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Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival

June 17

$40 – $90

The Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival is an annual one-day event that takes place on the Elizabethan Island (Gosnold) on the third Saturday in June.

The CPAF is limited to 60 artists, and the cost to participate is $90 per person. This fee covers registration, ferry travel with cargo transport via M/V Cuttyhunk Ferry, and a box lunch. The cost to Cuttyhunk residents, or those who do not need a day-of ferry ticket, is $40.

On the day of the festival, artists will travel from State Pier 3 in New Bedford, where registration packets and ferry tickets are distributed (9 a.m. departure), to Cuttyhunk (10 a.m. arrival). There they will check in and collect their box lunches, and volunteer “island ambassadors” will greet painters and deliver them to various locations across the island. Artists will wrap up around 2:30 p.m. to be ready for pickup (or can walk back), and they may submit paintings for jurying by 2:45 p.m.

Artists will enjoy a brief reception after jurors have had a chance to select first, second, third place, and purchase prizes. Islanders and visitors may also purchase art directly from the artists.

Finally, artists will depart on the Cuttyhunk Ferry at 4:00 p.m. to return to New Bedford. (This is an approximate schedule, as ferry departure time is subject to change.) To learn more and register, visit Please send questions to


June 17
$40 – $90
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Marion Art Center


State Pier
49 State Pier
New Bedford, MA United States
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