Cape Ann Plein Air is a week-long arts festival and competition featuring plein air painters from all over the country vying for over $20,000 in prize money.

Cape Ann Plein Air Arts Week and Festival Oct 1-9, 2022

Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport

Daily demos, dinners with the artists, artists painting on location, nocturne night, gala and gallery walks and talks

The Gala is a ticketed event on Saturday, October 8th at 4PM for the Premiere ticket holders and at 5:30PM for Gala ticket holders. Tickets are available on the website

On Saturday, October 1st artists from places as close as Gloucester, Rockport and Ipswich and as far away as Oregon, Texas, Arizona and Wisconsin will descend onto Cape Ann for a week-long outdoor painting event. 36 juried artists will paint all over the Greater Cape Ann communities, creating magnificent paintings of spectacular locations.

On Sunday morning there’s the wildly popular Quick Draw at the Cox Reservation in Essex, where the 36 CAPA artists will be joined by another 80 local artists to complete a painting in only two hours, and then have the paintings judged for prizes and offered for sale. This event is free to the public and there will be local food truck genie Phresh Phoods there with lunch for sale. Sunday evening will feature the artists at the Booth Cottage in beautiful Manchester by the Sea.

Spectators will be able to find the artists on the rocky shores, sandy beaches, on the water and on the backroads of the 5 communities starting on Saturday Oct 1 through Friday, Oct 7th. There are daily demos where aspiring artists can learn from a local, seasoned professional. In the evening there is a dinner in a different local restaurant where one of the CAPA artists will be painting while you enjoy your dinner and watch a master at work. On Thursday evening October 6th all 36 artists will paint at the Nocturne event in the west end of Gloucester, painting street scenes while the sun goes down and darkness descends. And the grand climax of the week is the ticketed Gala at the Rockport Golf Club on Saturday, October 8th starting at 4PM. Thirty-six artists with a total of 180 entered into the competition to win over $20K in prizes and all paintings will be offered for sale. On Sunday the sale will continue until 3PM with the Events Judge offering his process of choosing top winners and the 12 specific awards during a Gallery Walk and Talk.

CAPA is grateful for its sponsors including Applied Materials, New England Biolabs, Bazel General Contracting, Charles Fine Arts, The Cricket Press and the Beauport Hospitality Group. Other sponsors include Leslie Ray Insurance, Karen Berger, Epiphany Fine Art, Bank Gloucester, Cape Ann Savings Bank and Sullco, Inc.

For more information please visit our website at If you have any questions, contact Susan at

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