About CAPA

Mission Statement: Cape Ann Plein Air’s (CAPA) mission is to preserve and promote Cape Ann’s legacy as the birthplace of American Plein Air painting, and enhance our local economy. This is made possible through the close collaboration of committed supporters from across the region —  businesses, regional arts and cultural organizations, and the Cape Ann communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the Sea — working with CAPA organizers to offer a robust, weeklong program of painting competitions, exhibitions and education.

To all the Artists, Collectors, Organizers, Sponsors and Visitors,

Cape Ann has provided creative inspiration for over two hundred years to artists such as Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper, and N.C. Wyeth, Emile Gruppe, just to name a few.

The crucial first step to launching a Plein Air Event here required raising significant prize money. Applied Materials Foundation agreed to provide the underwriting necessary to take Cape Ann Plein Air from a great concept to reality. Without their generous support, we would not be enjoying this incredible experience right now . . . and neither would you!
With that key financial backing secured, we went to our community and raised funds allowing us to sponsor 25 awards beyond the top three prizes. The initial funding provided by Stephen and Jill Bell, Linzee and Beth Coolidge, Engel & Völkers, By the Sea  and the law firm of Glovsky & Glovsky, gave CAPA national standing among Plein Air competitions.

We would like to offer a special thanks to our collaborative partners, Cape Ann Community Foundation , Cape Ann Museum , Essex Historical Society & Ship Building Museum , North Shore Arts Association Rockport Art Association & Museum and SeARTS.

We also would like to thank the City of Gloucester and the Towns of Essex, Rockport and Manchester-by-the-Sea for all of the logistical support required to manage such a broadreaching geographical event. Without having to ask, we were provided marketing and hospitality to reach out to a broader group of visitors from Discover Gloucester, the Manchester Historical Society and the Copley Society in Boston.

This undertaking represents a major collaboration among the arts, businesses and the community throughout Cape Ann, the first of its kind. As a result, the Cape Ann Community Foundation is both excited and overwhelmed by the inspirational work so many have contributed. Thank you again for your participation on every level and tireless effort to make this event successful.

Ken Riehl, CEO
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
James Caviston, President, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts

Our Presenting Sponsor