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Capitola Art and Cultural Commission
Capitola Plein Air 2016

 Judge: Kevin Courter


Entry Deadline:  August 31, 2016, 11:59 p.m. PST

Welcome to Capitola Art & Cultural Commission's second annual Capitola Plein Air juried competition, exhibition and sale!  We are delighted to invite you to register for the chance to paint en plein air all around Capitola November 2nd-5th, 2016, and compete for the blue ribbon on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

The Capitola Art & Cultural Commission brings a diverse and delightful collection of the arts into the lives of all local residents! This event, the second in an annual tradition, is an incredibly rich opportunity for that!

Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

For best results, make sure your image is at least 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  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 email or call 949-287-8645.

Professional Division:  $45 for 3 entries.
Amateur Division:  $30 for 3 entries.  Amateurs are artists who have earned less than $500 from the sale of artworks in their lifetime.

1.    You may paint any subject from any location, outdoors, with Capitola city limits (We do prefer that the subject also be of or in, Capitola.)

2.    All entries into competition must be painted outdoors, within these hours:
       •    Sunrise on Wednesday, November 2nd to sundown, Saturday, November 5th.
       •    Saturday, November 5th  is a MANDATORY painting day,  10am-2 pm.

3. Works in any medium are welcome in the competition and exhibition/sale on Sunday.

4. All works competing in the professional division must be signed, framed and wired, with a maximum, unframed canvas size of 24x24. Artists working in oils are encouraged to utilize floater frames as needed. No sawtooth hangers, please. NOTE: The display area allotted to each artist is 36"x72." Framed works must not extend beyond the edges of the display area.

5. All works displayed must have been painted during the event.

6. Amateur division artists will follow the same guidelines as professionals, but will display one or two framed paintings on their own easel. Amateurs are defined as artists who have earned less than $500 from the sale of artworks in their lifetime.  Professional artist may not compete in the amateur category. Amateurs may sell their work, but will not be allowed to compete as amateurs in subsequent years.

7. The registration process is juried, and artists work will be reviewed to confirm professional/amateur status.

8. Artists may paint anywhere within the city limits of Capitola.

9. When you check in on the painting days, we will stamp your canvas and give you an event name tag.  Only stamped works created during the event will be accepted into competition and exhibition. You may stamp as many blanks as you think you will paint during the weekend, but only a maximum of three entries will be accepted into the competition, per entrant.

10. All paintings displayed will be considered part of competition. They must be completed, framed, signed, and displayed at the panel provided by 10 AM on Sunday, November 6.

PRIZES:  Professional Division
1st Place: winning entry will be purchased for $1,500, added to the City's public art collection, and may be featured in subsequent promotion for the event.
2nd Place: winning entry will be purchased for $800, and added to the City's public art collection.
3rd Place: Ribbon and gift basket
Honorable Mentions: Ribbon only
People Choice and others: TBD

PRIZES:  Amateur Division
1st place: $100 cash for the winning entry.
Honorable Mention: ribbon only

Note to all professional and amateur artists: By participating in the competition, you give your permission for the city to use images of you or your work in promotion of this or subsequent Commission or City events. 

1.    The commission on sales is 30%, with artists retaining 70% of sale price.
2.    Artists are responsible for all transactions, record keeping, and sales tax, and commissions will be payable at the close of the exhibition.
3.    Any artist registered in the professional division may sell their works, provided they were painted during the course of the event. Artists may also sell artwork at their painting site, and will be subject to the 30% commission. Please be honorable about sales made on painting days.
4.    The display wall for each artist at the sale is 3' x 6'.  All works displayed at Sunday's sale must be framed, and must not extend beyond the edges of the display area.
5.    All paintings on display must be available for purchase


5 - 7 pm Check in, Canvas Stamping, and Artist Social, location TBD
•    Check in, pick up your name tag, and we will stamp your canvas(es).
•    We would like to know where you think you might be painting.  
•    This is your opportunity to meet the other artists, set up carpools and group painting plans, or talk to others about ideal painting locations.
•    A light supper is provided.

