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Cape Ann Plein Air
Cape Ann Plein Air 2024

Cape Ann Plein Air 2024


Prospectus Cape Ann Plein Air Competition and Festival October 5-13, 2024


Cape Ann Plein Air 2023 was another success! We presented $22,000 in prize money and made a donation from the proceeds of painting sales to the Cape Ann Art Haven to support local art students. The 2023 artists had a fantastic time creating art all over Cape Ann and now we are poised to start all over again! 

For nearly two centuries, Cape Ann, Massachusetts has been a destination for some of the finest painters who paint en plein air. Throughout its five picturesque seaside communities, Cape Ann Plein Air will host its eighth annual week-long plein air painting celebration in October when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best. Organized by the Cape Ann Plein Air Board of Directors, the communities will see 35 of the finest plein air artists in the nation compete for over $20,000 in prizes and awards while raising awareness of the importance of plein air painting and raising the visibility of the creative economy on Cape Ann, the birthplace of American Plein Air painting. The work produced will be sold at the Grand Awards Gala on Friday, October 11, 2023.

Geographic area

Greater Cape Ann, Massachusetts: Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Ipswich.


We will do our best to provide complimentary lodging in private homes for artists from outside the area. Discounted lodging in local hotels and inns may also be available. More information will be provided upon acceptance and details will be posted on the website.

Application Process

There will be 35 artists participating. The top 5 CAPA 2023 prize winners are automatically invited back (First, Second, Third and Artist Choice from the Gala, First from the juried Quick Draw artists). The online jurying process will choose the remaining artists. There will be up to 10 alternates chosen by the CAPA Board of Directors from the applicant pool.

Entries will be processed by from Jan 1-Apr 1, 2024. 

Print your receipt for your records. Your receipt will show your payment (if it doesn’t say Credit Card or Paypal as your payment method your payment did not go through, contact onlinejuriedshows@gmail.comSubmit 3 color images of plein air work from 2021 to present in jpeg format, RGB color, and under 4 mb. For best results, make sure each image is 72 dpi and at least 1920 pixels on the longest side.

Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:

If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please contact or call 888-666-1351. $50 entry fee must be made in full! If you’re not sure if you’ve paid, contact OnlineJuriedShows. Unpaid submissions will be removed.

More information about the Online Juried Shows process below. 


CAPA2024 Online Juror:

We are so pleased to announce that Cape Ann Plein Air’s 2024 artists will be selected from all applicants by renowned plein air painter Charlie Hunter. This is what Charlie has to say about jurying a show: “Richard Schmid used to say, "the great thing about art is it lets you see what the world feels like to someone else." The nominal subject matter, the medium, the techniques employed; all are in service to the piece. Flannery O'Connor wrote great short stories; so did Raymond Carver. Cole Porter wrote great pop songs; so does Jay-Z. In the last year I have awarded prizes to streetscapes, abstracted landscapes, images of chickens, of African goat herders, trees, gas stations, and lily pads. I have given top awards to pastels, watercolors (transparent and opaque), oils, and acrylics. It doesn't matter what it is a picture of. It doesn't matter what tools were used. What matters is that it makes us feel something.”


Selected artists will be notified by email in mid-April and the list will be posted on the Cape Ann Plein Air website shortly after selection.

CAPA2024 Event Awards Judge:

We are thrilled to have nationally acclaimed artist Lori Putnam as Cape Ann Plein Air’s 2024 distinguished Event Awards Judge. Lori’s approach? “In a respected Plein Air competition such as Cape Ann Plein Air, it is assumed that participating artists will possess a high-level of facility and work confidently in their chosen medium. Good basics such as drawing skills, color harmony, and design are the first three indicators that a painting deserves a closer look. Edges, texture, line, and tone, as each relates to the artist’s chosen style, have to be examined. At that point, what bubbles to the top will be those paintings in which the artist demonstrates mastery. Next, I turn to what the organizer’s mission is in having the festival in the first place. From the CAPA website, “We share a common vision of celebrating the beauty and diversity of our surroundings through art. Plein air painting is all about artists interpreting their immediate environment, capturing the light, colors, and atmosphere of a place.” Finally I come to the hardest part, selecting the best of the best, and narrowing down the top 30 to the top 20, then 10, and so on. For that, I look for the one thing that is most important to me, the artist’s visual statement. That is, do I “see” the artist’s vision for the painting? Is what they wanted to say being said loud and clear? Were they creative in how they presented the subject? Does the work grab attention immediately and leave me wanting to examine it again and again and again? “


