The San Dieguito Art Guild (SDAG) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that operates a gallery.

SDAG is dedicated to furthering artistic understanding and fostering artistic growth of members and the community at large by promoting interest, education, knowledge and skills in the visual arts.

The San Dieguito Art Guild is made up of around 200 talented local artists who pay an annual membership fee.

The Guild is run by a Board of 15 elected Directors. The Board meets once a month to set policy and resolve any issues that may arise. The Guild exists whether or not there is a gallery.


  • Education

    • Each student in “Because We Like HUE” receives $10 toward art supplies per person per class (in classes with materials fees). Five committee members donate their time for a total of 10 hours a month for classes. 
    • “Try It, You’ll Like It” workshops:  Check Events Calendar and your Paint Rag for the schedule.  Four to six teachers donate their classroom and prep time (about 6 hours each) for the workshops.  Other members donated their time in planning and assisting at the workshop (approx. 12 hours total for all each time). Scholarships are awarded to students who profess a monetary need.
    • Demos, Dialogue & Art. These workshops are open to the public. They are funded jointly by SDAG with the City of Encinitas and sponsored by the Art Division and Encinitas Library. The Programs Chair and volunteers from the Guild donate over 10 hours a month for this event.
  • Community Events

    Holiday Bazaar held annually.
    Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden and Studio Tour. Guild volunteers put in thousands of hours in planning and making this a memorable and pleasurable event for the public.

  • Philanthropy

    2019 First of Eight Awards

    Riley Thorner, an art student Diegueno Middle School in Encinitas, was awarded a certificate and a check for $100 by Linda Melvin, president of the San Dieguito Art Guild, on December 12, 2018.

    “I will use this money to better improve my art skills and share them with my friends and all the people around me. I will use the money to buy new art supplies so that I can work on and create new art. It was very generous of the Guild to give me this opportunity, “ says Riley.

    The certificate and check was the first of eight that will be awarded in the Guild’s 2019 fiscal year. The initiative was suggested and organized by Jeffrey R. Brosbe, SDAG board member and retired drama teacher who taught in the San Dieguito School District.

    The awards to middle and high school students is in keeping with the guild’s mission statement:  SDAG is dedicated to furthering artistic understanding and fostering artistic growth of members and the community at large by promoting interest, education,knowledge and skills in the visual arts.

    Other recent philanthropic donations include:

    • Annual Donation of 10% of proceeds from Mothers Day Weekend Art, Garden & Studio Tour fund raiser
      • 2012  Four local high schools were awarded $400 each to be used for art supplies
      • 2013  Four students from MiraCosta College, Oceanside, each received $400 and were given a free space ($50 value) for a month in the Off Track Gallery
      • 2014  TERi Inc, received $1200
      • 2015  Four promising students from MiraCosta College, Oceanside, awarded $500 each and provided with free wall space for one month ($45 value) at the Off Track Gallery
      • 2016  Three promising students from MiraCosta College, Oceanside, awarded $500 each and provided with free wall space for one month ($45 value) at the Off Track Gallery.  In addition $500 was awarded to the Art Department at San Dieguito Academy High School for their “Frames Project”
      • 2017  Three promising students from MiraCosta College, Oceanside, awarded $500 each and provided with free wall space for one month ($45 value) at the Off Track Gallery. Plus $1000 given to Encinitas Friends of the Arts.
    • Dia de los Muertos event held at the Encinitas Library:
      • $250 November 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
    • Stardust Arts (Cheryl Ehlers): $500 December 2014
    • PhotoCharity (Jeffrey Sitcov): $500 February 2015
    • SDAG provides TERi Inc, free wall space when available ($45 value each month), free space in SDAG’s 2015 Holiday Bazaar ($75 value), and free space in SDAG’s 2015 ($70 value) and 2016 ($75 value) Mother’s Day Weekend Art, Garden and Studio Tour . Art supplies and items for their thrift store in Oceanside are also donated.
  • Off Track Gallery

    The San Dieguito Art Guild provides a professional gallery for San Diego County artists to show and sell their artwork for a reasonable fee. Most of these artists would not be able to fund and run their own gallery. The Gallery provides a store front where both residents and especially tourists may purchase one-of-a-kind, hand-made art crafted by local artists. The Gallery serves as a hub where local artists gather and talk to each other about their chosen craft, exchange ideas and opinions, and learn about other artist opportunities.