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Cape Ann Plein Air Competition & Festival

October 11 @ 10:00 am - October 17 @ 5:00 pm

Cape Ann Plein Air

The fourth annual Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA) outdoor painting competition and festival, which takes place in the Cape Ann communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport, will run from Sunday, October 11 through Monday, October 17. CAPA 2020 provides local, national and internationally recognized artists the opportunity to compete in the premier New England Plein Air festival and winner of the BONS 2018 Editor’s Choice for Best Arts Festival, located in the birthplace of American Plein Air Painting, Cape Ann.

Many artists will be juried into the competition, which in the past have included some well-known local artists alongside renowned national and international plein air artists arriving from all over the US, Canada and Russia to compete for over $21,000 in prizes and awards. There are awards of $6000 for first place, $4000 for second place and $2000 for third place, with two $750 honorable mention awards.  Many additional $500 themed awards will be granted for Best Americana, Best Marine, Best Use of Light, Best Nocturne and many more. Local businesses and organizations, as well as private art patrons, have contributed to the awards.

During the week there are artist demos in all four communities, dinners with the artists, a nocturne painting event and more. Please check the capeannpleinair.com website for the full calendar of events, times and locations.

Schedule of Events

To Be Determined…

For more information on Cape Ann Plein Air and to buy tickets, visit www.capeannpleinair.com.


October 11 @ 10:00 am
October 17 @ 5:00 pm


North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirates Lane
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States
(978) 283-1857