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Cape Ann Plein Air:

Cape Ann Plein Air Gala Awards Ceremony

and Painting Sale

October 9 @6:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Glen MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA atrium and gymnasium

7 Gloucester Crossing Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930

Tickets: $75


Please Note: The festival takes place October 3-11, 2021 with demos, workshops, lectures, dinners and more all week, culminating on Columbus Day at a big wet-paint event with over 125 artists converging at Maritime Gloucester.

Details and event schedule at 

35 Master plein air painters from all over the country spend a week in Cape Ann, painting in Manchester, Essex, Gloucester and Rockport. The artists enter 5 paintings into the competition, vying for more than $20K in awards. Ticketed guests at the Gala are the first to have the opportunity to purchase the art at a catered event at the Glen MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA atrium and gymnasium.

Cape Ann Plein Air was founded in 2016 and today is one of the top five plein air painting events in the country.  Cape Ann is known as the birthplace of plein air (creating an entire painting outdoors) with such well-known American iconic artists as Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Jane Peterson and other notable artists having spent time creating remarkable art here. CAPA is a non-profit 501c-3 and its Board of Directors is representative of Cape Ann Arts organizations and local arts leaders. CAPA was created to promote Cape Ann’s artistic heritage and natural beauty, expand the area’s artistic opportunities and support the creative economy


Collaboration with local businesses ensures that the entire region is represented at the largest Plein Air Event in New England. CAPA gives back to the community through the Cape Ann Community Foundation with a scholarship to a local student for studies in fine arts. CAPA’s 35 artists are nationally recognized painters, juried in from over 200 applicants. The artists are award-winning artists who make plein air painting their life-work.

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