“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
Featured artist: Mary Lou Correia
Featured artist: Sharon Hind Smith
Christmas Tree goes up
with mini paintings on
Featured artist: Stephen Berry
Reception: May 5, 4-6pm
Saturday, May 5, 11-7
Sunday, May 6, 11-5
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
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
“Going to the mountains is like going home.” –John Muir
A native to the foothills of the Sierras, I grew up making many visits to Yosemite. Over the last four months, I've been returning, palette on my back, painting in the company of granite and those blue, blue Sierra skies.
In February, I was wearing snow pants and many many layers as the icy Merced River churned past silent, snowy meadows. By April, it was T-shirt and hat weather. The falls were roaring and the first translucent leaves were opening. It’s May now. It’s Spring in Yosemite Valley. Join me as I take you on a journey home.
This show in particular will feature a variety of small, affordable works, in the 200-250$ range. I'll be holding my reception next Saturday, during the Open Studios. Come down and visit us and talk shop! There'll be a bunch of us around painting, with music and loads of additional work. It'll be a good time. :)
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato
Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle