Home | Scholarships & Donations | Shows | Membership | Meetings | Workshops | Paint Outs & Informal Critiques | Art Trips | About Us

On this page: Art Show Opportunity Listings... Local non-profit Art Organization Links
Listings are placed chronologically by date of entry

If your art organization would like to list their upcoming open show here please contact the Webmaster by clicking here
Members: if you notice a call for artists not listed here, please contact Webmaster

Art Opportunities

Chronological Listings (in order, by deadlines):

Sketch Opportunity:

San Diego Opera would love to have you come and sketch their "Marriage of Figaro" rehearsal, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7 PM with the opera.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by responding by email no later than Monday, October 15, 2018. Please only RSVP for yourself. The SD Opera will have plenty of room on this night and will be able to accommodate everyone. If you are coming as a group please have each member of the group contact directly. I need everyone’s name and contact information for security.  This comic masterpiece by Mozart is considered by many to be the “perfect opera.” Even if this is your first time seeing this opera, you’ll know much of the music. Bring a small gooseneck light that can shine on your board.

Workshops offered by the NCSFA

Tuesday, Sept 25, 2018 1 Richard Hawk - sign up or learn more here
Tuesday, Oct 23 2018 2 Craig Anderson - Watercolor - sign up or learn more here
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 3 tba
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 4 tba
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 5 Kathleen Scoggin   -   abstract or negative painting

Call to Artists

NCSFA Traveling Art Exhibit November & December
Damoiselle Carousel by Paula Collins

This year's 2-D ONLY art exhibit travels to two beautiful galleries in 2018

NCSFA Escondido Municipal Expressions Gallery: November 6 - 29
NCSFA Poway Center for Performing Arts: November 30 - Jan 3rd

We NCSFA members have a great opportunity for getting our art viewed in San Diego: in November the Escondido Municipal Gallery hosts the popular Art Riot. Then December offers the best month for general public traffic through the Center for Performing Arts venue.

Deadline to Register November 3rd --
SEE MORE and Register/Pay HERE

Judge: Elin Thomas

Above: "Damoiselle Carousel" by Paula Collins.

City of Encinitas. Deadline Oct 15. 55 art exhibitions annually. Civic Center Gallery 2-D and 3-D. Encinitas Library Gallery 2-D and 3-D. Encinitas Community Center Gallery 2-D and 3-D.
Read detail and find application here.

Brandon Gallery 12th Annual "Small Works of Art" Exhibition.Juried by our very own, Carol Mansfield. Under 14". Hand Carry Entry Day: Sat Oct 27, 11-3 pm. Show Dates: November 2 - 30. Reception: Nov 10. This is an open juried and judged show. Show prospectus, please click here. Entry form, please click here

SDWS Plein Air Open Show. Online Deadline: Nov.  1-23. Online entry is encouraged but not required. Hand Carry Entry Day: Nov. 24, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. All paintings are entered on this day. Pick up declined paintings: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Nov. 29- Dec 30: Show open to public through Dec. 30, 2018, during regular Gallery hours. Reception Nov 30, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
Dec. 30:Last day of Plein Air Exhibition. Pick up paintings 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Prospectus


The Oceanside Museum of Art invites NCSFA Members:
First Sunday of the month, 12:00-2:00pm. Coffee and Conversation with OMA Artist Alliancet, 704 Pier View Way, 92054. OMA is inviting the NCSFA. "First Sunday Coffee and Conversation" is a monthly event free for all artists and creatives. It's a chance to get together at the museum for casual mingling and networking over drinks and snacks. Our goal is to encourage artists to keep up with what's going on in the North County/greater San Diego arts community and to learn about arts organizations and other resources. No reservations are necessary.

Second Chance Brewery. Art show opportunity. Send a request with your name, contact information and photo samples of your work that you will be displaying and email it to: Virginia E. Morrison Esq., Renaissance Woman, Chief Legal Officer & Co-Founder
Delivery address: 15378 Avenue of Science #222, San Diego, CA 92128.
You may also want to take a look at their

Ramona Library Quartlerly Juried Shows. Sponsored by the Ramona Art Guild . Must be Ramona or Julian residents. website

California Call for Artist listings here

NCSFA Membership: Renew or join now: your NCSFA membership until May 31, 2019. Your membership helps support the local arts with NCSFA's wide variety of programs, including this website. New membership or renewal

Go to for NCSFA and other show opportunities.

