Welcome to the LGAA

We are a non-profit organization established in 1948 dedicated to the enrichment and support of the arts community.

Our mission is to promote creative expression in the pictorial and allied arts by fostering high standards, extending appreciation and encouraging cooperation and camaraderie among artists.

Membership is open to all artists and art supporters by application on the Membership page.


General Meetings are held monthly on the second Saturday 1:00 - 3:00pm at the Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center: 208 E. Main St., Los Gatos.

LGAA members (or those considering membership) as well as guests are welcomed to attend to watch the demo and meet the members.

For additional details check the Meetings page.

March 11, 2017:

Julia Watson
Expressive Oils - Using Color Layering to Add Interest

Although she now works full time as an artist, Julia earned her Ph.D. in microbiology and worked for many years as a research scientist. She said, "My training in science taught me to observe carefully, which is crucial for a painter."

Julia has studied privately and in workshops with Suzanne Welch, Warren Chang, Mary Whyte, Susan Lyon and Rose Frantzen.

She is a member of Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club and lives and paints in San Jose, California.

April 8, 2017:

Alvin Joe

Alvin is an accomplished transparent watercolor painter of still-life and landscape paintings.

He attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a full-time scholarship.

Over 35 years in advertising, design, illustration and corporate identities, earned him numerous awards and recognition in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He has accumulated many awards and ribbons since returning to his love of fine art in watercolor paintings after his retirement from Graphic Design in the mid 1990s. He is a signature member of California Watercolor Association.

2016 Shows

Fall Members Juried Show
Dates: November 8 - January 6
Reception/Awards: November 13, 1:00-3:00pm
Juror: Mike Bailey, AWS/NWS
Location: Addison-Penzak JCC

Plein Air Group

The Los Gatos Art Association sponsors an outdoor painting event every Monday at selected locations. The schedule and location of future and previous events is found on the Plein Air page.


Many LGAA members teach classes or lead workshops. Current offerings are listed on the Resources page.

Member Gallery

Current LGAA members are listed on the Gallery page. Many members have provided examples of their work and a link to their website.


the Palette is published every other month, starting in January. PDFs of the current and previous issues is available on the Membership page.
LGAA Members are encouraged to send newsworthy items to the Newsletter Editor for:
Member News - accolades, awards and achievements of our members;
Classes - future classes open to and of interest to our members;
Opportunities - shows and competitions open to our members (with contact for further details).