Cape Ann Plein Air

Third Annual Painting Competition and Festival

October 7th-15th, 2018

An invitation to paint En Plein Air where it all first began

After a resoundingly successful Cape Ann Plein Air 2017, we are beginning to prepare for 2018!

How to Apply

CAPA 2018 will be open for your submissions at Online Juried Shows from January 2 to May 1, 2018. We hope you’ll join us this year! Submit your entries to OnlineJuriedShows

If you need help, please contact or call 949-287-8645.


Once again we’ll have a Grand Awards Gala, this year at the North Shore Arts Association, on Saturday, October 13, where the following prizes, among many others, will be awarded:

  • First Prize: $6,000
  • Second Prize: $4,000
  • Third Prize: $2,000

For a complete list of prizes, click here.

Judges and Jurors

We’re pleased to welcome nationally acclaimed plein air painter Hiu Lai Chong of Bethesda, MD as this year’s Entry Juror, and Don Demers of Eliot, ME as our distinguished Awards Judge.


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 will also be available. More information will be provided upon acceptance and details will be posted on the website.

The CAPA 2018 prospectus is now available online here. You can also view the CAPA 2018 event schedule here. Check back with us regularly for updates, and if you have any questions, email us at