Welcome to
Capitola Plein Air !

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

Artists, register now. 

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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.

Her work has earned her top awards in many exhibitions at such venues as the National Arts Club in New York,  The Butler Fine Art Museum, The Triton Museum of Art, The Haggin Museum. She has received numerous awards at the Carmel Art Festival Plein Air Event, most recently the Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence and Best Pastel 2015. Ford’s pastels have been featured in American Art Collector, American Artist, The Artists Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and PleinAir, and in several coffee table books, including Art Journal America, Plein Air New Mexico and the French art book “40 Maitres de Pasteles”. Her pastel paintings have gained national and international recognition, as proved by her achievement of Master Circle Stays in the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2007, and her subsequent acceptance of the Eminent Pastelist Award by the same group in 2012. 
Ford is a Master Pastelist with Pastel Society of America and “Distinguished Pastelist” with Pastel Society of the West Coast, and Pastel Society of New Mexico, and an Artist Member of the California Art Club. She was “Invitee de Honor” of the Art du Pastel France in 2017.
She is a popular instructor across the US and abroad and has juried and judged many competitions.


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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