CPAPS Paint Outs

Paintouts are opportunities for plain air painters to gather at various scenic locations throughout Connecticut. Working together provides an opportunity to make connections with other painters and learn from each other.

Here you will find information about our paintout schedule and view images from past paintouts.


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Sun, July 23, 9:00am Paint Out at Buttonwood Farms

473 Shetucket Turnpike Griswold, CT, 06351

We thought it would be fun to paint sunflowers, and where better than at Buttonwood Farms, in Griswold CT. With the festival beginning July 22, we can look forward to fields of sunflowers for acre upon acre. In fact, it might be wise to bring extra yellow paint! Oh, and perhaps a few dollars for a bouquet to take home and, of course, a dish of ice cream.

The following is from the farm’s website,

“THE SUNFLOWER EVENT SEASON WILL RUN FROM JULY 22-30. Each year we plant over 14 acres of sunflowers and harvest approximately 300,000 blooms for your viewing pleasure and to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Sunflowers are available while supplies last. Bouquets of 5 sunflowers will be given in exchange for a $10 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut.”

Their website is replete with great photos, and directions as well. They ask only that we remain aware of pedestrian and tractor traffic and make sure we don’t block any trails or access.

Paint Out Chair,

Shauna Shane

Buttonwood Farms, 473 Shetucket Turnpike Griswold, CT, 06351

Sun, July 16, 8:30am – Ball and Socket Arts Plein Air Event 2017

493 West Main Street Cheshire, CT

CPAPS has accepted an invitation to participate in a plein air event this Sunday. Sign in begins at 8:30. Parking available next to the building at Elle Salon on Willow Street on the corner of Ball & Socket Arts. The Farmington Trail entrance is across the street and offers a canal, lake, and stone foundations. There will be an Art market on that day including Music in the courtyard.

Dunkin Donuts are making their bathrooms available to artists.

Additional information is contained in the attached flyer.

I hope to see you there!
Paint Out Chair Shauna Shane

Ball and Sockets Art

Sun, June 25, 8:00am – Gwyn Careg Inn and Garden

68 Wolf Den Road, Pomfret CT 06259

(Off Route 44, just East of Route 97)

This location offers a unique antique walled garden with archways, openings, mosaics and perennial gardens. Built in the 1700’s by Italian masons, the garden walls speak of history, craftsmanship, and elegance. The property also boasts a picturesque inn, a large pond, open fields and nearby farmland, plus a collection of rare and unusual mature trees.

I recommend this site as a “do not miss” location. I have painted here many times and haven’t even begun to mine its potential paintings.

I will arrive at 8:00 AM and plan on doing a free demonstration in oil at 9:30 for anyone who would like to take in a 90-minute demonstration and still have time to paint afterwards. I hope to see you there!

Paint out Chair,
Shauna Shane

Gwyn Careg Inn and Garden

Sun, June 11, 9:00am – Devil’s Hopyard

366 Hopyard Rd, East Haddam, CT

Devil’s Hopyard is our next CT Plein Air paint-out location, Sunday, June 11. We were there last year at the end of October, and everyone loved it so much we voted to revisit the site again this year. With quite a bit of rain lately, Chapman Falls should be running pretty full, though the rock formations and canyon make it spectacular no matter the water flow.

Devil's Hopyard State Park, 366 Hopyard Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

Sun, May 7, 9:30am – 3:30pm – Wickham Park

1329 Middle Turnpike W., Manchester CT

 With over 25 acres containing 10 different theme gardens, this park offers our painters an amazing opportunity. For instance, the English Garden contains three “garden rooms,” designed to have flowers in bloom all season long.

Wickham Park, 1329 Middle Turnpike W, Manchester, CT