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! 

Benicia Plein Air Gallery welcomes Stephen Berry in June as the Featured Guest Artist of June’s show- “Daydreams.”

“Most adults,” Stephen says, “don’t daydream enough. A very important mental health habit! Take a few hours off, come and visit the gallery, and spend a little time daydreaming with me. Each frame I share will gift you a different vista to get lost in.”
His evocative watercolor landscapes will feature, with delicious wet-into-wet control and an exuberant use of color, a selection of beautiful Californian scenes, including North Coast bluffs, local scenes, central valley grasslands, redwoods and creeks, high sierras, and many more. If you missed Steve’s May open studio, this will be a great opportunity to see work from that show, mixed with many new pieces painted especially for this gallery show!
“I’m excited to see folks again after a year away. I’ll have paintings both framed and unframed, in a variety of price points and sizes. Make sure to come and visit me during the reception!"

Steve’s show will be up Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 30th. The reception is Saturday, June 8th, 2-5 pm.


Carol Tarzier

July Featured Artist, Iris Sabre

This Side of Paradise

Friday, July 5th, through Sunday, July 28th

Reception: Saturday, July 13th, 2-5 pm.

“Whenever I am out painting, I always think of how lucky I am to be living in such a beautiful place,” says Iris Sabre. There is incredible joy in the experience of painting at the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea or on a hillside sprinkled with wildflowers. The senses are heightened. The wind, the sun, the fog, the birds, and the insects are all a part of the experience. Iris conveys this joy to the viewer with exuberance through vigorous brush strokes and vivid colors. Using undiluted oil paint, she works rapidly to capture the moment, usually completing a relatively large format painting on location in a single session.

Iris Sabre was born and grew up in San Francisco. Her parents were both artists. The family lived in North Beach in a flat with a view of the Bay, Alcatraz Island, and the hills of Marin County. As a child growing up in the city there were many hillsides to explore and seashores to wander. Iris attended San Francisco State University where she obtained two bachelor’s degrees, one in psychology and one in fine art, as well as two teaching credentials: multiple subjects (kindergarten and elementary), and single subject, art. She taught elementary school in the Bay Area for several years, instilling many young people with the wonders of nature and art. Iris paints outdoors with friends and with several local plein air painting groups. Her work can be seen at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery and at the Marin Society of Artists Gallery in San Rafael.

Also on exhibit is a collection of plein air paintings by all 12 of the gallery’s artists. Benicia Plein Air Gallery is located at 307 First Street in downtown Benicia. Staffed by the artists, the gallery is open Fridays through Sundays, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information visit The exhibit will be open from Friday, July 5th, through Sunday, July 28th. There will be a reception to visit with Iris Sabre and view the exhibit on Saturday, July 13th, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

June Featured Artist, Stephen Berry


Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 30th

Reception: Saturday, June 8th, 2-5 pm.

Catherine Fasciato's painting "First Light at Cypress Cove" has been selected for the California Art Club’s 113th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University in Orange, CA. The show runs from Tuesday, August 20, 2024 – Sunday, October 26, 2024.

Catherine Fasciato

Leslie Golden will be showing her California landscape and botanical work during the month of June at the Wilder Art Center located at 2024 Wilder in Orinda. The reception will be held Sunday, June 2, 2:30 - 4:30pm. Come join us! 

Leslie Golden

Iris Sabre is showing two paintings in the Contra Costa Plein Air Exhibit at the aRt Cottage, 2238 Mount Diablo Street, Concord. The exhibit will be up May 1st through June 27th.

Iris Sabre

Maria SantoStefano will be Valley Art Gallery's Featured Artist Tuesday, June 25, through Saturday, August 4. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm. Valley Art Gallery is located at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, in Walnut Creek. 925-935-4311.

Maria SantoStefano

Carol Tarzier will be showing paintings with "Delicious," May 30 - June 24th, at Studio Gallery, 1641 Pacific in San Francisco. The reception will be on Sunday, June 2nd, 3-6 pm.

Samantha McNally

Samantha McNally's painting "Taylor" will be in the Lamorinda Arts Alliance show "Inspired by the Greats" at aRt Cottage in Concord from Wednesday, July 3 to Thursday, August 29.

Reception: Saturday, July 13 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. 2238 Mt. Diablo Street Concord, CA 94520. Open Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm.