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OCTOBER 8TH-16TH, 2017

For more information, visit the Cape Ann Plein Air website here.


CAPA Public Calendar 2017

Sunday Oct 8:

6-8pm: Opening Reception, North Shore Arts Association, Pirates Lane, Gloucester

Monday Oct 9:

12-1pm: Demo, Dennis Poirier, Cox Reservation, Essex

Tuesday Oct 10:

12-1pm: Demo, David Curtis, Cogswell Grant, Essex

Wednesday Oct 11:

12-1pm: Demo, Don Demers, Masconomo Point, Manchester-by-the Sea

1-3pm: Public Reception for Don Demers

7-9PM: CAPA Artist Preview, Charles Fine Arts, Gloucester

Thursday Oct 12:

12-1pm: Demo, KT Morse, Rockport Art Association & Museum

5-6:30pm: Demo and Artist Talk by CAPA Awards Juror Marc Hanson, Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Gloucester, then Artist Appreciation at the Studio Restaurant.

Friday Oct 13:

12-1pm: Demo, Sergio Roffo, Beauport Sleeper-McCann, Gloucester

Saturday Oct 14:

4:30-6pm Collectors Preview, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport ($150, limited tickets available, ticket price is pre-payment toward painting purchase)

6-10pm Cape Ann Plein Air Grand Awards Exhibition & Sale, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport: $65 advance, $75 after Oct 13 ($65 may be used toward purchase of one painting). Special opportunity for art patrons and enthusiasts to meet the artists and purchase one of 160 fresh paintings created during CAPA week by award winning and nationally recognized plein air artists. Elegant hors d’oerves included. 6-10PM Rockport Art Association & Museum.

Sunday October 15:

10am-3pm Quick Draw (9-11AM) and Public Reception & Sale (12-3pm), Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex, MA

10am-5pm: CAPA Exhibit open to public, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport

Monday, October 16:

10am-5pm: CAPA Exhibit and Small Painting Monday Exhibit open to public, Rockport Art Association & Museum,

3-5pm: Meet the CAPA Artists and People’s Choice Award, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport

Associated Public Events:
Look Again, plein air exhibition, Rocky Neck Cultural Center, Gloucester Thursday Oct 12 – Sunday Oct 15, 12-5PM
Charles Movalli, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester 10AM-5PM daily
CAPA Preview Exhibit, Charles Fine Arts, Main St. Gloucester
Cape Ann Museum docent-led tours ~ painters past and present. Free with museum admission, Pleasant St., Gloucester Tuesday-Saturday Oct 10-14, 3PM


Cape Ann Plein Air sponsors, supporters, and participating artists were treated to a fabulous party Thursday evening. The event was hosted by the the lovely and generous Karen Hanson, By the Sea Sotheby’s owner, and proud sponsor of Cape Ann Plein Air, at the stunning home of Warren Waugh.

Warren’s home overlooks Eastern Point Lighthouse, Gloucester’s outer harbor, and the great Atlantic beyond. On the rocky outcroppings surrounding the home, participating Cape Ann Plein Air painters were perched with their easels, painting scenic vistas, which could be seen from every angle from this outstanding landscape. Guests at the party had a delightful time speaking with and observing the visiting artists.

For more information about the 2017 Cape Ann Plein Air festival, visit their website here.

Thank you to Mayor Sefatia for providing the terrific gallery of photos!!

Warren Waugh and Karen Hanson


Karen Ristuben and Karen Hanson giving words of welcome and thanks to sponsors and artists.


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

We are thrilled to inform you that we are already well into planning Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA) – 2017! The overall timeframe and elements of the event will be similar to 2016, occurring the week of Columbus Day and featuring a Gala Art Celebration and Sale at Rockport Art Association and Museum, community Quick Draw event, and many other associated exhibits and cultural activities.

Here is a re-cap of CAPA-2106.
Just over a year ago, the idea of Cape Ann Plein Air had been just that, an idea, a great concept aspiring to bring renowned painters to this culturally historic and stunningly beautiful place. Plein Air events, where artists travel from all corners of North America to compete for significant prize money, occur dozens of times or more every year in the United States. Yet there has never been a national level event here in Cape Ann where some of the most famous artists in US history have painted en plein air. No single region is more famously recognized than Cape Ann, which provided the creative inspiration over the last two hundred years and hosted our history’s giants like Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper, and N.C. Wyeth, just to name a few.
The crucial first step to launching a Plein Air Event requires raising significant prize money. Following a meeting with Applied Materials management back in January, the Applied Material Foundation agreed to provide the underwriting necessary to take Cape Ann Plein Air from a great concept to reality. Without the support of the Applied Materials Foundation, we would not be enjoying this incredible experience right now . . . and neither would you!
With that key financial backing in place early in the year, the small group of individuals informally organized as Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 (CAPA2016) went out into the community and raised funds allowing us to sponsor 25 more awards beyond the top three prizes. The additional funding provided by Stephen and Jill Bell, Linzee and Beth Coolidge, By-The-Sea Sotheby’s International Realty and the law firm of Glovsky and Glovsky, all have given CAPA 2016 national standing among all other Plein Air competitions.
Thanks to the help of local individuals and businesses, additional sponsors and Friends of CAPA 2016, we have been provided the resources to make CAPA 2016 more appealing to artists, collectors, visitors and local businesses, much more than we originally thought possible.
There are too many to name in this letter, so please read page four in the 2016 program book for the entire list of those for whose generosity we are incredibly grateful.
Finally, we would like to offer a special thanks for those who have met once and often twice a week for the last year, and spent hundreds of hours taking care of each and every part of the design and implementation of CAPA 2016. They include but are not limited to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce (CACC), the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS), Rockport Art Association and Museum, North Shore Art Association, Essex Merchants Group, Rockport Cultural District, and Rocky Neck Art Colony.
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. Most importantly, we owe a big thanks to project leader Karen Ristuben who stayed on top of each and every detail along the way. And there have been many.
This undertaking represents a major collaboration among the arts, business 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 the first of many future successful Cape Ann Plein Air events.
Ken Riehl, CEO
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
James Caviston, President, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts


