Pablo Villicana-Lara presents at March 13 meeting

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Our March 13 meeting will feature a painting demonstration by Pablo Villicaña-Lara, local award-winning watercolor artist and jurist.  His discovery, 20 years ago, of the tangible quality of light and clarity of color possible with watercolor compelled him to abandon all other media (oil, ceramics, pastel and textiles) to work exclusively in watercolor.

The heart of his image making has always been his love for his culture, color and spirituality. He says, “I was raised in both Mexican and American cultures; most of my paintings reflect my deep respect and connection to my Mexican Native heritage…and sometimes my quirky sense of humor.”

Bachelors of Fine Arts St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California

Masters of Fine Arts, drawing with distinction, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California

He is an art instructor as well as guest demonstrator for various art societies and conducts his own watercolor workshops.

The March 13 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 more information about the Association, see The Community Center is handicapped-accessible.


March Plein Air

March Plein Air
We meet at the site on Thursdays. Call Joanna Shafer 510-653-3600 or email for more information
Directions: From Berkeley, N. Oakland : The Alameda to the Circle, Arlington Ave, left on to Rincon, first parking lot on right is Blake. From Alameda. Arlington Ave, right onto Rincon.
This is a beautiful site. Easy access. From El Cerrito area take Schmidt Lane to just before El Cerrito Recyling Center & park on street to meet. From Berk/Oak. take Arlington off the Marin Ave. traffic circle, continue to left on Moesser LN, turn rght onto Navellier ST, rght onto Schmidt LN arrive at parking area
March 16 – WILDCAT CANYON AT MONTE CRESTA AVE. Directions: Go North on Highway 80 toward Sacramento. Exit right on to San Pablo Dam Road (the one after McBryde). Right onto Morrow Dr. Take next left onto Hillcrest. Follow Hillcrest as it turns sharply right. Second right on Bonita Rd. Left on Monte Cresta Ave. The hillside opens out onto vistas of the parklands & the bay.

Originally constructed as a storage lake for drinking water, Temescal open to the public in 1936 as one of the EB Regional Park District’s first three parks. The two-storey stone “Beach House” building overlooking the lake was built in 1940. Meet near the picnic area & dock about halfway between Broadway & Broadway Terrace entrances.
More information:
March 30 – TILDEN PARK, Brazil Building
Enter Tilden from the intersection of Spruce/Grizzly Peak Blvd onto Wildcat Canyon Rd. Follow this to the the point that Shasta Rd enters Tilden. The Brazil Bldg is on your left, parking lot entrance is just beyond the junction. Views include the hills and Tilden Botanical Garden just beyond. You can also enter Tilden by the Shasta Rd entrance from Grizzly Peak Blvd.

Father Poulin to present at UU Church Sunday Feb. 19, 9:30 am

poulin-85In case you missed his wonderful presentation at ECAA last year (or just want to see his beautiful, spiritual art again), Father Arthur Poulin will be doing a presentation about his artwork on Sunday, February 19th. The presentation will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd. (above the Arlington up from Moeser Lane). Father Poulin’s website is:
The presentation is Sunday, February 19th, 9:30 am in the Fireside Room. Everyone is welcome! Contact Barbara Rockhold at or 510-237-3457 if you need more information.

February 13 – Mini Art Show Winners

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OPEN CATEGORY – Mini Art Show Winners

First Place – Barbara Tapp, Thankz 4 Nothing – Berkeley, watercolor

Second Place – Daniel Altman, New York in the Snow, watercolor

Third Place – Jean Brady – Raven, watercolor

2017 Membership due Feb. 13, 2017

Dear member, the 2017 ECAA membership payment is due on or before February 13, 2017.  Please use the attached form for your payment.

Thank you.
Sylvia Mori — Communications’ Director