Welcome to CPAPS.  We are a group of local artists who enjoy the camaraderie, support and safety of painting together.  We select sites within Connecticut that provide painters with bucolic farmlands, coastal marshes and vistas, waterways in forests, and open spaces, as well as some of our historic and unique residences and villages. We encourage you to come paint with us!

Upcoming Events:

  • September 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Paint Out - Comstock Ferry
    Weathersfield, CT
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  • October 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Paint Out - Meg's Point
    Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT
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  • October 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Paint Out - Gay City State Park
    Gay City State Park, Hebron, CT
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  • November 3, 2018 - December 15, 2018 @ 

    Juried Members Show
    Juried Members Show at Southington Community Cultural Arts
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 3rd Annual Art Supply Tag Sale and Trade Event
9:00 AM till 4:00 PM

Sponsored By CT Plein Air Painters Society

FentonRiver Studio – 287 Gurleyville Road, Storrs, CT

Buy or sell at our third annual “One Artist’s Trash is Another Artist’s Treasure” Tag Sale and Trade Event. Sponsored by the CT Plein Air Society (CPAPS.org). This is your opportunity to reduce that invasive art inventory, or, better yet, explore a new medium at a great price!

There is no charge and no commission, and it is open to any anyone who has supplies to sell or aquire. We will be outdoors rain or shine, so If you have supplies to sell, simply RSVP so I know how many are coming, price your items, bring a table or whatever you need to display your items, and, in case it looks like rain, perhaps a large umbrella for you and clear plastic for the sale items.

Each person is responsible for his or her own sales.

September 29, 2018, 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM. Set up will be anytime after 8:00 AM.
Any and all art items are welcome, including but not limited to: Frames, mat board, canvas, brushes, pastels, paints, paper, furniture, also ceramic, jewelry, or sculpture supplies. There will be plenty of free materials available also, including books, art magazines, used brushes, broken china for mosaic, mat board pieces, and lots of paper of various finishes and sizes.
I personally will offer for sale duplicate oil paints, many frames of excellent quality, and another large lot of frames to give away…all are in good shape, but not what I use any more. I have a very large quantity of 32 x 40” acid free mat board, plus molding lengths, a new in-box chop saw, and various materials for framing.

To participate with items to sell, please call Shauna at 860-429-3646 and leave a message.

2018 Annual Juried Members Show

The Annual Juried Members Show is posted on OnlineJuriedShows.com. You may submit your work from now until October 14th. More info is available on the Exhibitions page.

Landscape Exhibition at the Windsor Art Center

On Saturday, May 12, The Windsor Art Center opened its exhibition of paintings by seven established, award-winning members of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society.  Out in the Open: A Connecticut Plein Air Landscape Exhibition, which runs from May 12 through June 23, 2018, will include works painted outdoors in inspiring places around the state. Artists Zufar Bikbov, Jack Broderick, Laura J. Eden, Robert Noreika, Elizabeth Rhoades, Shauna Shane, and Marilyn Swift have created works in a variety of media that are on display.  The opening reception was very well attended.  Here’s some photos from the exhibition.

2018 Open Members Show

The 2018 Open Members Show was held at the South Windsor Library on Sullivan Avenue from March 3rd to March 31st.  Many thanks to our juror, Barbara Lussier and congratulations to the award winners shown below with comments from Barbara.

First Place, Barbara Maiser, ‘Mr. Squirrel’s House’

‘Very interesting composition and play of light expertly executed and nice play of warm and cool. ‘


Second Place, Dinah Wells, ‘Broken Shadow’

‘This artist has defied our belief that snow and winter are cold and has presented a snow scene that warms us. Very interesting shadow patterning and composition.’

Third Place, Jack Broderick, ‘Solstice’

‘Interesting composition of diagonals that control the viewer and bring you into a warm glow. Artist successfully orchestrated the color temperature to warm a cool season that feels more alive than dormant.’

Honorable Mention, Jane Penfield, ‘Trapp Falls’

‘A very graphic abstraction, full of energy through line and brushstrokes. The warm of foliage plays well with the cool rocks and water that includes warm and cool colors creating more interest.’

Honorable Mention, Doug Anderson, ‘Train Yard’

‘This painting speaks well of an artist willing to find interest in a subject often overlooked. The graphic lines interact well with rounded forms and a limited palette.’

2017 Juried Members Show

In spite of snowy weather we had a good turnout for Mark Boedges’ demo and the Opening Reception.  Mark’s demo was very informative.  The reception was a little shorter than planned due to the weather, but everyone seemed to have a good time.  Many thanks to all who helped out.  It was much appreciated.
Congratulations to all the award winners:


CPAPS Award of Excellence – Storm Passed by Zufar Bikbov

CPAPS Gold Medal – Tranquility by Elizabeth Rhoades

Founder’s Gold Medal – Connecticut Tobacco Barns by Diane Dubreuil

Don Demers Award – By the Falls by Jennifer Holmes

Jerry’s Artarama of West Hartford Award – Pondside by Dinah Wells

Wholesale Frame Award – Fire Island Trail by Susan Jositas

Honorable Mention Award – On the Way to Ender’s by Jacqueline Jones

Honorable Mention Award – Last Light by Barbara Maiser

Geno’s Grille Honorable Mention Award – Point Folly by Alicia Mordenti