Cape Ann Plein Air Competition and Festival

Entry Deadline: August 15

October 10-16, 2016

Dear Connecticut Plein Air Society,
We are thrilled to invite the members of your organization to apply for the first annual Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA), a weeklong celebration of plein air painting October 10-16, 2016. We hope you will forward this email to your membership mailing list to let them know about this exciting opportunity.
CAPA 2016 will provide a backdrop for local, regional and national artists who will compete for at least $16,000 in prizes and awards. Up to 40 artists will be juried to participate in the competition, and five additional local artists will be chosen as alternates. You may submit your application through August 15 at Online Juried Shows here with a non-refundable fee of $50 and samples of your work.

Jurors, Judges, and Awards
Award-winning plein air artist Colin Page will serve as CAPA Entry Juror and nationally renowned plein air artist Ray Hassard will serve as the CAPA Awards Judge. There will be awards of $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place, in addition to two $250 honorable mention awards. Additional $500 themed awards and a People’s Award will be granted.

Housing and Activities

Complimentary housing will be provided to juried artists by host families across the four Cape Ann communities: Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester. The weeklong CAPA festival will include an opening artist reception at North Shore Arts Association, a Grand Awards Gala at the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, October 15, a Painting-by-the-Sea “Quick Draw” event in Manchester, a Paint Essex plein air paint out and sale, and workshops, artist demos, and many other special events and exhibitions. CAPA applicants will have their Quick Draw and Paint Essex fees waived. The full schedule is here

About Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA)
CAPA is organized by the Cape Ann Community Foundation, seARTS, Essex Merchants Group, and Cape Ann’s leading arts and culture organizations.  The CAPA presenting sponsor is Applied Materials, a global technology company with operations in Cape Ann. Other foundational sponsors include Sotheby’s International Realty and Stephen and Jill Bell. 
For more information, visit, apply online or email

Your help in getting the word out about this event would be very much appreciated. Thank you very much.

Karen Ristuben
Project Manager
Cape Ann Plein Air



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