Plein-Air Art Contest

Contest Information:

The plein air artists will be painting from noontime  Saturday until around 2PM Sunday the 28th along Marginal Way.  This will allow time for their paintings to be framed, on easels, and exhibited at the Beachmere Inn no later than 3PM on the day of the event.  The artists will be available at the Beachmere during the event to sell their paintings and speak with guests about their work.

Participating Artists:

Frank M. Constantino
Kathy Morrissey
Mary Byrom
Carol L. Douglas
John S. Caggiano

Photo of Frank M. Constantino, WatercoloristFrank M. Constantino:

An award-winning architectural illustrator for over forty years in his hometown of Winthrop MA, Frank is the founder of an international illustration group, the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He is also an accomplished watercolor painter; not only providing his national clientele of architects with striking illustrations of projects around the world, but also paintings of urban scenes, seascapes, wildlife, and portraits in a direct, alla prima or plein air colorist style.

Frank is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society (N.E.W.S.) Boston, and the North East Watercolor Society, NY, and elected member of the Salmagundi Club of New York. He is also longstanding member and supporter of local Art Associations, where he exhibits annually. Frank is also represented in numerous galleries, and many collectors have acquired his distinctive watercolors.

Frank helped found and participated in the Plein Air Vermont (PAVT) competition. He has been selected and won awards in Plein Air Easton in MD, the Cranford, NJ Plein Air Festival, the Castine Plein Air Festival, ME, and Glynn Arts Association Plein Air Affair, GA. Invited by Plein Air magazine, Frank was a demo artist and field instructor for the Plein Air Conference & Expo in Monterey, CA. He was also the
Juror of Selection for the Ocean Park Plein Air Event in Maine, and Juror for the Art Association of Nantucket Plein Air Festival, and has served as Juror for many local art associations over the years.

He is also an invited artist and exhibitor at the Mayor’s Rose Garden annual fundraiser for the City of Boston, and is regularly invited by many groups for his lively, informative demos. He has received commissions from The Esplanade Association to depict Boston’s scenic parklands, the Bostonian Society for the historic Old State House, and Boston University, among others. He has an ongoing association with Boston’s Charles River Conservancy, and paints river scenes to help promote their conservation programs. He has been commissioned for portraits, homes, weddings, and other special projects for his expanding clientele.

He is continually inspired by the effortless, masterful works of watercolorists from many eras and cultures, particularly Sargent, Homer, Turner, Prendergast, Wyeth, Hiroshi, Zorn and fellow Winthrop native John Whorf. His versatile painting style has developed in seminars with notable artists, authors and friends Charles Reid, Jeanne Dobie, Don Andrews, and Carleton Plummer. Frank enjoys the fluid challenge of the watercolor medium and the rich, luminous qualities that can be achieved in a successful piece.

“My paintings capture an unusual view of the everyday, those flash moments that transforms the ordinary into impressions that emerge almost on their own. The clarity of that vision helps isolate my subjects and allow me to focus on a beautiful glimpse of light and life. In attempting to capture light’s fleeting effects with various color palettes, I always experiment with ways to achieve spontaneity, freshness and vibrancy.

Watercolor is a most responsive medium for the gestural, expressive style of painting that I prefer for exploring these color effects.”

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Kathy MorrisseyKathy Morrissey

Originally trained as a graphic artist and illustrator, Kathy eventually turned to fine art and specifically oil painting. Both a plein air and a studio painter she has studied extensively at the museum level and has taken various workshops with master artists in the United States and Europe. Recently she has spent time painting and being influenced by great art in France, Italy and Mexico. Locally, Kathy can be seen behind her easel painting coastal scenes and people from Portsmouth NH to Monhegan Island, Maine. Her work is easily recognizable by her use of a rich and vibrant color palette and unique design sense. Kathy’s work expresses a sense of the joy of color and light in everyday scenes.


