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Cape Ann Plein Air 2023


Cape Ann Plein Air 2022 was another success! We presented $22,000 in prize money and made a donation from the proceeds of painting sales to the Cape Ann Community Foundation to support local art students. And now we are poised to start all over again! Gloucester is celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2023, and CAPA will be a big part of that all year long!

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 will host its seventh annual week-long plein air painting celebration in October when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best. Organized by the Cape Ann Plein Air Board of Directors, comprised of members from the Greater Cape Ann’s leading arts and culture organizations, the communities will see up to 38 of the finest artists in the nation compete for over $20,000 in prizes and awards while raising awareness of the importance of plein air painting and raising the visibility of the creative economy on Cape Ann, the birthplace of American Plein Air painting. The work produced will be sold at the Grand Awards Gala on Saturday, October 14th, 2023 and the sale will continue until Sunday at 3PM. Artists have been applying for the 7th Annual Cape Ann Plein Air Art Festival and Competition for the last few months and applications are due April 30th!

This week-long plein air painting competition will take place from October 8th-15th 2023 and will celebrate the beauty of the five picturesque seaside communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Ipswich.

If you are interested in participating, please apply before the deadline of 11:59 PM EST on April 30th 2023.

We are looking forward to making the announcement of our 2023 CAPA artists in May!

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