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 Capitola Plein Air will return for the fifth annual art festival Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2019!

Artist Registration begins June 1, 2019

Congratulations to all of last year’s artists! Judge Dug Waggoner (substitute for originally scheduled judge, Terri Ford) awarded the following ribbons at the 2018 event:

First Place:  Wendy Brayton, Good Morning Capitola, 20×20, oil

Second Place: Scott Hamill, Jacks Place, Pleasure Point, 18×24, oil

Honorable Mention

Durre Waseem, With My Morning Coffee, 12×16, oil
David Savellano, Uniquely Capitola, 12×18, watercolor
Robin Berry, Mellow Yellow, watercolor
Cleo Vilett, Morning Tribute, 12×16, oil
Paul Rickard, Morning at New Brighton, 14 1/2 x 18 1/2, watercolor
Suzi Marquess Long, From the Sandbar, 12×9, pastel
Sandra Cherk, Bridges, 12×18, pastel
Justin Owens, Morning View of Opal Cliff, 8×10, oil
Wendy Brayton, After Hours, 12×24, oil
Chris Potter, New Brighton Cliffs, 12×16, oil
Mark Monsarrat, Under the Wharf, 16×20, oil
Ellen Howard, Bikini Girls, 8×8, oil

The following awards were not awarded by the judge, but by the artists, attendees, and community organizations.

Artists’ Choice: Durre Waseem, A Charm Through the Trestles, 14×18, oil

People’s Choice: Cleo Vilett, Morning Tribute, 12×16, oil

Community Awards –
Capitola Village and Wharf Business Improvement Association: Cleo Vilett
Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce: David Savellano

EXHIBITION, COMPETITION & SALE: Sunday November 4th, 11 am – 4 pm, at New Brighton Middle School Performing Arts Center, 250 Washburn Ave.

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!

Follow Capitola Plein Air on Facebook to stay in the loop.

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

The community also sponsored awards, including the Capitola Soquel Chamber of Commerce award, taken by Franklin Lei; the Capitola Village and Wharf Business Improvement Association award, given to Charles Prentiss; Local Santa Cruz award taken by Julia Munger Seelos; Scott Hamill took the Santa Cruz County Association of Realtors award; and Suzi Marquess Long taking the Times Publishing Group award.

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