BOSTON GUILD OF ARTSTS, 162 Newbury St. Boston, JURIED NE REPRESENTATIONAL SHOW, 2010, 2011, 2013,2015

CORTILE GALLERY, 230 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA 2013 – current

KENNEDY GALLERY, 41 Market St. Portsmouth, NH 2015 –  current

Gallery at 100 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH, juried, Best In Show 2012 

Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA juried member, juried show and honorable mention 2011

Wentworth Coolidge Center for the Arts, invited artsts show and plein air event 2011,2012,2013

Oil Painters of America juried member 2010, 2011

NH Art Association, juried member, Levey Gallery,

Village Gallery,York ,Maine, current

Musuem of Russian Art, Clinton MA, juried, Best In Show Award, 2010

Kennebunk River Club juried show 2009 , 2010, 2011 honorable mention award

River Tree Arts Kennebunk, ME juried shows

The Banks Gallery Portsmouth, NH 2007-current

NH Art Association Art in the Park 2009 1st Place Award

N.W.Barrett Gallery Portsmouth, NH two person show 2006

River Tree Arts Kennebunk Me three person show 2008

 The Danforth Museum Framingham MA, juried show2004

York Art Association juried shows


Monhegan Island Light, Blue Tree Publishing

American Art Collector Magazine, 2011

 by appointment or chance at my studio:

Wentworth Dennett Studios

78 Government Street

Kittery, Maine

 508 450 9195


facebook: kathymorrisseyart


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YOU HAVE A JOURNEY – That brought you here today to read these words.  Your love of art, culture, nature and beauty might be guiding you . These are also things that are important in my life and here is the short story of how I got here today… As a child I was always drawing, painting or making something. I was 6 years old when I received my first oil paint set. In college my focus was botanical illustration. In my twenties I was a clothing and textile designer.  In my thirties I was hit by a car while waiting to cross a street. Everything in my entire life came to a sudden stop.  I lost my “normal life” while I immersed myself in physical therapy to heal my badly damaged body.  After 10 years of disability I was fortunate to discover a wonderful spiritual practice that helped me fully recover and return to perfect health. When I could finally walk easily again I went outdoors into nature, the place I missed so much for all those years.  I hiked out into wild, natural places to experience the  beauty. An artist friend suggested we go out to paint en plein air. This was the beginning of my new life as a landscape painter.

I HOPE TO INSPIRE YOU – I believe that a painting can offer you joy and delight your senses. I believe that a painting can transport you to another place and time.  Paintings of wild places capture the beauty and soul of nature.  I believe a painting you love will enhance your life now and for years to come.

STAY IN TOUCH – I’d love to share with you the uplifting moments of the journey as it unfolds.  Sign up for my blog and newsletter posts here.

FOR YOU –  You deserve  beauty and peace in your life. Let me help you create islands of grace in your life where uplifting visions support you in your own journey. Click here for the beauty of  Sky, Water and Land.

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Carol L. Douglas

Carol Douglas has recently relocated her teaching studio to Rockport after several seasons teaching and working in mid-coast Maine.

She has taught workshops in Maine, New Mexico, and New York, and shown in galleries across the United States. She studied with Nicki Orbach, Cornelia Foss, and Joseph Peller at Art Students League and in workshops with Steven Assael and Albert Handell/Anita West.

She will be teaching at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia in August, 2016.

Represented by
Camden Falls Gallery, Camden, ME
Tidemark Gallery, Waldoboro, ME

Recent solo and duo shows
“Below the Waterline: Seven Weeks at the Shipyard,” Camden Falls Gallery, June-July 2016
“Intersections of Form, Time, Color and Space,” duo show with Stu Chait, RIT’s Dyer Arts Center, July, 2014
“God + Man: Paintings by Carol L. Douglas,” Davison Gallery, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY March/April 2014; reprised at Aviv! Gallery, 321 East Avenue, Rochester, June, 2014.
“Selected landscape paintings,” Solo show, VB Brewery, Victor, NY, March and April 2014,
“Sea and Sky: A personal journey. Selected works by Carol Douglas, Lakewatch Manor’s Artist of the Year”—July 24-October 18, 2013
“Imperfection: Only God can make a tree.” Solo show, Gallery Salon and Spa,
September and October, 2012
“Across Time and Distance,” December, 2011. Chait Gallery, Rochester, NY (show of students’ work)
“Memes & Themes,” October, 2011, Chait Gallery, Rochester, NY (solo, small still lives based on internet memes)
Featured Artist, Irondequoit Inn, Piseco, NY, summer, 2011
(solo show of plein air work done primarily in Adirondacks)
Solo show, May, 2011, The Cobblestone Gallery, Mendon, NY
Riverwinds Gallery, Beacon, NY, May, 2008 (duo with Shelli Ardizzone)
Aviv Gallery, Rochester, NY, November, 2009 (duo with Tony Dungan, mainly figure)
Redfish Gallery, East Aurora, NY, February, 2007 (solo, mix of figure and landscape)
Century Club, Rochester, NY. February, 2006 (solo, mix of figure and landscape)
American Association of University Women, February, 2005 (solo, mix of figure and landscape)

