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.


  Please check back in April, 2018 for next year’s paint out schedule or Subscribe to our email list.


Sun, October 22, 9:00 – 12:00 : Hammonasset Beach State Park

1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

This location promises rocky shorelines, marsh meadows in fall color, waves lapping onto a long curved sandy beach, all wrapped in a beautiful autumn day, (at least that’s what the weather says today).

We’ll meet and sign in at the parking lot by the Meigs Point Nature Center, east of the Hammonasset rotary, any time after 8:30. This is our last scheduled paint out, so I hope to see you there!

Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

Hammonasset Beach, 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

Sun, October 8 – 8:30am: Auerfarm Paint Out

Auerfarm boasts silos, barns, outbuildings and a variety of fields, farm crops, and flowers. The farm animals, the visitors, (mostly children), unique buildings and beautiful scenery, all make Auerfarm a wonderful artistic resource. Plenty of parking and public bathrooms are available.

See you there!

Shauna Shane, Paint Out Chair

158 Auer Farm Road, Bloomfield, CT

Sun, September 24, Paint Out at Mitchell Farm in Salem, CT

300 East Haddam Road (Rte. 82), Salem CT

This event is located at a scenic horse farm, with the laudable mission of providing a beautiful home for horses that have outlived their original purpose but still deserve to be respected in their old age. The farm has beautiful buildings, stables, ponds with lily pads, and fenced fields filled with these old friends living a well-deserved life.

Join us. Remember, you don’t have to be a member to paint at a CPAPS paint out. We welcome all artists, as painting outdoors is a rewarding skill building discipline, made much more enjoyable by the interaction with other painters who, like you, are inspired by our beautiful landscape.

Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

Mitchell Equine Retirement Farm 300 East Haddam Road (Rte. 82), Salem CT

Sun, September 10th, 8:30am Paint Out at Salmon River State Forest in East Hampton

11 Bridge Street, East Hampton

 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.

The next CPAPS paint out will be at Salmon River State Forest in East Hampton. The entrance is at the intersection of Rte 16 and Comstock Bridge Road, with an address of 11 Bridge Street, East Hampton. I scouted the site Monday and found it to be simply beautiful. The Comstock Covered bridge is massive and beautiful, with two windows looking over the river in each direction. Because of the views from the cover of the bridge and underneath, I’m pretty sure that there would be painting opportunities even if it was raining. Bathroom facilities are located at the Salmon River Park site nearby. I’ll have directions at the sign-in table.

The trail going upstream from the covered bridge is hard packed, wide, and almost level, giving access to many river views upstream, with plenty of flat rocks in the river, and mossy banks lined with Joe Pye Weed and Cardinal Flower.

This is a wonderful wide, shallow river at this location, showing reflected sky and the very beginnings of fall color. I hope to see you there.

Paint Out Chair,

Shauna Shane

Salmon River State Park, 11 Bridge Street, East Hampton

Sun, August 20th, 9:00am Paint Out at Valley Falls Farm in Vernon

The farm is located at the corner of Bolton Road and Valley Falls Road in Vernon. Painting time will begin at 9:00 AM and we are encouraged to paint all day till 3:30 PM. We are to pull up to the barn when we arrive to drop off painting gear. Park your car in the parking lot at Valley Falls Park – there is a shuttle to give you a ride back to the barn.

The public will be arriving around 1:00 PM in order to stroll through the property and observe the painters. At 3:30 pm we are invited to convene in the red barn for an artist introduction with the day’s painting.

Music will be provided by Handler & Levesque, and historical tours will be offered to the public.

For those interested, a couple of display spaces are still available to sell your artwork. The organization takes care of sales, so artists can continue to paint and no commission will be charged. If this is of interest please contact Ann Letendre ASAP to see if space is still available.

Valley Falls Farm

Sat, August 5, 8:30am Paint Out at The Southington Community Art Center

93 Main Street, Southington, CT

CPAPS is partnering with Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA), and the Barnes Museum, for an Arts Day in the center of Southington Saturday, August 5. Sign in will be any time after 8:30 AM. at the Community Art Center, (SoCCA), 93 Main Street.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of this special art event we are meeting on Saturday, rather than Sunday.

SoCCA is the location of our juried members’ exhibit in December. They are at the southern end of the town green at 93 Main Street. During the event SoCCA will offer tours and refreshments, so stop in to see this beautiful facility where we will be showing our work.

In addition to our Members Exhibit’s regular exhibit awards, we will offer a special award for the best Southington location painting. Southington Center offers historic homes, as well as the town green with its surrounding picturesque street scenes. The Barnes Museum has welcomed us to paint its beautiful gardens and grounds during the event. It is a unique Victorian home located just past the north end of the town green at 85 Main Street.
See you Saturday!

Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

93 Main St, Southington, CT 06489

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