Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA 94510

(707) 771-6166

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We are open:

Fri - Sun, 11 am to 5 pmAnd 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! 

Starts December  10


Painting en plein air in the time of Covid!

Click the link below (the 1st photo) to check out a CNN video on the subject, starring a few of our members out enjoying their craft with masks, social distancing and panache! 

Catherine Fasciato's Release is on display at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, Mary R. Koch Arts, Wichita, KS. Oct 15 - November 27
Catherine Fasciato's painting, Breaking Revisited, is being shown at the American Impressionist Society 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition. Gallery 1516, Omaha, NE
While you're here, don't forget to check out our FRESH WORKS PAGE!

It's reformatted as a better virtual showcase for paintings that are new, excite us,
 have accompanying stories, represent favorite locations or themes. 

Click on the Fresh Works Tab in the Headings at the top of this page to take a look! 
Kathleen Gadway will be opening her studio!!!
Nov 6-7 from 1-5pm and Dec 4-5 from 1-5pm
 Firehouse Art Collective Gilman Studios, 1313 9th Street,

Church of Santo Tomas del Rio Oil 8x10"

Beth Winfield is participating in the November National PAPNM Juried Exhibition at the Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Opening reception 10/30, 5-7:30PM
Carol Tarzier's painting "Skies over 101 South" can be seen at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, to be held at Mary R. Koch Arts, Wichita, Kansas, October 15th through November 27th, with the reception Friday October 15th, 5:30-8 pm.

JoAnn McMahon

November 2021 FEATURED ARTIST         

Stephen Berry will be teaching an online weekend workshop focusing on Notans, or black-and-white two-value studies, November 13th and 14th, 10-3 pm.
“Good composition is like a suspension bridge; each line adds strength and takes none away... Get the art of controlling the observer – that is composition.” - Robert Henri
In this workshop, Stephen will be focusing on improving compositions through the use of notans. Notans, or 2-value monochrome studies, are a powerful tool that can help the artist simplify values, balance shapes, and guide the eye of the viewer. Online instruction will feature topical lectures and live demonstrations.
Registration deadline: November 9
Find out more and enroll at
Carol's painting "Evening Falls" received an Honorable Mention at the Mendocino Plein Air Paintout.
She will be represented in the Mendocino Art Center Gallery's October show with three Plein Air pieces.
Carol's painting "Little River Beach" is showing at the "Coastal California" exhibit at the California Art Club Gallery at the Old Mill through January 22nd, 2022.
Karen Leoni is participating in the Favell Museum Art Show in Klamath Falls The show is open through 11/7 and will be displayed in the museum through the end of December
Waiting for Blue Sky Oil 16x20 - Available
Bold and Beautiful Oil 20x16 - SOLD
November 5th to December 5th

JoAnn McMahon’s paintings are startling in their abstract concept. She uses bold shapes and jewel colors to express her feelings about the landscape. Gallery visitors comment on her unique vision.

JoAnn says about her painting, "Reconnecting to my background in art... 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.“

Join JoAnn at the Gallery Saturday November 13th, Saturday November 20th, and Sunday November 28th.

Please contact JoAnn
  via email at

  visit her website:

  or visit her Facebook page

Duhig Road, 20 x 20

           Winter Light, Benicia

All 12 members join for a  Group Show celebrating the light of the Season! Paintings 12x12 & smaller, under $500

 "Moraga Summer"
Oil on Canvas   11"x14"


Maria SantoStefano and Karen Leoni are participating in the
"Inspired by the Greats"
exhibition at the Orinda Library Dec 2 - Dec 31 Reception is Saturday Dec 4 from 3-5PM


 "Burnished Orinda"
Oil on Canvas  16"x20"


Cooks In The Kitchen Oil 9x12 - SOLD
Oil on Linen  24x36"


 "Hidden Vineyard"
Oil on Canvas  9x12"


Now thru the end of December

Paintings under 4" square to hang on your tree, give as a gift or grace a tabletop