About EAFA

The Eastside Association of Fine Arts has been a vital part of the Puget Sound art community since its founding in 1975 and has grown into an important resource for artists in this region and beyond. EAFA members work in all media and enjoy many excellent opportunities for education, exhibition, and interaction.

EAFA’s mission and purposes, as stated in its Constitution Bylaws, are to:

  1. Promote, encourage and educate its members and the public in art appreciation
  2. Promote public appreciation in creative art
  3. Sponsor and provide programs for art education and artistic improvement of its members and the community
  4. Initiate, promote and participate in charitable projects
  5. Conduct these activities with the goal of providing opportunities for the display of art work
  6. Perpetuate good fellowship among its members, to encourage and assist other art groups, and to maintain the highest standards in relations with the public
  7. Have and exercise all powers necessary or convenient to affect any or all of the aforesaid purposes.

EAFA can help you meet your artistic goals -- whether you are a professional seeking to network with other artists, an amateur seeking opportunities to learn, or a supporter seeking to expand the role of art in your community. 

Meetings are held on the third Thursday morning of each month of each month from September through May. Guest artists demonstrate techniques and speakers present information on a variety of subjects of interest to artists in all media. These meetings encompass both formal and informal segments to allow members to talk with each other, make announcements, ask questions, and make new contacts.

Exhibitions are held two times each year, including a highly regarded annual art exhibition open to all Pacific Northwest artists, and a members-only show. Other showing opportunities are regularly, and often exclusively, available to members. These include both public and private sector exhibition and locations including the Bellevue Public Regional Library, Crossroads Community Center, and the historical Winter's House in Bellevue.

A Newsletter is published monthly for members, August through May, that includes articles on the guest speaker, member profiles, information on upcoming exhibitions and competitions, and recognition of members' accomplishments. It also lists classes and workshops, news about available exhibition space, and current opportunities of a wide variety.

Networking with other artists and art patrons is a vital benefit of EAFA membership. There are painting groups, both indoors and plein air, critique groups, and painting excursions organized by EAFA members.

Community involvement is encouraged by EAFA for its members. EAFA has sponsored volunteer activities with local schools, community centers, and overseas charities. Activities have often centered on providing artwork, art instruction, and art supplies where they might not otherwise be available.

Benefits to members include an instructional video tape library, display grids and other equipment available at reduced rental rates, and reduced fees for entry in the juried exhibition.

Membership is open to artists and art supporters throughout the Puget Sound area. Joining is easy, simply fill out the online application and send  it with your dues payment $35 per year ($50 for two adults in same household).

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EAFA Facts

  • Over 500 Active Members
  • 80 - 100 Monthly Meeting Attendance
  • All Media (Painting, Photo, Sculpture and other 3D Art)
  • Beginner to Professional
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Monthly Board Meeting
  • Monthly General Meeting
  • Monthly Individual Exhibitions
  • Public Art Displays
  • Semi-Annual Major Exhibitions
  • Summertime Weekly Plein Aire Paint-Outs