Cape Ann Plein Air

Painting Competition and Festival

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2019 Competition

Application Deadline May 1st

Competition . . .

October 6th through October 14th

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, will host its fourth annual week-long plein air painting competition in October 2019. This is when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best! 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.  Collectors! Many paintings will be available for sale during the full duration of the competition and festival. Selected works will be shown and available for sale during the Gala and Awards Presentation on October 12th.

Collectors - View CAPA 2018 Paintings

2019 Judge & Juror

2019 Competition Awards Judge


Kenn Erroll Backhaus


2019 Competitor Selection Juror


2018 Sponsors


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Cape Ann Plein Air

33 Commercial Street Gloucester MA 01930


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