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 excited for our 2018 Event!

Our 2018 Awards Gala will be held at North Shore Arts Association on Saturday, October 13th, where over $20K will be awarded.
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Gala Tickets

Collector’s Preview Tickets

Complete list of Awards & Prizes


QuickDraw– This energetic and exciting event will be held Sunday, October 14th in the downtown Rockport Cultural District.
120 Artists will have two hours to paint from 9-11 am. All art will be on view and available for purchase at the Rockport Art Association & Museum from 1-5 pm Sunday and again from 10-3 pm on Monday. Awards will be given to both juried CAPA artists as well as participating non-juried artists.
Facebook QuickDraw Page


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.

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We do our best to provide complimentary lodging in private homes for artists from outside the area. Details are provided in the artists’ acceptance letters.

To visit Cape Ann and enjoy our event, please explore our local hotels and inns .


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