“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."
Featured artist: Mary Lou Correia
Reception:July 14, 3pm - 6pm
Featured artist: Sharon Hind Smith
Christmas Tree goes up
with mini paintings on
Featured artist: Rolando Barrero
Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA. 94510
Phone number: 707-297-5903
August 25 is our 3rd annual Paint Out.
Featured artist: Judy Feins
Benicia Art Walk
Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon
Benicia Art Walk
Featured Artist Susan Johnson
Reception: June 9, 4-6pm
Featured Artist: Iris Sabre
August 2 - September 2
Reception: August 12, 3-5 pm
Paint Out August 25
Featured Artist: Samantha McNally
December 7 The Gallery will be
open till 8 pm for the Benicia Tree
Lighting. Christmas cookies from 6-8!
Original mini painting Christmas tree ornaments available throughout
the month of December displayed on the Gallery Christmas Tree.
Featured artist: Joanne Gustilo
Reception July 14 from 3-6 during the Art Walk
Honoring the Stewardship of the Earth
The Benicia Plein Air Gallery Show will include oil and pastel paintings of Benicia, the greater Bay Area and small paintings of the creatures I met up close and personal while traveling the Amazon and Galapagos.
"Mindful of the changing environment, I relish the little surprises I encounter along the painting way, encouraged to think that maybe my appreciation for painting the living earth might spark joy and appreciation in others.
I venture out with a destination in mind, carrying different sizes of canvases to capture the moment when the sky swirls with organic shaped clouds, or the late light presents a kaleidoscope of colors and shadows.
In Benicia's Matthew Turner cove where I take my Plein air classes I was blessed by bald eagles feeding among the shore birds as I painted. At the foot of Mt Diablo coyotes crossed the path; I am very still and concentrating when painting so I become part of the scene and their sight is a gift for me. I've enjoyed bobcats resting early in the morning on the Mendocino coast, bison in Yellowstone and bears in Yosemite.
It is not just the creatures that thrill me it's the early Almond blossoms blowing in the wind that I try to capture in pastel pigment or oil paint or my water color sketch book on travel trips when there is not time for setting up.
For me the adventure is the process of painting, the meditative absorbing challenge of capturing changing light and the color I see in nature. Painting is my way of cherishing nature. I was out at Larrys produce, Suisun in the Fall painting in the flower fields with a fellow artist and she said, aren't we lucky. “
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato
Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle
August 25, 2018