Benicia Plein Air Gallery

“Plein Air” means “open air” and signifies outdoor painting that captures nature’s light. Plein Air painting became famous in France in the 19th century. The invention of paints in tubes enabled impressionist artists, such as Van Gogh and Monet, to paint outdoors, en plein air.

"Not until the late 1860s, with the work of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro, the leaders of Impressionism, did painting en plein air become more popular. This change came about from 1881, when Monet, in his efforts to capture the true effects of light on the colour of landscape at any given moment, began to carry several canvases at once into the out-of-doors. On each he began a painting of the same subject at a different time of day; on subsequent days, he continued to work on each canvas in succession as the appropriate light appeared." Britannica

May 2017

Featured artist: Susan Johnson

Reception: TBA


April 2017

Featured artist: Dixie Mohan

Reception: TBA

 March 2017

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Reception: TBA

October 2017

Featured artist: Iris Sabre

Reception: TBA

September 2017

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: TBA

November 2016

Featured artist: Samantha McNally

Reception: November 12, 3-5 pm

California, Warm and Cool

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Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA. 94510

December 2016

Group Show Reception: TBA

Smaller works for the holidays.

The Gallery will be open in the evening for the Benicia Tree Lighting on December 2nd, till 8 pm.
Christmas cookies from 6-8!

Original mini paintings as Christmas tree ornaments available throughout the month of December

displayed on the Gallery Christmas tree. 

January 2017

Featured artist: Rolando Barrero

Reception: TBA

February 2017

Featured artist: Terry Hughes

Reception: TBA

July 2017

Featured artist: Mike Dadasovich

Reception: TBA

June 2017

Featured artist: Judy Feins

Reception: TBA

August 2017

Group Show

Reception: TBA

January 2018

Featured Artist: Susan Street

Reception: TBA

Thank you to all the artists who participated in our First Annual Plein Air Paint Out on Saturday, August 27th. Our Photographer, Rolando Barrero's photographs are on the paint out page and our Facebook page, for your enjoyment.

Congratulations to the winners! 

1st Place Cleo Vilett​
2nd Place Nancy Roberts​
3rd Place Clark Mitchell​
Honorable Mention #1 Chris Mangum
Honorable Mention #2 Mark Monsarrat​
Honorable Mention #3 Justin Pastores​

November 2017

Featured Artist: Marshall Lockman

Reception: TBA

Our very own, Catherine Fasciato, is featured on Plein Air Magazine's website this month, in an article about her gorgeous paintings of rocks on the Pacific Coast. Come in to the gallery to see Catherine's wonderful paintings along with 11 other artists' paintings of California scenery. 

Not only one but two! Here's another article featuring Catherine's Tips on Painting Water.

Another of Benicia Plein Air Gallery's Artists, Stephen Berry's work has been published in "The Art of Watercolour". You can buy the 24th issue online.  

Save the date!

August 26, 2017 is the 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out! 

October 1 through 31
Reception: Saturday, October 8

Susan Street is the October Featured Artist at the gallery. "Benicia and Friends", Susan's new work can be seen October 6 through 30th. Join us at the reception and Benicia Art Walk, Saturday, October 8, 3 to 6 pm. This free event features art, food, drink and music in Benicia's historic downtown. Use of the palette knife enhances Street's relaxed style. More paintings can be seen at

December 2017

Group Show

Reception; TBA