Essex, MA to host PAINT ESSEX 2016, Fifth Annual Wet Paint Auction and Reception

Scores of Artists to Visit Historic Massachusetts Shipbuilding Village, Dining Destination and Antiques Mecca to Capture Sweeping Landscapes, Epic River Views and the Quaint Charm That Defines the Community.

 First ever collaboration between the Annual Paint Essex event and the new national Cape Ann Plein Air during the week of October 10-16.

Essex, MA-October  15th and 16th, 2016—The Essex Merchants Group and Eventide Gallery at Periwinkles, in conjunction with the Essex River Cultural District, is proud to sponsor the fifth annual Paint Essex Day and Wet Paint Auction on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October  16, 2016.

Artists from near and far will converge on Saturday October 15th to capture Essex’s limitless variety of historic local scenes as well as its magnificent landscapes. The Wet Paint Silent and Live Auction and Reception will take place on Sunday, October 16th.

Paint Essex 2016 Event details:

  • Registered painters will participate in Paint Essex from 8AM to 7PM on Saturday, October 15th.
  • The Wet Paint Silent and Live Auction and Reception will take place from 4PM to 8PM on Sunday, October 16th at the Essex Room at Woodman’s Function Hall, Main Street in Essex.
  • A cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and live music will accompany the silent and live auction of the previous day’s creations. Catering by Woodman’s of Essex. The event will be held rain or shine.
  • Michael March, of Blackwood March Estate Auctioneers and Appraisers in Essex, will be the featured auctioneer. March brings decades of expertise in selling Cape Ann art. Teri Canelle Eramo of Eventide Gallery, founder of the event, and the Essex Merchants Group are this year’s event planners. Teri is a talented painter whose work is hung in galleries in Maine, Massachusetts and Ireland.
  • There will be a late afternoon free preview of the paintings on the grounds at Woodman’s on October 16th.

Cape Ann Plein Air Event details:  Paint Essex 2016 will collaborate with Cape Ann Plein Air 2016, a national outdoor painting competition and festival that will debut this fall. Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 – which will run from Columbus Day, October 10, through Sunday, October 16 – will provide local artists the opportunity to compete with national artists who participate in other plein air events around the U.S. The weeklong CAPA 2016 festival will include an opening artist reception at North Shore Arts Association on October 10; a Grand Awards Gala at the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, October 15; and a Paint by the Sea event in Manchester by the Sea on October 12.  Up to 40 artists will be juried to participate in the competition, with awards of up to $6000. Artists may submit entries through August 15 by visiting the Online Juried Shows website at For more information on Cape Ann Plein Air, visit

Paintings by the Sea, Manchester by the Sea Quick Draw Event details: This 4th year event will feature up to 80 artists who will paint local scenes on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016. Later that same evening there will be a reception at the Manchester Community Center where the day’s paintings will be judged, sold and awarded prizes. For further information contact Chuck Hayback at or visit .

The Essex Merchants Group is a 501c-6 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Essex as a destination for shopping, recreation, dining and appreciation of its natural beauty and bountiful open space. It is proud to announce that it is awarding its second Annual $1000 Visual Arts Scholarship to a Cape Ann student at this year’s Auction event.

Bob Coviello, Chair of the Essex Merchants Group, says “Essex and all of Cape Ann is a perfect venue for these events. There are innumerable natural views, historical settings, quirky locations and artifacts to fill a thousand canvases. The Merchants Group is thrilled to add this unique event to its repertoire of town activities.”



Artists can register in advance for Paint Essex 2016 (Strongly recommended as space fills up quickly!) by emailing, or in person (if space is still available) on Saturday morning at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Waterline Center at 66 Main Street in Essex.

EVENT TICKET PURCHASE:  (Advance purchase is strongly recommended!)

Tickets for Sunday’s Paint Essex 2016 Silent and Live Auction and Reception are $25 each and are available at Periwinkles, First Ipswich Bank, Main Street Antiques and at the door.

2015 Event sponsors included Bank Gloucester, First Ipswich Bank, Claire and David Lane, Woodman’s of Essex, Chebacco Market, Shea’s Riverside Restaurant, Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop, White Elephant Shop, Michael Bider Antiques, Blackwood March Antique Auctioneers and Appraisers, Essex County Greenbelt, Eventide Gallery at Perwinkles Restaurant and Wheelworks Pottery. We hope to see them all back for Wet Paint 2016.

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