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About Us

Learn more about our organization's impact on artists and our community

Our Mission .

Our Mission is to preserve and promote Cape Ann’s legacy as the birthplace of American Plein Air painting, and enhance our local economy. This is made possible through the close collaboration of committed supporters from across the region — businesses, regional arts and cultural organizations, and the Cape Ann communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the Sea — working with CAPA organizers to offer a robust, weeklong program of painting competitions, exhibitions and education.

What is Plein Air?

In the late 1800s, the Plein Air approach was incorporated with the impressionists’ style, and artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Frédéric Bazille began creating their work outdoors.


What We Do?

Recruit and curate a cohort of top-tier artists to gather on Cape Ann, inviting them to take advantage of the natural beauty and long history of outdoor painting alongside Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer.


How We Impact?

Connecting high-quality paintings with collectors in New England and awarding over $100k in prizes since our beginning has worked to support professional artists and infuse Cape Ann with economic impact.

For Visitors .

Find out why artists from around the world are drawn to America’s oldest sea port. Stroll through artist galleries and studios nestled on the Atlantic. Grab lunch on the water overlooking a working fishing harbor. Experience arts and culture at one of the world-class museums, theater, or heritage center. Venues offer a calendar of special events and daytime galleries perfect for a casual visit or an overnight stay.

For Collectors .

Many paintings will be available for sale during the full duration of the competition and festival. Selected works will be shown and available for sale during the Gala Reception and Awards Presentation, at the conclusion of the competition. This is your chance to purchase works by some of the top names in contemporary painting.

Leadership .

Staff & Board of Directors

Susan Coviello, Executive Director

Mike Storella, President

Pat Alto, Board of Directors

Beth Buckingham, Board of Directors

James Caviston, Board of Directors

Christopher Griffith, Board of Directors

Ken Riehl, Board of Directors

Karen Berger, Advisory Board

John Caggiano, Advisory Board

Susan Crown, Advisory Board


33 Commercial St., Gloucester MA 01930




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