Information for Participating Artists 2015

Welcome artists! Here’s a bit of information…

Plein Air Call for Artists at 300 dpi

The rules are pretty simple.

All works must be no larger than 18×24, though there is no minimum size specified. They may be of any medium.  All entries must be painted outdoors, in Capitola, during the hours of 8:30-6 on (Friday and) Saturday. Finishing touches Sunday morning are optional.

Artists are required to paint from 10-2 on November 7th, but may also choose to paint as early as 8:30 on Friday, November 6.

When you check in on the painting days, we will stamp your canvas and give you an event name tag.  Only stamped works created during the event will be accepted into competition. You may stamp as many blanks as you think you can paint during the weekend, but only one entry will be accepted into the juried competition per entrant.

All sales are commission free! Any registered artists may sell their artwork at their painting site, if desired, in addition to the official exhibition and sale on Sunday, however, space is limited to 32 selling artists at the exhibition.  The display wall for each artists is 2′ x 6′.  Artists retain 100% of sale price, and are responsible for all transactions, record keeping and  sales tax.

You may paint anywhere within the city limits of Capitola. But we do have some suggestions! Try the cliff along Depot Hill, the seawall or jetty at the Esplanade, New Brighton Beach, Park Avenue, along the river, in the village, on any of the quaint streets scattered through our neighborhoods. Find a quiet spot or a friend’s yard if you prefer not to interact with the public while you paint.  Otherwise, expect curious onlookers while you work.

Paintings entered into competition must be complete and displayed at the appointed location on the artist’s easel by noon on Sunday, November 8.

NOTE: In case of rain, Sunday, November 8 activities will be held at the Capitola Community Center at Jade Street Park (4400 Jade St, Capitola, CA 95010), but the schedule remains the same. 

Friday, November 6

Optional painting day.  Registration begins at 8:30 am.

Saturday, November 7

8:00 am – 6 pm: Artists register, have canvases stamped, and paint around Capitola Village, Esplanade, Depot Hill, and the Jewel Box.

Sunday, November 8

8:30 am – 11 am: Artists may continue painting around Capitola, if desired.
12 -1 pm: Artists set up and display works for sale at Esplanade Park, and deliver their official entry to the bandstand, displayed on their own easel.
12-2 pm: Art sales begin in Esplanade Park while the judging of entries is happening at the bandstand. Free family art-making booth and live music begin!
2-3 pm: Judge and curator Susan Hillhouse Leask will give her presentation: “A History of Plein Air and How I Judge a Painting in the Open Air.”
3 pm: Prizes awarded!
3-6 pm: Live music, family art-making, and fine art sales continue.

Space is limited for artists who wish to sell their work.  The display wall for selling artists is 2′ x 6′. There is no additional fee or commission for artists who sell their work.  Artists retain 100% of sale price, and are responsible for collecting payment, and sales tax.

Professional Division Prizes
~1st Place: winning entry will be purchased for $1500, added to the City’s public art collection, and may be featured in subsequent promotion for the event.
~2nd Place: winning entry will be purchased for $750, and added to the City’s public art collection.

Amateur Division Prizes
~$100 cash for the winning entry.
~Other ribbons will also be awarded.

All canvases entered into professional and amateur division competition/exhibition must be stamped prior to painting. Stamping locations will be made available after all artists are registered for competition.

Registration extended through November 4, and is administered by

~Professional registration fee is $45.
~Amateur registration fee is $25.

For artists travelling from other areas, lodging information can be found here.