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

July 2018

Featured artist: Mary Lou Correia

Reception: TBA


November 2018

Featured artist: Sharon Hind Smith

Reception: TBA

Christmas Tree goes up

with mini paintings on
November 23

May 2018

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: May 5, 4-6pm

Open Studios

Saturday, May 5, 11-7

Sunday, May 6, 11-5

February 2019

Featured artist: Rolando Barrero

Reception: TBD

Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA. 94510

Phone number: 707-297-5903

August 25 is our 3rd annual Paint Out. 

Go to the 3rd Annual Paint Out Page for registration information

September 2018

Featured artist: Judy Feins

Reception: TBA

Benicia Art Walk

September 8

January 2019

Featured Artist: Susan Street

Reception: TBD

October 2018 

Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon

Reception: TBA

Benicia Art Walk 

October 13

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April 2018

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Reception: April 7 from 3-5pm

The theme is Seascapes

June 2018

Featured Artist Susan Johnson

Reception: June 9, 4-6pm

August 2018

Featured Artist: Iris Sabre

Reception: TBA

Paint Out August 25

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Visitors since September 2017

December 2018

Featured Artist: Samantha McNally

Reception: TBA

December 7 The Gallery will be

 open till 8 pmfor the Benicia Tree

Lighting. Christmas cookies from 6-8!

Original mini painting Christmas tree ornaments available throughout

 the month of Decemberdisplayed on the Gallery Christmas Tree.  

The tree goes up on the day after Thanksgiving. 

April 2019

Featured artist: Joanne Gustilo

Reception: TBA

Catherine Fasciato "Seascapes"

April 5, 2018 through April 29, 2018

RECEPTION: Saturday, April 7, 2018 , 3 to 5 pm

Seascapes by Catherine Fasciato is a selection of plein air works that celebrate the California coastline. Catherine Fasciato loves to paint the ocean, be it along the San Francisco coastline, south to Monterey area or north to Mendocino. The artist’s love of the ocean comes from a childhood in Hong Kong swimming in the sea, and long journeys by ocean liner with nothing to look at, but the sea and the sky.

Fasciato is a member of Arts Benicia, Benicia Plein Air Painters, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters and California Plein Air Painters. Her work can also be seen at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, and Carmel Art Festival.

You're invited to the reception for the artist on Saturday April 7, 3 -5 pm.

March 2019 

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Reception: TBA

June 2019

Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle

Reception: TBD