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

Save the Date! August 25 is our third annual Paint Out. 

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: TBA

June 2018

Featured Artist Susan Johnson

Reception: June 9, 4-6pm

August 2018

Featured Artist: TBA

Reception: TBA

Paint Out August 26

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

Rolando Barrero "Urban Landscapes"

February 8, 2018 through March 4 , 2018

RECEPTION: Saturday, February 10, 2018 , 3 to 5 pm

Rolando Barrero is a local award winning watercolor artist. He has been active in participating in competitive plein air paint outs and juried shows in northern California. He has won numerous awards at the Carmel Art Festivals, Mendocino Open Paint Outs, annual Bay Area County fairs plein air painting contests at the fairs and California Watercolor Association (CWA) paint outs. He is a signature member of California Watercolor Association.

His Passion has been painting and sketching street scenes,boats, and harbors, capturing the light, atmosphere, and essence of place. As he loves life, most of his works include people and nature, his way to evoke story in his paintings.

There will be a free raffle of matted prints of his works, and an original framed watercolor painting during the featured artist reception, his way of sharing his art.

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