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Capitola Plein Air 2018

 Capitola Plein Air returns for the fourth annual art festival November 1-4, 2018!

This fall, forty professional artists will arrive in Capitola to paint the town…literally! It’s Capitola Plein Air 2018, back for its fourth year! Artist set up their easels on the wharf, shore, and streets of our beautiful town, to paint live for three days. You’ll find hundreds of paintings on display, for sale, and entered into competition on Sunday, November 4th, when you can take home a piece of Capitola culture, vote for your favorites for the People’s Choice Award, have a delicious meal from the food truck, or get creative and make some art yourself!

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Want to make art too? Check out this slideshow posted last year by our talented arts educator, Linda Cover, then join us on exhibition day to make your own masterpiece!

Enjoy this  photo gallery of our wonderful artists in action — and a few photos from the exhibition day…

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Meet our Judge, Terri Ford

Lily Pads sur Ciel Bleu, by Terri Ford. 4th Place Award, Pastel Journal Pastel 100 Landscape Division and Honorable Mention at IAPS 32nd Exhibition

A native Californian and alumnus of the Academy of Art College, Terri realized a deep connection with pastels in 1987 and has worked with them ever since, both in the studio and en plein air.  Her paintings are representational,  with some more impressionistic and others more realistic.  Read more…

To see Terri’s work, go to her website.



 Congratulations to all the 2017 ribbon winners!
Judge: Laurie Kersey

FIRST PLACE ($1500 Purchase Prize)

  • Wendy Brayton, Morning Commute, oil, 24×24

SECOND PLACE ($800 Purchase Prize)

  • Barbara Tapp, The Spirit of Capitola, watercolor, 7×7

ARTISTS’ CHOICE ($350 Prize)

  • Heather Ihn Martin, Peeking Thru the Sandbar, gouache, 9×12

PEOPLE’S CHOICE ($350 Prize)

  • Cleo Vilett, The Venetian, oil, 12×12


Rich Brimer, Little Tikes Rose Garden, oil, 6×8
Sergio Lopez, Jacks Place, oil, 11×14
Suzi Marquess Long , Surf Jetty, pastel, 9×12
Anette Power, Arriving in Style, oil, 16×20
Heather Ihn Martin, Peeking Thru the Sandbar, gouache, 9×12
Paul Rickard, Eucalyptus Row New Brighton, watercolor, 10×22
Randall Stauss, The Yellow House, oil, 9×12
Nancy Takaichi, Crimson and Grey, oil, 12×12
Barbara Tapp, Morning Fishing at Capitola Beach, watercolor, 7×15
Cleo Vilett, Big Red, oil, 12×9

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