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

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 »



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 painting group meets Thursdays at 11 a.m. during the good-weather months of the year. Painting locations are announced on our website and our newsletter, The Palette.

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

We host booths for members to display their artwork and provide art activities at the City of El Cerrito’s annual July 4th Celebration.

The association sponsors rotating art shows at the Community Center main hallway, the El Cerrito Library, and the El Cerrito DMV.

Our exhibits change several times a year, and are featured in our monthly newsletter The Palette.

Learn more about our local exhibit spaces »