“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

May 2017

"More Bloomin' Color"

Featured artist: Susan Johnson

Reception: Saturday, May 13, 4-6 pm

Benicia Open Studios: May 6 and 7


July 2017

Featured artist: Dixie Mohan

Reception: TBA

October 2017

Featured artist: Iris Sabre

Reception: TBA

September 2017

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: TBA

January 2018

Featured artist: Samantha McNally

Reception: TBA

Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA. 94510

Phone number: 707-297-5903

February 2018

Featured artist: Rolando Barerro

Reception: TBA

April 2017


Featured artist: Mike Dadasovich

Reception: April 15, 12-3 pm. 

"Paint Like Van Gogh" with Mike.

Everyone can participage in a

group painting! 

June 2017


Featured artist: Judy Feins

Reception: June 10, 4-6 pm

August 2017

Theme to be announced

Group Show

Reception: TBA

2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out and Art Show

August 26, show and reception 3:30-6 pm

Art Music Food filling the street in front of the Gallery

November 2017

Featured Artist: Susan Street

Reception: TBA

Save the date!

August 26, 2017 is the 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out! 

December 2017

Group Show, Theme TBA

Reception: TBA

The Gallery will be open in the evening for the Benicia Tree Lighting  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. 

Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA. 94510

Spring and Summer Hours:
Thurs. - Sun. noon to 6 pm
and by appointment

Artist Getaway presents Benicia Plein Air Artist, Rolando Barrero in a 3 day workshop, painting  in the gallery and en plein air around Benicia . July 17, 18, 19, 2017. For more information please see Artist Getaway.

March 2018 

Featured Artist: JoAnne McMahon

April 2018 

Featured Artist: Ruth Beeve

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 May 2018

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

May 6 and 7, Benicia Artists Open Studios is Arts Benicia’s most highly attended annual event with more than 4,000 visitors!

Visitors can ride a SolTrans Shuttle free of charge between the arsenal and downtown and explore artist studios on Jackson and Tyler Streets in the arsenal, see glass blowing, tour galleries like Benicia Plein Air Gallery on First Street, speak with artists about their work, watch demonstrations, and purchase original art.

Michael Dadasovich's new elongated format is the subject of his April show "Rectangularity" at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery. With strong emphasis on unneutralized color, his canvas renderings pop-out at the observer. Much of his inspiration comes from past studies with Gregory Kondos, Randall Sexton, Nikki Basch Davis and Jerrold Turner. As a founding member of the gallery, Michael continues to experiment with different subject matter, formats and mediums, as well as alternating between brush and palette knife. The artist's reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 15 from 12-3 along with his annual "Paint Like Van Gogh" public participation event.