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

March 2017


Featured artist: Susan Johnson

Reception: TBA




Calendar

April 2017


Featured artist: Dixie Mohan

Reception: TBA




May 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

Featuring hand painted

Watercolor Christmas Cards

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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




October 2016


Featured Artist: Susan Street

Wine Reception October 8

5-7pm

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​


California Color by our Featured Artist for the month of September,

Marshall Lockman



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!