Anticipated Awards: and more; these vary and are subject to change

 1st Place $6000 (plus entry into CAPA25)

 2nd Place $4000 (plus entry into CAPA25)

 3rd Place $2000 (plus entry into CAPA25)

Greg LaRock Memorial Artist Choice $1,000 (plus entry into CAPA25)

Best Cape Ann Abstract $1,000

Best Americana $500

Best Use of Perspective $500

Best Seascape $500

Best Nocturne $500

Best Marine $500

Best Maritime Activity $500

Best Working Waterfront $500

2024 CAPA TENTATIVE Calendar: Event week details subject to change

Apr 1 - Submit works online DEADLINE. $50 entry fee must be made in full! Entry fees are non-refundable.

Mid-April - Email notifications and posting to CAPA website and social media

Sat Oct 5, 8am-7pm: All day registration and substrate stamping. Bring one plein air painting not to exceed 10X12” excluding frame, for display for the week of CAPA2024

Sat, Oct 5, 7pm: All artist welcome and meeting

Oct 5-10: Artists paint en plein air in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Ipswich

Thur Oct 10: Drop off mandatory 3 paintings for awards consideration (and sale). Up to 5additional paintings may be entered for sale. Each image size excluding frame not to exceed 480 square inches.

Fri Oct 11, 2023: Awards Gala Mandatory

Sat Oct 12: Quick Draw Mandatory, Gala Gallery sales 

Sun Oct 13: Gallery walks, round-table talks, etc. Gallery closes at 3PM. Your art must remain hanging for the duration of the show

Special events, demos, workshops: details to be announced on our full calendar at There are optional dinners and other special events planned throughout the week. Artist participation in events is strongly encouraged.

General Regulations:

Participation in the Meet the Artists Reception, Quick Draw and Awards Gala is required. We require that you stay for the duration of the event, Oct 5-13, 2024. Paintings may not be removed from the Gala space until Sunday at 3PM.

Artwork submitted for exhibit and awards must have been created en plein air, within the five greater Cape Ann communities, and without the benefit of photography between Oct 5 and Oct 12, 2024.

The mediums of oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and pastel are acceptable for this event.

Artists are responsible for framing all submitted artwork and bringing it to the display location.  Frames must be in good condition, wired in the upper third of the frame and completely ready for hanging. No saw-tooth hangers. All works on paper must be protected. White or off-white mats are recommended.

All paintings must have the Cape Ann Plein Air 2024 stamp on the substrate.

All exhibited artwork must be for sale. Artists set their own prices. Negotiation on prices once paintings are hung is prohibited.

All sales transactions are processed by Cape Ann Plein Air.

A 40% commission on all sales is retained to support CAPA with a portion to be donated to Cape Ann Art Haven for support of aspiring artist students.

Unsold paintings are the responsibility of the artist.

Questions? Contact:

Susan Gould Coviello



For help with your entries, contact or 888-666-1351




REGARDING JURY NOTIFICATIONS: Notifications are sent through ConstantContact from To ensure receipt of this notification, please add to your contact list, or safe senders list. 

On the day of notification, you can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from Constant Contact, that will state the same.

1. Go to and log in using your email address and password. 

2. Right above where you just logged in, click "Your Artist Profile." You are now in your account! 

3. At the bottom of your screen under "List of shows that jury by artists' work as a whole (like a Plein Air show)," you will see the show name and to the right of it you will see your jury results. It will say either, "You were accepted, click to read the letter," or "You were not accepted, click to read the letter," or "You were accepted as an Alternate, click to read the letter." 

4. While you are in your account on, click "Personal Info" and make sure your name, address, phone number, and email address are up-to-date. 

NOTE: Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety. Most acceptance letters will ask you to RSVP or will have special instructions you must follow. 


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