October 30—November 3, 2019   

About Capitola Plein Air


The City of Capitola Art & Cultural Commission is delighted to host the fifth annual Capitola Plein Air, juried art competition, exhibition, and sale. It is a FREE event, with hands-on art-making for all visitors, live music, and forty local and regional artists selling their works and competing for the top prize.

Dozens of professional artists will paint en plein air in varied mediums, outdoors, throughout Capitola, at locations including New Brighton Beach, Depot Hill, the Esplanade, and the Jewel Box. The public is invited to view those artists in action, from 10:00AM—2:00PM on Saturday, November 2nd. In addition, we will be having a voluntary Quick Draw and Art Sale from 1:00–4:00PM, at Esplanade Park. Watch artists paint during a timed Quick Draw! Paintings will be displayed and for sale. Enjoy live music by Alex Lucero.

The Exhibition and Art Sale is on Sunday, November 3rd, from 11:00AM—4:00PM, at New Brighton Middle School Performing Arts Center (250 Washburn Ave.), more than 100 framed paintings will be on display for the competition, exhibition and sale. The public is invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award and enjoy the exhibition, live music by Acoustic Madness, and hands-on art making with Linda Cover of Watershed Arts. Local food truck will be on hand for hungry visitors.

The best in show will be purchased for $1,500, and displayed as part of the City of Capitola’s public art collection. An $800 second place prize and other ribbons will be awarded.

Art sales benefit SPECTRA and arts education in The Soquel Union School District.

This event is FREE to the public. All are welcome! (But, please bring a checkbook to collect a piece of Capitola Art and Culture!)

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Thank you sponsors!