“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
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
Reception: Sunday, September 16, 3-6pm
Benicia Art Walk
Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon
Reception: October 13, 3-6
During the Benicia Art Walk
Featured Artist Susan Johnson
Featured Artist: Iris Sabre
August 2 - September 2
Reception: August 12, 3-5 pm
Paint Out August 25
Featured Artist: Samantha McNally
Reception: December 15, 3-5
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 December displayed on the Gallery Christmas Tree.
Featured artist: Joanne Gustilo
Reception August 12 from 3-5
Capturing the Moment
Iris considers herself a naturalist, inextricably connected with her native California landscape. When painting in the outdoors she is constantly aware of the advance of time, the changing light, the wind, the moving clouds, the sky. A tranquil hillside, a turbulent sea, working rapidly with bold colors and broad brushstrokes, she captures the moment, to fix it in paint on canvas.
Iris was born and raised in San Francisco in a family of artists. Her mother a painter, muralist and printmaker, and her father, a sculptor, both worked on the WPA. After receiving degrees in Fine Art, and Psychology, and teaching credentials in Art and Multiple Subjects, from SF State University, she married and moved to the East Bay with her family. Teaching art and elementary school for many years, she has continued to paint, devoting herself primarily to painting figures from life, and painting outdoors in her beloved landscape.
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato
Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle
August 25, 2018