Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA 94510

(707) 297-5903

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Spring and Summer Hours: 

Fri - Sun,  noon to 6 pm

Fall and Winter Hours:

Thurs - Sun, 11 am to 5 pm

And by appointment

Benicia Plein Air Gallery presents a year-round exhibit of work by all of our gallery artists showcasing a colorful variety of media and styles.

Drop by to see what's new! 

August Featured Artist 

During the month of  August a percentage of our sales revenue will support

Covid-19 relief charities.

Look for eligible paintings marked with a star.

Also a big sampling of paintings, including those featuring charitable donations, are  posted to this website. Click on th


heading above to take a look.

If you are interested in a painting, contact us at: 

Or if you prefer, click on the artist's name in the box in the upper left corner of this page and their website will come up with contact information.

 We are OPEN for business, operating under Covid-19 guidelines and with a temporary new schedule:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 

Noon - 6PM


the return of the "MINI"

a selection of minis are

available for purchase

Carquinez Farm, Oil, 8 x 10 $250
Benicia Port, Oil, 11 x 14 $325
Karen Leoni
"Near & Far:  Plein Air Excursions"

Ocean's Roar, 11 x 14
South Hampton Retreat, Oil, 11 x 14 $325
A virtual show for

Susan Johnson

whose Featured Artist gallery show was displaced due to our previous Covid-19 closure! See more of Susan's vibrant paintings at the gallery or click on the Fresh Works page in the headings above. 

Upcoming Featured Artists:

August 5 - 31
Karen Leoni
"Near & Far: Plein Air Excursions"

November -          Suzanne D'Arcy
December -                Group Show


We regret to announce that this year's  paint-out event has been cancelled. If you've sent in your entry fee, it will be returned to you.

"Meet the Artist" is planned for Saturday,

August 8, in the side courtyard of the Gallery, starting at 1 PM.

Karen will also present

an oil painting demo at 3 PM!

Karen says, “This new collection of work on display will feature plein air oil paintings from the Bay Area and surrounding vicinity. Even during the shelter in place, I was able to take day trips to Benicia, the Sonoma Coast, Napa and all around the East Bay to paint. There are so many beautiful places that are tucked away and social distancing was never an issue."

Karen continues, ”It was an incredible experience to explore areas that otherwise I might have missed. It allowed me to find new motifs in familiar sites. As a result, Near and Far will include a variety of subject matter such as landscapes, vineyards, outdoor flower gardens and more.

Eventually I’d like to reach the level of what the Impressionists were able to paint in Plein air. To quote Paul Cezanne: ‘All pictures painted inside in the studio will never be as good as paintings created outside.’ That is my goal,” Karen concludes.

Karen will also have unframed works at reduced prices at her Meet the Artist. She will donate 30% of sales to the Contra Costa and Solano County food banks.

You can follow her on Instagram: @karenleoni or visit her website:

JoAnn McMahon

As a sample of "Fresh Works," below is a brand new painting by CAROL TARZIER.  Carol will man the gallery for 3  straight days in August and will show many additional new works! Don't miss this rare opportunity!  

Friday- 8/14, Saturday- 8/15 & Sun- 8/16!

Evening Light, Chabot 12 x 9 $675

Kathleen was born and raised in Massachusetts. She moved to CA for graduate school, fell in love with the landscape and made it her permanent home.

Kathleen started painting outdoors as a child, taking oil painting lessons from a local artist in her garden. Her work draws inspiration from nature and a sense of place. One of her earliest memories is running through beams of sunlight in a neighbor’s yard. She continues to be profoundly influenced by light; still chasing the light.

Kathleen’s recent works are observational, painted in oil or gouache, small works en plein air and larger studio paintings. She delights in creating the illusion of space, light and place with paint. There is a time of painting without thinking when light, color and the brush take over, that is a favorite place.

Kathleen holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, an MFA from California College of Art and has studied at the Jerusalem Studio School in Civita Castellana, Italy. She maintains studios in Berkeley and Volcano, CA.


Kathleen Gadway
New Member in August!
Carol Tarzier

Our Best Wishes to Departing Founding Member,  

Rolando  Barrero 

This month we bid farewell to one of our most dear, respected and valued members, Rollie Barrero. Rollie has left the gallery to pursue more paint-outs and travel. We will miss him and so will his followers, but remember, his work can always be found on his website. Check it out as he continues to create masterful new paintings!

Kathleen Gadway's painting, Seam #2, accepted to the deYoung Open Exhibit, San Francisco
Iris Sabre's painting, Hard Alee, accepted to California Art Club's Our World Reimagined
Karen Leoni's painting accepted to Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, 8/1 -9/12
Catherine Fasciato's painting, Swirling, is part of the Oil Painters of America Exhibit, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX. Augusts 17 - September 19, 2020
Catherine Fasciato's painting, Sunlit, accepted to Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, 8/1-9/12
Benicia Views, Oil on Canvas, 8 x 16,  $400
Community Garden, 16 x 8, Oil on Canvas, $400
Orinda Vista Study, Oil on Canvas, 9 x 12, $550