“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: 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

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

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

Shimmer and Glow, Judith Feins

September 6 to September 30, 2018

Reception Sunday, September 16 from 3-6 

For plein air Impressionist painter Judith Feins a passion for studying nature and portraying its beautiful nuances is the force behind her paintings. She paints in oil to recreate the glowing, shimmering qualities of light, color and atmosphere in the California landscape.

“Painting outside is a thrilling experience. The more deeply you look the more the beauty of the landscape reveals itself. I hope others will feel this same pleasure when they view my paintings”. 

Her current exhibit focuses on those moments during the day when glowing light transforms the landscape. For her painting “Morning garden”, Feins woke early and went into her garden at the same time each morning to observe the effect of the sun shining through roses. In “Bridge Glow” she studied how the setting sun was absorbed into the high clouds lighting them against a deepening sky while the water below reflected it’s fire.

Feins studied studio art at Boston University, and archeological illustration at Harvard. She was the primary illustrator of the California Coastal Access Guide. She has exhibited extensively in the Bay Area and shows her work regularly at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, and the ACCI Gallery in Berkeley. Awards for her paintings include 1st place in the juried statewide exhibit, "Poems without Words, Contemporary California Landscape", Santa Cruz. Additional paintings can be seen on her website.


February 2019 

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Reception: TBA

April 2019

Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle

Reception: TBD

May 2019

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: TBD

Thank you to all the participants in the 2018 Paint Out.

August 2019

Featured Artist: Nancy Roberts

Reception TBA