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Cape Ann Plein Air
Cape Ann Plein Air 2019

Prospectus Cape Ann Plein Air Competition and Festival October 6-14, 2019


For nearly two centuries, Cape Ann, Massachusetts has been a destination for some of the finest painters who paint en plein air. Throughout its four picturesque seaside communities, Cape Ann Plein Air will host its fourth annual week-long plein air painting celebration in October 2019 when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best. A newly minted 501c-3, and organized by representatives from various local arts organizations, as well as the Chamber of Commerce and art lovers from across the Cape, CAPA will bring 40 of the finest artists in the nation to compete for over $20,000 in prizes and awards while raising awareness of all that painting en plein air is today. The work produced will be sold at the Grand Awards Gala on Saturday, October 12 at North Shore Arts Association and continue through Monday, October 14.

Cape Ann Plein Air’s 2019 Acceptance Juror and Awards Judge are nationally acclaimed plein air painters: Acceptance Juror Mark Boedges of Vermont and Awards Judge Kenn Backhaus of Buck’s County, PA. CAPA 2019 is honored to have such distinguished professionals participating with us this year.

Geographic area

Cape Ann, Massachusetts: Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea.


We will do our best to provide complimentary lodging in private homes for artists from outside the area. Discounted lodging in local hotels and inns may also be available. More information will be provided upon acceptance and details will be posted on the website.

Application Process & Fees

There will be 40 artists entered into the event. The top 4 CAPA 2018 prize winners are automatically invited back (First, second, third from the Gala, first from the juried QD artists). There will be 10 alternates chosen from the MA 019XX zip code area to ensure that additional local artists may have the opportunity to participate.

Entries will be processed by from Jan - May 1, 2019. There will be no extensions!

The non-refundable fee of $50 is payable when you apply online using a credit card or Paypal.  Unpaid applications will not be considered for selection.

Print your receipt for your records. Submit 3 color images of plein air work from 2016 to present in jpeg format, RGB color. For best results, make sure each image is 72 dpi and at least 1920 pixels on the longest side.

Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:

If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please contact or call 949-287-8645. Eligibility: 18 years and older.


Jurying process

Selected artists will be notified by email by approximately May 14, 2019, and the list will be posted on the Cape Ann Plein Air website shortly after selection.

Anticipated Event Awards

 1st Place $6000

 2nd Place $4000

 3rd Place $2000

Honorable mention: 2 @ $750 each

Best Americana $500

Best Use of Perspective $500

Best Use of Light $500

Best Nocturne $500

Best Marine $500

Best Maritime Activity $500

Vanishing Landscape $500

People’s Choice $500   

Quick Draw Awards

First, second and third for CAPA 2019 artists; first, second and third for general participants.

2019 Calendar

Jan - May 1: Submit works online.

May 14  approx: Email notifications and posting to CAPA website and Facebook.

Sun Oct 6: Arrive on Cape Ann, check in with accommodation host. Discounted hotels will be available for housing needs before Oct 6 and after Oct 13.

Sun Oct 6: Registration and substrate stamping, location North Shore Art Association. Please bring one plein air painting not to exceed 12”x16” excluding frame, for display for the week of CAPA 2019.

Sun Oct 6, 6-8pm: Welcoming reception, location TBD.

Oct 6-11: Artists paint en plein air in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Fri Oct 11, 10am-4pm: Drop off up to (5) five paintings for exhibit and awards consideration at North Shore Arts Association, Pirates Lane, Gloucester. Image size excluding frame not to exceed 20"x 24". Up to (3) three additional paintings may be stored as backup for paintings sold.

Sat Oct 12: Collectors Preview, 4:30-6pm and Awards Gala, 6-9pm: North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA

Sun Oct 13: Quick Draw and Sale: Location TBD (no fee for CAPA 2019 applicants).  Prizes will be awarded.

Special events, demos, workshops:  details to be announced on full calendar at

General Regulations:

Participation in the Oct. 12 Awards Gala is required. We request that you stay for the duration of the event, Oct 6-14.

Artwork submitted for exhibit and awards must have been created en plein air, within the four Cape Ann communities, and without the benefit of photography, between Oct 6 and Oct 11, 2019.

The mediums of oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel are acceptable for this event.

Artists are responsible for framing all submitted artwork and bringing it to the display location.  Frames must be in good condition, wired in the upper third of the frame and completely ready for hanging. No saw-tooth hangers. All works on paper must be protected. White or off-white mats are recommended.

All paintings must have the Cape Ann Plein Air 2019 stamp on the substrate.

All exhibited artwork must be for sale. Artists set their own prices.

All sales transactions are processed by Cape Ann Plein Air.

A 40% commission on all sales is retained to benefit CAPA.

Unsold paintings are the responsibility of the artist.

Questions contact:

Susan Gould Coviello, Project Manager

978-837-8273 or




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