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History of EAFA

In 1975, EAFA was founded by six local artists: Miriam Lansdon, Deanna Morgan, Sibylle Pearsall, Joy Iverson, Margaret Dragseth and Jean Ryan. The early meetings were attended by an average of 25 people. In 1976 the first exhibition was held at Bellevue Community College. The Eastside Association of Fine Arts (EAFA) is a volunteer-managed, non-profit visual arts organization that has served artists and communities in the Puget Sound region since its inception.

EAFA received its 501(c)3 non-profit status from the Federal Internal Revenue Service in 1997. Its membership has increased from its original six local founding artists to over 500 amateur and professional painters, photographers, and sculptors. Its annual program of exhibitions, monthly demonstrations, lectures, and Public Art displays at Overlake Hospital and Urgent Care Center, Bellevue's Regional Library and Newport Library, Redmond's Old Schoolhouse Community Center and Bellevue's Winters House has brought ongoing and rotating Public Art venues at Overlake Hospital, Bellevue Regional Library and several other public spaces.

EAFA networking between other art organizations and among its amateur and professional artists has contributed in major ways to the Region's reputation as host to the large and growing number of high quality visual artists.

EAFA services are especially relevant to the generation of "baby-boomers" who may have had other careers and whose artistic expressions were put on hold as they attended school, worked, and raised families. EAFA now provides a forum and means for new artists for connecting with supportive artistic outlets and resources.

The EAFA Board of Directors consists of elected officers: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and approximately 15 other volunteers who have program responsibilities, including exhibition chairs, newsletter editor, program chair, volunteer coordinator, Public Art committee chair, among others. A complete Directory of officers and Board members can found on the EAFA Board and Contacts page.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 20:25

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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