CAPA Quick Draw — pat morss

After a year off for COVID, it was great to have the Cape Ann Plein Air Festival back this past week. It is now sought after by artists nation-wide. This year 200 applicants were judged for their work and the limit of 35 were accepted. The final event today, after the Gala, is fun because it gets all the artists together in one area to produce a painting in just 2 hours for the “Quick Draw.”

It took place this year on the waterfront at Harbor Loop, and Maritime Gloucester
Familiar sights were visible, like The Paint Factory
Russell and his wife, from South Carolina, stayed with us this year
Our neighbor’s brother was up from Maryland
I’m told the ages of the artists spanned from their 20s to their 80s
Painters painting together with the statue of Fitz Henry (Hugh) Lane
A painter painting the painters painting with Fitz
After the 2 hours, the artists framed their paintings and set them up for viewing
With hope for a sale, which is more frequent with ever increasing CAPA popularity
At the Gala, which capped off the the week of competition, Johnathan McPhillips took top honors

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