Benicia Plein Air Gallery Artists
Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA 94510
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!
During the month of August a percentage of our sales revenue will support
Covid-19 relief charities.
Look for eligible paintings marked with a star.
Also a big sampling of paintings, including those featuring charitable donations, are posted to this website. Click on th
heading above to take a look.
If you are interested in a painting, contact us at:
Or if you prefer, click on the artist's name in the box in the upper left corner of this page and their website will come up with contact information.
We regret to announce that this year's paint-out event has been cancelled. If you've sent in your entry fee, it will be returned to you.
"Meet the Artist" is planned for Saturday,
August 8, in the side courtyard of the Gallery, starting at 1 PM.
Karen will also present
an oil painting demo at 3 PM!
Karen says, “This new collection of work on display will feature plein air oil paintings from the Bay Area and surrounding vicinity. Even during the shelter in place, I was able to take day trips to Benicia, the Sonoma Coast, Napa and all around the East Bay to paint. There are so many beautiful places that are tucked away and social distancing was never an issue."
Karen continues, ”It was an incredible experience to explore areas that otherwise I might have missed. It allowed me to find new motifs in familiar sites. As a result, Near and Far will include a variety of subject matter such as landscapes, vineyards, outdoor flower gardens and more.
Eventually I’d like to reach the level of what the Impressionists were able to paint in Plein air. To quote Paul Cezanne: ‘All pictures painted inside in the studio will never be as good as paintings created outside.’ That is my goal,” Karen concludes.
Karen will also have unframed works at reduced prices at her Meet the Artist. She will donate 30% of sales to the Contra Costa and Solano County food banks.
You can follow her on Instagram: @karenleoni or visit her website: www.karenleoni.com
As a sample of "Fresh Works," below is a brand new painting by CAROL TARZIER. Carol will man the gallery for 3 straight days in August and will show many additional new works! Don't miss this rare opportunity!
Friday- 8/14, Saturday- 8/15 & Sun- 8/16!
Kathleen was born and raised in Massachusetts. She moved to CA for graduate school, fell in love with the landscape and made it her permanent home.
Kathleen started painting outdoors as a child, taking oil painting lessons from a local artist in her garden. Her work draws inspiration from nature and a sense of place. One of her earliest memories is running through beams of sunlight in a neighbor’s yard. She continues to be profoundly influenced by light; still chasing the light.
Kathleen’s recent works are observational, painted in oil or gouache, small works en plein air and larger studio paintings. She delights in creating the illusion of space, light and place with paint. There is a time of painting without thinking when light, color and the brush take over, that is a favorite place.
Kathleen holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, an MFA from California College of Art and has studied at the Jerusalem Studio School in Civita Castellana, Italy. She maintains studios in Berkeley and Volcano, CA.
Our Best Wishes to Departing Founding Member,
This month we bid farewell to one of our most dear, respected and valued members, Rollie Barrero. Rollie has left the gallery to pursue more paint-outs and travel. We will miss him and so will his followers, but remember, his work can always be found on his website. Check it out as he continues to create masterful new paintings!