“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

"More Bloomin' Color"

Featured artist: Susan Johnson

Reception: Saturday, May 13, 4-6 pm

Benicia Open Studios: May 6 and 7


June 2018

Featured artist: Michael Dadasovich

October 2017

Featured artist: Iris Sabre

Reception: TBA

September 2017

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: TBA

January 2018

Featured artist: Samantha McNally

Reception: TBA

Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA. 94510

Phone number: 707-297-5903

February 2018

Featured artist: Rolando Barerro

Reception: TBA

July 2017

Featured artist: Dixie Mohan
Reception: TBA

June 2017


Featured artist: Judy Feins

Reception: June 10, 4-6 pm

August 2017

Theme to be announced

Group Show

Reception: TBA

2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out and Art Show

August 26, show and reception 3:30-6 pm

Art Music Food filling the street in front of the Gallery

November 2017

Featured Artist: Susan Street

Reception: TBA

Save the date!

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

December 2017

Group Show, Theme TBA

Reception: TBA

The Gallery will be open in the evening for the Benicia Tree Lighting  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. 

Artist Getaway presents Benicia Plein Air Artist, Rolando Barrero in a 3 day workshop, painting  in the gallery and en plein air around Benicia . July 17, 18, 19, 2017. For more information please see Artist Getaway.

March 2018 

Featured Artist: JoAnne McMahon

April 2018 

Featured Artist: Ruth Beeve

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 May 2018

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Benicia Plein Air Gallery's “More Bloomin’ Color,” will feature 15 small paintings of mostly Bay Area scenes by Susan Johnson. Painted on location from Tomales Bay to Yountville, Napa to Carneros, Bodega Bay to Benicia, this show will be up for the month of May. Northern California’s long rainy season has generated a wealth of flowering trees and blooms, which were begging to be painted. With paint box and beach chair in tow, Johnson headed outdoors to produce the work for this year’s show. Below are pictures from the reception.