Call To Artists: 2014 ECAA Art Show & Sale

It’s time to enter the ECAA Annual Art Show and Sale, which will be Oct. 3, 4 and 5 at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. The non-juried show is open to ECAA members and non-members and invites entries in 12 categories including media ranging from painting to drawing to photography to 3-D art.

Entries due Saturday, Sept. 20.

ECAA Annual Show Entry Form (PDF)

ECAA Annual Show: It Won’t Happen Without Your Help

ECAA’s Annual Art Show and Sale, all 350 artworks of it, doesn’t happen without an army of volunteers. We need helpers Thursday, Oct. 2; Friday, Oct. 3; Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5.

If you haven’t yet volunteered for this year’s show, now’s the time. Read the list of volunteer opportunities, then email your choices to those indicated.

Provide Flowers for Show contact Jean Witzke at

If you wish to participate in the Artists’ Market on Saturday contactontact Barbara Morita at

Thursday, Oct. 2

Take in Art Work: 5 -7:30 pm contact Jenny White at

Take in Bin Items: 5-7:30 pm contact Marie Cotter at

Display and Hanging Art: 7:30-10 pm contact Kathleen Glenn at

Friday, Oct. 3

Labeling Artworks, 10 am – noon contact Jean Witzke at

Ribbon Runner 1 pm – 4 pm  contact Ikuko Boyland  at

Reception Catering 
contact Joanne Uomini at

  • Tray Prep 1:30-3:00 pm
  • General upkeep of reception tables (replace food trays) 6:45- 8 or 8 – 9:30 pm.

Bartending 6:45 – 8  or 8– 9:30 pm contact Victor Quarello at

Friday – Sunday, Oct. 3 – 5

Show Greeters contact Jean Witzke at

  • Friday night Reception Greeter: 6:45- 8 or 8 – 9:30 pm.
  • Saturday, Greeter 10 – 12 am or 12-2 pm or 2-5 pm.
  • Sunday Greeter 10 -12 am or 12-2 pm or 2-4 pm.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Assist with Art Work pick-up: 4 pm-5:15 pm contact Jenny White at

Assist with Bin Works pick-up 4 pm-5:15 pm contact Marie Cotter at

Sunday Art Show Clean-up and take-down: 4:30-6 pm contact Kathleen Glenn at

Choose your job and volunteer today!


Bob Amrhein At El Cerrito Library & Community Center

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Bob Amrhein’s oil paintings of street and harbors of France and Italy painted on location and in studio will be on show at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton St., Aug. 31 to Oct. 31, and at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Ln., for the month of September.

Bob has been a fine art painter and graphic designer for over 50 years and his artwork has been shown in galleries in Chicago, San Francisco, Laguna Beach, Carmel and local galleries

As to why he paints?

“Being a student of art, learning new art adventures makes me a happy person,” Bob says.

Art Exhibit Opportunity: Stockton Ave. Art Stroll Sept. 12

ECAA members are invited to display their art at the Stockton Avenue Art Stroll on September 12. They will be closing off the intersection of Stockton Ave and Norvell Street.  There will be plenty of room for tents and display fixtures.

Anyone who is interested should contact Kevin O’Neal at or call him at 415-595-7497.

Deadline to in included in the brochure is Monday, September 8, by 5 p.m.

Paul Kratter Demonstrates Painting a Landscape in Oils from a Photo Reference at Sept. 8 Meeting

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Paul Kratter will demonstrate painting a landscape in oils from a photo reference at the Sept. 8 meeting of the El Cerrito Art Association.

Paul Kratter attended Art Center College of Design, graduating with a BA in Illustration. For the next 22 years he freelanced as an illustrator in the advertising field, concentrating mainly on sports and wildlife subjects, working for the NFL, various baseball teams, The Nature Company, and for zoos, aquariums, and museums.

He illustrated a number of children’s books, including his ABC book, “The Living Rainforests,” for which he received the Communications Arts Annual award in 2002. Around this same time he became interested in the immediacy of the plein air approach and started painting in the East Bay hills near his home. He began to show in galleries and join plein air events.

His style changed almost overnight, although his approach remained intact, utilizing solid drawing skills and portraying strong graphic shapes. Painting outdoors became a passion. He continues to participate in a number of plein air events annually in California and beyond. Each has its own unique topography, light, and challenges, which force him to keep his work fresh and loose.

The September 8 meeting will be held in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. The evening begins at 7:00 pm with social time and a “mini art show” of members’ work. A brief business meeting is held at 7:30, followed by the speaker.

El Cerrito Art Association meetings are open to the public, and visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information about this program, contact Barbara Daniell at 510-277-6996 or For more information about the Association, see The Community Center is handicapped-accessible.

Golden Paints Rep at September Pinole Artisan Meeting

Artist, author, teacher, and Golden Paints representative Tesia Blackburn will speak at the Friday September 5th Pinole Artisan meeting, held at the United Methodist Church, 2000 San Pablo Ave., Pinole. The meeting begins at 7 pm, Tesia’s lecture starts around 7:30. All are welcome, the lecture and parking are free (and guess what .. free goodies!)

Tesia Blackburn

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Tesia has been a working artist for over 25 years. Visit her website for a list of her workshops and classes and to check out her wonderful artwork. Tesia will also bring copies of her brand new book: Acrylic Painting With Passion. Her lecture packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics and the wide variety of Golden’s other products, including an introduction to some exciting new products including a new watercolor called QoR. Tesia will show an array of examples of Golden materials put to use, and will inspire us to explore the extensive potential of acrylic painting (and more), and she also provides a free goodie bag of paints and helpful literature!

If you register at this Eventbrite link (it’s free to register and you don’t have to create an account) Tesia will have a better idea of how many samples to bring. For more information, click here for a blog post. Questions: email


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