Select juried and invitational shows
“1st annual Art in the Park,” Ocean Park, ME, July, 2016
“Plein Air Painters of Maine group exhibition,” May-June, 2016; University of Maine Presque Isle
Roberts Wesleyan College, “Objects of Grace,” March, 2015
Camden Falls Gallery, “Camden Plein Air,” 2013, 2014
Castine Arts Association, “Castine Plein Air,” 2013-2016
Rye Arts Center “Painters on Location,” 2006-2015
Rye Arts Center “Vacation Locations” September 2011
Clothesline Art Festival, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, 2003-2009
American Landscapes 2004; Maryland Federation of Art
44th and 49th Annual Chautauqua National Exhibitions
Red Dot Exhibition, 2004, Art Students League

Public collections
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Rochester, NY: A Child Walks with Jesus—A Lenten Pilgrimage, (pastel, 16 stations)
Assumption of Joseph (oil on canvas)

A Child Walks With Jesus, 16 ppg. St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 2001
Even From Far Away, 22 ppg. oil on clayboard, 1998

Former Chair: New York Plein Air Painters, 2007, also signature member.

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John Caggiano Photo 1 IMG_0625John S. Caggiano

John Caggiano was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he studied pre-engineering at Brooklyn Technical High School. He received a BA degree from Brooklyn College and an MFA from Pratt Institute, both with honors. His education was supplemented by courses at The Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City.

He relocated to Rockport, Massachusetts in 1980, drawn to the physical beauty and unique quality of Cape Ann’s light. Aside from participating in up to twelve juried plein air events a year, he travels extensively, both here and abroad, painting on location. This plein aire approach enables him to capture the essence of the time and place that he interprets into his bright and colorful “Impressionistic-realism” style. The work is further enhanced by his daring use of a palette knife, enhancing the effects of his brushwork. “Painting for me is the bold and dynamic use of color that infuses life into the subject of the painting. Color is the lifeblood of the painting. Nothing stimulates more than its pleasing harmony, whether strongly applied or toned and tranquil.”

John loves the sea. He has always lived near it and feels withdrawal symptoms when away from it on his landlocked painting trips. Although he’s been on an occasional sailing trip, his most intimate experience with Neptune has been as a crew member on a commercial purse-seiner in his youth. He is now more than satisfied to have his feet firmly anchored on dry land, recording the seafaring activities of others with brushes and paint.

An artist member of many organizations, Mr. Caggiano has served as President of the Rockport Art Association, and had been a member of its Board of Governors for sixteen years. Both he and his award-winning paintings have made appearances on nationwide television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, on It’s All About the Arts, WBNN’s Boston channel and on international TV, Televisione Italiana- RAI. His art has also been featured in and graced the covers of numerous books, magazines and newspapers such as Marine Art: A Gallery of Marine Art, Monhegan: The Artists’ Island, and The Best of Oil Painting among many others. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and on His work is represented in many private and corporate collections as well as galleries across the country. John is a regular exhibitor and elected member of Academic Artists, Hudson Valley Art, Lyme Art, North Shore Arts, Rockport Art – Associations, etc., where he has received such awards as the Bernard Corey Memorial Award, and the Guild of Boston Artists Award, among others. One of John’s paintings won the inaugural purchase prize for the permanent collection of The Bennington Center for the Arts, (VT), and the Best of Show & Alden Bryan Gold Medal in the “Land and Light” show at the Bryan Memorial Gallery, (VT). Most recently, John was awarded the Bryan Memorial Award for Oil Landscape in the Academic Artists Association’s 65th National Exhibition, Grand Prize in “Paint the Town for a Cause” Quick Draw, (Two hours), as well as Third Place Award in the main event of Solomon’s Island Plein Air Festival, (MD), and Third Place Award in the Quick Draw from the nation’s premier event, Easton Plein Air in Easton, Maryland.

John Caggiano has maintained a gallery and studio on Bearskin Neck in Rockport since 1981. He may be found online at and on Facebook.

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