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: Iris Sabre

Reception: TBA

Christmas Tree goes up

with mini paintings on
November 23

May 2018

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: May 12

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

January 2019

Featured Artist: Susan Street

Reception: TBD

October 2018 

Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon

Reception: TBA

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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: TBA

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 pm

for 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. 

May 2019

Featured artist: Joanne Gustilo

Reception: TBA

March 2018

Featured artist: Dixie Mohan

Reception: March 18 from 3 to 5

Dixie Mohan "Hungry for Art"

March 8, 2018 through April 1, 2018

RECEPTION: Sunday, March 18, 2018 , 3 to 5 pm

The new feature show, “Hungry for Art” at Benicia Plein Air gallery documents the journey of artist, Dixie Mohan, from the 1960’s Berkeley art landscape to the last 12 years painting with Benicia Plein Air painters group, aka Da Group. “I am looking back in this show, in order to move forward. I feel like the topography of the California landscape is etched in my soul from a lifetime of hiking, exploration, and art. The way I express that is changing, the new exploration is on the canvas.”

The title “Hungry for Art” comes because of the artist’s concerns about hunger in the midst of plenty in our community. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of works from the feature show are being donated to the FoodBank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties, and a FoodBank can will be located in the gallery for the duration of the show. All visitors are encouraged to bring in a can or package of a staple food to the gallery. The reception is Sunday, March 18, 3 to 5 pm.

March 2019 

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Reception: TBA

April 2019

Featured Artist: Sharon Hind-Smith

Reception: TBA

June 2019

Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle

Reception: TBD