•    Painting begins at sunrise on Wednesday.
•    Welcome Table, canvas stamping, and snacks available 9-10:30 am at Pacific Gallery, 321 Capitola Ave. (831) 476- 3855
•    After 10 am, Pacific Gallery will be open to the public, so you may need to wait if the owner, Joyce, is helping customers. Please be patient.
•    Metered parking is on the street right in front of the Pacific Gallery, or limited free parking available at City Hall, one block north.

•    Media Day! To participate, set up your easels on the wharf, or at the Esplanade 8-11 AM

This is a mandatory painting day.
8:30-2pm Check in and Canvas Stamping
•    Welcome Table location TBD (look for our balloons).
Please check in even if you don’t need any more canvases stamped.  We would like to know where you think you might be painting.
Painting time is complete at sundown, Saturday.

8:30 - 10 am:  Artists check in, set up and display works for sale at New Brighton Middle School Performing Arts Center. You may enter up to three finished pieces for judging.
10-11:00 am: Judging
11:00 Doors open to the public, art sales and pop up art-making begin.
12 pm: Award ceremony begins.
12:30-4 pm: Jazz ensemble performs live, while pop up art-making and fine art sales continue. Artists or their proxy must be present to make sales. Capitola Plein Air is not responsible for sales. A bag lunch will be provided to facilitate your presence at the event.
4-5 pm: Artists load out unsold works and pay commissions with a check, made out to "Friends of the CACC."

IMPORTANT NOTE: While we wish we could provide alternate transportation solutions for artists, at this time we have no shuttles, or carpools arranged for the event. Artists are responsible for all transportation, movement of supplies and artworks, and parking.
•    On exhibition day, plenty of parking is available at New Brighton Middle School Performing Arts Center. Volunteers will be nearby to help out with unloading on exhibition day, but having a helper with you is not a bad idea.
As for parking on painting days:
•    Capitola recently added more than 220 parking spaces in the new Beach and Village Parking Lot 2 (lower), located behind City Hall at 420 Capitola Avenue.  Access to Beach and Village Parking Lots 1 & 2 (Upper and Lower) is on Capitola Avenue, Bay Avenue and Monterey Avenue.
•    Long term parking (up to 12-hour) is available a 10-minute walk away from the event site, at the Beach and Village Parking Lots 1 & 2 (Upper and Lower) and on Cliff Drive west of the Village. On Saturday and Sunday, professional division artists may pick up free parking passes at the hospitality table. The passes are valid only at the Beach and Village Parking Lots 1&2.  All other times and locations, plan on paying for parking at the pay stations. The rate for these spaces is up to $1.00 per hour.
•    Parking spaces in the Village area is limited to three-hour stays at a rate of $1.50 an hour.  Vehicles may be cited if they remain in the same space longer than three hours, regardless of payment for more time.  Vehicles must be moved to another space every three hours.
•    Seasonal residential parking enforcement ended September 20th, so free parking will also be available in many neighborhoods surrounding the village. Please be respectful of residents.
•    The pay stations accept cash ($1.00 & $2.00 Bills Only), debit cards and credit cards, and operate everyday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lodging with host families for our out-of-town artists are not guaranteed. Reduced hotel rates with event partners will be made available.


The Capitola Art and Cultural Commission also produces other cultural events, such as the Twilight Concerts, Summer Movies at the Beach, and the Art & Music at the Beach Series. They instigate the call for all new works in the City's Public Art Collection, and recently released a free iOS app that provides information about local historic sites and public art, the "Capitola Self-Guided Tour of Public Art and Historic Sites," available at the Apple app store.  More info at 30T

Still have questions? Need help? Get in touch with us.

Capitola Art & Cultural Commission Plein Air Committee
Jenny Shelton
Event Chair
See our website for additional info, including email signup for this or future events.

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