October 8-16, 2017


The first annual Cape Ann Plein Air festival celebrates the region’s rich and storied tradition of painting outdoors, throughout all four of our waterfront communities. This weeklong festival will enrich and expand the plein air tradition while helping artists sell their newly inspired work. Join us this fall, when the Cape Ann light is at its best, and the focus will be on artists at work and the connoisseurs of their finest work made en plein air.

Up to 40 juried professional plein air artists will paint throughout Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-sea for six days, while special events in true Cape Ann style provoke, entertain, and enlighten!