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! 

June Featured Artists

Karen Leoni & Maria SantoStefan0
"Two Perspectives"

June 2 - 25







This is a unique two-person exhibit featuring paintings from two different artists’ perspectives. Karen Leoni and Maria SantoStefano will be the Featured Artists at Benicia Plein Air Gallery from June 2-25 and will present new works showcasing California landscapes. 

Visitors and friends, stop by to meet the artists! Karen will host Sunday June 11, Friday June 16 and Sunday June 25 and Maria will be hosting on Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 and also on Saturday June 24

Refreshments on June 10 and 11


See more of their work on their websites:


Member News
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! 
Chris Naughton

Catherine Fasciato

A Warm Welcome to New Member:

Micaela Marsden!

Benicia Plein Air Gallery welcomes local artist Micaela Marsden.

In Micaela's words, “I am a studio and plein-air painter. Working outside requires speed and flexibility to respond to the changing light conditions and environment...working inside provides the time to take the artwork in multiple directions. Plein air landscape painting is appealing to me as I like being in the midst of the scene – right up close to the aromatic plants, the animal life, and experiencing the wind and weather directly. This gives one an intimate and grounded feeling of the place which informs the image and hopefully creeps into the paintings.”

Please stop by the gallery and see her beautiful work!

Chris Naughton

Vallejo Marina

Pastel 16x20

Chris will be offering two classes this Summer at ArtsBenicia on Pastel Painting. Back by popular demand will be an Introduction to Pastel Painting, and Intermediate level classes for more advanced artists. Each class will be offered as a 4-hour session. The introduction class is on Saturday, June 24th and the follow-up intermediate class will be held on Saturday July 15th. For more information visit the ArtsBenicia.

"Soul Food Farm Truck"  Oil  12x12

MaryLou Correia

Carol Tarzier

Iris Sabre is showing with the Contra Costa County Plein Air Painters at aRt Cottage, 2238 Mt Diablo St. in Concord. The show runs through June 23, 2023.

Backlit Apples

4x4 Oil

Mt Diablo from Green Valley
Oil 12x16


Karen Leoni

Karen Leoni is participating in the Napa Valley Museum Miniature Show/Sale.  The Museum will host the exhibit for viewing and purchases through 12/30/2023 and is located at 55 Presidents Cir, Yountville, CA


Hidden Vineyard
9x12 Oil


Karen Leoni

"Late Bloomers"
Maria SantoStefano


MaryLou is participating in the Contra Costa County Plein AIr Painters exhibit at aRt Cottage.  The show runs through June 23 and is located at 2238 Mt Diablo St, Concord, CA

Visit their website at

Michael Dadasovich, Catherine Fasciato, and JoAnn McMahon are publicized in "Da Group," a premium magazine about a group of 26 artists who regularly attended DaGroup paintouts. It tells about the DaGroup experience and its history.

To view or purchase the magazine and/or PDF version:

Catherine Fasciato received an Honorable Mention for "New Beginnings" at the Carmel Art Festival and will be bringing this painting to the Gallery when she hosts June 23 and June 30th.


New Beginnings
Oil 12x16


Iris Sabre

Carol Tarzier will be showing miniatures with Studio Gallery's "Delicious" show, 1641 Pacific in San Francisco, June 8th through July 3rd, 2023. The Opening Reception is Sunday, June 11th, 2-5 pm

Galindo Creek

Oil 18x24

"April Rush,Moraga"
Maria SantoStefano

"Markham Nature Park"
Maria SantoStefano

Karen Leoni

Karen Leoni