“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." Britannica
Featured artist: Susan Johnson
Featured artist: Dixie Mohan
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato
Featured artist: Marshall Lockman
Reception: September 10, 3-6pm
Group Show: "There's Something About the Depot"
Reception including poetry readings by Benicia First Tuesday Poets: Friday, August 12th from 4-6pm
August 13 is the Peddler's Fair from 8 am to 5 pm
.Benicia Plien Air Gallery's First Annual Paint Out, registration on the paint out page!
August 27, artists check in starting at 8 am. Awards reception and paintings for sale 4:00 to 6 pm
Featured artist: Iris Sabre
Featured artist: Stephen Berry
Featured artist: Samantha McNally
Reception: November 12, 2-5 pm
Featuring hand painted
Watercolor Christmas Cards
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Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA. 94510
Group Show Reception: TBA
Smaller works for the holidays.
The Gallery will be open in the evening for the Benicia Tree Lighting on December 2nd, till 8 pm.
Christmas cookies from 6-8!
Original mini paintings as Christmas tree ornaments available throughout the month of December
displayed on the Gallery Christmas tree.
Featured artist: Rolando Barrero
Featured artist: Terry Hughes
Featured artist: Mike Dadasovich
Featured artist: Judy Feins
Featured Artist: Susan Street
Reception October 8, 5-7pm