure lots of people get to see your artwork! Coorinator for this Venue is Renee Sebring.

We are still looking for a volunteer to be our Treasurer.  The ECAA Board Members are truely a great group of people to work with, so if you have some skills in the numbers department, please consider taking the position of Treasurer.

The El Cajon Library  is looking for artists to exhibit their artwork!  Forms are available in the Library.  the Librarian in charge of shows is Jenne Bergstrom.  You make pick up information at the Library at 201 E. Douglas Ave, El Cajon or email

Around Town....

 Dorine Lantz and Robert Kelsch will be showing their art at the San Diego Hospice through January 7,2011.  (Gallery4311 is located at 4311 Third Ave in San Diego.)

BrianShepard, Georgina Clemens, Phebe Burnham, Bob Kelsch and Emmy Tryforos will show their art at the 3rd Annual Invitational Art Exhibit at St. Claire Gallery until January 14, 2011

Congratulations to Tom Spring who was awarded 2nd place for photography in the internationally juried Art Buzz The 2011 Collection! Tom will have 2 images published in the publication.

Doesn't it look like a great start for the new year?

Webmaster Pat


Members' News for December

Posted by Webmaster on November 15, 2010 at 10:43 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Claire Peck!  Claire sold two paintings from the El Cajon Courthouse!

Congratulations Loretta Deczynski!  Loretta won the Second Place Award in the Pastle Society of San Diego's 25th Annual Open Jurried Show!

Dorine Lantz and Robert Kelsch will be shoring their artwork at Gallery 4311 San Diego Hospice, until January 7, 2011!

Special Upcoming Event!~

Donna McCullough has booked Gallery 21 in Spanish Village for our Spring Show (April 6 to April 18, 2011)  and before that we will be having a "Spring Show Publicity Contest"   Entries must be submitted to Donna by January 5,2011.  ECAA Members will be allowed to submit digital pictures of their artwork  by email or CD.  Cost will be $5 per entry.  The funds from this contest will help to pay for the costs of the Gallery 21 Show.   Six images will be chosen by commitee(one per artist) These images will be used by the ECAA and Gallery 21 for publicity purposes as representative work for our show.  Please check your Newsletter for more information.

Members' News for November

Posted by Webmaster on October 24, 2010 at 11:58 PM Comments comments (0)

We are pleased to welcome two new members,  Sam Bahman and Esther Beisch to the East County Art Association.

Past President, Elaine Davis who now resides in Montana will have her art on display here in San Diego on November 15 through  the 30th at Gallery 23 in Spanish Village, Balboa Park. Stop by and see the show and maybe you will even get to see Elaine there!

Congratulations to Phebe Burnham for the awards she's been winning with her pastel paintings.  Phebes' "The Musician's Assistant" won an award at Gallery 21 in Spanish Village at our East County Art Association Member's Show and her "Swan Lake, Here I Come" at the Looking Glass Show sponsored by Sophie's Gallery at Liberty Station and her "me 'N Daddy" at the Olde Ramona Hotel show! Way to go Phebe!

Loretta Deczynski and LJ Crowe were juried into the Pastel Society of San Diego  25th Annual Open Juried Show. The show runs from October 12 through November 13 at 3830 Ray Street in North Park.

Dorine Lantz and Robert Kelsch will be showing their art at the San Diego Hospice from October 30th to January 7,2011.   The Gallery is located at 4311 Third Avenue in San Diego.

We are still looking for volunteers to help out with our Volunteer Project with the Boys and Girls Club. If you are interested please give Roberta Labastida a call!

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

Webmaster Pat