Our Mission and Programs

The El Cerrito Art Association is a non-profit organization, co-sponsored by the City of El Cerrito, that supports artists with our programs and activities.

Sign up now and you’ll be surprised by the world of art and artists that you will join!


Annual Art Show and Sale: pending pandemic re-opening decisions

Each year in October we host a non-juried exhibition which includes cash and merchant awards. Entries are open to visual artists working in a wide range of media including oil paint, watercolor, acrylic, drawing, graphic art, photography, digital, mixed media and sculpture.

Dates and categories are announced each year in early summer.

How to enter, Early Bird opportunities and more »


Programs: now virtual during pandemic restrictions

We meet each second Monday, February – November, from 7 – 9 pm, in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center.

Our programs feature area artists and speakers who provide demonstrations and talks on a range of media and interests.

These are free of charge and open to the general public as well as our members and guests.

More about our programs and schedule »


Plein Air Painting Group

Our Plein Air group meets Thursdays at 11 am – 1:00 pm. Painting locations February – November are announced here on the website. During December and January we meet at the Blake Garden, 70 Rincon Road, Kensington blakegarden.ced.berkeley.edu as weather permits.

We welcome everyone – from watercolorists to acrylic painters, graphic artists to photographers. Come, join us and paint, draw or take photos!

See our latest schedule, and contact information here »


Exhibit Spaces: limited access with pandemic restrictions

We host booths for members to display their artwork at the City of El Cerrito’s annual July 4th Celebration. [Suspended]

The association sponsors rotating art shows at the Community Center main hallway, the El Cerrito Library, and the El Cerrito DMV. Shows adjusted for pandemic restrictions.


Learn more about our local exhibit spaces »