News on Cape Ann Plein Air — CAPA Gala

Cape Ann Plein Air Announces Plans for October 15 Grand Awards Gala

Celebration and Awards Ceremony Will Highlight Weeklong Outdoor Painting Competition Featuring National and Local Artists

August 29, 2016 – The organizers of this fall’s weeklong Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA) national art competition have announced plans for a gala celebration and awards ceremony on Saturday, October 15, at the Rockport Art Association and Museum.

The Grand Awards Gala will offer the public an opportunity to view the work of artists who will be painting across Cape Ann that week as part of the region’s first national outdoor painting competition.

Guests who attend the gala that evening – which will run from 6pm – 10pm – can also mix and mingle with the artists who were chosen by the CAPA juror to compete in the program.

The gala ticket price — $60 in advance and $75 at the door – can be applied to the purchase of CAPA paintings.  For tickets, visit

The artists will compete for $16,000 in prizes and awards. There will be awards of $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place, in addition to two $250 honorable mention awards.  Additional $500 themed-awards will be granted for Best Americana, Best Marine, Best Use of Light, Best Nocturnal and Best Perspective. There is also a $500 People’s Choice award. Up to 40 artists will be juried to participate in the competition.

Guests who attend the Grand Awards Gala will be treated to a celebratory cocktail, two drink coupons, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres prepared by Best of Boston award winner Vinwood Caterers.

 About CAPA

CAPA 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. In addition to the Grand Awards Gala, the CAPA 2016 festival will include an opening artist reception at North Shore Arts Association on October 10; a Paint by the Sea event in Manchester-by-the-Sea on October 12; and a Paint Essex 2016 plein air event on October 15, with a reception, auction and sale on October 16.  Other events planned for the week include demonstrations, concerts, workshops and gallery events.

CAPA is being organized by the Cape Ann Community Foundation, seARTS, and Cape Ann’s leading arts and culture organizations.  It is the first national plein air competition in the region, with activities planned in each of the four Cape Ann communities — Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

The founding sponsors are: The Applied Materials Foundation, Rockport resident Stephen Bell, By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty, Gloucester resident Linzee Coolidge, and the Beverly-based law firm Glovsky & Glovsky.  The organizers continue to seek additional partners to support CAPA 2016, offering opportunities to sponsor events, awards and prizes.

The organizers are also working with the region’s many hotels, motels and B&Bs, restaurants, service providers and others across Cape Ann to offer special packages to participating artists and others visiting for the plein air competition and festival.

CAPA 2016 celebrates Cape Ann’s legacy of plein air painting and the continued presence of locally based and visiting artists who come to the region to paint “en plein air.”  A phrase borrowed from the French meaning “open (in full) air,” plein air is used to describe the act of painting where the artist reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.

Award-winning plein air artist Colin Page will serve as CAPA entry juror, selecting the 40 artists who will participate in the competition.  Another nationally recognized plein air artist, Ray Hassard, will serve as the CAPA awards judge.

For more information, visit the CAPA website at

About the Organizers

Cape Ann Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, formed in association with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. The Foundation has as its mission to support Cape Ann through regional promotion, economic development and education including jobs training and work force preparedness.

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, the largest business organization on Cape Ann, is made up of members from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea, as well as surrounding communities.  The Chamber works to promote a strong local economy by supporting community programs, assisting area businesses and promoting the region and local education initiatives.  For more information on the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, visit

seARTS , a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a coalition focused on cultivating Cape Ann’s position as a world-class center for working artists.  Established in 2000, seARTS is working to help transform the region’s economy by bridging its maritime heritage and a future powered by the arts. For more information on seARTS, visit

Essex Merchants Groupa 501(c)(6) non profit organization, represents the Essex business community and is instrumental in sponsoring and supporting many town events. Paint Essex originated in 2012 and has sold nearly $100,000.00 worth of art at its Sunday auctions since its inception Over one hundred artists participate each year. Check out our website for more information.



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