“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: Susan Street
Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon
Benicia Art Walk
Featured Artist Susan Johnson
Reception: June 9, 4-6pm
Featured Artist: Iris Sabre
Reception: August 12, 3-5 pm
Paint Out August 25
Featured Artist: Samantha McNally
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.
Featured artist: Joanne Gustilo
Reception June 9 from 4-6 during the Art Walk
Susan's new oil paintings are based on a recent trip to Northern New Mexico in April where the cultures of Spanish, Native American and Anglos meet to produce a vibrant artistic tradition. Susan traveled from villages of Truchas on the spectacular High Road to Taos; historic Santa Fe, the Turquoise Trail in the Sandia Mountains, Taos, home of the Taos Impressionists, Abiquiu, inspiration of Georgia O’Keefe, and captured the colors that inspired her latest work. Susan first visited New Mexico 40 years ago when she lived in an old adobe near the Rio Grande which although crumbling and primitive she found beautiful. Turquoise shutters, cadmium yellow chamisa, ocher hills, burnt umber adobes, titanium white clouds, cerulean blue skies, and cadmium red chilis all influenced her style in the colorist tradition.
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato
Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle
August 25, 2018