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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, a nationally recognized arts organization, hosted it's fourth annual week-long plein air painting competition Oct. 6th-14th. This time of year is when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best!

CAPA brings 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


Many paintings are available for sale during the full duration of the competition and festival. Selected works are shown and available for sale during the Gala Reception and Awards Presentation, at the conclusion of the competition. This is your chance to purchase work by some of the top names in contemporary painting.

2019 Sponsors


What Is Plein Air?

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CAPA is proud to support . . .


Cape Ann Community Foundation

 The Cape Ann Community Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, whose primary purpose is to enhance the economic environment and overall quality of life of the Cape Ann region and the four Cape Ann communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. The Foundation sustains its mission through a variety of means including, but not limited to: community and economic development, education and training, strategic planning and action, scholarships and grants to charitable organizations serving Cape Ann.

Cape Ann Businesses!

BE PART OF CAPA! There are so many ways to get involved! By offering special deals, interactive events, discounts or opportunities for visitors, you will be an integral part of the week, and CAPA will feature these unique partnerships and actively invite visitors to take full advantage of all Cape Ann has to offer! 

Click HERE to find out how.

Cape Ann Plein Air

33 Commercial Street Gloucester MA 01930


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