“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
Featured artist: Judy Feins
Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon
Reception: October 13, 3-6
During the Benicia Art Walk
Featured Artist Susan Johnson
Featured Artist: Iris Sabre
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 Saturday October 13 from 3-6
During the Art Walk
Here's what JoAnn says about her work, "Reconnecting to my background in art is my passion. I see the work in exciting uncompromising lines, colors and shapes. I try to communicate that vision to the viewer in my work. Plein air painting is a grand adventure for all the senses.".
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato
Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle
Featured Artist: Nancy Roberts