Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA 94510

(707) 771-6166

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We are open:

Fri - Sun, 11 am to 5 pmAnd by appointment

Benicia Plein Air Gallery presents a year-round exhibit of work by all of our gallery artists showcasing a colorful variety of media and styles.

Drop by to see what's new! 

March Featured Artist

Carol Tarzier

"California Colors"

Mar 3-26











Rodeo Beach Cliffs

24x30 Oil on Canvas


Carol Tarzier's paintings focus on light: through the clouds, reflections on water, and on metal, glass, fruit and flowers. Her paintings feature the beautiful California coastline and the East Bay hills behind her home. Color, value and composition bring vibrancy to her still lifes. Her Featured Artist show includes both Still Life miniatures from the January Daily Painting event and California landscapes.


The show runs Friday March 3rd through Saturday March 31st. Carol will be at the Gallery to greet visitors and friends Sunday March 5th, Sunday March 12th, and the weekend of March 25th - 26th



Member News
While you're here, don't forget to check out our FRESH WORKS PAGE!

It's reformatted as a better virtual showcase for paintings that are new, excite us,
 have accompanying stories, represent favorite locations or themes. 

Click on the Fresh Works Tab in the Headings at the top of this page to take a look! 
Iris Sabre
Karen has been juried into Art About Agriculture at the Santa Paula Museum, 117 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA. The exhibition will run from November 12 – March 5, 2023.

Karen Leoni

Catherine Fasciato

A Warm Welcome to New Member:

Alexandra Connor!

Well Bred
16x20 Oil on linen


Painting en plein air in the time of Covid!

Click the link below (the 1st photo) to check out a CNN video on the subject, starring a few of our members out enjoying their craft with masks, social distancing and panache! 

Carol Tarzier

Catherine Fasciato's "Tidal Dance" has been juried into the 2023 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, at Reinert Fine Art in Charleston, SC. The show runs from March 31st to April 30th, 2023.

Carol Tarzier's "Teapot with Grapes" has been juried into the American Impressionist Society's Small Works Showcase, at The District Gallery, Knoxville, TN., April 14th through May 20th, 2023. The opening reception is Saturday, April 15th, at 5 pm
Steve Berry
Benicia Plein Air Gallery welcomes Walnut Creek watercolorist Alexandra Connor. Her work will be on display at the Gallery beginning in March. Alexandra Connor discovered urban sketching through joining Bay Area Plein Air groups. She began working in watercolor in 2018 and watercolor is now her primary focus.

In Alexandra's words, “There are so many moving parts to a watercolor—the composition, the mood, the values, the color harmony, the variety of brush strokes, the perspective, the wetness of the paper, the thickness of the paint—it’s a challenge that continues to be both daunting and rewarding. The complexity of this dance is what pulls me in again and again. My aim is to try to capture the excitement of this challenge and to encourage the viewer to see as I see.”

Please stop by the gallery and see her beautiful work!
View from Buckhorn Cove
8x6 Oil
Poinsettia Leaves and Roses
4x4 Oil
Caspar Beach Cliffs
 7x7 Oil

Chris Naughton

Village 360



Chris Naughton has been juried into the Pastel Society of America (PSA). The Pastel Society of America, or PSA, is the oldest pastel society in America and is largely responsible for the current renaissance of pastels in American art.
Chris will be offering two classes on Pastel Painting this Spring at ArtsBenicia. The Introduction to Pastel Painting series, and Intermediate level classes for more advanced artists.  For more information contact:

"Sugar Mill Store, Maui" Watercolor 11x14
Carol is also showing in "Figurative Expose" at the Pence Gallery, 212 D. Street, Davis, CA. The show runs from February 10 - April 2, with a Reception Friday, February 10th, 6-9 pm
"Polo Beach Palm"
"Red Oak Victory - Pt. Richmond"

Tidal Dance
18x14 Oil


Teapot with Grapes

10x8 Oil