“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 2019

Featured artist: Mary Lou Correia

Reception: TBA


November 2018

Featured artist: Sharon Hind Smith

Reception: November 18, 3-5

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

October 2019

Featured artist: Judy Feins

Reception: TBA

November 2019

Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon

Reception: TBA

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June 2019

Featured Artist Susan Johnson

Reception: TBA

September 2019

Featured Artist: Iris Sabre

Reception: TBA

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

Sharon Hind-Smith

November 8 to December 2, 2018

Reception Sunday November 18 from 3-5 

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 2019

Featured Artist: Nancy Roberts

Reception TBA

As a fine artist, printmaker and designer, I am always looking to expand each process in challenging new directions. I am inspired by nature... the incredible beauty of a feather... the incandescence of a fly... the weaving of a nest. I also have a reverence for time and its continuous effect on all things. I am fascinated by the transformation and synthesis of our constantly changing world.

I strive to capture the details, while broadening my techniques to create a more interpretive experience. Each view is a complex whole of interacting, interrelated and interdependent elements. Plein air painting challenges me to capture those fleeting moments... the glimmers, reflections, trains passing, birds in unison, drifting clouds and moving shadows from mountain top vistas to tidal sloughs. Each attempt results in new discoveries with a deeper connection to where I live and the world around me.

My November Featured Artist exhibition at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery “Industrial Landscapes” includes 6 new works. I am attracted to the complex infrastructures I have been finding along the waterfront and am interested in exploring the economic system and history of the Bay area.

November 23: Tree with original mini painting ornaments