Fallbrook Art Center: Our gallery store located in front of The Janice Griffiths Gallery
fronting on Main Street The Find will be open daily, even when the Fallbrook Art Center is closed during show set-upStore Hours:  Mon-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 12-3pm  We are specifically looking for:Functional Art Pieces - ceramic, wood, glass, fiber, Wearable Art - jewelry, scarves, hand crafted greeting cards, journals & Photo AlbumsTo receive details on showing:

Gallery/Studio Space: Distinction Gallery & Artist Studios, 317 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. (760) 781-5779. Hours Thurs-Fri 12-5, Sat 10-5 & by appointment.

La Jolla Art Association: Whether you are a LJAA member or not, you can apply for a solo or a group show at the LJAA gallery, subject to availability. All the necessary information and application forms can be found here

City of San Marcos and San Marcos Art Association invite artists to exhibit at the Hearth Gallery, San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Dr. San Marcos 92069. Work displayed at 2 month intervals.More information.

City of Encinitas Arts Division oversees three civic galleries: the Civic Center Gallery, the Encinitas Library Gallery, and the Encinitas Community Center Gallery (with 2-D and 3-D exhibits at all locations). Applications for 2018 usually open January 2017 until the fall. The Arts Division is seeking artists to mount 56 exhibits in the city's three art galleries in 2017. Exhibit lengths are either 6 weeks or 2 months, depending on the location. No gallery commission. They promote your exhibit via print and social media, in the Encinitas Arts & Events Calendar, and e-Newsletter, that is sent to 16,500 subscribers each week. Onlne PDF application, email up to 10 JPG high res. images. The application and instructions are on the city website.

Access Arts' Art ongoing: click on for income and exhibition opportunities for artists, including local and national juried artist competitions, grants, call for submissions, art jobs, art festivals, residencies, fellowships.

City of San Marcos Hearth Gallery. San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, 92069. 65 feet of gallery space. North County Artists wishing to exhibit work up to 60 days please click here for details.

Professional Artist: new opportunities posted regularly. Click here for link.

San Diego Art Institute, SDAI. Boutique space "Space 1439". Consignment for small works, one foot or less. Contact David Pena

Tuscan Sunrise coffee shop is right in Old Poway and looking to infuse local art in her coffee shop.  Anyone interested should contact her at 858-486-3500 or  

Free Art Education Resources
Local Art Association Links

Please contact Web Administrator to link your local non-profit gallery or art association website to ours

Art Prof is a free, online educational platform for visual arts created by RISD Adjunct Professor Clara Lieu and Thomas Lerra from WGBH Boston. Their mission is to provide equal access to high quality art education for people of all ages and means. Art Prof provides a unique opportunity for a global community to access a free visual arts education for people of all ages and means. In most schools, visual arts programs are meager or simply do not exist. Private art classes and higher education programs are not affordable for most people. Art Prof offers online art courses, online critiques and much more.
Art Prof: a free online art education platform

Useful tool: for figure studies check out www.posemaniacs

Online Art Gallery: WikiGallery

Storage Shed: Contact Lori Chase, Valerie Raymond or Jan Bowersox to borrow the key for the shed. The NCSFA has many items available to loan, includng table easels. A large painting storage rack is available for purchase--$200 or best offer.

Escondido Arts Association. The EAA is Escondido's oldest art organization, offering monthly member shows. Read more

San Diego Fellow Calligraphers click here Guests are always welcome at the General Meetings, usually held on the Friday prior to the second weekend of each month, September through June, at various locations throughout San Diego County. 

San Diego Watercolor Society read more

Artists wanted for membership: art gallery in La Jolla . For more information email

San Diego Visual Arts Network website and mailing list for opportunities: Click Here to add your name. They request a $5 donation. Check out their website

If you don't have or wish to update Adobe Reader, please click icon Get Adobe Reader  

Have a smartphone or tablet? Bookmark our site and you will always have our site at your fingertips, with our logo icon (at left) designed by Andrea Saenz.