“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:July 14, 3pm - 6pm


November 2018

Featured artist: Sharon Hind Smith

Reception: TBA

Christmas Tree goes up

with mini paintings on
November 23

February 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: TBA

Benicia Art Walk

September 8

January 2019

Featured Artist: Susan Street

Reception: TBD

October 2018 

Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon

Reception: TBA

Benicia Art Walk 

October 13

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June 2018

Featured Artist Susan Johnson

Reception: June 9, 4-6pm

August 2018

Featured Artist: Iris Sabre

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: TBA

December 7 The Gallery will be

 open till 8 pmfor 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. 

April 2019

Featured artist: Joanne Gustilo

Reception: TBA

Susan Johnson "Journey to the Land of Enchantment"

June 8 through July 1st, 2018

Reception June 9 from 4-6 during the Art Walk

Susan's new oil paintings are based on a recent trip to Northern New Mexico in April where the cultures of Spanish, Native American and Anglos meet to produce a vibrant artistic tradition. Susan traveled from villages of Truchas on the spectacular High Road to Taos; historic Santa Fe, the Turquoise Trail in the Sandia Mountains, Taos, home of the Taos Impressionists, Abiquiu, inspiration of Georgia O’Keefe, and captured the colors that inspired her latest work. Susan first visited New Mexico 40 years ago when she lived in an old adobe near the Rio Grande which although crumbling and primitive she found beautiful. Turquoise shutters, cadmium yellow chamisa, ocher hills, burnt umber adobes, titanium white clouds, cerulean blue skies, and cadmium red chilis all influenced her style in the colorist tradition.

March 2019 

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Reception: TBA

May 2019

Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle

Reception: TBD

June 2019

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: TBD

August 25, 2018