“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."

July 2018

Featured artist: Mary Lou Correia

Reception: TBA


November 2018

Featured artist: Sharon Hind Smith

Reception: TBA

Christmas Tree goes up

with mini paintings on
November 23

January 2019

Featured artist: Rolando Barrero

Reception: TBD

Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA. 94510

Phone number: 707-297-5903

August 25 is our 3rd annual Paint Out. 

Go to the 3rd Annual Paint Out Page for registration information

September 2018

Featured artist: Judy Feins

Reception: Sunday, September 16, 3-6pm

Benicia Art Walk

September 8

October 2018 

Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon

Reception: October 13, 3-6

During the Benicia Art Walk 

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June 2019

Featured Artist Susan Johnson

Reception: TBA

August 2018

Featured Artist: Iris Sabre

August 2 - September 2

Reception: August 12, 3-5 pm

Paint Out August 25

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Visitors since September 2017

December 2018

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.  

March 2019

Featured artist: Joanne Gustilo

Reception: TBA

Capturing the Moment, Iris Sabre

August 2 to September 2, 2018

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.


February 2019 

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Reception: TBA

April 2019

Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle

Reception: TBD

May 2019

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: TBD

August 25, 2018