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 & Sale Oct. 3 – 5

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Abbey Achs’ Zentangles At Payn’s


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Abbey Achs will be showing her Zentangles created in pen and marker at Payn’s Stationery Sept. 16 – Nov. 11.

Abbey’s “doodles” or “Zentangles” are whimsical, colorful “doodles” that are playful, cheerful and fun. All are created as black and white outlines filled in with bright colors. Most are intricate but recognizable designs.

Abbey graduated Cornell University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, taught art for 2 years at the Baldwin School in Philadelphia and then changed the course of her life by going overseas first to Peru, with the Peace Corps, and then to Buenos Aires, where her children were born.

Abbey’s work has taken her all over the world, including 11 years recently living in Mexico. While art was not the focus of her working career, it was always a part of her private life.

The time Abbey has spent in Latin American countries has influenced her art.

“I have always been delighted by the colorful crafts, artifacts and clothing that are part of the Latino culture,” she said. “I hope this delight comes through in my drawings.”

She draws spontaneously, creating her compositions in an unstructured and stream of consciousness style.  Her colors are inspired by the rich cultures of the places where she has resided and traveled.

Currently based in El Cerrito, California, she continues to create her “zen” tangles in her enjoyable spare time.

For more information, contact Abbey Achs at



ECAA Artists: Join The Artists’ Market Saturday, Oct. 4

ECAA artist members are invited to be part of the annual Artists’ Market at the Annual Show & Sale on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Email Chairperson Barbara Morita at if you’re interested.

The Artists’ Market is a newer part of the show and has been growing annually. Barbara points out that it’s a great way to try out setting up and selling your wares since there are no booth fees. What do you have to lose?

People have sold originals of their artwork, prints or cards of their paintings, photos and other crafts. Booths at the event can be simple: a table, umbrella and chairs.  But some are several tables, table coverings and art hung from the canopy or stands.

Most artists bring tables to display their artwork and chairs so they can be comfortable.  A canopy or patio umbrella is optional but helpful.  It helps define your space and provides shade. If you bring a canopy/umbrella it should be weighted down unless you know for certain there will be only light breezes for the day.  Sand bags or jugs of water tied to the frame/legs works.

Artists can choose the cement area in front of the entrance to the Community Center (between the grass and the building) or set up in the interior patio.  The front area is more visible to people walking by.  The patio is somewhat more sheltered and intimate.

Selecting a space to set up is first-come, first-served.  The atmosphere is very supportive and relaxed.  There’s always a fellow artist to help you wrestle with your canopy and watch your booth while you peek into the art show.

Foot traffic is light (compared to the Solano stroll!) but very friendly.  Many people take the time to browse and chat, especially on their way out after viewing the art show inside.

Barbara says you can check the weather forecast the day before and plan accordingly.  The decision to show up or not due to in climate weather is entirely up to you.

Note that artists at the market contribute 15% of sales to the ECAA.

September Mini Art Show Winners

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Tied for 1 st place

Joann Uomini  Watercolor    Dignity

Julia Montrond  Watercolor Louis
2nd place
Karen Scroggs Photograph      Jessica
3rd Place
Barbara Rockhold   Acrylic    Sea Wolf

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