Good Morning Gloucester received a nice note of appreciation from Cape Ann Trail Stewards president Nick Holland. I went to their website to learn more about Cape Ann Trail Stewards. They are a non-profit, all volunteer coalition founded in 2012 and their primary focus is on helping municipal landowners and conservation organizations protect, maintain, and expand Cape Ann’s trail network. They match volunteer trail stewards to trails in need of stewardship, and organize trail work parties.

I am super excited to learn more and looking forward to exploring some trails with Nick. Thank you for writing and letting us know!!

Cape Ann Trail Stewards Mission Statement: Trails, from meandering paths to stony fire roads, connect Cape Ann communities across borders, public and private land, and diverse natural landscapes. CATs helps to maintain existing trails, improve access and promote the responsible and safe use of the Cape Ann trail system and recreational areas. CATs works with municipalities and like-minded conservation organizations to protect and preserve land for its recreational and ecological values. CATs promotes the understanding of the wildlife and natural resources of our woodlands and wetlands.


Photographing shorebirds early today and this Homie arrives on the scene, loudly announcing his catch. Before I could turn on my movie camera, he swallowed the whole lobster, in one big gulp! You could see the sharp edges of the lobster as it went down his gullet. I predict a Homie with a tummy ache.

The tremendous variety of seaweed currently covering Pebble Beach captures a wealth of sustenance for migrating shorebirds (and Homies).

Sanderlings, Sandpipers, Semiplamated Plovers, and one Snowy Egret at Pebble Beach today, September 12, 2017.


Don’t miss the current issue of Cape Ann magazine featuring a terrific article about the Schooner Lannon and Captains Heath and Tom Ellis (and Polly Five Toes!), written by Terry Date. There’s also a great read about the Straitsmouth Savages and their restoration efforts to reclaim Straitsmouth Island, written by Mary Markos, with photos by Desi Smith. Our issue arrived this morning and I have yet to read all, but am looking forward to reading from cover to cover.

Phil Ochs Song Night @ Old Sloop Sunday 9/17 to benefit Family Promise North Shore

A wonderful concert for a very important cause.  GET TICKETS HERE:

Phil Ochs Song Night on Sunday, September 17 is a fundraiser for Family Promise North Shore Boston, an interfaith hospitality network that provides shelter, meals, job support and case management for homeless families. The First Congregational Church is a Family Promise host church.  The concert will feature performs Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor of Brother Sun, along with Reggie Harris and Tom Prasada-Rao.  The concert will be hosted by Sonny Ochs, Phil’s sister.


From the Go Fund Me page:

This morning people all along the coast of Texas are waking to the remnants of Hurricane Harvey and wondering how they are going to deal with the aftermath. From the few reports coming out, it can’t get worse than in our sister city Rockport, TX, with reports of a collapsed roof at the school, multiple residences flattened or flooded, and numerous casaulties and injuries.

As their neighbors in spirit, from Rockport, MA, we are looking to raise money to make an impact as they rise from the destruction Mother Nature has indiscriminantly thrown in their path. From experience, with our distance, getting first-response aid to them is nearly impossible at this time. So we are looking to make a medium or long-term investment in their recovery. We are reaching out to friends and family with contacts in Rockport to determine what projects we can make the most impact on. We will take a poll before making the final contribution.

Initial ideas for final donation:
– School system to aid in the repair of the High School that was heavily damaged or replacement of damaged books, etc.
– Senior center with damaged roof
– Volunteer Fire Department (from our volunteer FD)

CNN Photo

Old Sloop Fair at The First Congregational Church of Rockport

The Old Sloop Fair at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street, continues Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with many traditional events:  White Elephants, Art Mart, Jewelry, Hand-knits, Ken’s Collection, and Snack Bar.  This year, the fair introduces its Boutique of antique, vintage and selected special items, priced for immediate sale.  The Boutique replaces the silent auction of several prior years.  The “Indoor Yard Sale” will offer tools, lamps, rugs, garden supplies, etc., and “Kids’ Corner”, staffed by the church youth, will have items aimed for the younger crowd.

