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Cape Ann Plein Air
Cape Ann Plein Air 2023!

2023 Prospectus


Prospectus Cape Ann Plein Air Competition and Festival October 8-15, 2023


Cape Ann Plein Air 2022 was another success! We presented $22,000 in prize money and made a donation from the proceeds of painting sales to the Cape Ann Community Foundation to support local art students. And now we are poised to start all over again! Gloucester is celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2023, and CAPA will be a big part of that all year long!

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 seventh annual week-long plein air painting celebration in October when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best. Organized by the Cape Ann Plein Air Board of Directors, comprised of members from the Greater Cape Ann’s leading arts and culture organizations, the communities will see up to 38 of the finest artists in the nation compete for over $20,000 in prizes and awards while raising awareness of the importance of plein air painting and raising the visibility of the creative economy on Cape Ann, the birthplace of American Plein Air painting. The work produced will be sold at the Grand Awards Gala on Saturday, October 14th, 2023 and the sale will continue until Sunday at 3PM.

Geographic area

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


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 and Entry fees

There will be up to 38 artists participating. The top 5 CAPA 2022 prize winners are automatically invited back (First, second, third and Artist Choice from the Gala, first from the juried QD artists). The online jurying process will choose the remaining artists. There will be 10 alternates chosen by the CAPA Board of Directors from the applicant pool.

Entries will be processed by from Jan 3 – April 30, 2023.

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. Your receipt will show your images and payment. Submit 3 color images of plein air work from 2020 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 888-666-1351.


Jurying process

We are thrilled that Cape Ann Plein Air’s 2023 artists will be selected from all applicants by nationally acclaimed plein air painter Patrick Lee.

Selected artists will be notified by email in early May to view the results in their OnlineJuriedShows artist profile, and the list will be posted on the Cape Ann Plein Air website shortly after selection.

We are also pleased to announce that the Cape Ann Plein Air’s 2023 distinguished Awards Judge is art connoisseur and collector Tim Newton.

Anticipated Awards: and more; these vary and is subject to change

 1st Place $6000

 2nd Place $4000

 3rd Place $2000

Best Americana $500

Best Use of Perspective $500

Best Seascape $500

Best Nocturne $500

Best Marine $500

Best Maritime Activity $500

Best Working Waterfront $500

Quintessential Rockport $500



2023 CAPA Calendar: Event week details subject to change

Jan 3 – Apr 30 - Submit works online

May - Email notifications and posting to CAPA website and social media

Sun Oct 8, 8am-5pm: All day registration and substrate stamping. Bring one plein air painting not to exceed 12”x16” excluding frame, for display for the week of CAPA2023

Sun, Oct 8, 6pm: All artist welcome and meeting. Opening reception 7pm

Oct 8-14: Artists paint en plein air in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Ipswich

Mon, Oct 9, 9AM-2PM: Quick Draw

Fri Oct 13: Drop off five (5) paintings for exhibit and awards consideration. Image size excluding frame not to exceed 20"x 24". Up to three (3) additional paintings may be stored as backup for paintings sold

Sat Oct 14: Awards Gala, 5-9 PM. The Gala will be held in a beautiful and spacious spot, the Glen T McLeod Cape Ann YMCA, with good parking, lighting, space and easy access, and it will be catered by Vinwood Catering

Sun Oct 15: Gallery walks, round-table talks, etc. Gallery closes at 3PM. Your art must remain hanging for the duration of the show

Special events, demos, workshops:  details to be announced on full calendar at There are optional dinners and other special events planned throughout the week. Artist participation in events is strongly encouraged.

General Regulations:

Participation in the Opening Night, Quick Draw and Awards Gala is required. We require that you stay for the duration of the event, Oct 8-15, 2023. Paintings may not be removed from the Gala space until Sunday at 3PM.

Artwork submitted for exhibit and awards must have been created en plein air, within the five greater Cape Ann communities, and without the benefit of photography between Oct 8 and Oct 13, 2023.

The mediums of oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, 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 2023 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 with a portion to be donated to the Cape Ann Community Foundation to be used to support aspiring artist students.

Unsold paintings are the responsibility of the artist.

Questions? Contact:

Susan Gould Coviello, Executive Director





REGARDING JURY NOTIFICATIONS: Notifications are sent through ConstantContact from To ensure receipt of this notification, please add to your contact list, or safe senders list.

On the day of notification, you can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from Constant Contact, that will state the same.

1. Go to and log in using your email address and password.

2. Right above where you just logged in, click "Your Artist Profile." You are now in your account!

3. At the bottom of your screen under "List of shows that jury by artists' work as a whole (like a Plein Air show)," you will see the show name and to the right of it you will see your jury results. It will say either, "You were accepted, click to read the letter," or "You were not accepted, click to read the letter," or "You were accepted as an Alternate, click to read the letter."

4. While you are in your account on, click "Personal Info" and make sure your name, address, phone number, and email address are up-to-date.

NOTE: Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety. Most acceptance letters will ask you to RSVP or will have special instructions you must follow.

How to look at or edit your entries.
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