The Old Sloop Fair is one of the oldest and largest church fairs on the Massachusetts North Shore, a true Rockport tradition.  It originated in 1957 under the guidance of Pastor Ed Nutting, and is an important fund-raising activity for the church.

The First Congregational Church was organized in 1755.  The sanctuary building was constructed in 1804 as the local meetinghouse.  The tall steeple and white façade close to the shoreline resembled a ship’s sail when seen from the sea, inspiring the local fishermen to call it “The Old Sloop”.  Currently, the steeple is being restored, and much of it is sitting on the church’s front lawn.  The church is displaying regular updates on the restoration project and the opportunity to contribute to the project.

For more information, please go to, send email to or call 978-546-6638.





The Rockport Garden Club invites you to attend its 2017 garden tour: Rockport in Bloom. This self-guided tour consists of 11 private gardens clustered in the three Rockport neighborhoods. Each garden celebrates the diverse geography of Rockport, from sweeping ocean vistas, to enchanting gardens with water features, to unique granite sculptures and arches evoking the legacy of the granite industry in Rockport.  Lunch, including a vegetarian option, is also available for your purchase and enjoyment in a seaside garden.  An additional feature for this year’s tour includes artists in the garden.  Several local artists will be painting ‘en plein air’ during the tour and are sponsoring a wine and cheese reception that will take place following the tour on Saturday, July 8th at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway from 4:00 to 8:30 pm. All are welcome.

Tour dates are: July 7 and 8 from 10am to 4pm each day. On tour days, tickets may be purchased at the Rockport Police Station (cash, check or credit card), 168 Main St. and Toad Hall Book Store (cash or check only), 47 Main St, Rockport, MA.  Tickets purchased in advance may be picked up at the police station. The tour is held rain or shine. Please see the RGC website: for additional information.

Artists to join Rockport in Bloom 2017!!
Rockport in Bloom will now be captured on canvas.  Our 2017
tour will see the addition of artists in the gardens! You will see
the garden through the artist’s eyes.  Watch as they transform a
garden into a lasting image showing what the homeowner and
“Mother Nature” have created. Look for the following artists on
the garden tour. Click on each artist for bios, artists work and
contact information.

Jude Abbe

Sharon Jordan Bahosh

John Caggiano

Janice Castellano

Dan DeLouise

Susan Drennan

Elizabeth Harty

Heidi McGrath

Kathleen Miller

Holly Anderson Popeo

Lynn Wrona

Heidi Zander

View Slideshow of past Rockport Garden Club Tour! (Click Here)

Looking for a place to stay while enjoying Rockport and the Rockport Garden Tour?
For your convenience we have attached a list of some of the local inns. Click Here!
We look forward to seeing you!

History of the Tour

2017 Theme

Ticket Sales



Garden Tour Sponsors

For additonal questions or information, please email:

The Greatest Natural Spectacle on Earth was in Rockport Last Night

I’ve lived in Gloucester since the early 1980s (except 1995-1998, when I lived in CA and NYC) and Vickie has lived here since 1998 … and guess what, neither of us had ever been to the Rockport Bonfire?  Why?  Oh, lots of reasons; but none of them is reasonable — not after what we witnessed last night!

Kevin St. Peter, who chairs the Rockport Firemen’s Association, asked us to be judges in the Rockport Firemen’s Parade and we accepted. Having produced and promoted hundreds of shows & events, Vickie and I keenly appreciate just how much work it takes to pull off an event of this magnitude and, honestly, it was a true pleasure not having to deal with all the details. Kevin did that. And he dealt with all the crazy-last-minute emergencies that always pop during any large-scale event. Plus he took great care to make sure all the judges got where we were supposed to go and knew what they were supposed to do — because we had no idea.

More importantly, we had absolutely no idea what we’ve been missing all these decades.  The breathtaking power and splendor of Rockport’s giant bonfire tore its way into our psyches; seized every ounce of our attention. What struck me at first was how hot it was — those of us in front had to move back as the flames engulfed the outhouse atop the mountain of fiery palates.  Turning around I noticed the crowd of several thousand people all stood transfixed — and very quiet.  So quiet, in fact, that the blaze was the loudest sound you could hear — and it wasn’t nearly as loud as the band at the bandstand had been a few minutes earlier.

Then I realized just how bright it was. That’s when I took the picture, above. Notice how well everyone is lit — and it’s pitch black outside. No streetlights. Just the bonfire. It’s brighter than Times Square. (See Nicole’s awesome photo of the bonfire itself here.)

Fire has a magical power to captivate us in a way nothing else can. I certainly hope this Rockport tradition lives on forever. Thanks to Kevin St. Peter for throwing a giant party for thousands of people featuring one of the greatest natural spectacles our Earth has to offer — and making it feel as though everything is running perfectly smoothly!

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